Cable & Wireless Worldwide wins £10.3m government telco contract

Steve Dinneen
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Recently demerged Cable&Wireless Worldwide (CWW) yesterday announced a new £10.3m contract with the Department for International Development (DFID).

The contract is expected to save the government department around £9m over the five-and-half year term of the contract. The news follows an £82m contract agreed with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in September.

CWW will now provide voice services including online video and audio communication across all of DFID’s 44 sites.

Jim Marsh, chief executive of Cable&Wireless Worldwide, said: “I am delighted to announce another important customer win in our public sector business and the second contract on our global telecoms framework.

“By utilising the one network, both DFID and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office stand to benefit from greater collaboration and increased efficiencies, all of which supports the government’s broader Public Sector Network strategy.” CWW has said its trading has been hit hard by the government spending squeeze. About £285m, or 12 per cent of CWW’s revenue, came from UK public sector customers last year.