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Kent Public Services Network strikes new deal with Capita

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The Kent Public Services Network (KPSN) has signed a new service provider contract with Capita Business Services.

The agreement will run for four years, with an option to extend for three more, with a stated value of just below £30 million.

It will come into effect next month on the expiry of the existing contract under which Capita has delivered the wide area network through its subsidiary Daisy Updata Communications.

KPSN operates as a not-for-profit partnership of over 30 public sector organisations in Kent, including the county council, Medway Council, several boroughs and districts, NHS organisations, blue light services, educational institutions and a handful of commercial entities.

It covers over 1,500 sites, has increased the ICT capacity of the organisations and supports the delivery of shared services in the county, as well as supporting the One Public Estate programme to consolidate connections into multi-agency buildings.

The new contract is the culmination of a procurement process for a like-for-like replacement that began in August of last year, and has included a provision to allow partners to migrate to cloud services provided by KPSN.

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