Isle of Man boosts communications infrastructure

The Isle of Man government is implementing an £8m IT programme to improve access to services for residents and businesses on the...

The Isle of Man government is implementing an £8m IT programme to improve access to services for residents and businesses on the island.

Project Jupiter (joined up information for the electronic resident) aims to bring about fundamental improvements in the delivery of policy, processes and services, which includes modernising the government’s communications network through the Connect Mann project.

Consultancy Improcom assisted in the procurement of Wan and Lan services, which include IP telephony, cabling, wireless networks, video conferencing and ongoing support.

After a tender, a Cisco-based network and IP telephony solution was chosen, supplied by Manx Telecom in partnership with Dimension Data.

Allan Paterson, director of the Isle of Man government's information systems division, said, "Connect Mann, our integrated voice and data IP network, is a particularly complex programme with a significant downside to us if it is poorly delivered.

"There are important cost savings to be realised with the network, but its availability in a specified timescale is key to other strategic elements of the Jupiter programme."

Last August the Isle of Man government announced plans to turn the island into an  IT disaster recovery site for businesses in off-shore financial centres worldwide.

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