Foreign Office goes Global



Mike Simons

The Government's Foreign & Commonwealth Office has signed a £164m 10-year contract with international telecoms services...



Mike Simons

The Government's Foreign & Commonwealth Office has signed a £164m 10-year contract with international telecoms services provider Global Crossing to provide a worldwide network and associated communications equipment.

The Foreign Office Telecommunications Network will provide managed voice, messaging and data services to 240 sites worldwide and will use a mixture of satellite and terrestrial communications.

Global Crossing, which incorporates Racal Telecoms, will provide a managed virtual private network with permanent connections to 135 sites in nearly 100 countries.

Voice provision will be subcontracted to Siemens, while data and messaging will be centrally by Global Crossing, via managed Microsoft Exchange hub.

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