BT gets Public Sector Network contract


BT has agreed to become one of the key providers for the Public Sector Network (PSN) programme after signing a Deed of Undertaking (DoU) with the Cabinet Office.

The telecoms giant confirmed yesterday it was to be a provider for the core network running the "network of networks" for the public sector.

The deal will see BT Wholesale become a key supplier of Government Conveyance Network (GCN) services which will interconnect with PSN Direct Network Service Providers (DNSPs), which in turn supply Government departments and local authorities.

"Today's signature of the DoU underlines BT's commitment to the PSN, providing a full range of services including the GCN," said Neil Rogers, president of BT Global Services for government and health.

"Drawing on our experience of co-designing PSN we can help public sector organisations achieve both cost and service improvements as well as help them transition to PSN compliance. The PSN also creates a new and competitive market for shared cloud services on top of the network, something which presents a real opportunity for BT given our expertise in networked IT services."

The PSN forms part of a Government attempt to reduce IT spending and make systems more agile.

Earlier this year, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, outlined plans to get rid of waste and duplication in Government IT, whilst steering away from big projects.

In particular, the Government is hoping to stay clear of any IT initiatives over 100 million.

The administration has come under heavy fire in the past for wasting time and money on failed IT projects.

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