Move to Orange for communications means money saved for the Scottish public sector.
The Scottish government will save over £1.6million after switching to a new mobile network.
Ten Scottish public sector bodies, including several universities, have switched to Orange for their voice, data and mobile broadband needs.
The move, a bid to achieve greater value for money and improved service, will save the Scottish public sector an estimated £1.6million over the next four years.
Orange was selected following an invitation in September 2011 for networks to make their best offer and a competitive e-auction - where networks bid online against each other for contracts.
In order to deliver its services to the Scottish government, Orange has created a dedicated public sector team, based in Greenock, Scotland.
The team how Orange’s network performs and provide customer service. Half of the intended total users will start using the new service shortly, with the remainder seeing out existing contracts prior to switching over.
Kate Jack, Orange’s head of public sector and health, said: “Our main focus is to ensure that all users will benefit from a wide range of mobility products and services, supported by both a high quality of service and network coverage regardless of their location.
“We understand that creating efficiency savings in the public sector will continue to be under tough scrutiny over the next few years. However, what is clear is that there is the opportunity for the Scottish government to make these changes through shifting the IT which the organisation uses.”
It is anticipated that the success of the contract could lead to further communications provider switching over the next year.