BT announced its deal with ABB to transform and manage its global communications infrastructure in order to improve application performance and IT security.
As per the deal, BT will connect ABB in more than 700 locations in more than 100 countries with its Internet Connect and IP Connect services, allowing 140,000 ABB employees to work, communicate and collaborate securely with each other and with customers and partners.
The global network infrastructure designed by BT will connect users to data and applications stored in ABB’s hybrid cloud and will be the foundation for ABB’s future use of cloud services from a variety of suppliers.
Andy Tidd, chief information officer at ABB, said: “This key component of our new IT infrastructure will support ABB’s three focus areas of profitable growth, relentless execution and business-led collaboration.”
In addition to the responsibility for the quality and performance of the network services, BT will be responsible for the local area networks (LAN) across more than 700 ABB locations and will provide security across network assets. Management of 400 firewalls and the provision of BT Assure cyber protection and analytics services to protect ABB’s network and IT systems against threats is part of the deal.