Case Study - The City of Edinburgh Council

The Challenge

Edinburgh’s ageing, predominantly copper network was creaking under the strain of increased usage as more and more devices and services moved online.

The old network was no longer fit for purpose, let alone for future generations in the years to come.

While the attractions of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street or the capital’s many landmarks would continue to contribute to the local economy, it was clear that investment in a new, future-proof network would be essential in order to safeguard the city’s future prosperity.

What was the vision of the project?

As part of the £186million outsourced ICT procurement for The City of Edinburgh Council awarded to CGI, Commsworld was to help deliver a fast, reliable private WAN. The challenge was to ensure the new network was fully in place and all sites migrated over within nine months. A task that others in the telecoms marketplace said was impossible and would take two years.

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Paul Soutter CGI infrastructure lead in Scotland, said:

“It was great to be part of a winning team, to be able to support the digital enablement of the City of Edinburgh and to work with Commsworld and its partner CityFibre. The combination of CGI programme management coupled with Commsworld’s deep network expertise enabled this successful transformation and creation of a solution that can be easily transferred to other cities in the UK.”