Nottinghamshire County Council has signed a major five-year contract with Virgin Media Business, which they say will deliver significant cost savings for local taxpayers.
The collaboration will see the council improve its wide area network (WAN), achieving savings of around £4 million over the contract lifetime.
Council workers will now be able to work more easily with other government agencies, as they link up to the emCloud Public Services Network (PSN).
Through this network, council employees will be able to work collaboratively across more than 500 sites.
Schools across the county are also set to gain from the new technology.
Those signed up to the new service will have access to improved security systems, including URL filtering and a more sophisticated firewall which will strengthen existing measures to protect students from inappropriate content.
Ivor Nicholson, from Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Faced with a three year, £77m budget shortfall we’re looking at every opportunity to do things differently to drive out savings and improve services for local taxpayers.
“Investing in new technologies will allow us to deliver more efficient ways of working and much better collaboration between organisations in the region.
“The adaptability of the network represents a big step in digital innovation for the East Midlands.
“We’re excited to see the benefits the improved PSN network will bring to the county’s residents.”