O2 today confirmed it has become the first mobile operator in the UK to achieve CAS(T) certification for mobile voice and data services. The certification follows a rigorous audit process, in which every aspect of the network was put through meticulous testing. CAS(T) is the first certification in O2’s journey towards full Public Services Network (PSN) compliance.

The success follows O2’s significant investment in a dedicated public sector division, with the ambition to become the technology partner of choice for public sector organisations. Today’s announcement marks the next milestone since O2’s successful bid in July 2012 to secure a place on seven Lots on the Government’s PSN Services Framework.

In addition, the CAS(T) certification provides private sector businesses, for example financial institutions and professional service organisations, the assurance that O2’s network is robust and secure, so they can serve their customers in the best possible way.

Billy D’Arcy, MD of Public Sector Business at O2 commented: “Today’s certification is evidence of the strength, and resilience of our network, which we have invested over £1bn in over the past few years. Demand for mobile services has never been greater and they are being relied upon to a far greater degree as an essential backbone for the UK. The CAS(T) certification – a first for a UK mobile operator – is acknowledgement that O2’s investment in the security and strength of our network has paid off.

“We continue to invest the equivalent of £1.5million in our network every single day to offer seamless connectivity and remain focused on delivering an experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations, both in the private and public sector. As we strive to reach full PSN compliance, we will continue to work with some of the UK’s most essential public and private sector organisations to bring to life the transformational benefits of digital technology.”

The PSN initiative is set to transform the provision of communications services for public sector organisations up and down the country. The central framework gives public sector departments access to a unique network platform, offered by a combination of the best UK technology providers. As well as seeking to provide service excellence, the process is designed to maximise efficiencies and deliver better value for money when it comes to investment in technology services.

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