The North East is set to benefit from a new highly resilient telecoms infrastructure thanks to a £700,000 12-month contract. The agreement was signed between pan-European broadband networking company Easynet, Regional Development Agency One NorthEast and Adit North East, the region’s public body charged with aggregating public sector demand for high-speed, always-on Internet access.
The contract is one of the first to be signed within the Broadband Aggregation Framework, which enables faster, simplified procurement processes for the public sector and will encourage overseas and public sector organisations to invest in the region.
This project will form the foundation stone on which to build additional services, applications and connectivity for the region and ultimately assist in making the North East region an exemplar in Hosting, Data Storage and Disaster Recovery
Easynet has an existing presence in the region with its extensive broadband infrastructure. The high capacity network will be made available at both data centres in Newcastle and Sunderland, and will also link both centres together ensuring maximum resilience and disaster recovery.
Andy Long, Head of Public Sector, Easynet, said: “Easynet has supported the Broadband Aggregation Programme from its outset. There are clear advantages to service providers working closely with regional bodies in order to deliver best value broadband. This project demonstrates the benefits that can arise from such relationships and we are delighted to be working closely with One North East and Adit North East to deliver such an innovative networking solution to the area.”
Maitland Hyslop, Head of Knowledge, Information and ICT at One North East, said: “The North East of England has a first class industrial and commercial infrastructure combined with excellent communications links. Safe, fast communications infrastructure is crucial for all organisations, and we are confident that the new network technology will provide this and will prove an asset to the region
Ed Brown, CEO of Adit North East said: “Easynet was able to respond to our request with an innovative, secure solution within very short timescales. This project illustrates the role of the Regional Aggregation Boards, both to ensure value for money for individual government departments, and to enable the extension of broadband networks to increase competitiveness.”
Notes to Editors:
Established in 1994, Easynet is a leading pan-European Broadband networking company, providing customers across Europe with innovative, IP-based wide area networking solutions.
Easynet is focused on providing IP solutions that enable organisations to enhance their own profitability. The Easynet European network covers ten countries, allowing companies to connect all their European sites to a high quality, secure and reliable IP VPN service with class of service, essential to the deployment of Voice over IP (VoIP).
Easynet plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Information about Easynet can be found at www.easynet.com.
Easynet and the Public Sector
Easynet believes that a competitive broadband market is in everyone's interests. It fosters innovation, leading to new technologies and ever improving services and ensures customers get consistent value for money. It is also the cornerstone for achieving Best Value in the public sector. Easynet is at the forefront of driving competition forward in the UK broadband market - supporting the public sector in meeting their competitiveness targets. Easynet has unbundled more local loop exchanges than any other company and introduced unique new services, including the UK's fastest broadband and SureStream(tm) - delivering leased line performance at half the cost. Easynet have also backed this up with unbeatable service level guarantees and a level of personal service many believed extinct.
In May 2003, Easynet was selected by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) to offer broadband services to the public sector under the Broadband Services Framework Agreement and in April 2004 Easynet was included in the DTI Broadband Aggregation Project framework agreement. Through these framework agreements, public sector customers will be able to take advantage of Easynet's core strengths in broadband access, broadband networks and broadband solutions.
One NorthEast is the regional Development Agency set up in April 1999 to help the people of the North East to create and sustain jobs, prosperity and a higher quality of life. The Agency is responsible to the people of the North East and to the Government.
The remit to the Agency is to use all the resources at its disposal, in both rural and urban communities throughout the North East:
To further the economic development and the regeneration of the region
To promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness in the region
To generate employment
To encourage and enhance the development and application of relevant work skills of the people living here
Adit North East
Adit North East is one of nine regional bodies coordinating and aggregating public sector demand for broadband infrastructure and services. The Adits bring together the broadband requirements and purchasing power of the NHS, schools and other public sector services, creating a progressive environment which strongly favours broadband provision and ensures maximum efficiency in both procurement and deployment.
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