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'Gamechanger' for tech firm

Commsworld lands £30m Glasgow digital city deal

Ricky Nicol

Ricky Nicol: gamechanging contract

A Scottish telecoms firm has landed a £30 million contract that will give it a pivotal role in Glasgow’s plans to evolve into a digital city.

Commsworld will be a key provider of ultra-fast network services for the city’s schools, libraries and other council buildings.  

It will see bandwidth speeds 100 times the UK average and major improvements to resilience, providing a platform for pure fibre connections to the city’s businesses and homes.

Commsworld will also rollout an IP telephony solution for more than 16,000 council users and a 180 seat contact centre. These key aspects of the ICT contract will deliver significant benefits to residents, while also creating a number of jobs in the Scottish IT market.

Glasgow City Council Digital Champion, Angus Millar, said: “Glasgow’s rapid development as a digital, connected city gives us the chance to completely rethink how we use technology to improve lives and communities.

“From world-class digital learning in our schools, to better connected businesses, access to top-quality infrastructure will transform Glasgow into one of the best-connected cities anywhere in Europe.

“Having one of Scotland’s big tech SME success stories at the very heart of that transformation is testament to their innovation and will help deliver huge benefits to the whole city.”

The overarching ICT contract is the largest public sector contract agreed in UK in the past year and Commsworld’s confirmed role has resulted in the biggest contract in its 23 year history.

Ricky Nicol, chief executive of Commsworld, said: “This contract has effectively given the green light for Glasgow to become a truly digital city capable of attracting the most exciting businesses in the world.

“It’s vital that our Scottish cities and their people are at the cutting edge of technology – so it is fantastic that so many will now benefit thanks to this council’s ambition and foresight.”

The contract is a gamechanger for 81-strong Commsworld, which posted £13.2m in revenues in its last fully audited tax year – and is likely to record a 17% growth on that in its most recent figures, which will be confirmed in the coming weeks – for the time period that precedes this record contract.

The firm, founded in 1994, has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. More than half of its team are based in Glasgow, with that number set to rise.

It supports thousands of Scotland’s leading organisations, in both the public and private sectors, with their business-critical internet, data and voice communications. 

It is also Scotland’s largest indigenous “next generation network” operator and internet service provider (ISP).

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