Global brewer SABMiller taps into T-Systems data network in five-year deal

SABMiller has awarded T-Systems a five-year contract to provide its global network backbone and European network. The contract is part of a strategic review of the brewing giant's global infrastructure.

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SABMiller has awarded T-Systems a five-year contract to provide its global network backbone and European network. The contract is part of a strategic review of the brewing giant's global infrastructure.

SABMiller owns 200 beer brands and employs around 70,000 staff across over 75 countries. Brands include Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, and the company is one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.

Peter Brickley, SABMiller global CIO, said, "We are globally integrating our business and as a result we are ensuring our technology is fit for purpose and value for money.

Brickley said the company was implementing a multi-vendor global data network.

In early 2009, SAB Miller signed a five-year $120 million (£86 million) network and telecoms service deal with BT.

Under that five-year contract, BT would manage the company’s networked IT services and its telecoms in the UK, the rest of Europe and Latin America. It would also provide data centre connectivity to SAB Miller in North America, South Africa and Hong Kong.

"T-Systems is a well-positioned partner for our technology infrastructure in Europe and core services, offering us the capabilities we require from a world-class network, and capable of supporting SABMiller’s future growth,” said Brickley.

The new network will deliver access to data for around 12,000 SABMiller end-users. In addition, T-Systems will provide capabilities such as security, telepresence, remote access, IP-VPNs (virtual private networks) and application performance monitoring.

T-Systems is part of Deutsche Telekom. The value of the networking deal with SABMiller has not been disclosed.

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