Virgin Media Business and Global Crossing have been named as accredited providers for the UK Public Services Network (PSN), which launched last week.
The Cabinet Office has certified these providers to deliver the Government Conveyance Network (GCN) and PSN Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) services to the public sector.
The GCN, a mesh of existing telecoms industry networks, forms the core backbone infrastructure of the PSN (which was formerly known as the Public Sector Network).
The aim of the PSN is to encourage more collaboration between public sector organisations and to achieve cost efficiencies by reducing the number of network connections
The Cabinet Office launched the PSN, after a successful testing phase with Kent and Hampshire County Councils, last week.
Only certified network providers, who meet the security and open technical standards, can connect public sector organisations to the national PSN. In addition, only accredited services may be provided via the PSN.