Queens Park Rangers signs BT as official comms provider

QPR football club inks a multi-year deal with BT Business to supply voice and networking services at Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers (QPR) football club has signed a multi-year partnership deal with BT Business for telephony and high-speed networking across its two west London sites.

Under the terms of the deal, BT will supply its One Phone service, alongside a high-performance network to enable secure, fast communication and connectivity, with 24/7 support, at both QPR’s Loftus Road stadium and its training ground in Harlington.

The One Phone service, launched in 2014, is a partnership with EE that provides deskphone capabilities and Wi-Fi hotspot access on employee mobiles, accessed through one number.

Specifically designed for small and medium-sized enterprise use, QPR will be using One Phone to bring together its old office phone system and mobile phones into a single, cloud-hosted service.

Meanwhile, the club will also be installing the BT Converge platform and fixed internet from BTNet, giving it dedicated bandwidth between its two main locations, and ensuring its ability to transfer unlimited data with guaranteed upload and download speeds, which is becoming more essential as social networking transforms the match-day experience for fans.

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“QPR required a robust, capable and reliable network from a partner they trust who can guarantee the club remains connected as a business at all times. Innovative communications technology, such as BT One Phone, will transform the way the club communicates as a business,” said BT Business CEO Graham Sutherland.

“BT One Phone will give greater versatility and flexibility to all Club employees covering ticketing, administration and team management. The Club and team will be able to remain connected whether they’re on pre-season tour, at the training ground and especially at crucial times of the season such as transfer deadline day.”

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes added: “Our media department have a number of exciting digital plans over the coming years, so to be working closely with BT – with the ability to tap into their technology expertise – will without doubt enhance our communications proposition across the club.”

As with other sports partners, BT will also get to place its branding, around Loftus Road from the start of the 2015-16 season, and will also supply BT Sport content to the stadium’s big screens.

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