Virgin Media Business will provide fixed voice services to schools, hospitals, local councils and GP surgeries in Scotland after signing a deal with the government.

The UK-based operator said it will be working with seven other suppliers to deliver the service, which is designed to create a Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) for all of the country’s public organisations.

Alastair Merrill, Director of Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government, said the plan was also to generate “long-term” costs savings.

Scotland is going to the polls on 18 September to vote on whether it should become a totally independent country from the rest of the United Kingdom.

In addition, VMB promised to roll out additional services such as SIP Trunking and cloud-based products as a part of the deal, as well as offering lower tariffs to public sector organisations who switch their services.

VMB Executive Sales Director Mario DiMascio commented: “Through improved and more cost-effective voice services, we’ll take away the complexity that many organisations currently face in dealing with multiple providers and instead put in place a more collaborative approach. This will play a vital role in boosting efficiency and identifying new opportunities for growth.”

In the three months to June, VMB saw sales increase by three percent to £152 million (€189 million).

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