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The Highland Council awards preferred bidder status on five year £66m ICT services contract to Fujitsu

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

October 30, 2009

Fujitsu has been awarded preferred bidder status by The Highland Council for a new Information Communication and Technology (ICT) services contract of five years (with an option to extend for a further two years). Under the new £66m contract Fujitsu will manage the entire ICT estate for The Highland Council, including additional scope for curriculum ICT to all schools across the Highlands.

This new partnership will invest in a complete transformation and modernisation of the Council’s entire ICT infrastructure, systems and services, including major projects for new customer relationship management and the provision of unified communications solutions across the Council. This transformation programme will support and enable improvements in Council services and better flexible and mobile working. The new ICT systems and infrastructure will also be very energy-efficient resulting in major energy cost savings, a lower carbon footprint, and even higher ICT service levels for the Council and its ICT users. In addition the new contract will achieve annual efficiency savings for The Highland Council of 2.5% per annum.

Councillor Carolyn Wilson, chairman of The Highland Council Resources Committee, said: “This new contract will offer the Council and all the staff a number of interesting opportunities for new, improved and flexible ways of working in the future and allow significant investment in new ICT systems and infrastructure for both corporate and school curriculum ICT.

“It will deliver significant efficiency savings - £6.76 million over the next five years – and cut the carbon footprint of the Council through reduced carbon emissions and energy consumption.”

Eithne Wallis CB, managing director, UK Government Business, Fujitsu comments: "Being awarded preferred bidder status for this contract is testament to the excellent work the team delivered over the past year on this public procurement. Our true desire to want to make a difference for the people working and living in the Highlands helped us get to the point we are at. We are all thoroughly looking forward to the next five years and the opportunities, including sustaining and growing local employment and local skills development, and through our commitment to a major community benefits programme with the Council."

Fujitsu has developed an innovative solution for the Council that will deliver more reliable and scalable infrastructure services, applications portfolio management, thick and thin client desktop technology based on Windows 7, a modern telephony solution based on Cisco IPT and an improved service management environment based on Fujitsu’s TRIOLE for Services platform and Sense & Respond methodology.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see:

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

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Date: 30 October, 2009