eir evo secures major £7m network services contract with NI councils

  • Leading telecoms and IT provider eir evo UK announced it has won a major contract to deliver high-capacity fibre network and managed services to 10 regional councils across Northern Ireland.

    Representing an investment of up to £7 million over 10 years, the eir evo network solution will connect almost 600 council sites across Northern Ireland with the required infrastructure to enable more efficient delivery of digital services, achieve productivity improvements for more than 8,500 employees and support the development of new technology initiatives from within the local councils. 

    Spearheaded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council along with Mid Ulster District Council, the contract was awarded under the Local Full Fibre Networks fund developed by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport in support of the UK Industrial Strategy. The contract will see eir evo deliver Wide Area Network connectivity and managed services to the Full Fibre Northern Ireland consortium of 10 councils outside the Belfast area.

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    The network services contract also provides for the future-proofing of local councils through the latest in cyber security technologies and frameworks, which are offered under eir evo’s expert guidance, support and delivery partnerships.

    he cyber security protection offered by eir evo includes a prebuilt path to what is known as ‘Zero Trust’. This builds enhanced authentication, authorisation, and validation of access to the councils’ applications and data, delivering optimum cyber protection plus efficient use of the councils' technical resources.

    Philip O’Meara, eir evo Regional Director for Northern Ireland, said: “We’ve been successfully servicing the enterprise and public sector locally for more than a decade and this new contract further underscores not only our technology excellence but our commitment to service delivery and quality assurance.

    “The councils will benefit greatly from our intelligent and managed network which allows each and every office to scale and adapt services to their individual needs whilst benefiting from seamless integration with the wider consortium. With the proactive, 24x7 monitoring from our Network Operations Centre in Belfast, the 10 Councils are fully supported by a local expert team and the latest in cyber security solutions to protect against the ever-changing threat landscape."

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    Since 2007, eir evo UK has been providing local businesses with the widest range of managed services including voice and data networking solutions, and more recently with IT, cyber security and cloud technology.

    Earlier this year, eir evo UK also embarked on an ambitious growth strategy to bring its island-wide experience and powerful technical know-how to new and existing customers and cemented a new 20-year commitment to the region, having already invested over £10 million in the last 18 months upgrading its state-of-the-art fibre network and adding new staff positions to its customer-facing team based in Belfast.

    Source: Written from press release

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