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Council high speed network enables secure remote access.

Ntl:Telewest Business : 14 May, 2007  (Application Story)
Virtual Private Network from ntl:Telewest Business provides secure networking environment for Leicester City Council including remote working capability.
ntl:Telewest Business, the supplier of communications services to the public and private sectors, today announced that it has successfully implemented a high speed network connecting Leicester City Council's headquarters to its 150 satellite offices across the city. The Ethernet-based virtual private network (VPN), provided by ntl:Telewest Business, will strengthen the Council's business continuity capabilities, facilitate home working for staff and provide a better level of service to the community.

Leicester City Council, made up of 54 councillors and more than 15,000 staff, is responsible for providing a wide range of public services to Leicester's 280,000 inhabitants. The Council's four departments deal with specific areas of service delivery: adult and housing, young people's services, regeneration and culture and resources. With an ever increasing number of services and a large council workforce catering for the citizens of the East Midlands' biggest city, the Council's existing network proved insufficient for its growing needs. Following a thorough tender process, a decision was made to replace the old leased line network with ntl:Telewest Business' Ethernet VPN solution.

The new installation provides numerous benefits for both Leicester City Council employees and the community they serve. Staff located in offices across Leicester can now benefit from access to a high speed secure network, enabling them to work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, Council employees have the capability to work remotely, safe in the knowledge that the network is completely secure and work can continue as usual, albeit off-site.

In terms of disaster recovery, the new implementation includes two physically separate fibre paths linked to the main sites, guaranteeing the fastest possible up-time should a line be inadvertently damaged.

"With 15,000 staff and a large number of sites, it is critical that our network has total resilience as our community rely on us to provide vital services," said Peter Kay, Infrastructure Manager, Leicester City Council. "Our old 2Mbp connection could not provide us with the speed and business continuity capabilities we require and ntl:Telewest Business offered us the best solution at the best price. The revenue cost of our new 10Mbp network is significantly cheaper, meaning public money can be put to better use, and within four years we expect our investment to be paid back." He continued: "ntl:Telewest Business has improved the way in which our staff work and ensured that our network is future-proof, capable of growing with the Council."

Christopher Small, Director for Public Sector, ntl:Telewest Business said: "Leicester City Council provides the perfect example of the benefits of high speed connectivity. Council workers now have faster access to vital information and the community can rest assured that, in the event of a disaster, the Council's services will be up and running as quickly as possible."
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