BT does deal to manage British American Tobacco network

BT will provide remote access, network security and supplier management for British American Tobacco’s wide area network

BT has signed a deal with British American Tobacco (BAT) to manage the company’s wide area network (WAN) across the globe.

A high-performance IP network will be deployed by BT to enable BAT to manage and prioritise its traffic across its sites. BT will then be responsible for the network’s security, as well as remote access and any third party supplier contracts that affect the installation.

The contract will be carried out by the consumer packaged goods (CPG) team within BT Global Services, which has recently appointed a new CEO, replacing Jeff Kelly with Luis Alvarez, effective from 1 October 2012.

“Leading multinational companies in the CPG sector are facing multiple challenges and opportunities with competition becoming more acute than ever,” said Kim McMann, president of CPG at BT.

“Global collaboration is one of the keys to success. This requires a global technology infrastructure that has great depth and breadth, running state-of-the-art services, offering the greatest possible speed, security, reliability and flexibility. We are very proud that British American Tobacco recognises our ability to deliver and manage such an infrastructure and such services.”

The contract is worth over $100m and will see the telecoms company take control of almost 1,000 sites across 119 countries.

“BT’s expertise and experience supporting other global consumer packaged goods companies was a strong factor in our decision,” added Phil Colman, CIO of BAT.

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