Fife Council claims PSN strategy will save it £600,000 a year

Scottish council enlists Updata to overhaul connectivity strategy to improve user experience and slash costs.

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Scotland's third largest local authority is expected to reduce its connectivity bill by 40 per cent, thanks to the implementation of a new public services network (PSN).

PSN specialist Updata Infrastructure has signed a four-year contract with Fife Council to provide managed connectivity to its network of schools and offices.

The deal is also expected to play a major part in the council's planned transition to the Scottish Wide-Area Network (SWAN) when it is launched.

Updata has been contracted to provide improved connectivity speeds to council sites across the local authority area, while reducing its connectivity bill by approximately 600,000 per year.

The contract will reduce Fife's connectivity bill by 600,000 per year.

These cost savings will be achieved in part through reduction of the council's estate footprint and through the integration of Updata's service delivery team within Fife's ICT unit, the company said.

Updata also claimed the contracted service will help Fife Council achieve its aim of increasing the number of home-based and mobile workers through better provisioning.

Charlie Anderson, head of ICT at Fife Council, said: "Updata's approach to our tender has been both innovative and flexible and the company has demonstrated a real understanding of our specific requirements.

"We are looking forward to working with Updata, so that we can realise our vision to achieve significant reduction in operating costs together with the provision of a better network service for all of our sites," he added.

Vic Baldorino, sales director at Updata, added: "[We] are absolutely committed to providing a service designed to meet Fife's specific needs, which will deliver substantial savings and an improvement in customer service levels."

The process of building the network is planned for completion by September 2013, with the overall contract continuing until the end of 2016.

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