Greenwich Council has signed a £6 million managed services deal with Logicalis.
Under the seven year deal, Logicalis will upgrade Greenwich’s local area and wide area networks to a new converged voice and data network.
The change forms part of an ongoing modernisation programme in the London borough, which aims to improve internal efficiency and create new online services for its 220,000 residents. It will also enable online services for visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Games, of which the borough is one of the hosts.
Ten thousand council employees will be migrated to the network during the next 12 to 18 months.
Peter Brooks, deputy leader of the council, said Greenwich needed a more robust network in order to improve employee productivity as well as the quality of citizen services, all of which are managed in-house.
“The decision to outsource the day-to-day operational maintenance of the network will enable us to focus on delivering applications and services that streamline existing processes, and work to ensure residents and local businesses continue to receive value-for-money services from their tax contributions,” he said.
As the council’s IT department prepares for the London 2012 Olympics, creating new multimedia applications, Logicalis will also provide network consultancy.