Four local councils in Northfolk will now be able to offer cost-effective services to their residents, after being connected by a MPLS-based network, managed by Claranet.
Broadland District Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, South Norfolk Council and North Norfolk District Council will be able to share council services.
According to John Wickens, IT technical architect and compliance officer at South Norfolk Council, “Bandwidth, speed and security limited what we could achieve on the old infrastructure and, although each council had its own external network, there was no easy way to link these into a single, cohesive private network, where everyone could access email, share information and work collaboratively.”
Meanwhile, a team is being set up in the Yorkshire and Humber area to help public service bodies move to a new public services network. The supplier selected for this is Virgin Media Business which has also signed a similar contract with Leeds City Council. Leeds hopes the new PSN will help it to make GBP 1 million savings in five years.
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