Nortel First in UK’s Government Gateway Alliance Programme

Nortel is the first telecommunications equipment and services company to achieve Approved Partner status in the UK’s Government Gateway Alliance Programme (GGAP). The Alliance Programme (GGAP) is part of the Cabinet Office’s e-Delivery Team’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with key IT suppliers in delivering the Government Gateway and related services across the Public Sector. Government organisations will benefit from access to Nortel’s expertise in unified communications, wireless and wireline networks.

“A common IT infrastructure across government departments can greatly benefit information security while reducing duplication and removing unnecessary cost,” said Darryl Edwards, president EMEA, Nortel. “Being awarded Approved Partner status by EDT is proof of Nortel’s capabilities and recognition of our solutions and innovation by those with the most rigorous demands.”

The criteria required for approval to the programme are based on a company’s credibility, capability, technical aptitude and commitment to working closely in partnership with the Cabinet Office and e-Delivery Team (EDT).

“We are delighted to have Nortel on board,” said Damien Kennedy, head of partnering, EDT (Transformation Government). “As the programme moves into its next phase, we’ll be focused on the delivery of innovation and the reduction of life time costs of ICT estates and so having industry leaders, such as Nortel, being a part of the programme, is essential to our success.”

EDT is a division of Transformational Government within the Cabinet Office, and is based in Warrington, UK. The purpose of EDT is to sustain and develop the UK’s Government Gateway, the mechanism by which citizens and government officers can gain secure access to personal government- held services and information. To date, the GGAP has signed up over 50 private sector IT companies in order to co-ordinate and promote the roll out of the Government Gateway across the Public Sector.

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