BT has seen off competition from a number of other telecoms firms to pen a £200-million agreement to supply the pan-London public sector with a wide range of information and communication services.
The tri-borough (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster City Council) selected BT to provide both local and wide-area networking, various cloud services, telephony (both mobile and fixed), as well as unified communication and conferencing services.
All 33 London boroughs will be able to use the IT services, as well as other public sector bodies in the capital such as the NHS and Transport for London.
The project "represents an innovative approach to procurement", explained Colm O'Neill, managing director for the major and public sector at BT, with public sector organisations in the capital able to buy the latest cutting-edge ICT services in a less complex, less time-consuming and less expensive way.
"We see this very much as a partnership with the organisations involved and they'll be able to play a part in shaping the future direction of travel of the framework and the products available on it," O'Neill added.
The telecoms operator was competing against a number of other "major communications companies" for the contract. BT says it's relishing the change to work with "such an interesting and diverse set of public sector organisations ranging from schools, NHS Trusts, police forces and social landlords, among others, to bring them a wide range of ICT services to support pan-London collaboration".