Datatec's international arm Logicalis has won a 74-million pound, seven-year contract to build and operate a countrywide public sector broadband network on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, the single largest commercial contract ever awarded to Logicalis.
The new Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) network will allow organisations and agencies ranging from hospitals, universities, government offices, GP surgeries, schools, and libraries to achieve better value for money in their use of broadband communications, as well as increasing the services available to Welsh public sector organisations.
With the overriding aim of improving the efficient delivery of a whole range of services to millions of people across Wales, the new network expects to support an expected 5 500 public sites across Wales.
The network will be publicly launched in December 2007 with migration of users from existing networks taking place throughout 2008.
Jens Montanana, chief executive of Datatec, comments: "We are delighted to help the Welsh Assembly Government with the implementation of this flagship project, the first of its kind in the UK. This is a very substantial contract, in fact our largest ever, the value of which is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, we also expect to announce a number of other key customer contract wins imminently that will help drive the profitability of the business forward strongly."