Fujitsu has pulled out of the race to win government contracts for the rollout of super-fast broadband.
The company said its involvement has been ruled out by "various conditions", which it has already discussed with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
"While we remain supportive of the process and its objectives, we are not actively pursuing opportunities within it," Fujitsu told the Financial Times.
This means that BT will be the only company left that can apply for the £530 million of public money, which has been made available through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme.
However, even when Fujitsu was involved with the process, BT won every single contract that was awarded.
The Financial Times claimed the bidding system, which was originally devised to encourage competition with BT, has "descended into farce".
It has already been criticised by figures in the communications industry over the difficulties smaller companies have in competing with an organisation as large as BT.
Posted by Craig Roberts