A MULTIMILLION-pound deal has been struck which aims to boost public services on Wearside.
BT has announced a 10-year contract with Sunderland City Council for a network it claims will enable the authority to offer higher levels of service to customers and generate savings across the board.
BT will deliver a corporate network connecting 188 sites, including council buildings,
The deal comes as Sunderland steps up the roll-out of its programme of social, economic and physical regeneration, which includes embracing new technologies and applications.
Council leader Paul Watson said: “We have an established record for delivering excellent services to the people of Sunderland.
“The strategic partnership with BT will help us build on the good work we’ve done and deliver even better value for money for Sunderland’s council taxpayers.
“The partnership will put Sunderland’s residents, businesses and the council at the forefront of developments in government IT services.”
BT is also investing in Sunderland via a strategic contact centre and its work with Sunderland University’s Business Faculty.
Neil Rogers, of BT Global Services, said: “We look forward to delivering excellent service to the people of Sunderland over the next decade.
“BT is an established, long-term partner of the council and is committed to assisting Sunderland realise the vision outlined in the Sunderland Strategy 2008 – 2025.”