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Tameside uses Manchester framework to secure PSN-ready WAN

David Bicknell Published 12 March 2013

Council's Updata deal takes advantage of Rochdale's AGMA connectivity contract


Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has moved to a public services network (PSN) ready wide area network (WAN) after utilising a connectivity framework contract made available to ten Greater Manchester local authorities.

The WAN, supplied by Updata, will provide improved connectivity for around one hundred corporate sites including library buildings and council offices, and supports Tameside's overall commitment to local regeneration and support of local businesses.

The council says the network's high availability and flexibility will provide improved broadband access for schools that choose to connect via the council's WAN while at the same time enabling the council to rationalise its property portfolio, resulting in significant revenue savings.

The framework for connectivity contract was first developed by Rochdale Borough Council in February 2012, and was later made available to other members of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), a group of ten local authorities working together to develop Greater Manchester as a world class region in the UK.

Julie Hayes, Head of ICT at Tameside Council, said, "By procuring through the AGMA framework, we were able to avoid the costly and time intensive procurement and tender process and could ensure that we chose the most cost effective and flexible WAN solution. Updata has a very flexible offering, and has already demonstrated a willingness to work within our specific requirements to provide a resilient solution that is a good fit for our needs rather than an 'off-the shelf' approach."


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