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South Ayrshire council signs MLL Telecom for new network


Mark Say Managing Editor

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South Ayrshire Council has signed a five-year contract with MLL Telecom to upgrade its network infrastructure as part of its wider digital transformation strategy.

The company will replace South Ayrshire’s legacy wireless network infrastructure with a fully managed network service and deploy a new wide area network (WAN) to support the council’s IT infrastructure. The migration onto the WAN is scheduled to begin early in 2019.

MLL highlighted the potential of the new network to provide wider bandwidth and a more reliable connectivity to the council’s schools, and to support infrastructure services such as traffic lights, CCTV and public Wi-Fi.

It has also pledged to support community initiatives such as improving local education, employability and developing new skills for citizens under its apprenticeship scheme and the ongoing recruitment of local engineers. In addition, it will take part in fundraising for council nominated charities.

Service ambition

Councillor Peter Henderson, resources and performance portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “We’re working to ensure our customers can access services reliably and at a time that suits them.

“Our new contract with MLL Telecom is the first step to help achieve this ambition, as it will bring our ICT communications bang up to date with faster and more reliable voice and data connections, improved security, and systems which can adapt to changing customer needs.

“These improvements will also allow us to upgrade Wi-Fi access for schools, customers and council staff, and replace outdated and costly technologies such as radio systems and hard-wired CCTV cameras.”

Image (left to right): Kevin Mullen, ICT ops manager, South Ayrshire Council; Craig Scott, business development director Scotland, MLL Telecom; Councillor Peter Henderson.

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