BT Wholesale is set to become a key supplier to Government Conveyance Network (GCN) services which will interconnect the Cabinet Office's Public Sector Network (PSN) programme.
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The GCN will be one of the enablers for shared services, cloud-based services and datacentre rationalisation, which will deliver benefits to the public sector while reducing cost and complexity.
According to a survey conducted by Cisco, the PSN could cut government IT costs by over 6%.
In order to supply PSN-compliant networks to its government customer base, BT Global Services will connect to the GCN via BT Wholesale.
GCN will deliver a common secure communications backbone to PSN service providers covering all parts of the public sector. BT's GCN service will be built on its core UK MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) network, which is CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) accredited to the 2.2.4 standard for security and performance that meets government requirements for the PSN.