Friday, January 29, 2016

Busy lines

BBC rune readers will be mulling over the corporation's new contract with BT to supply broadcast connections across the organisation. It's to last for seven years, with a possible extension by a further three. BT must presumably be happy that BBC Charter is secure beyond the idea of a five-year review, whispered in the DCMS.

The new deal is the fruit of Project Aurora, an entertaining scheme devised by BBC engineers to replace the Siemens/Atos mega contract of 2004 with multiple smaller contracts that will require more BBC engineers to manage them.  BT's network will carry all video, audio and data traffic, as well as fixed line telephony, ISDN and broadband services.

In headline terms, this bit looks like value. The Siemens/Atos total outsourcing deal was running, by my estimate, at over £160m a year. The BT element comes out at £14m p.a., though we are not told how much Vodafone will still get for running a key data centre, mobile phone services and extra lines in London.

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