DUCL will manage a wide area network (WAN) connecting more than 183 council owned sites and schools across Central Bedfordshire.
DUCL is a joint venture between Updata Infrastructure Ltd, a provider of network solutions to the public sector and part of Capita IT Services, and Daisy Group, a supplier of unified business communications services. Updata has provided network management to Central Bedfordshire Council, and one of its legacy authorities, Bedfordshire County Council, since 2008.
As part of the new contract, the council will join Essex County Council’s Next Generation Network (NGN). DUCL was awarded the 10-year Public Services Network (PSN) accredited NGN contract in 2012 and provides IT network infrastructure and associated telephony services to 200,000 users across Essex.
Central Bedfordshire Council, which covers an area of 716km² making it the 11th largest unitary authority in England, will have the option to access other services available to Essex NGN members including telephony.
Commenting onthe deal Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Executive member for corporate resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are looking forward to working with DUCL to further enhance IT services for council staff so that we can provide first class services to our residents. By joining up with the Essex NGN, we become part of a PSN ready network and have access to a range of other IT services that will support us in providing resilient and innovative solutions that increase our performance and help to reduce costs.”
Matthew Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Daisy Group, said: “The role of unified communications is playing an increasingly important role in helping progressive organisations drive efficiencies and enhance collaboration and communication, none more so than those operating in the public sector.
“We are delighted to be working with Central Bedfordshire as they adopt new technologies to drive the council, its staff and services into the digital age through technology.”