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BT has been awarded a £5.9 million contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to design, build and operate an extension to the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), the MoD’s highly sophisticated Test and Reference facility at Blandford Camp in Dorset.

The LSRC tests Defence Communication Information Systems (CIS) to ensure that new and existing technology can successfully work together in the field. BT and military personnel run the facility as a joint team, performing risk reduction and assurance testing in a secure laboratory environment that simulates live conditions. They are able to diagnose problems in the field and support exercises and operations in real-time.

The new extension will enable the LSRC to test the increasing amount of new technology and equipment developed by and for the armed forces, such as the BOWMAN Tactical Communications System, the SKYNET 5 satellite communications system, and the CORMORANT digital communications network. It will improve the support for deployed networks through earlier planning and by hosting a co-ordinated systems team.

In accordance with MoD's requirement for increased CIS testing capabilities the new extension to the LSRC will play an enhanced role in the introduction of new technology into the field. It will also offer greater assistance to the MoD’s strategy of closer co-operation between the three services in the development of new technology by supporting testing for the Royal Navy and RAF in addition to the Army’s requirements, and will allow the test facilities of all three services to be aligned. The result will be a more integrated approach to the use and deployment of CIS in operations.

Patrick Beazley, CSIS Integrated Project Team Leader, MoD, said: “BT is highly significant in the UK telecommunications industry, regarded by many as the benchmark for the sector. BT also has a significant role in Defence bringing a depth and breadth of expertise and experience. We have always found BT responsive to Military needs and prepared to be innovative in approaching problems to our mutual benefit.”

Peter Woodford, director of defence, BT Consulting & Systems Integration, said: “The Blandford facility plays a crucial role in supporting military communications and the MoD’s Command and Battlespace Management (Land) programme. We have developed a very close working relationship with the MoD at the LSRC, and look forward to continuing that partnership.”

BT will be working with three partners on the construction programme, Interserve Project Services, architects BBF Fielding, and project managers Faithful & Gould.

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For more information contact Alastair Turner at SPARX communications 01753 893000

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include IT and networking services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

· BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services to more than 20m UK consumers and businesses.

· BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband and private circuits.

· BT Global Services, providing IT and networking services to meet the needs of multi-site organisations globally. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT Group’s turnover was £18,519 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,013 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

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About BT Consulting & Systems Integration

BT Consulting & Systems Integration is part of BT Global Services and specialises in business transformation and change management.

Its primary activity is the provision of consulting and systems integration services, including business consultancy, complex programme management and custom systems design, development and management.

With major operational centres in the UK, Continental Europe and North America, the business employs more than 5000 people.

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