Chemical firm signs managed services deal with BT

Ciba Specialty Chemicals has selected BT to provide managed IT and communications services to its operations worldwide.

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Ciba Specialty Chemicals has selected BT to provide managed IT and communications services to its operations worldwide in a five-year deal.

The company, which provides chemicals to manufacturers of plastics, paper, cars, and personal care products, is expecting to reduce management costs for its existing infrastructure.

The contract extends Ciba's existing relationship with BT, which has provided the chemical company with a WAN service for the past 10 years. It includes provision of a global IP telephony service running across a BT managed LAN and WAN networks, IT security and a flat rate voice service. BT will also carry out a technology refresh across Ciba’s sites in 120 countries.

The deal is also aimed at helping Ciba make greater use of mobile and internet technologies.

Ciba’s chief information officer, Michael Loechle, said the contract would allow the chemical firm to focus on its core competencies, while relying on a secure and efficient networked IT service infrastructure.

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