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Fife Council saves £2.4m with Updata

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Friday 26 October 12

Fife Council has chosen public sector network specialist Updata Infrastructure (UK) Ltd (Updata) to provide managed connectivity services to its extensive network of around 500 schools, corporate and remote office sites. The four year deal with Updata offers improved connectivity speeds to council sites across the Kingdom; whilst reducing the Council’s annual connectivity bill by over 40 per cent (around £600,000 per annum). The contracted service will help the Council achieve its stated aim of increasing the number of home…

Fife Council has chosen public sector network specialist Updata Infrastructure (UK) Ltd (Updata) to provide managed connectivity services to its extensive network of around 500 schools, corporate and remote office sites. The four year deal with Updata offers improved connectivity speeds to council sites across the Kingdom; whilst reducing the Council’s annual connectivity bill by over 40 per cent (around £600,000 per annum). The contracted service will help the Council achieve its stated aim of increasing the number of home-based and mobile workers through the provision of better connectivity, resulting in improved ways of working and ultimately in better services delivered to the citizens of Fife. The network will underpin the Council’s estate rationalisation programme, which is expected to see the number of council offices reduce by nearly half during the contract period. The network is planned for completion by September 2013.

Updata’s experience of designing, deploying and managing wide area networks to accredited Public Services Network (PSN) standards is expected to play a major part in the Council’s planned transition to the Scottish Wide-Area network (SWAN) programme when it goes live – Holyrood’s equivalent to the PSN initiative from Westminster. Updata plans to integrate its own service delivery team with Fife Council’s ICT team to achieve further cost savings and help the Council maintain its existing skills base.

Charlie Anderson, Head of ICT at Fife Council says, “The Updata solution supports our commitment to reducing operational costs and providing better ICT facilities for schools and Council employees across the region. Updata’s approach to our tender has been both innovative and flexible and the company has demonstrated a real understanding of our specific requirements.

We are looking forward to working with Updata, so that we can realise our vision to achieve significant reduction in operating costs together with the provision of a better network service for all of our sites.”

Vic Baldorino, Sales Director at Updata comments, “We are of course delighted to have been chosen by Fife Council for this contract and really look forward to working with them. We are absolutely committed to providing a service designed to meet Fife’s specific needs, which will deliver substantial savings and an improvement in customer service levels. This award is testament to Updata’s reputation and to our long-term commitment to doing business in Scotland. We could not be more pleased.”

Updata is currently working with a significant number of local councils in the UK, including, Buckinghamshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Metropolitan Council to support the drive of local government towards PSN-ready networks. In September 2012, Updata became one of the first communication providers in the UK to be formally certified as a Direct Network Service Provider (DNSP) by the Cabinet Office.

Since opening the Scottish office in 2010, Updata has been successful in securing business from a number of Scottish local authorities including, East Lothian, Perth & Kinross, Stirling and Dundee City Council. This success is a reflection of its commitment and continued investment in Scotland and demonstrates Updata’s position as a leading managed networks services provider in Scotland as well as the rest of the UK.


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