BT, Lancashire in £400m joint venture
BT and Lancashire County Council (LCC) have finally said they have formed a 60:40 joint venture, One Connect, to provide back office IT and communications services to the county. The 10 year deal is worth around £400m over 10 years, and should save the county £100m, the parties said.
The deal, which BT said earlier it expected to sign last October, will see 800 council staff seconded to the new company as well as “a number” of BT staff.
LCC is presently out to tender for a £40m county-wide broadband network. BT’s in-house deal with LCC on One Connect must make it a strong contender as it previously took over a network run by Lancashire University Network Service (LUNS) that served three local community broadband networks.