Guernsey States may overhaul phone and data systems

Guernsey's government could have a single communications system in place by February of next year, if deputies agree.

Currently departments use different phone and data services as they have developed independently.

In January deputies will be asked to approve a spend of £1.09m on a new all-encompassing system.

The Treasury and Resources Department has asked for the move after the States agreed to introduce shared services.

The project, called a wide area network, would provide services for more than 5,000 staff and 9,000 school pupils.

The States will also be asked to appoint Wave Telecom to run and maintain the network in a five-year contract costing £3m.

The department estimates the project would make net savings of £2.6m over the five years.

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