South African JSE-listed technology group Altron led by Mteto Nyati announced late on Monday that Bytes UK, its wholly-owned subsidiary, has signed a five-year contract with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to roll out Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system, to all NHS computers.
The contract is worth R2.5 billion (150 million British Pounds) or R510 million (30 million British Pounds) per year.
Bytes UK won the tender in a competitive bid that included ten other companies.
“Our international operations are key to our growth strategy of increasing our offshore revenue streams,” said Mteto Nyati, Altron Chief Executive.
“As the largest Microsoft partner in the UK, Bytes UK is playing a key role in this strategy. We are extremely proud of the team.”
The installation of the Windows 10 solution forms part of the NHS’ investment into a more secure infrastructure in the challenging cybersecurity landscape. Recent cyberthreats, including the WannaCry ransomware, have impacted on the NHS significantly and this commitment puts them in a far stronger position.
The implementation will take place alongside numerous other solutions and technologies that have been selected to ensure that the NHS has comprehensive security and system longevity.
“This is an extraordinary win for Bytes UK and an opportunity for us to further cement our relationship with the NHS. Our role is to ensure that these Microsoft Windows 10 licenses are seamlessly deployed and to support the NHS in its goal of revitalising its technology infrastructure,” said Bytes UK MD, Neil Murphy
The Bytes UK team has already begun expansion to ensure smooth delivery and development of the NHS contract.
In addition to rolling out the licences, the agreement includes the maintenance of a comprehensive inventory and the development of a portal designed to record the licensing process.