HM Customs & Excise has chosen Siemens Nixdorf to develop and deliver a department-wide LAN services project.
Siemens Nixdorf's IT Services business won the 18-month contract ahead of 30 other suppliers after a full-scale procurement process in accordance with EU guidelines. It will provide LAN cabling for both voice and data, as well as ethernet hub equipment. It will also design, implement and manage the installation of the network, which will consist of equipment from a variety of vendors, as yet unnamed.
When complete, the network infrastructure will link 22,000 Customs staff nationwide at head offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Southend, as well as over 200 regional offices, all of which need a high-speed infrastructure to supplement the existing nationwide LAN interconnect service.
The department said the precise financial terms of the deal could not be disclosed because it was a framework arrangement, so spending could change across the lifetime of the contract.
Siemens Nixdorf has forged a close relationship with Customs over the past three years, during which time it has tackled 140 different networking projects worth around #6 million.
"Having worked with Siemens Nixdorf, we know it has the skills and expertise we are looking for," said Dave Knight, telecoms manager at Customs' Southend HQ.
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