Orange has agreed a deal wroth 1,500 connections with Derby City Council to become the sole supplier of its communication and data needs.
The deal, which was signed last month, is expected to save the Council £200,000 a year, using Orange’s ‘Wirefree Extension’ service allowing employees to contact each other on both landline and mobile at a reduced rate.
The council selected Orange following a reverse ‘eAuction’, which detailed their service requirements and requested operators submit a quote. Orange has fixed its prices offered until 2012.
Orange will also supply the Council with mobile broadband dongles and BlackBerry handsets for staff who need to be connected at all times. Devices will also include ‘telemetary’ SIMs to manage road signage and parking meters.
Orange also agreed to provide 500 3G dongles for the Computers for Pupils and Home Access Targeted User Group schemes for underprivileged children living within the area supported by the Derby area.
Orange director of corporate Robert Ainger said: “We are delighted that the Council has selected Orange for all of its mobile communications needs. Over the last five years, we have built a positive relationship with Derby City Council and we look forward to continuing working closely with the team there to help make continued efficiencies and improve their delivery of services.”