A Sourcing Team, comprised of UConn faculty and staff from the Storrs, Regional Campuses and UCHC, was formed in August, 2011 to explore ways to possibly reduce the University’s annual spend of over $7.1 million on telecom equipment and services.
Since 2011, strides were taken to reduce expenditures by at least $700k. This included negotiating with several of the University’s providers in an effort to continue to provide the University community with the best service at the lowest possible price.
UConn's Partners in this initiative to date, have been:
- Connecticut Education Network (CEN) - Negotiations with CEN have resulted in an increase of service at a lower cost. Storrs’ service increased from 1.5GB to 2GB; UCHC’s service increased from 45MB to 125MB.
- Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) - Renegotiation of AT&T and Verizon contracts through WSCA has lowered overall annual expenses.
|Previous Initiative Efforts||Anticipated Annual Savings|
|Renegotiation of services through Connecticut Education Network (CEN)||Storrs: $158,000
|Renegotiation of cellular services through Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA)||Storrs: $68,000
|Revision of wireless device program at Storrs Campus||$37,000|
|Reduction in pager users at UCHC by 14.25%||$13,296|
|Development of mobile device standards and accessories||TBD|
Additional efforts underway are exploring ways to consolidate cellular service, development of a unified communication plan, and a reduction in overall long distance charges. Updates on these efforts will be provided as they become available.
If you have any questions relating to the purchase of telecommunications, please contact the Procurement Team Contact for this category group, Katie Coleman, (860) 486-4648, firstname.lastname@example.org.