Global Crossing's (Nasdaq: GLBC) subsidiary Global Crossing UK made a big splash in the United Kingdom this week as it was chosen as one of the three contractors for the Government Procurement Service, Managed Telecommunications Convergence Framework (MTCF).
UK public sector agencies will be able to use the MTCF to get managed telephony and data services, including IP telephony, unified communications and videoconferencing. These services will be either delivered in the MTCF and will be either be PSN (Public Service Network)-certified or provide agencies a transition to PSN-certified services.
Similar to U.S. government telecom contract vehicles like the General Service Adminstration's (GSA) Networx, the MTCF will become the replacement for the current Managed Telecommunications Service (MTS) contract held by Global Crossing that initially debuted in 1996 to provide managed voice and data services to small set of government agencies. Over time, the UK government expanded the focus of MTS to include more public sector agencies and offer new IP-based managed telephony services as they became available.
With a focus on flexibility, the MTCF is available to any public sector agency in either the UK central and local government in addition to schools, hospitals, criminal justice and charity organization.
While Global Crossing is not a stranger to the UK public sector, gaining a seat on the MTCF contract is key for Global Crossing UK as it looks to establish a greater international presence in the UK market.
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