Decision details

Data Network

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The item seeks a decision to replace the council’s core data network hardware in line with the Technology Strategy.


The council’s current data network was designed around the provision of a public sector network (PSN) nine years ago. The network infrastructure was underpinned by open public networks provided by City Fibre and Openreach. 85% of Kirklees residents now have gigabit-capable network connectivity in their homes because of the council’s previous investment.


The core network hardware needs to be replaced to continue to provide resilient and available infrastructure for the next seven years in line with the ambition in the Technology Strategy. The core network underpins services across Kirklees and will link the town centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury via private fibre to provide ultra-fast connectivity between both locations.


The data network contract provides a managed Public Sector Network (PSN) compliant service to over 200 corporate sites and 8000 users.


Background papers:


Previous decision regarding capital refresh budget for IT at Cabinet 14th June 2022:






1)    That approval be given to proceed with procurements for the core network hardware and the corporate data network services in line with the Technology Strategy and to ensure that procurements are delivered within existing capital and revenue budgets.

2)    That approval be given to provide data network services into existing library and information centres, children’s centres, and community centres and that the contract will include options for more cost effective connections and aim to provide social value tariffs for community based assets across Kirklees.

Report author: Terence Hudson

Publication date: 15/11/2023

Date of decision: 14/11/2023

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/11/2023

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