The contract means that BT's Web services offering will be based on the Java 2 Enterprise Edition and .net platforms following its recent deal with Microsoft.
BT Ignite plans to launch a hosted Web services service in January, offering .net and BEA's Weblogic environments to customers. It has no plans to bring other suppliers' platforms on board unless customer demand justifies its investment.
BT Ignite said the chief benefit of the service is giving customers the ability to implement small parts of otherwise complex implementations, such as with SAP or Oracle, for example, or where businesses may want to test implementations in a limited environment.
Graeme Snell, head of Web services relations at BT Ignite, said, "Web services is like the bricks and mortar in building a house. It can help you do things cheaper and quicker, but while it does make things easier to bolt services together there won't be business benefits unless they are there in the first place."