News in brief: Iceland, Tube comms, UK DFTS network

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Iceland Foods extends comms deal with BT

Iceland Foods has signed a seven-year, £18.4m deal with BT to improve its network performance and cut costs. The contract extends BT's existing relationship with Iceland by five years and adds networked IT services that will deliver "significant" cost savings by putting the retailer on the path to voice and data convergence.

Emergency services link into Tube comms system

London Underground's Connect digital radio system is to be linked to the police and emergency services under a £115m contract between London Underground and O2 Airwave, which manages the police network. The linking of the networks will give the Metropolitan Police and other UK forces Airwave radio coverage at all Underground stations by 2008.

UK defence network to use Juniper routers

The UK Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS) project will be based on routers from Juniper. The BT network will connect 240,000 users at more than 1,500 sites across the UK and overseas. The DFTS has consolidated all existing defence networks to deliver unified voice, data, Lan and Wan services for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and MoD Centre.

Oracle launches version 12 of flagship ERP system

Oracle has launched the latest version of its E-Business Suite ERP package. Release 12 is designed to help firms manage globally to lower costs and improve performance. It has a central financial architecture that enables higher levels of control and transparency while supporting diverse local accounting, tax and employee regulations.

Building group underpins its patching system

The Kier building group has migrated 4,500 desktops and laptops across 28 offices to Microsoft Office 2003 and strengthened its patching system. The upgraded productivity suite is now supported by a unified patch management policy.

Peugeot Citroën to use Linux on 20,000 desktops

Car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën is to use Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on 20,000 PCs and the supplier's Linux software on 2,500 servers.

Comms managers report gaps in UK broadband

Broadband is still not available to all UK firms, the Communications Management Association's annual survey of its membership has found. Some 73% of respondents who wanted an SDSL link could not get it where they needed it.

Insurers split on whether to upgrade or replace

Insurers are split over how best to update legacy systems and deal with the widespread lack of IT integration that affects the industry, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Of those questioned, 37% plan to upgrade legacy systems and 42% would rather adopt new ones.

DWP signs £400m printing services deal

The Department for Work and Pensions has awarded a £400m printing services contract to a consortium led by Xerox. The iON consortium, which includes EDS, Accenture, Ceva Logistic, Remploy, the Stationery Office and TNT, will provide services for seven years.

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