Virgin Media Business has announced that it has been chosen to provide a Public Services Network (PSN) for the West Midlands region as the firm continues to win deals in the government network market.
The West Midlands Public Services Network (WMPSN) will save local authorities in the region £1.5m a year, according to Virgin Media Business, by providing all public bodies with a single network over which services are delivered.
Initially organisations such as Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire councils and the West Midlands Police will be using the network.
Solihull Council led the procurement deal with Virgin Media Business. Councillor Robert Hulland said it would deliver huge benefits across the region by cutting technology costs for numerous frontline organisations.
"We are very much looking forward to setting the wheels in motion for this project, which will deliver substantial savings for all of the authorities involved in the partnership," he said.
“The service has also been procured to enable any public service organisation in the West Midlands – including health, fire, police, third sector and local government – to enjoy these savings," he added.
Hulland added that he hopes more organisations will join the PSN to help increase the cost benefits of the deal over time.
The deal is one of several PSN contracts secured by Virgin Media Business over the past few years, with the firm announcing a similar deal in Yorkshire and Humberside in January and securing a London-wide PSN deal at the start of 2011.
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