Daisy Updata – a joint venture between unified communications supplier Daisy and public sector network integrator Updata, part of services powerhouse Capita – will take overall charge of KPSN, which was established in 2008 through a partnership between Kent’s local authorities and other public sector organisations.
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The network currently supports more than 1,350 council sites around Kent, covering an estimated 370,000 users in blue light services, education, health and local government.
The supplier, which came through a competitive tender process run by Kent County Council on behalf of the KPSN members, has been briefed to look for further improvements in service efficiency, including faster broadband speeds and cost reductions.
Kent County Council’s Gary Cooke, cabinet member for corporate and democratic services, said KPSN had already been “hugely successful”.
“The partnership has enabled multiple networks in the region to combine into a single network, not only reducing costs but facilitating shared services.
“Together with DUCL, we will build on this success, reaffirming KPSN’s position as the network of choice for all public sector organisations in Kent,” he said.
Daisy Group CEO Matthew Riley said that with the rise of cloud-based technologies in the workplace, reliable, superfast connectivity such as this is highly sought after.
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“Organisations across the county will feel the benefits of the increased capabilities available from this networking infrastructure,” he said.
“Kent County Council and the KPSN partners are setting a great example for other regions. This new approach to ICT procurement will play a massive part in the government’s goal of reducing costs while enhancing efficiency.”
Arthur Gormley, managing director of Updata Infrastructure, said the council has long been regarded as a pioneer in the adoption of government and partnership approaches to service delivery.
“We have worked closely with the council and KPSN partners to plan the enhanced network infrastructure required to realise its vision,” he said. “By building on current success, the new network will support Kent County Council’s ambitions for the next phase of KPSN.”