Scotland’s third largest local authority, Fife Council, has signed a four-year contract with public services network (PSN) specialist Updata to provide it with improved connectivity speeds for its network of schools and offices; it is hoped that this will reduce the council’s connectivity bill by about 40 percent, or £600,000, a year as well as improve user experience.
The deal is also expected to play a role in the council’s plan to move to the Scottish Wide-Area Network (SWAN) when it is launched.
Updata also claimed that the move will enable Fife Council to achieve its aim of increasing the number of home-based and mobile workers through better provisioning.
According to Charlie Anderson, head of ICT at Fife Council, said: “We want realise our vision to achieve significant reduction in operating costs together with the provision of a better network service for all of our sites.”
The scheme is meant to be completed by September 2013.
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