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Government announces new PSN network

29 suppliers have been selected on the new PSN framework for Government IT services, the Cabinet Office has announced. The services available include CCTV and physical security monitoring, video and teleconferencing systems, mobile services and secure gateways.

The PSN is intended to provide a single logical network and marketplace for public sector communications to reduce costs and enable providers to operate, share and deliver services in cost-effective an innovative ways.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “With the award of the PSN Services Framework, following the PSN Connectivity Framework in April, we have passed a major milestone by establishing a competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the public sector.

“The PSN will drive savings and efficiencies by removing duplicate network connections, providing simpler procurement and greater competition, and allowing public sector employees to work in more flexible, user-focused ways.”

PSN programme director Craig Eblett said: “The PSN Services Framework, together with the PSN Connectivity Framework, provides the public sector with the preferred route to market for all PSN networks and telecommunications spend.

“A fair and open PSN marketplace is now in place, and there is strong demand from public sector organisations to access it.”

Martin Stiven, vice president of Everything Everywhere, the company that runs Orange UK, said: “Being included in the PSN is an evolution of our long standing relationship with the public sector…We’re excited to be part of the next three years and look forward to using it as an opportunity to develop even more innovative products and services.”

Mark Langdale, PSN lead, BT Global Services, said: “We believe PSN is more than just a network of networks for the IT crowd. We see it becoming a catalyst for innovation across all professional groups in the public sector – giving them real opportunities to save costs, transform the way they work and above all, improve public services for citizens across the country.”

The successful PSN Services suppliers are:

2e2 UK Ltd
Airwave Solutions
Azzurri Communications Ltd
British Telecommunications plc
Cable & Wireless Worldwide
Capita Business Services Ltd
Cassidian UK
CSC Computer Sciences Ltd
Computacenter (UK) Ltd
Daisy Communications Ltd
Easynet Global Services
Everything Everywhere Ltd
Freedom Communications (UK) Ltd
Global Crossing (Level 3)
Icom Holdings Ltd
KCOM Group plc
Logicalis UK Ltd
NextiraOne UK Ltd
PageOne Communications Ltd
Phoenix IT Group Ltd
Siemens Communications
Specialist Computer Centre
Telefónica UK Ltd
telent Technology Services Ltd
Thales UK Ltd
Uniworld Communications Ltd
Virgin Media Business Ltd
Vodafone Ltd

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