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Creative Connectivity for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Boston Networks has been awarded a contract by Barnsley MetropolitanBarnsley Town Hall Borough Council to upgrade their fixed wired network to a state-of-the-art high capacity, low latency wireless wide area network (WWAN).

The contract forms part of the Council’s Digital First programme to modernise their IT provision; changing their current ways of working and culture to make the best use of their resources through Digital Transformation.

With their current network infrastructure nearing the end of its recommended service life, and with a heavy reliance on wired network connectivity, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council decided to introduce greater resiliency whilst meeting their increasing need for a wireless infrastructure to enable the Council to realise the benefits of agile working.

Boston Networks presented a creative response to provide more bandwidth and reliability, offering a compelling cost/benefit ratio that will deliver increased performance and capacity where it’s needed and reliability when it matters most.  Through inventive design and technical expertise, Boston Networks proposed rapidly deployable links to increase capacity and capability with minimal ongoing costs. The project will allow Barnsley Council to utilise links with up to 10Gb capability to support future requirements on core links

Barnsley Metropolitan Council were keen to adopt wireless technology to improve their overall connectivity and leverage the wide ranging benefits and cost efficiencies. Robust wireless wide area networks can save organisations up to 70% of operational costs per annum – offering a attractive cost/benefit ratio, and delivering improved performance and bandwidth capacity.

Rob WalkerBoston Networks will work closely with Barnsley Council’s IT and project delivery team, being led by Enterprise Architect, Rob Walker.

Rob Walker, Enterprise Architect, Barnsley Metropolitan Council commented:
“Barnsley Council are delighted to be in partnership with Boston Networks to deliver the wireless wide area network. This presents a fantastic opportunity to reduce operational costs, significantly increase speed of connectivity and enable our digital journey.”

Julie Hutchison, Account Manager, Boston Networks said:
“We are delighted to be awarded the contract to work with Barnsley Metropolitan Council. From our first meeting, it was clear they are forward-thinking and are committed to improving digital connectivity across Barnsley to meet future demands for speed, capacity and reliability.”

The contract will see 58 high capacity wireless links ranging from 200MB up to 10GB deployed across the Council area to enable the roll out of a number of  major IT improvement applications and projects.

The project is on course to be completed in the second half of 2020. Following completion, the links will be supported by Boston Networks Support Services division.

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