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MT keeps major government contract

Manx Telecom has retained the contract to provide telecommunications services to the Isle of Man Government, following a tendering process.

The announcement comes after a review of the entire government-owned Connect Mann network, the biggest of its kind on the Island, and one of the largest integrated eGovernment networks in the world.

In order to ensure best value, the government broke the contract into six parts and invited companies to bid for each one.

The new contract covers mobile services and fixed lines, both of which can be reviewed and put up for re-tender after two years, a fixed five-year duration for Internet access, Wide Area Network, Local Area Network, and software applications.

Manx Telecom won all six parts of the contract, and will supply a comprehensive range of telecoms and Internet services to over 230 government sites throughout the Island.

The new contract involves several significant improvements.

Manx Telecom has committed to a major capital investment programme which involves replacing copper wiring with fibre cables which will offer superfast broadband speeds of up to 1GB, across the network.

A new monitoring and reporting system is also being put in place, and the contract has stringent service level agreements to ensure performance meets agreed targets.

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