Airport operator BAA has signed a £46.6m deal with BT for the telco to deliver managed voice and data services at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports.
Under the terms of the five-year agreement, BT will upgrade BAA's existing data network to a fully managed converged IP infrastructure, incorporating a Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based network.
In addition the telco will supply a managed broadband service to facilitate flexible working, together with managed mobile voice services supporting more than 2,000 BAA users.
BT said it would continue to provide traditional fixed-line voice services as well as develop BAA's mobile working strategy with the provision of up to 1,000 BlackBerry devices.
The deal could also open up new revenue streams for BAA, with the airport operator offering IT and communications services to tenants at each airport as part of a joint marketing and sales initiative with BT.
Retail concessionaires, airlines, freight companies and other businesses based at the airports will be targeted by the BAA/BT partnership.
Colin Hargrave, BAA retail director of UK Airports, said in a statement: "Through working with BT we have identified a new market opportunity to explore, while at the same time deploying new technologies internally that will transform the way in which we work."
The deal follows BT's agreement with BAA in January to install and manage up to 180 internet kiosks and 350 payphones at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
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