The Department of Work and Pensions is consolidating its voice and data contracts with BT in a deal worth £870m over five years.
The contract simplifies and unifies separate contracts inherited by the DWP when it was created from the former Department of Social Security and Department for Education and Employment. It promises “competitive, benchmarked prices” for the BT services, which will run on the telco’s 21st Century Network infrastructure.
Under the contract, the Department will get a new managed network from BT, which will be more resilient and provide higher overall levels of services, than its current networks. Band width will increase by an average five times over the life of the contract.
The new services will be introduced progressively over the next two years. Leigh Lewis, Permanent Secretary at the DWP, said the savings from the new contracts would "play a critical part in reaching our £1billion year on year efficiency saving."
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