Telenet Business may expand the WAN connectivity between the federal government services that are affiliated with Belnet over the next five years.
Telenet was able to announce this on Tuesday after the placement procedure was completed. The telecom provider won the contract (with a duration of 5 years) through a government contract. The framework agreement is good for a maximum of 73 million euros.
Belnet, in its capacity as a national research and education network for specific IT services, provides connectivity to federal and local governments, but also universities, colleges and research institutions.
Connecting 1,200 locations
Telenet Business is the branch that specializes in business telecom and ICT solutions. Under the new agreement, it will (potentially) connect up to 1,200 physical locations with each other and the Belnet infrastructure. This will be done via the Hybrid Fiber Coax network and Telenet’s own fiber optic network, in combination with partner networks.
“Thanks to the new framework agreement, they will be able to arrange their connectivity in a more efficient way, so that they no longer have to issue separate public contracts themselves to develop and manage their Wide Area Networks (WANs), ”says Telenet in its press release. Belnet, in collaboration with Telenet Business, will facilitate this connectivity in a phased manner for all federal government services in the future.
Partner in new Belnet strategy
“The framework agreement with Telenet is part of Belnet’s new connectivity strategy. As a trusted partner of the federal government services for more than 20 years, Belnet wants to assure them of a stable, secure and robust network with reliable data connections. Especially now that more and more services are being digitized. Telenet Business has demonstrated that it can provide the right expertise. We are therefore pleased to announce this collaboration with them”, says Dirk Haex, acting general manager of Belnet.
“Thanks to this new partnership, the federal public services can count on high-performance connectivity to connect their different physical sites with each other and with the respective headquarters. Thanks to the synergies and economies of scale that will be created, considerable savings will also be achieved,” concludes Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Science Policy.
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