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OGC signs £105m comms contract

OGCbuying.solutions, the procurement arm of the Office of Government Commerce, has signed a £105m telecoms contract extension with Global Crossing.

The Managed Telecommunication Service (Mts) contract started with Global Crossing in 1996, and the latest extension brings the service provision up to December 2011.

The new contract continues to provide managed telephony and data network services, but also includes a new portfolio of hosted IP telephony and mobile working services for UK government departments. 

The Mts service currently supports more than 125,000 users across 90 UK public sector organisations, but is available to be used by any public sector organisation across central and local government, as well as education, health and criminal justice.

The contract includes technology provided by Global Crossing’s partner Siemens Enterprise Communications.

As part of Mts, Global Crossing manages more than 125,000 telephone extensions, 650 PBXs and 200 on-site IP routers, and switches more than 20m voice call minutes a month.

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