BT drops bid for £1bn courts contract


BT drops bid for £1bn courts contract

Antony Savvas

BT has pulled out of the contest to run the UK courts IT infrastructure, after previously being seen as a strong contender in a £1bn tendering programme.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has confirmed that BT has pulled out, but maintains its IT upgrade plans for the courts remain on schedule.

BT has ended its bid to win a big slice of the DCA’s Development, Innovation and Support Contracts (DISC) tender. The DCA said BT would now be supporting Atos Origin’s bid for the DISC work, with the hope of picking up sub-contracted work.

The DCA said, "BT said it was not well placed to win the infrastructure contract and instead preferred to support the Atos Origin bid."

There are two contracts covering infrastructure and applications. Atos Origin is bidding for both. In addition, EDS is bidding for the infrastructure portion, and Logica and IBM are both tendering for the applications.

DISC covers the DCA headquarters, local courts and other related offices. DISC brings together a range of existing IT contracts which are due to expire between autumn 2006 and autumn 2008.

BT has stepped up its outsourcing activity in recent years and is a major provider in the NHS National Programme for IT.


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