Tax agency invests in connectivity
HM Revenue and Customs is to connect 27 offices around the country with a managed wide-area network.
The tax agency has signed a two-year deal that came into effect in 1 July, newly published transparency data reveals. The contract, which is worth £2.25m, was awarded to hSo, a company specialising in cloud, networks, and telecoms technology.
The deal was awarded through the £5bn Network Services 2 framework that launched a year ago.
Details are scarce, but contract data reveals that HMRC wishes to connect a total of 27 sites via the managed WAN over the course of the engagement – which could be extended by a further 24 months.
The department is currently about halfway through a 10-year programme of transformation that includes plans to bring the vast majority of staff together across 13 regional ‘hubs’ around the country – compared a previous total of 170 separate locations.
Founded 20 years ago, hSo is based in east London. Its most recently available accounts, for the year to 31 March 2019, show a pre-tax profit of £26,000 on turnover of £11m.