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December 20, 2011

David Cameron’s Euro-snub hasn’t hurt BT on the continent

David Cameron’s European troubles haven’t caused any business blowback as of yet, as BT announced today that it has won two major contracts to supply the European Parliament’s IT network.

By Allan Swann

BT today announced the signature with the European Parliament of two framework contracts, together worth up to €120m over five years. These will cover networked IT services, including the supply of network equipment and the associated services for the European Parliament’s telecommunications infrastructure and systems.

The build will be based at the European Parliament’s three main sites in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

The Prime Minister is currently engaging in an intra and inter-governmental dispute over his use of the veto to protect City of London’s financial interests. Critics maintain that it will have detrimental effect on jobs at home, and see UK businesses disadvantaged on the continent. Not so far, if BT’s news is any standard to go by.

"I am extremely proud to announce these large government sector contracts. Our extensive portfolio of services and our professional services capabilities were instrumental in winning these deals. Our consultancy and systems integration expertise is increasingly recognised in the industry. I want to thank the European Parliament for the trust they put into BT, and I look forward to delivering services of the highest possible quality to this forward looking institution," said Luis Alvarez, president EMEA & Latin America, BT Global Services.

As well as supplying networked IT services, it will also provide network equipment and applications, including intelligent switches, routers and broadband multiplexers. BT will be the sole supplier for professional services such as maintenance.

BT has been positioning itself to focus on the government sector globally, and the European Union (EU) in particular. It already holds an EU contract to supply wide area network (WAN) services and some consultancy work. BT also services much of the UK’s government.

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