East Riding of Yorkshire Council has signed a £3m five-year contract with Virgin Media Business that will see it join the Yorkshire and Humber Public Services Network.
The installation, which will take place over the next 12 months, will support the council in building a more resilient and flexible network across its sites.
Due to the rural nature of the East Riding, the council’s IT network currently covers a large geographical area. This deal comes after a recent commitment from the council to upgrade IT services, reducing costs and improving the reliability of the network.
Yorkshire and Humber PSN, which is underpinned by Virgin Media Business, was one of the first networks delivered through the Government’s PSN framework.
In partnering with YHPSN, services across East Riding will now have the tools to be more collaborative, sharing information securely and staying better connected. The new framework will help public sector organisations in enabling staff to work more flexibly whilst delivering more reliable services that benefit residents.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “A reliable, secure and resilient IT network is vitally important for both public and private sector organisations in the modern world and investing in its infrastructure is important for the delivery of day-to-day services that our residents rely on.
“The Yorkshire and Humber PSN contributes to delivery of improved services to the public by facilitating efficient and effective collaboration between partners, whilst reducing the barriers that can often impede the public’s access to services.
“Importantly it will assist the council in its agile working approaches that play a key role in the authority’s transformation programme, which aims to improve service delivery whilst reducing costs.
“The proposal provides a like-for-like replacement of the current network, adjusted where appropriate, plus additional resilience at County Hall, Beverley, Goole and Bridlington and a backup internet connection to the Goole offices.”
John Skidmore, interim director of corporate strategy and commissioning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council’s current network infrastructure consists of more than 250 sites, many of them having onward links to other buildings.
“The new setup will be a cloud-based system, allowing one-to-one connection between council buildings and the core network. This will ensure a more reliable service, increased security and remove any barriers that would prevent the authority from accessing increased bandwidths in the future.”
Mario Di Mascio, executive sales director at Virgin Media Business, said: “Across the public sector, organisations are increasingly having to reduce spending and still deliver the very best services. PSNs provide a great way for them to do this; improving people’s lives while saving time and money that can be invested in enhancing the services that benefit us all.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, John Skidmore, interim director of corporate strategy and commissioning, Andrew Fisk and Paul Crane of Virgin Media Business sign the Public Services Network agreement at County Hall, Beverley.
About Virgin Media Business
Virgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business Virgin brand and part of the Virgin Media group, the UK’s first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services. The division prides itself on delivering innovative, high quality solutions that break down the barriers facing UK organisations today.
Businesses and public sector organisations around the country are using the Virgin Media Business network and skilled service teams to deliver far more than just high speed connectivity.
Staff are located at 40 offices across the country, meaning Virgin Media Business really is closer to its customers. Organisations working with Virgin Media Business include Knight Frank, Telefonica, London Grid for Learning, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cambridge County Council.
It has the UK’s only nationwide fibre optic network, carrying 35 per cent of all business broadband traffic and is already able to reach 85 per cent of businesses in the UK.
Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.