Feeds

Wales seeks broadband deal

Open for tenders

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a procurement for public sector broadband connections.

It has published an OJEU notice inviting tenders to supply high capacity links to sites across the country as part of a Public Sector Broadband Network for Wales.

The deal, which could be worth up to £150m, is part of the Public Sector Broadband Aggregation Programme, which is aggregating demand for broadband connections. It will make use of the physical broadband network already in place in Wales, and provide connections for a range of public service organisations.

A spokesperson for the Assembly Government told GC News: "The Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) programme is about economies, efficiencies and interoperability.

"Currently, individual sectors procure their own connectivity. The objective of the PSBA project is to aggregate the demand for connectivity to procure a single high bandwidth solution.

"By consolidating the procurement process, PSBA will provide significant economies of scale and allow the various sectors to purchase capacity from a single, national network.

"Further benefits will also be seen, as PSBA will allow increased interoperability between public sector networks that will support improved delivery of public services."

The spokesperson said the current capacity of the broadband infrastructure is enough to meet existing requirements, but that the new connections would help the government improve coordination across the public sector under its Making Connections programme.

Network implementation is scheduled to follow the award of the contract next year.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.