Central Bedfordshire Council will use Essex County Council’s next-generation network (NGN) for some infrastructure and telephony services under the terms of a new PSN contract with Daisy Updata Communications (DUCL).
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DUCL – a joint venture between Daisy Group and Capita – has been running Essex’s PSN since 2012 under a 10-year contract.
Updata, its predecessor company, has also provided network management to Central Bedfordshire and one of its legacy authorities, Bedfordshire County Council, since 2008.
Its nine-year deal with Bedfordshire will see it take control of management and development of the council's wide area network (WAN), which connects more than 183 council-owned sites in the area.
Central Bedfordshire Council's deputy executive member for corporate resources, Richard Wenham, said: “By joining up with the Essex NGN we become part of a PSN-ready network and have access to a range of other IT services that will support us in providing resilient and innovative solutions that increase our performance and help to reduce costs.”
Daisy CEO Matthew Riley added: “The role of unified communications is playing an increasingly important role in helping progressive organisations drive efficiencies and enhance collaboration and communication, none more so than those operating in the public sector.”
Arthur Gormley, managing director at Updata Infrastructure, said it was pleased to have the opportunity to continue its work with the council alongside its partner Daisy.
“By combining our strengths, DUCL is able to offer a flexible and highly resilient network to help improve services at council sites across Central Bedfordshire,” he added.
DUCL won a six-year PSN management contract with Kent County Council earlier in August 2014