Virgin Media Business has committed to providing its nationwide fibre optic infrastructure to the UK government to underpin its Public Sector Network (PSN).
The Cabinet Office and the Treasury expect the PSN, which will deliver voice and data technology to the public sector, to become a single network delivered through multiple service providers to ensure good value.
The PSN was first proposed by the Labour government as a system that would be secure, based on open standards, energy efficient and competitive. It will replace the current fragmented set of public networks.
At a time when the typical UK government department is looking to reduce its budget by 19 per cent over the next four years, the PSN will play a vital role.
"Virgin Media Business has now signed a Deed of Undertaking to provide a fully compliant network 'interconnection' - the electronic highway that will span and connect the PSN," said John Stubley, PSN programme director.
"We have all worked very hard to get PSN up and running and it is extremely gratifying to see the network's foundations now firmly in place," he added.
Since it began two years ago, BT, Cable & Wireless and Global Crossing have also signed up to the PSN project.
"Virgin Media Business now provides services to over 30,000 public sector sites and over 60 per cent of healthcare and emergency services and has been servicing this sector for 16 years," said Robert Parker, head of Public Sector Network development, Virgin Media Business.
"We now have an insight into how the public sector procures technology, how it would like to do so in the future and the benefits it would like to see from a shared services model," he added.
"We recognise the emergence and threat of austerity measures. There is potential here to target new markets in the central government space."
The commitment will also see Virgin Media Business provide Government Conveyance Network (GCN) capability, which will act as a glue to enable network providers to connect with each other.
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