The Isle of Man government is building a £5m converged voice and data infrastructure, called "Connect Mann" to support 5,000 government staff.
Dimension Data Holdings and Manx Telecom will build the network over three years, as part of the island’s e-government programme codenamed "Jupiter" (Joined-Up Information for The Electronic Resident).
The Cisco-based network will offer IP telephony to 5,000 government employees across 12 departments, in 189 of the island’s government offices.
Dimension Data Holdings and Manx Telecom will also upgrade and replace local area network and telephone components as required.
Allan Paterson, director of the Isle of Man Government’s Information Systems Division, said, it chose the partners because they showed an understanding of the government’s objectives.
"Because the network serves a diverse number of users, from office-based government personnel to the police force and wildlife park, it was imperative that any partner could demonstrate an understanding of each individual department’s requirements and tailor the solution to these."