Voice and data deal to save Lambeth Council £2m

Lambeth council has entered into a contract worth £20m for converged voice and data network services.The six year contract, called Project Signal, will be delivered by Virgin Media Business and its partner in the deal, Vodafone.
The new WAN infrastructure will involve implementing data lines that connect 180 council buildings together, as well as the internet links that connect with the outside world. Vodafone will provide the telephone service, for both mobile and fixed phones. The solution will also include a public access Wi-Fi network in key council buildings.
Lambeth said that it hopes the project will save at least £2m over the next six years through reductions in infrastructure, costs and call charges. The spokesman said the main aim of the deal is to provide better integrated, lower cost, voice and data services for council staff.
He added there is scope within the deal to extend the services offered to partner and mutual organisations across the borough as part of Lambeth's "co-operative council" ambitions.
Ed Garcez, chief information officer and divisional director of ICT services at Lambeth council said: "Project Signal has already achieved a number of quick wins for users within the council, and more importantly for citizens across the borough. Working in partnership with Virgin Media Business and Vodafone will deliver many additional advantages to Lambeth, and potentially more widely across London."
The deal has the option to extended by up to four years.
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