West Dunbartonshire council has awarded outsourcer Capita a £4 million contract to help modernise its IT services and network.
The contract will involve implementing new hardware in a number of council offices in Clydebank, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven. This will provide both council employees and community facilities with "a modern desktop environment", said the council, with additional bandwidth and improved network speeds.
In schools, there will also be wireless access for staff and school pupils.
The benefits of faster internet access, the council said, include the ability to offer additional online services to local communities, such as enhanced services for job seekers and people seeking online training.
The new network will also enable greater flexibility and mobility for council staff, with them able to support more front-line services in person.
Over the next year, Capita IT Services will be working in West Dunbartonshire alongside its wide area network (WAN) partner Updata Infrastructure.
In October 2011, Capita signed a strategic alliance in Scotland with Updata, with the partners having already worked together on contracts at both Fife Council and East Lothian Council.
Patricia Kerr, manager of ICT at West Dunbartonshire council, said: “This is an exciting time for the council as we undergo an extensive modernisation of our IT infrastructure.
"Capita was chosen as the successful supplier after a rigorous competitive tender process. The investment will help our staff provide vital services to local communities.”