Gala Coral bets on BT with £25m IT and communications deal

Betting firm Gala Coral Group has selected BT as its sole IT and communications supplier in a £25m five-year

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Betting firm Gala Coral Group has selected BT as its sole IT and communications supplier in a £25m five-year.

The contract is the first IT contract since Gala acquired Coral Eurobet in October 2005. Coral previously had a £7.1m five-year contract with BT, which saw the communications firm provide it with a high-bandwidth managed network connecting its 1,268 branches earlier in 2005.

BT will now rationalise the gambling group’s communications into a single managed network, linking its 1,550 betting shops, 32 casinos and 171 bingo clubs in a move that is expected to deliver significant cost savings and efficiencies.

Gala Coral commercial director Nigel Brewster said: “Gala Coral required a trusted supplier, which could take our business forward by understanding the future technology requirements which will help us prosper in a fast moving and competitive industry.”

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