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VMO2 and CCS Forge Partnership to Boost UK Public Sector

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Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have inked a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing technological and telecommunications solutions to bolster digitalisation efforts within the UK Government and the wider public sector.

CCS, a government body responsible for aiding public sector procurement, has been pivotal in organizing the purchase of common goods and services across various organizations. In the 2022–2023 financial year, CCS achieved £3.8 billion in cost savings for the public sector through joint procurement efforts.

The newly established partnership will allow CCS to utilize its extensive network within the public sector to offer VMO2’s suite of products and services on a larger scale, thereby delivering significant cost savings. VMO2’s offerings include fixed connectivity, mobile data bundles, IP telephony, professional services, and a range of equipment and devices.

Martin McFadyen, Director of Public Sector at Virgin Media O2 Business, highlighted the potential of the agreement to accelerate digital transformation and provide innovative discounting for UK government bodies and public organizations. He emphasized the role of VMO2 in overcoming digital barriers and exploring the benefits of 5G technology, which can help connect communities nationwide and improve digital literacy.

The partnership is also set to simplify the procurement process for digital technology within the public sector. According to a government statement, the agreement will introduce a new discounting model, offering public sector organizations competitive rates. This model aims to reward increased engagement by aligning with government procurement guidelines, making it easier and more cost-effective for public sector entities to acquire and manage telecoms services.

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