The UK subsidiary of glbc announced a key government deal today. The company has been selected as one of the three key suppliers to the Managed Telecommunications Convergence Framework, which will be the procurement service for much of the UK public sector starting at the end of the year. Services under the MCTF framework will either be PSN-certified or provide transition to others that are. I didn't find a reference, but I'd guess that the other two key providers would likely be BT and C&W.
The MTCF will replace the 15 year Managed Telecommunications Service (MTS) agreement, which Global Crossing was of course also part of. Global Crossing has long had a substantial presence in the UK government sector, although it has waned in recent years with the expiration of the Camelot contract. The resulting shift in emphasis toward the enterprise sector has taken time, and has had a lot to do with GCUK's lack of forward progress of late, although the division remains very solid.
Like the rest of the company, Global Crossing's UK division is poised to enter a new era following the merger with Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) later this year. I'll be curious to see just how they fit all the pieces together when the time comes. Will GCUK be kept separate as at Global Crossing where revenues from the rest of the continent were in the Rest-of-World segment? Or will it become the headpiece of the overall European business, the rest of which will have improved scale and reach following the merger?
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