MoD awards BT £810m contract extension
'If you would like to start a war, please press one'
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its contract with BT to provide fixed telecommunications services.
The Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS) contract between BT and the MoD was signed in 1997 and extended in 2005 to run until 2012. It will now continue until 2015 in an extension under existing provisions worth £810m. The extension was announced to Parliament yesterday by Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Peter Luff.
The DFTS is a public-private partnership between the MoD and BT and connects 1,650 MoD sites in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. It replaced various legacy networks operated by the separate services and the central MoD. ®
...Huawei Routers and all their backdoors.
@ Value for Money
Actually the BT win was a three year extension of the existing contract that has been running for ten years. No retender was needed as the original contract had the option for the MoD to extend and taking this approach saved millions of pounds of consultancy fees. Just remember that everyone complains about the quality of service to the troops - but no-one has ever said anything bad about the telecoms!
It's all in the name
Some MoD type remembered BT and what the initials stood for.
British and telecommunications - sounds more advanced than cable and wireless.