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BT to deliver global network services to NATO

Zafar Anjum | March 16, 2012
US$74 million contract for BT Connect services.

BT will be providing technology services, including Ethernet Connect solution, to support NATO's global operations, the communications services and solutions provider announced today.

BT has signed a five-year agreement valued at €47 million (US$74 million) with NATO's Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), which is responsible for delivering technology in support of NATO's global operations. The contract provides NATO with a communications network, connecting more than 70 locations, spread across the NATO nations and the Balkans, said BT in a statement.

According to BT, the deal includes the migration of NATO's existing backbone to BT Ethernet Connect.

NATO will also benefit from Ethernet Connect E-LINE services, which provides protected bandwidth for mission-critical applications between sites. Ethernet Connect will lay the foundation for a highly-secure wide area network (WAN) in support of NATO's missions and decision-makers around the world. BT will also supply the NC3A-organisation with the hardware to accomplish this.

"Information - and the ability to share it rapidly across a coalition - plays a paramount role in 21st century operations, as well as political decision-making," said Georges D'hollander, general manager at NC3A. "To underpin this, we need a flexible, future-proof network. BT has, over the years, developed an in-depth understanding of the specific challenges we face. Their BT Connect portfolio is particularly well designed to support our communications needs."

"We have been successfully working with NATO over the recent years and look forward to the future of our relationship," Luis Alvarez, president EMEA and Latin America BT Global Services.

BT Ethernet Connect is part of BT Connect, BT's innovative portfolio of intelligent networking solutions. BT Connect has the ability to deliver services in 197 countries and territories and it provides speeds of anything from 64k-320Gbps in the UK and 64k-1Gbps globally with future plans for even faster access.


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