Daisy Updata Communications (DUCL) has been awarded a six-year contract to manage a shared network for public services in Kent.
DUCL will manage a wide area network (WAN) connecting more than 1,350 establishments across Kent. The Kent Public Service Network (KPSN) provides broadband and internet connectivity to an estimated 370,000 users in fire stations, schools, local government offices, universities, colleges, libraries, health and other public sector locations.
As part of the new contract, DUCL will aim for further improvements in service efficiency, including faster internet and connectivity speeds and a reduction in costs for KPSN partner organisations.
The contract was awarded following a competitive tender by Kent County Council, acting on behalf of the partners and users of the KPSN.
Kent County Council cabinet member for corporate and democratic services Gary Cooke said: “The KPSN has been hugely successful in improving Kent’s communications. The partnership has enabled multiple networks within the region to combine into a single network, not only reducing costs but facilitating shared services. Together with DUCL, we will build on this success reaffirming KPSN’s position as the network of choice for all public sector organisations in Kent.”