MoD Extends BT DFTS Contract

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it has extended its Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS) contract with BT.

CIOL reports that BT and the MoD have agreed to extend the DFTS for another three years in a deal worth £810million.

DFTS offers a secure network for voice, data and video modes of communication to defence personnel in the UK and abroad and was originally begun back in 1997 to help the MoD merge its 19 communication systems into one single network.

"It is expected to achieve net operational and financial benefits in excess of £90m and, through taking full advantage of BT's 21st century network programme, will lead to improvements in performance and security which would otherwise be unachievable," said Peter Luff, the under-secretary of state for defence in Parliament while emphasising the relevance of the deal.

Luff also said that the MoD, in its public-private partnership with BT Group, will boost services for voice, data, video and information and communication technology services under the new contract.