Crown Commercial Service partners with VMO2 Business for public sector digitalisation


The three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) help the UK public sector gain access to telecoms products and services at scale from Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) Business

Today, VMO2 and CCS have signed a new MoU “to provide enhanced technology and telecoms solutions to support ongoing digitisation efforts within the UK Government and broader public sector”.

CCS is a government organisation that supports public sector procurement efforts, helping to organise the purchase of common goods and services across organisations.

In the 2022–2023 financial year, CCS reportedly helped the public sector realise £3.8 billion in cost-savings through joint procurement.

Now, through this new partnership, CCS will be able to leverage its reach within the public sector to offer VMO2’s products and services at scale and deliver cost savings.

Solutions provided by VMO2 include those related to fixed connectivity, mobile shared data bundles, IP telephony, professional services, equipment, and devices.

“Our new agreement with Crown Commercial Service will help accelerate digital transformation and offer innovative discounting for UK government bodies and public organisations,” said Martin McFadyen, Director of Public Sector at Virgin Media O2 Business. “Whether overcoming barriers or exploring the advantages of 5G technology, there is a key role for Virgin Media O2 Business in supporting the public sector to get the most from telecoms technology and connecting communities across the nation. This partnership will also boost efforts to tackle digital literacy, helping people tap into the benefits of connectivity in their daily lives.”

The deal is expected to further simplify the public sector’s procurement process for digital technology.

“The new agreement will establish a new discounting model to provide public sector organisations with competitive rates. This innovative discount model will reward increased engagement by aligning with Government playbooks on procurement. This means it will be simpler and more cost-effective for public sector organisations to purchase, process, and manage telecoms services,” explained a government statement.

In related news, earlier this week it was announced that VMO2 had selected Netcracker Technology to help with its ongoing OSS and BSS modernisation. The partnership will include the deployment of the Netcracker Digital Platform, helping to support converged services for customers.

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