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£2m could be saved by councils' new IT deal
9:30am Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
Two councils have signed a major IT contract which is set to save them £2million over seven years.
Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council have signed a £20million deal for a public services network.
The deal, with managed network provider MDNX, could grow to £30million if more public sector bodies get on board, and is expected to take around 20 per cent out of the councils’ network costs.
The 10Gbps network will be rolled out by the end of August across 270 public sector bodies, including schools, police, and fire and rescue.
The two authorities also expect the move to create savings through shared office space and shared services.
Surrey County Council will host the system on behalf of East Sussex County Council as part of the SAP shared services.
Tony Summers, the chief information officer at East Sussex County Council, said the network would allow more local authorities to provide services to each other.
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