Runners announced for £120m Cumbria broadband & IT race
BT Global Services, Fujitsu and Commendium are all shortlisted for two long term contracts worth £120m to provide Cumbria with a county-wide broadband network as well as in-house networking and IT services.
Companies shortlisted for Lot 1, to provide ICT services to the council, including supply and maintenance of computers, phones and security, were BT Global Services, Commendium, Computercentre, Fujitsu and Tata Consultancy Services.
Those shortlisted for Lot 2, to improve public sector networks and to implement Accessible Cumbria, a high speed county-wide broadband network, were BT Global Services, Cable & Wireless, Commendium, CSC, and Fujitsu.
The county council said in a statement 124 suppliers had registered an interest and 23 had bid. The council will now negotiate the next step, deadlined the end of July, with final bids expected by the end of September. The council expects to decide in December 2011. The start date will be 1 April 2012.