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DUCL awarded six-year contract to manage Public Services Network across Kent

August 18, 2014



Daisy Updata Communications Ltd. (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.

The KPSN was created in 2008 and is a partnership of Kent's local authorities and other public sector organisations, working together to improve access to faster and lower cost network connectivity services within the region and to facilitate shared service delivery.

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."

DUCL is a joint venture between Updata Infrastructure Ltd, a leading communications integrator to the public sector and part of Capita IT Services, and Daisy Group plc, an experienced supplier of unified business communications services.

Arthur Gormley, managing director at Updata Infrastructure Ltd, said: "Kent County Council has long been regarded as a pioneer in the adoption of joined up government and partnership approaches to service delivery. We have worked closely with the council and KPSN partners to plan the enhanced network infrastructure required to realise its vision. By building on current success, the new network will support Kent County Council's ambitions for the next phase of KPSN."

Matthew Riley, chief executive officer at Daisy Group plc, said: "With the rise of cloud-based technologies in the workplace, reliable, superfast connectivity such as this is highly sought after. Organisations across the county will feel the benefits of the increased capabilities available from this new networking infrastructure.

"We are delighted to be working with the KPSN and supporting the good work that it continues to do within Kent's public sector telecoms space. Kent County Council and the KPSN partners are setting a great example for other regions. This new approach to ICT procurement will play a massive part in the Government's goal of reducing costs whilst enhancing efficiency."

Notes for editors

The KPSN Partnership consists of the following member organisations and supporting user organisations:

Ashford Borough Council;

Canterbury City Council;

Dartford Borough Council;

Dover District Council;

JISC Collections and Janet Limited ("Janet", the UK's research and education network)

GOETEC Limited (representing universities and the majority of the further education colleges in Kent);

Gravesham Borough Council;

Kent Connects;

Kent County Council;

Kent Fire & Rescue Service;

Kent LA, Academies and Independent Schools (supporting schools in Kent);

Kent Police;

Maidstone Borough Council;

Medway Council;

Kent & Medway Commissioning Support Unit representing all Health organisations in Kent;

Shepway District Council;

Sevenoaks District Council;

Swale Borough Council;

Thanet District Council;

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council;

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

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Capita press office

Simon Coughlin

Tel: 020 7654 2192020 7654 2192 or 020 7654 2399020 7654 2399 (out of hours)

Email: simon.coughlin@capita.co.uk

Elizabeth Lee

Tel: 020 7654 2169020 7654 2169 or 020 7654 2399020 7654 2399 (out of hours)

Email: elizabeth.lee@capita.co.uk

Daisy Group plc

Sarah Bradshaw

Tel: 01282 60896501282 608965

Email: sarah.bradshaw@daisygroupplc.com

Kent County Council press office

Ella Hughes

Tel: 01622 69401301622 694013

Email: ella.hughes@kent.gov.uk

Daisy Updata Communications Ltd. (DUCL) is a joint venture between Updata Infrastructure and Daisy communications. DUCL was formed to combine the expertise of both companies in supplying managed networks and unified communications.

Daisy Group plc (AIM: DAY) is a leading provider of unified communications to business customers.

The Group provides unified communications across a product portfolio including data, mobile, systems, maintenance and voice, offering an end-to-end solution for all business communications needs.

Updata is a leading managed networks and communications integrator, providing services to public and private sector clients. It combines innovation, flexibility and unparalleled services delivery to achieve the best value and fit for its clients. Capita plc announced it had acquired Updata. www.updata.net

Capita IT Services is a leading provider of ICT solutions, outsourced or managed IT and value-added reseller services. Working in partnership with over 3,800 customers across public and private sectors the solutions bring people, processes and technology together to transform business. The portfolio covers Infrastructure and Cloud, End User Computing, Network, Security and ISP, Unified Communications, Contact Centres and Technology Solutions. Part of Capita plc, over 3,000 professionals are employed at more than 50 sites across the UK, Ireland and India. www.capita-its.co.uk

Capita plc is the UK's leading provider of BPO and integrated professional support service solutions. With 64,000 people at over 400 sites, including 73 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South Africa, the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients' services, driving down costs and adding value. Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 with 2013 revenue of 3.9 billion. Further information on Capita plc can be found at: www.capita.co.ukCallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

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