Government awards PSN services framework

Government awards PSN services framework

BT, CSC, Virgin Media Business and Fujitsu among the suppliers named

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The government has announced the 29 suppliers that have been successful at bidding for work under the Public Services Network (PSN) Services Framework.

It follows the award of the PSN Connectivity Framework earlier this year, with both frameworks intended to significantly cut the public sector’s networking and related services costs.

The PSN – a network of networks – is core to the government’s ICT Strategy and the Cabinet Office hopes that in three years’ time 80 percent of its PC-based staff (four million users) will be on the network.

PSN providers will connect to Direct Network Service Providers (DNSPs) via the Government Conveyance Network (GCN). The GCN is, in effect, the backbone to the PSN, acting as the gateway between the networks of different service providers.

Suppliers such as BT, CSC, Fujitsu, Vodafone and Virgin Media Business have been named on the new framework, which will offer services ranging from CCTV, to video and teleconferencing systems, call centre services and mobile services.

Cabinet Office minister 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.”

Some local and central government departments are already using PSN-compliant services and systems, which the government said has produced confirmed savings of £64.2 million in 2011/12.

The other suppliers on the PSN Services Framework are: 2e2, Airwave Solutions, Azzurri Communications, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Capita, Cassidian, Computacenter, Daisy Communications, Easynet Global Services, Everything Everywhere, Freedom Communications, Global Crossing, Icom Holdings, KCOM Group, Logicalis, NextiraOne, PageOne Communications, Phoenix IT Group, Siemens Communications, Specialist Computer Centre, Telefónica, telent, Thales and Uniworld.

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