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Dorset, UK in line for network overhaul

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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has selected network service provider, MLL Telecom to overhaul and consolidate its existing network infrastructures.

The project will see the company replace several incumbent providers to consolidate three separate Wide Area Networks (WANs), totalling 83 sites, into one unified network. This will enhance capacity, while supporting a number of new services and solutions, including migration to Office 365, deployment of Skype for business, and cloud-first programs based on Microsoft Azure. The network overhaul will futureproof BCP Council’s digital strategy and help the council improve business efficiency and service delivery.

MLL Telecom will complete the works using a combination of CityFibre and Openreach’s circuits. BCP will also benefit from the provider’s existing presence in, and knowledge of the region. It was recently chosen by Portsmouth City Council to provide connectivity services on the new Solent Network framework, and is also providing access to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) for the hospitals, GP practices and other NHS sites in the region.

Commenting on the announcement, Marc Biondic, IT infrastructure manager, at BCP Council said: ‘Following our merger with Poole and Christchurch back in April, we have recognised the need to re-assess our current connectivity solutions. We’re excited to be embarking on this project with MLL Telecom to futureproof our connectivity needs and underpin our digital growth strategy.’

Jeremy Wastie, regional director, MLL Telecom said: ‘The South is proving to be an exciting region for network innovation and transformation. The BCP Council merger is a clear example of why it is key to continually assess connectivity solutions. We are delighted to be helping BCP Council to do exactly that and see its network infrastructure support its services for the long-term.’  

Phase one of the project is expected to be completed in March 2020.

As well as the South of England, MLL Telecom has also helped Stirling Council to meet its necessary connectivity requirements, on time and on budget.

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