Insurance giant Zurich has signed a six-year deal with BT to provide network and communications technologies in a deal worth $460m.
BT said that the deal will provide Zurich with improved network performance and higher quality audio and video communications, internally and externally.
The deal covers core networking technologies including internet access, IP telephony and local area networking, as well as voice services including BT’s MeetMe. BT will also provide the connectivity for several of Zurich’s data centres, including in the UK.
BT said that it will host these services on BT IP Connect, which converges voice, video and data onto a single IP network to offer security and high availability. BT will provide these services to Zurich offices in 49 countries.
Robert Dickie, chief operations and technology officer at Zurich, explained that it is a major contract for the firm for the years ahead.
“This is a major agreement for Zurich and a key part of our group’s IT and operations transformation,” he said.
“There are significant advantages in working with a truly global company, not least of which are the increased agility and efficiency in dealing with one main provider.”
Luis Alvarez, chief executive of BT Global Services, described the deal as an important win for BT, and underlined the scope of its capabilities for businesses.
“Zurich has entrusted BT to manage its communications network because we understand that it’s critical for global companies to have local capability to serve customers wherever they may be,” he said.
“Zurich’s global network creates a foundation for seamless collaboration for employees worldwide and enables them to access the increasing number of business applications and services.”
Improved access to networking technologies is becoming increasingly important to businesses of all sizes.
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