BT wins £46m airport voice and data deal


BT wins £46m airport voice and data deal

Daniel Thomas

UK airports authority BAA has awarded BT a £46.6m contract to deliver managed voice and data services at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports.

Under the terms of the five-year agreement, announced last week, BT will upgrade the existing data network at BAA to an IP infrastructure, as well as providing voice services and consultancy to support BAA' s flexible working strategy.

In addition, the commercial framework agreed between BT and BAA will allow the authority to provide IT services to tenants at each airport as part of a joint marketing and sales initiative.

Retail concessionaires, airlines, freight companies and other businesses based at the airports will be able to benefit from BT's IT services.

The deal follows BT's agreement with BAA in February to install and manage up to 180 internet kiosks and 350 payphones at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. BT has also deployed Wi-Fi hotspots in airport terminals.

Colin Hargrave, retail director, UK airports, at BAA, said, "Through working with BT we have identified a new market opportunity to explore, while at the same time deploying new technologies internally that will transform the way in which we work."

What BT will do for BAA  

Upgrade the existing data network to a fully managed IP infrastructure based on an MPLS wide area network  

Develop BAA's mobile working strategy, including the provision of up to 1,000 Blackberry devices  

Provide a managed broadband service to facilitate flexible working 

Supply managed mobile voice services supporting more than 2,000 users in addition to the continuing provision of traditional fixed-line voice services 

Implement a helpdesk for BAA's staff and tenants.

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