The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) needed to communicate securely between 33 military sites in Germany as well as overseas and within the UK.
The contract in Germany was an addition to the existing Defence Fixed Telecommunications Services (DFTS) in the UK. This is one of the most successful PFI contracts, covering 230000 phone and data users at 1600 sites in the UK. DFTS is on course to save more than £700m for the MoD since contract let in 1997. At the time when this contract work commenced, BT identified Fujitsu as a partner to support its operations in Germany.
A relationship has existed for some time between BT and Fujitsu to maintain DFTS services. Due to the success of this, BT decided to expand the relationship to include all of the services supported by the DFTS contract in Germany. The necessary contract was signed between BT and Fujitsu and the operation in Germany was expanded to cover the support and performance requirements.