BT broadband deal

BT broadband deal

BT has beaten Cable & Wireless to win the £530m contract to provide a broadband network linking every NHS site in the UK, reports Management Consultants News Direct. The seven-year deal was initially contested by a ‘long-list’ of eight consortia or single companies, before a shortlist of BT, Cable & Wireless and EDS was drawn up last September. EDS subsequently withdrew from the bidding when the NHS added voice traffic to the initial specification for data transmission. BT clinched a £620m NHS “national application service provider” contract late last year. BT will “buy connectivity” from the regional aggregation bodies set up by the DTI to co-ordinate demand for broadband from public sector organisations. Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT, claimed the new contract will generate savings of up to £900m over seven years for the NHS.

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