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BT wins £46.9m intercontinental service contract

1,000 sites in the UK and Europe are to be linked up as part of the IT services contract
Written by Dan Ilett, Contributor

BT is heading up a £46.9m, five-year contract to revamp the IT infrastructure of transport company FirstGroup.

The business consortium — comprising BT, HP and US-based MegaPath Networks — will link up 700 FirstGroup sites in the UK and 300 in the US.

FirstGroup told ZDNet UK sister site silicon.com: "BT's going to connect all our sites. This is the first stage of the project."

The firm explained most of the changes will be transparent to customers: "Apart from our IT being more efficient, there's probably not going to be much [difference customers] will see. It's more about the back office, apart from generally improved business processes."

Under the contract, dubbed Project Maxim, BT is to build two new data centres and a helpdesk in Preston, as well as bolster security on company desktops.

BT said the consortium will also build new wide-area networks between the UK and the US, and provide client software.

FirstGroup, which has 67,000 employees around the world, owns a fleet of more than 9,000 buses and runs four UK railway franchises as well as operations in the US.

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