The Scottish government has signed a fixed call deal with Virgin Media Business through its fixed telephony services framework, allowing public sector organisations across the country to benefit from "major cost savings".
The deal will see Virgin Media Business provide fixed voice services to the likes of schools, hospitals, local councils and GP surgeries. As a part of the deal, Virgin will offer lower tariffs to public sector organisations who switch their services, saving taxpayers’ money.
Virgin Media Business will also be working with public sector organisations to identify new, more efficient ways of working, rolling out additional services such as SIP trunking and cloud-based products.
The deal is part of a wider government programme which includes the roll out of a Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) for all public organisations in Scotland.
Virgin Media Business will be working with seven other suppliers, who will together provide telephony services to organisations to deliver more joined up public services across Scotland.
The Scottish comms buying model will lead to reductions in procurement costs by moving away from individual organisations procuring their own infrastructure.
Alastair Merrill, director of procurement and commercial business at the Scottish government, said: "The fixed telephony services framework is a fantastic example of a variety of public sector organisations working together to achieve a wide range of local and national benefits by maximising efficiency through collaboration."
SWAN has not been without its problems though, with BT recently trying to sue for damages after not winning a major contract to serve the NHS in Scotland.