A consortium of councils in the Midlands has chosen Virgin Media Business as the preferred supplier for the West Midlands Public Services Network (WMPSN).
The WMPSN aims to deliver a network infrastructure that will enable West Midland schools, hospitals, emergency services and local government offices to share information and collaborate.
Solihull Council led the procurement for the WMPSN, and its cabinet member for resources, Robert Hulland, said that major savings are expected once the network is implemented.
“We are very much looking forward to setting the wheels in motion for this project, which will deliver substantial savings for all of the authorities involved in the partnership,” he said.
“The service has also been procured to enable any public service organisation in the West Midlands, including health, fire, police, third sector and local government, to enjoy these savings.”
According to Virgin, the contract will deliver at least £1.5 million savings a year. The savings could reach more than £5 million a year as more organisations join the network.
Solihull Council’s partners include Warwickshire County Council, Birmingham City Council, Worcestershire County Council, West Midlands Police, Herefordshire County Council and the Black Country Local Authorities.
Mario Di Mascio, executive director of sales at Virgin Media Business, said: “Virgin Media Business has a strong heritage in the West Midlands both in the customers we serve and as a large employer in the region.
“It’s great that we’re able to continue to invest in the area and work in partnership with WMPSN to leverage the experience we've gained through our recent successes with the likes of CambridgeshirePSN, HPSN2 [Hampshire], YHPSN [Yorkshire and Humberside] and LondonPSN. We’re very much looking forward to working with Solihull Council and its partners to deliver a service they can be proud of.”