BT secures £50 million Public Sector Shared Network contract in Northern Ireland

Left to Right: Melanie McMordie (BT Enterprise PSSN business director), Paul Wickens (CEO for Enterprise Shared Services with the Northern Ireland Civil Service), Paul Murnaghan (BT Enterprise regional director for Northern Ireland) and Irene Kincaid (PSSN contract manager for the Northern Ireland Civil Service)

Left to Right: Melanie McMordie (BT Enterprise PSSN business director), Paul Wickens (CEO for Enterprise Shared Services with the Northern Ireland Civil Service), Paul Murnaghan (BT Enterprise regional director for Northern Ireland) and Irene Kincaid (PSSN contract manager for the Northern Ireland Civil Service)

BT has been awarded a multi-million pound nine-year contract by the Department of Finance to provide industry leading telecommunications services to all public sector bodies across Northern Ireland. The company will deliver network and unified communication services including new hardware, software and network security services across eleven Government Departments and other public sector bodies.

The contract, which is valued at around £50 million over nine years, could grow to a maximum of £400 million as other services and customers take advantage of the benefits the new network offers.

Paul Murnaghan, BT Enterprise’s regional director in Northern Ireland, said: “BT is committed to playing its part in helping to shape and deliver transformational public services for people across Northern Ireland both now and into the future. This contract will see us deliver a commercially innovative communications framework to provide the building blocks for a future-proofed solution designed to meet the developing needs of public sector users and citizens. We’ll be connecting public sector employees, citizens and services in ways that haven’t been possible before. We are committed to ensuring best value for money, providing the opportunity for all local communication providers to deliver their services.”

Paul Wickens, CEO of Enterprise Shared Services within the Northern Ireland Civil Service, responded: “This advanced network solution will allow us to provide high quality services. The new telecommunications infrastructure will replace a wide range of diverse networks. It offers high levels of security and operational stability, providing strong foundations for the new IT system for Northern Ireland’s citizens who make use of a variety of public sector services.”

The contract underpins Northern Ireland’s Programme for Government and its stated objectives. The Programme for Government is an important enabler for the adoption of shared services across the public sector. In particular, the future provision of network services will provide better services for the people of Northern Ireland.

The first core network services will be available for use by the Summer of 2019. BT will manage the core telecommunications infrastructure, including business continuity plans for the network.

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