Virgin Media Business has signed up to supply its fibre-optic network as part of the government's Public Sector Network (PSN) plan and created a new public sector business network.
The PSN initiative aims to secure voice, data, and other network services such as unified comms and remote access, for the public sector at a more cost-effective price, which Virgin Media public sector director Lee Hill said was vital in the face of "some of the toughest budget cuts in recent history".
Virgin is the second partner to sign a Deed of Undertaking with the government - the first being Global Crossing earlier in the month.
In various previous incarnations, the ISP claims to have over 16 years of experience of supplying networking capabilities to the public sector.
"This gives us unique insight into how the public sector is procuring technology, how it would like to do so in the future, and the benefits it would like to see from a shared services model," said Virgin Media Business head of PSN development Robert Parker.
"We have all worked very hard to get PSN up and running and it is gratifying to see the foundations of the network firmly in place," added PSN programme director John Stubley.