NATO has signed a €47m (£39m) deal with BT for a communications network.
The five-year deal with NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), responsible for delivering technology in support of NATO’s global operations, will connect more than 70 locations.
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The deal includes the migration of NATO’s existing backbone to BT Ethernet Connect. It also includes an Ethernet Connect E-LINE service, which provides protected bandwidth for mission-critical applications between sites.
Ethernet Connect will lay the foundation for a wide area network in support of NATO’s global missions and decision-makers. BT will also supply the NC3A-organisation with the hardware to accomplish this.
“Information – and the ability to share it rapidly across a coalition – plays a paramount role in 21st century operations, as well as political decision-making. To underpin this we need a flexible, future-proof network," said Georges D’hollander, general manager at NC3A.
"BT has, over the years, developed an in-depth understanding of the specific challenges we face. Its BT Connect portfolio is particularly well designed to support our communications needs,” he added.
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