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IBM, BAE SYSTEMS and Steria team joined by Computacenter, NTL and Echelon to form ACTUS for next phase of procurement process

3 July 2003: The joint bid team comprising IBM, BAE SYSTEMS and Steria confirm that they have been short-listed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the next phase of a procurement process for the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) project. The three members of the core team are joined by Computacenter, NTL and Echelon. The bid team will be known as ACTUS.

The DII project encompasses the MoD's entire information infrastructure stretching from all MoD fixed sites in the UK and abroad to deployed headquarters and military platforms around the world.

The next phase of the bid process runs until 17 September 2003 during which time ACTUS will enter into closer dialogue with the MoD through a programme of workshops arranged for the benefit of the short-listed bidders.

The addition of Computacenter, NTL and Echelon addresses the MoD requirement for an approach that assures continuity of supply throughout the life of the contract and provides a foundation for close integration between selected bidder, MoD, and the MoD's other suppliers of adjacent services. In addition, it brings expertise and experience to the core team specifically related to the MoD and the DII project.

Computacenter contributes experience in rapid and reliable supply and deployment of user devices; NTL contributes its experience of cabling and local area network management in the MoD; and, Echelon contributes deep experience of dealing with security issues in the MoD.

ACTUS has also been established, as required, in a form that will allow the expansion of capabilities, through competition post contract award.

ENDS

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around £12 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.
www.baesystems.com

About IBM Global Services:

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with professionals serving customers in 160 countries and annual revenue of more than $36 billion (2002), or 45 percent of IBM's total annual revenue. IBM Global Services offers a broad range of capabilities - consulting, IT services, hardware, software, research and financing to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information, visit: www.ibm.com/services

About Steria: (www.steria.com)

With 2002 revenue of 1.018bn Euros and more than 8000 employees, Steria is one of the top ten IT services companies in Europe. Present in 12 countries worldwide, the Group is positioned as an end-to-end IT services partner thanks to the mastery of its three core businesses: consulting, systems integration and managed services. Its acknowledged expertise in managing large-scale projects and its range of industrialised solutions in Europe enable Steria to offer its customers a reliable service with commitment to cost and risk control. The Group has strong sector-based expertise in the Public Services, Banking and Insurance, Industry-Utilities-Transport and Telecommunications markets.

Created in 1969, the Steria group is a pioneer in employee shareholding, with 31% of its capital being held by employees. Steria is listed on the Premier Marché of the Paris Stock Exchange and in the SBF 120 index.

For further information contact:
Kathryn Andrews, BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 38 4856
Email: kathryn.andrews@baesystems.com

Joe Hanley, Media Relations Manager, IBM UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8844 6972
Mob: +44 (0)78 0350 2318
E-mail: hanleyj@uk.ibm.com

Lynda Chambers, Steria Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)1442 885070
Mob: +44 07710 027629
Email: lynda.chambers@steria.co.uk


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