The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BT Group a £99m five-year contract to manage voice and data networks across 197 military bases.

The deal extends the Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS) agreement through which BT is building and managing a coordinated communicated infrastructure for the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

The new deal will enable standardisation of services allowing the MoD to better plan events such as relocations and upgrades.

The MoD’s Defence Equipment and Supports Networks team head Darrell Midgley said that the contract is a significant step forward in continuing modernisation and rationalisation of the fixed communication network infrastructure that began in 1997.

The DFTS project aims to integrate the disparate communications networks of the armed forces.

The service is to commence on 1 October 2009.

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