Procter & Gamble has signed a £325m networking contract with BT to improve the group's local and wide area networking.
The five-year contract will see BT provide and manage P&G's local and wide area network infrastructure across more than 1,100 locations in more than 82 countries.
In addition, BT will migrate these services to a high-speed IP-based global multi-protocol label switching infrastructure to improve data transfer. BT will also provide and manage perimeter security and firewall services, conferencing, remote access, voice and IP telephony services, and internet services to support P&G's IT requirements.
The portfolio of managed services is expected to enable P&G to benefit from greater cost efficiency and control through a standardised, flexible and future-proof comms infrastructure platform, with enhanced service levels to users.
"We are looking forward to partnering with BT. We are confident that they can bring world-class innovation to transform our network and our business," said Jim Fortner, director of workplace and infrastructure solutions at P&G.