The government has announced 29 companies that will be able to offer IT services to the public sector under the Public Sector Network (PSN) programme.
The PSN Serviced Framework cover the provision of services to government institutions both at a local and central level and in organisations such as police forces covering everything from CCTV systems to mobile services to teleconferencing tools.
Among those chosen include BT, Everything Everywhere, Fujitsu, Siemens, Virgin Media Business and Vodafone, as well as a host of smaller firms, in keeping with the government's desire to make the public sector an easier place for SMBs to do business.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said the completion of the application process for the framework should now provide numerous benefits to the public sector.
"With the award of the PSN Services Framework, following the PSN Connectivity Framework in April, we have passed a major milestone by establishing a competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the public sector," he said.
"The PSN will drive savings and efficiencies by removing duplicate network connections, providing simpler procurement and greater competition, and allowing public sector employees to work in more flexible, user-focused ways."
PSN programme director Craig Eblett said authorities had already shown an interest in the services set to be made available.
"A fair and open PSN marketplace is now in place, and there is strong demand from public sector organisations to access it," he said.
This will be good news for government chief information officer Andy Nelson who on Thursday urged IT chiefs in the public sector to ensure they took advantage of the PSN and the CloudStore.
The network supporting the PSN is being managed by Cable & Wireless and the government has already unveiled the list of suppliers able to offer dedicated network services over the top of this network.
The full list of suppliers is below:
1. 2e2 UK
2. Airwave Solutions
3. Azzurri Communications
4. British Telecommunications
5. Cable & Wireless Worldwide
6. Capita Business Services
8. CSC Computer Sciences
9. Computacenter (UK)
10. Daisy Communications
11. Easynet Global Services
12. Everything Everywhere
13. Freedom Communications (UK)
15. Global Crossing (Level 3)
16. Icom Holdings
17. KCOM Group
18. Logicalis UK
19. NextiraOne UK
20. PageOne Communications
21. Phoenix IT Group
22. Siemens Communications
23. Specialist Computer Centre
24. Telefónica UK
25. Telent Technology Services
26. Thales UK
27. Uniworld Communications
28. Virgin Media Business
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