LONDON, July 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Global Crossing Limited (NASDAQ:GLBC – News), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced that its subsidiary, Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited (GCUK) has been named one of only three suppliers in the Government Procurement Service, Managed Telecommunications Convergence Framework (MTCF).
The MTCF will facilitate the delivery of managed telephony and data network services and enable the public sector to benefit from access to a new portfolio of hosted IP telephony, unified communications and video conferencing services. All services delivered within the framework will either be PSN (Public Service Network)-certified or provide transition to PSN-certified services, if required.
“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the three suppliers on the new framework,” said Ted Higase, Global Crossing managing director for UK and Europe. “As the Managed Telecommunications Service (MTS) provider, we have been a major supplier of public sector information and communications technologies for more than 15 years, and have delivered hosted IP telephony and flexible networking solutions to individual departments and broader government-wide initiatives. We also were one of the first suppliers to take part in the creation and delivery of the PSN, an important initiative designed to transform the way public sector IT is delivered and consumed.”
The framework agreement spans an initial two-year period with the option to extend further.
The MTCF will facilitate the replacement of the current MTS agreement held by Global Crossing, which originally was introduced in 1996 to provide managed voice and data services to a small number of government departments. However, the reach and requirements of the framework have expanded over time to encompass more public sector organisations and a range of IP and managed telephony services. As a result, the replacement framework is designed to better address the changing demands of the sector and its need for increased flexibility.
The unification process will establish a common platform that simplifies network management and helps deliver a modern system where users can be quickly added or subtracted, and maintenance and upgrades can be implemented efficiently. One tangible benefit of this approach is that government buildings could operate without multiple connections for each internal department or application.
“We recognise how important it is for the UK public sector to utilise and benefit from a single telecommunications and communications framework,” Higase continued. “The organisation as a whole will benefit from the increased efficiency, cost savings, and improved connectivity that our MTCF and PSN offerings provide.”
The MTCF is available to any public sector organisation in central and local government, as well as to those working in the education, health, criminal justice and charity sectors. Global Crossing may supply a variety of flexible solutions, some of which are provided in conjunction with its partners.
“MTCF represents welcome progress for the Government’s plans for its PSN project,” said Gary Barton, analyst at Current Analysis. “It is a sign of Global Crossing’s proactive engagement with PSN and of its established public sector credentials that it has been one of the three suppliers awarded a framework agreement for MTCF. MTCF is a strong example of what can be achieved when parties come together. MTCF and PSN already are showing signs that they will deliver real value for tax-payers’ money by providing increased efficiency in public sector ICT contracts.”
The MTCF is the successor to the existing Managed Telecommunications Service (MTS) contract, which is due to expire on 31 December 2011, and provides convergence towards the existing and emerging Public Services Network (PSN) standards.
The agreement provides managed telecommunications services to facilitate inter-organisational collaboration through secure communication, interoperability and sharing of information. The services available include voice, video, unified communications and network services, plus associated design, consultancy and other professional and supporting services. The framework agreement can be used by all public sector organisations and has an initial term of two years, with the option to extend for two further terms each of up to one year’s duration.
In addition to being the successor to MTS, other customers may call-off contracts under this framework agreement either directly or via a lead contracting authority such as Government Procurement Service.
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Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC – News) is a leading global IP, Ethernet, data center and video solutions provider with the world’s first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services delivered with superior customer service.
Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data centers in major business centers around the globe.
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