London, United Kingdom – (The Hosting News) – April 14, 2006 – Telecommunication solution company, Global Crossing, will provide managed IP VPN services to the UK Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The three-year contract renewal is estimated to be worth approximately $14 million.
According to the company, the alliance will
offer a convergence-ready platform for voice, data and videoconferencing services to 5,000 users at 54 locations across the UK. The LSC is responsible for all post-16 education and training other than in universities.
A network of 47 local councils work alongside the Employment Service, the Small Business Service, the National Training Organisations, further education and sixth form colleges, and representatives of community groups, to meet their training and education needs. Global Crossing is providing a managed IP VPN service under the Managed Telecommunications Services (Mts) framework that it operates on behalf of OGCbuying.solutions.
the company has provided the LSC with a managed voice service through Mts since 2001. This latest contract was awarded following a competitive tender and extends the range of services provided to include data, video conferencing, Internet access and a remote access dial and VPN solution for the council’s remote and home-based personnel. Global Crossing’s management role under the contract includes handling the LSC’s incoming calls through Global Crossing’s centralized telephone operator service.
The service processes more than one million calls a year on behalf of government customers from call centers at Crewe and Glasgow. Malcolm Whyte, the LSC’s Director of Operational Services commented, ”The continuation of our relationship with Global Crossing will usher in new IP services and enable us to work more flexibly. We are delighted to announce the renewal of this contract, which we hope will allow us to make significant cash savings and efficiency gains.”
Phil Metcalf, Managing Director of Global Crossing UK added, ”We are extremely proud the LSC has entrusted us with the responsibility of creating an IP environment that will cater to all their communication needs well into the future. Winning this business amid strong competition underscores our strength in the provision of managed services to the government sector and demonstrates that Global Crossing’s converged services proposition is hard to beat.”
In the first phase of the project, Global Crossing intends to implement the IP VPN and upgrade the existing estate of private branch exchanges (PBXs) to provide IP telephony. The migration to IP VPN from an existing ATM network will be conducted in a highly flexible manner to enable the council to add or cease sites to accommodate its changing office requirements.
The council’s data center at Warwick is already connected to Global Crossing’s network, and high capacity links will be provided to the Coventry head office and the eight largest regional councils. Under the Mts framework agreement, Global Crossing provides a full range of managed IP services to some 90 central government departments, local authorities and executive agencies. In total, Mts supports more than 120,000 users with highly secure managed services.
The LSC exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. It is responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone. The LSC has a single goal: to improve the skills of England’s young people and adults to world-class standards. Its vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England have the knowledge and skills matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive workforce. Established in 2001, the LSC works nationally, regionally and locally from a network of offices across the country.
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