British Airways is optimising its internal Internet communications by creating a $250m (£156m) extranet which will serve all its staff in 100 countries, writes Antony Savvas.
BA has hired waste disposal and processing contractor SITA to complete the work over five years. All BA's commercial applications will be put online to allow staff at almost 200 sites around the world to access information in areas such as finance and customer reservations.
The extranet, which could also be used for videoconferencing, will be fully integrated with BA's existing and evolving corporate networks. The airline is involved in a thorough evaluation of its future data and voice needs and is already modernising sections of its backbone.
The extranet will be developed and put in place by SITA staff who will work in close co-operation with BA employees. The network will first be put through trial runs in stages, with initially about 20 sites being tested before full implementation.
BA's Internet outsourcing contract
- 200 sites worldwide
- SITA to develop extranet
- Five-year roll-out in stages
- Integration with existing corporate networks
- All commercial applications online