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Virgin Media has teamed up with Westminster council to develop a £190 million pan-London IT framework, it has been announced.

The Next Generation Network (NGN) resource will allow public sector organisations across the capital to buy phone, data and video technology, plus Wi-Fi and CCTV services from a single location.

Organisations will be able to purchase technology services directly from Virgin Media Business, enabling them to avoid the costs associated with lengthy procurement processes.

Mark Heraghty, Managing Director at Virgin Media Business, said there has to be "a significant change" in the way services are procured and delivered if public sector spending is to be reduced.

He said the company is revolutionising the way that the public sector is able to procure innovative services, share technology and benefit from significant savings.

"We're extremely proud to be involved in making that happen," Mr Heraghty stated.

Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Westminster Council's Cabinet Member for Customer Services, noted that the NGN Framework is fully Public Services Network-compliant and is structured to deliver the best in technology services to the public sector in London.

Organisations which procure through the framework enter into an agreement directly with Virgin Media Business, he explained.

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