IT savings for Cambridgeshire councils

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CAMBS County and Fenland District Councils, together with other public sector bodies across the region, are set to see major savings and benefits from a new Cambridgeshire IT Network agreement.

The new network will provide increased bandwidth for more than 200 schools and provide significant savings thanks to improved IT, making it easier for Cambridgeshire public services to work in partnership.

The Cambridgeshire Public Sector Network links contract has been awarded to Virgin Media Business following a successful partnership procurement led by the County Council.

Currently the partnership includes Cambs County Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority as well as the voluntary and community sector represented by the Cambridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Cambs County Councillor Linda Oliver, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, said: “The new Cambridgeshire Public Sector Network agreement will provide faster, more cost-effective and secure networks that will enable public services across Cambridgeshire to deliver more efficient services. Shared networking will keep costs down, delivering more for less while providing real benefits for our communities.”

Councillor Kit Owen, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for IT development, said: “At a time when finances are so tight across the whole public sector, it is more important than ever to develop top-quality, shared services. This new agreement will bring significant benefits to all the partners. It is a positive advance in the use of ICT through the implementation of flexible broadband technologies. These enhancements will deliver significant economies of scale and provide us with the opportunity to further improve public services throughout Cambridgeshire in general and Fenland in particular.”

“We’re absolutely committed to helping the public sector do more with technology, whether that be connecting multiple buildings with a super-fast network, empowering them to use the cloud or sharing valuable data across organisations. The CPSN Framework is a great example of the future of public sector technology procurement and we’re incredibly proud to be making this happen. What’s particularly exciting is that it’s not just about empowering the public sector in Cambridgeshire, the new network will put in place a platform for delivering projects and services that will bring long term benefits to the wider community,” said Mark Heraghty, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business.