Johnston Press has rolled out a network to help its transition from traditional print to digital media.
The regional and online publisher has renewed and expanded its existing contract with Thus, and handed over control of its infrastructure to the network services provider.
Thus has managed the publishing group's network and provided a voice over IP service since 2005.
Under the contract, Johnston Press – which publishes 318 local newspapers in the UK – will house business systems for advertising, editorial and production in locations managed by Thus. These systems will be accessed from local offices using Thus's next-generation network.
Roger Davies, IT director at Johnston Press, said: "Our unique requirements, involving large-scale hosting environments, high-capacity wavelength services and high levels of resilience, meant we needed to work with a company that understood our business."
Johnston Press's Digital Publishing division maintains more than 338 websites, read by almost 8 million people per month.