Edinburgh Council inks multimillion deal with BT

The council has agreed a three-year, £3.2m deal with BT to provide a fixed-rate telephone network

The City of Edinburgh Council has signed a three-year, £3.2m deal with BT for a fixed-rate telephone network.

The network will run on the BT Hosted Voice platform providing a virtual private telephone network to all of the council's sites, and will give the council one-rate-for-all calls, whether national, international or mobile, with the exception of 118 directory services.

It's estimated the network will save the local authority £250,000 per year over five years, if the council takes up the option to extend the contract for a further two years.

The deal is the latest extension of the council's partnership with BT, which the carrier claims has already given the council £33.3m in efficiency savings over the past 15 years.

In a statement, City of Edinburgh Council convenor of finance councillor Gordon Mackenzie said: "This deal will deliver immediate savings and give us the vital management information we need to move towards a future with all calls and data sharing a single high-speed network."