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High-speed solutions for fast businesses



echnology is changing the way we work – and it’s no different when it comes to the public sector. It’s not

just about giving people faster internet connections, it’s about making fundamental changes to the way public sector organisations work. We know that the public sector has had significant challenges in recent years. But regardless of this, the public expects improvements to frontline services. Tanks to beter connectivity, it’s never been easier for public sector organisations to collaborate and we’re seeing this happen more regularly. In 2012, the UK Government

laid the foundations for its Public Services Network (PSN), which aims to reduce the cost of buying shared communication services and enable improved speeds and responsiveness of public services as a result. PSN is still at the early stages, but we’re seeing the concept adopted in other areas of the country as public services strive to use technologies that’ll increase collaboration leading to more effective communications and sharing of knowledge. Our core fibre optic network is

the gateway to making this a reality. High capacity fibre networks allow for an infinite

amount of data to be carried across multiple sites that are geographically dispersed. Tat data can be treated with varying layers of security dependant on the need and ensures that all parties have access to the data they need, when they need it. We’ve got a primary focus on

helping improve public services while reducing costs and we’re ready seeing some exciting opportunities arise. Scotland in particular has a key focus on building an improved health service and Virgin Media Business’ partnership with Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow and Clyde is just one of many success stories. Here, we updated their entire LAN (local area network) with minimal disruption and the hospital now has instant connectivity and increased data capacity allowing staff to use a range of eHealth solutions. Tis brought a number of

benefits such as allowing X-rays to be viewed instantly on any hospital terminal, or leting the hospital share patient details easily with external organisations when necessary. But it doesn’t stop there –

we’ve been working closely with local authorities in Scotland to increase co-operation,

“Our team had to construct 36 metres of our fibre optic network to run through Dundee city centre. This then provided the infrastructure to deliver a faster and

more cost-effective network throughout the city’s public libraries”

partnershipand connectivity throughout the country. Procurement Scotland was tasked with developing and implementing procurement strategies on behalf of all Scotish public sector organisations and our improved connectivity solutions have helped them in reducing expenditure and delivering greater value in the services they provide to the people of Scotland. Our work with Dundee City

Council is another example of how our technology can deliver superfast speeds that will encourage digital inclusion. Our team had to construct 36 metres of our fibre optic network to run through Dundee city centre. Tis then provided the

infrastructure to deliver a faster and more cost-effective network throughout the city’s public

libraries. Tese libraries can now offer the public faster, free internet access making it easier for people to do everything from their schoolwork to CV creation and online shopping. Our philosophy is to act as

a partner to the public sector, helping to improve services for the benefit of all. It’s our network that’s enabling the public sector to lay the building blocks for a beter connected future. By introducing new and

existing technologies to improve service delivery for citizens, public sector workers, patients and children we’re helping create a Scotland with universal access at its heart, placing it at the centre of the digital economy.

Robert Parker, director, public sector, Virgin Media Business

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