BT will replace up to 40 separate networks to provide internet, fixed telephony, wide area network, local area network and contact centre services on one public services network (PSN), which will be made available to all public services in Surrey and neighbouring Berkshire, after being hired by the Surrey County Council.
BT claims it will cut costs by up to £750,000 a year, compared with the previous networking deployments and will also offer unified communications as well as cloud services to organisations that want it.
Once the network has been established, the Council hopes to extend the network to libraries and schools, as well as voluntary organisations and emergency services who may want to take advantage of the technology and cost savings.
Denise Le Gal, the cabinet member for change and efficiency at Surrey County Council, said: “We firmly believe public services should be seen as a single team co-operating to make taxpayers’ money go further wherever possible and this deal with BT will save the county council alone up to £5.25m over the seven-year contract.”
Neil Rogers, president of the global government division within BT Global Services, believes that the agreement will enable “the council and its partners to be more agile, collaborative and connected to their citizens and to take advantage of the lower cost of operation”.
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