UK government launches new intranet

The UK government has launched a secure intranet system which promises easier connection with all central and local government...

The UK government has launched a secure intranet system which promises easier connection with all central and local government departments, as well as public sector organisations.

Energis Communications will provide the intranet in a five-year, £40m networking contract, and will replace a legacy system put in by Cable & Wireless. Energis competed against C&W and BT for the contract.

The system provides tighter security, improved e-mail and web browsing and access for remote workers, according to Energis spokesman Paul Maguire. The system is based on the Multi-Protocol Label Switching technology.

Government departments are now beginning a migration from the legacy system to the updated intranet, Maguire said.

Potentially, it could have hundreds of thousands of users, and is expected to reduce costs and improve cross-department communications.

The contract was granted by OGCbuying.solutions, an executive agency for the UK's Office of Commerce which provides procurement and services.

According to the OGCbuying.solutions website, the legacy system had been in place since 1997 and an upgrade to a new system was planned to take place last September.

Both systems will run in parallel until all users are migrated to the new intranet.

Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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