The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) has awarded Eircom a £70m contract to upgrade its networks and help transform its government services.
The Network NI contract will last between six and ten years and will support a range of voice, video and data applications with next generation capabilities.
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The technology will support a number of ongoing NICS projects such as Workplace 2010, Account NI, Records NI, HR Connect and NI Direct.
As part of the contract, Eircom will provide services to all 11 government departments across Northern Ireland.
Network NI will be supported from eircom's new Service Operations Centre in Belfast, consisting of a network operating centre and service organisation that has been designed specifically to meet the particular requirements of Network NI.
It is estimated that up to 40 new jobs will be created in Northern Ireland as a result of the deal. Eircom has established partnerships with key suppliers Fujitsu and Cable & Wireless to deliver the system.