AstraZeneca hands £25m global network contract to BT

AstraZeneca has signed a £25m, five-year deal with BT for it to become the pharmaceutical giant's global network partner.

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AstraZeneca has signed a £25m, five-year deal with BT for it to become the pharmaceutical giant's global network partner.

The telco has been provided network services for AstraZeneca inEurope, the middle east and Asia Pacific since 2003. Under the new agreement BT will extend its platform to cover 33 new sites in the USA and Latin America.

The new contract covers a total of 170 managed connections at 131 AstraZeneca sites in 60 countries worldwide on a network that carries six terabytes of data every day.

The global network will underpin the pharmaceutical company’s drive to convergence of voice, data and multimedia applications.

Richard Williams, Global CIO, AstraZeneca, said the creationo f a new “service effect” contrat with BT : "will deliver greater agility, responsiveness and collaboration among our global workforce. This in turn, will lead to improved overall business performance.”

Last July AstraZeneca signed a £830m contract extension with IBM for IT infrastructure services to 60 national divisions of the company, including server and storage hosting, service desks, PC management, networking, support and communications services including email.

Despite the scale of the IBM contract, AstaZeneca said its software development teams will retain overall control of development, and IT strategy will remain in-house.