Global Crossing Selected as Supplier for New Public Sector Managed Voice and Data Network

By Global Crossing, PRNE
Sunday, July 3, 2011

LONDON, July 4, 2011 -

Global Crossing Limited (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP
solutions provider, today announced that its subsidiary, Global
Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited (GCUK) has been named one
of only three suppliers in the Government Procurement Service,
Managed Telecommunications Convergence Framework (MTCF).

The MTCF will facilitate the delivery of managed telephony and
data network services and enable the public sector to benefit from
access to a new portfolio of hosted IP telephony, unified
communications and video conferencing services.  All services
delivered within the framework will either be PSN (Public Service
Network)-certified or provide transition to PSN-certified services,
if required.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the three
suppliers on the new framework,” said Ted Higase, Global Crossing
managing director for UK and Europe.  ”As the Managed
Telecommunications Service (MTS) provider, we have been a major
supplier of public sector information and communications
technologies for more than 15 years, and have delivered hosted IP
telephony and flexible networking solutions to individual
departments and broader government-wide initiatives.  We also
were one of the first suppliers to take part in the creation and
delivery of the PSN, an important initiative designed to transform
the way public sector IT is delivered and consumed.”

The framework agreement spans an initial two-year period with
the option to extend further.

The MTCF will facilitate the replacement of the current MTS
agreement held by Global Crossing, which originally was introduced
in 1996 to provide managed voice and data services to a small
number of government departments.  However, the reach and
requirements of the framework have expanded over time to encompass
more public sector organisations and a range of IP and managed
telephony services.  As a result, the replacement framework is
designed to better address the changing demands of the sector and
its need for increased flexibility.

The unification process will establish a common platform that
simplifies network management and helps deliver a modern system
where users can be quickly added or subtracted, and maintenance and
upgrades can be implemented efficiently.  One tangible benefit
of this approach is that government buildings could operate without
multiple connections for each internal department or

“We recognise how important it is for the UK public sector to
utilise and benefit from a single telecommunications and
communications framework,” Higase continued.  ”The
organisation as a whole will benefit from the increased efficiency,
cost savings, and improved connectivity that our MTCF and PSN
offerings provide.”

The MTCF is available to any public sector organisation in
central and local government, as well as to those working in the
education, health, criminal justice and charity sectors.
 Global Crossing may supply a variety of flexible solutions,
some of which are provided in conjunction with its partners.

“MTCF represents welcome progress for the Government’s plans for
its PSN project,” said Gary Barton, analyst at Current Analysis.
 ”It is a sign of Global Crossing’s proactive engagement with
PSN and of its established public sector credentials that it has
been one of the three suppliers awarded a framework agreement for
MTCF.  MTCF is a strong example of what can be achieved when
parties come together.  MTCF and PSN already are showing signs
that they will deliver real value for tax-payers’ money by
providing increased efficiency in public sector ICT contracts.”


The MTCF is the successor to the existing Managed
Telecommunications Service (MTS) contract, which is due to expire
on 31 December 2011, and provides convergence towards the existing
and emerging Public Services Network (PSN) standards.

The agreement provides managed telecommunications services to
facilitate inter-organisational collaboration through secure
communication, interoperability and sharing of information.
 The services available include voice, video, unified
communications and network services, plus associated design,
consultancy and other professional and supporting services.
 The framework agreement can be used by all public sector
organisations and has an initial term of two years, with the option
to extend for two further terms each of up to one year’s duration.

In addition to being the successor to MTS, other customers may
call-off contracts under this framework agreement either directly
or via a lead contracting authority such as Government Procurement


Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP, Ethernet,
data center and video solutions provider with the world’s first
integrated global IP-based network.  The company offers a full
range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services
delivered with superior customer service. 

Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including
approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government
departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and
ISPs.  It delivers converged IP services to more than 700
cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data
centers in major business centers around the globe.

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