In a bid to reduce ever increasing costs in a time of savage government cuts, The Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have agreed to share a network after adopting Business VoIP across their offices.

In the aftermath of last month’s spending review, the government agreed that there would be further cross departmental procurement and more sharing of services, so the move to cost-effective technologies such as VoIP will be a welcome one.

According to, The DFID is one of only two government departments that have not witnessed dramatic cuts in the corporate spending review, but has still made the decisive decision to utilise VoIP to reduce internal costs, pre-empting inevitable reductions in budgets.

The FCO signed an £82 million, five and a half year VoIP contract in September and estimates that it will save £9 million in telecoms costs over the 44 offices and 1,200 users.

By utilising the one network, both DFID and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office stand to benefit from greater collaboration and increased efficiencies. The offices will also gain from a flexible phone system with free internal VoIP calls, which can save substantial sums of money for companies with multiple offices overseas or lots of remote workers.

For more information on how you can take advantage of VoIP, cut internal call costs and connect remote workers, please call 01225 800 123 to speak to one of our dedicated customer services advisors.

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  1. Wayne Roberts 12th November 2010 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Its’ about time.

  2. VoIP providers 14th November 2010 at 10:24 am - Reply

    VoIP is now changing business communication networks. Over the next few years, we’re expecting to see significant market growth in the VoIP sector, as bandwidth increases and the use of analogue lines declines.

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