The Scottish government has signed up Virgin Media Business to provide fixed line voice services, SIP trunking and cloud-based networking solutions through its Fixed Telephony Services Framework.
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The deal is part of Holyrood’s Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) programme and has been designed to cut procurement costs by moving away from individual infrastructure procurement.
It will see Virgin Media Business provide services in schools, GP surgeries, hospitals and councils across Scotland.
The supplier, which will be part of a seven-strong consortium, will also offer lower tariffs to public-sector organisations that switch over.
Scottish government director of procurement and commercial, Alastair Merrill, said the framework was a great example of public-sector organisations in Scotland working together to achieve local and national benefits.
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“The Scottish government is absolutely committed to improving Scotland’s public-sector infrastructure, which is why we have launched SWAN and the Fixed Telephony Services Framework – to generate significant long-term savings and ultimately deliver a more integrated and cost-effective service for businesses and individuals across the country,” he said.
Virgin Media Business executive sales director Mario DiMascio said: “We will take away the complexity that many organisations currently face in dealing with multiple providers and instead put in place a more collaborative approach. This will play a vital role in boosting efficiency and identifying new opportunities for growth.”