Anglo American renews its strategic partnership with BT
Apr 11, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
BT today announced the signature of a global managed networked IT services contract with Anglo American, one of the world's largest diversified mining companies. The contract covers all Anglo American's networking requirements at several hundred locations around the world and is valued at approximately USD 220 million over the next 5 years.
BT will be deploying its BT Connect portfolio of "intelligent" networking solutions to meet Anglo American's requirements in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, including locations in remote mining areas. These will be provided using a number of technologies, such as Ethernet, MPLS, satellite and microwave access.
To maximise the network performance and help prioritise Anglo American's business critical applications, the BT Connect Applications service will be deployed at 65 locations around the world.
The contract includes global internet access, with a secure remote access solution for mobile workers also part of the service.
BT will also be deploying its One Voice converged communications platform, pooling all Anglo American voice services onto a single platform to deliver substantial savings, simplify management and enable collaborative services such as IP Telephony (IPT) to be provided.
As part of its drive to improve efficiency, Anglo American will be taking advantage of BT's conferencing solutions. These include managed phone and web conferencing, video conferencing at 130 sites as well as six fully managed telepresence solutions at four major sites.
Under the new contract BT also becomes Anglo American's global supplier of choice for network hardware equipment.
Mike Bowden, Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Shared Services at Anglo American said: "BT has helped us bring together our remote operations so we can truly leverage our global scale and reapply best practice from wherever it is created to wherever it is needed. We look forward to continuing our mutually respectful and beneficial relationship."
Bas Burger, President Global Commerce, BT Global Services said: "We are very proud to be in a position to help leading global companies such as Anglo American enable, secure and manage information flows in the pursuit of business process simplification and operational efficiencies. In the current economy, customers are driving for leaner production processes, optimised supply chain operations, accelerated rate of innovation and improved collaboration with suppliers and customers on a global scale. Our portfolio of services and our investments in growing economies across Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa are designed to support the strategy of global organisations such as Anglo American."
About Anglo American
Anglo American is one of the world's largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Anglo American's portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk commodities -- iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals -- copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals -- in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds.
Anglo American is committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations.
The company's mining operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. www.angloamerican.com
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