Philips picks BT for five-year comms deal

Electronics giant Philips has signed a five year contract with BT to provide communication services across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa along with a global data infrastructure and access services.

Electronics giant Philips has signed a five year contract with BT to provide communication services across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa along with a global data infrastructure and access services.

Under the terms of the deal, BT will manage Philips' MPLS-based data transport services across the EMEA region, along with voice services, mobility services and some metropolitan area networks.

BT will also provide a worldwide data infrastructure and global data access services, including security, firewalls, remote access services, IP address and domain name system management, and conferencing services.

The contract will see Vodafone work with BT on mobile working services for about 24,000 users in the EMEA region.

Philips’ chief information officer, Daniel Hartert, said, “One of the deciding factors in choosing BT included its ability to innovate - as demonstrated by the heavy investment it has made in its network and the overall efficiency of its solutions - as well as its global reach.”

The BT contract – for an unspecified fee – comes five months after Philips terminated a £400m five-year IT services contract with Dell after just 14 months.

The Global Workplace (Glow) project to provided hardware and managed desktop services to 75,000 Philips employees in 60 countries was axed after the two firms agreed it did “not sufficiently guarantee successful completion”.

 

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