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BT, Lancashire in £400m joint venture

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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.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2011/05/16 at 10:29

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  1. I don’t think anyone has a chance of tendering for any of the government money in Lancashire. I think it will all go to bt for cabinets and BET. You can see its all a stitch up from start to finish. The only thing that would convince me otherwise is if the RDPE funding for the rural broadband network was used to build the rural project which won it in the first place, exactly as it was speced out. Lancaster City Council were fools to let county take that pot. They had a fantastic project that would have led the way in rural regeneration and they blew it. BT have some very clever people working for them, and too often councillors fall for the spin. Cabinets are not the future. They only help people who already have a connection to go faster. They prop up the old broken telephone system for another decade. If this country wants to compete in the global digital village it has to upgrade the infrastructure to fibre. To do this, you get fibre to the hardest to reach places first. Digital parish pumps. You then enable communities or businesses to build rural networks. These next generation networks will be sustainable if built to the spec of Barry Forde’s plan. They will supply gigabit capacity and more, for £30 a month. Quad play. They will soon start to encroach on urban areas where many are dissatisfied with the copper. This will make them a lot of profit, as actions speak louder than words and word will soon get out about how much the people on the new networks are saving. BT will then have to upgrade the people on their networks or lose customers. Building the rural networks will make market forces deliver decent access to the 90% of urban people instead of fobbing them off with patched up copper.
    No wonder BT had to take over Lancashire county council. They had to stop this project happening, and aided and abetted by the NWDA (who never really understood NGA) they have done it. And the RDPE money intended for rural projects is now in the pot that BT are going to claim, by the ‘transparent procurement and tendering process’.
    my arse.
    ps a short video of county council’s meeting is here, and it shows the stitch up


    2011/05/28 at 08:52

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