O2 has created a new public sector business after winning a place on the Government's £17bn Public Services Network (PSN) framework contract.
Billy D'Arcy (pictured) will head the business, which will be part of O2's enterprise division. He will be responsible for increasing the operator's level of engagement with policy makers and areas of central and local government.
Mobile revealed in June that O2 had won a place in the programme. The operator secured its place on seven lots, including CCTV and physical security monitoring, conferencing, call contact centre, mobile voice and data, LAN, gateway and unified services.
The PSN programme aims to deliver millions of pounds worth of savings on the Government's ICT costs of £17bn by creating one single standardised network, where suppliers can offer their services.
O2 business director Ben Dowd said: 'For too long, ICT in the public sector has been seen as the necessary workhorse to ensure that systems and services have been run as efficiently as possible against strict budget constraints. The PSN provides an opportunity to introduce ideas and technologies that are able to have a transformable effect not only on these kinds of the operations, but in reality how government as a whole engages with its stakeholders and communities. As part of the seven lots, we hope to bring different ideas to an established way of doing things and in doing so help to contribute to areas such as cost efficiency, productivity and even the sustainable agenda.'
As previously reported, Vodafone and Daisy have won places as suppliers on various lots.
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