Local authorities to get ‘gigabit speed’ from PSN

Fibre optic infrastructure provider CityFibre and UK-based communications and managed service provider Easynet have signed a new agreement which will, for the first time, enable local authorities around the country to benefit from gigabit speed, pure fibre network solutions from the government’s Public Sector Network (PSN) Framework.

The agreement will see the businesses deploy groundbreaking new technologies that will speed up and enhance the PSN.

The PSN is a ‘network of networks’ which aims to unify public sector network infrastructure procurement across the UK. It is part of the government’s drive to save taxpayers £500 million in 2014 by improving efficiencies in its IT spending.

Under the agreement, CityFibre will supply dark fibre connectivity into Easynet’s PSN network as part of their overall solution. This provides Easynet – a UK government approved and accredited PSN and G-Cloud supplier – with the ability to offer its public sector customers with limitless capacity at a competitive price, as well as the ability to ‘tune up’ bandwidth over time, providing a truly future-proofed infrastructure platform.

The metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire will be the first area to benefit from the implementation of CityFibre’s technologies. This means cities and towns like Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley will soon have access to some of the fastest, most reliable digital connectivity in the country. The state-of-the-art fibre network will give a major boost to the economic and social development of the area, and will position Kirklees as one of the most digitally-advanced areas of the UK.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre said: “Thanks to our partnership with Easynet, CityFibre is now approved as a supplier to Easynet for the Government’s PSN framework. Our city-wide pure fibre solutions are now available to local authorities throughout the UK.

“In a digital age, we must ensure that our towns and cities are furnished with a next generation and future-proof digital infrastructure supporting the public and private sectors. Our partnership with Easynet is an exciting opportunity for local authorities up and down the country to make the most of the PSN.”   

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