Procter & Gamble signs BT for $650 million

Procter & Gamble (P&G) have signed a five-year, $650 million (332 million) global IT deal to outsource its networking, communications and related security requirements across more than 1,100 locations in more than 82 countries.

BT Global Services will provide and manage P&G's local and wide area network (LAN and WAN) infrastructure, while migrating these services to internet protocol (IP) based multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) infrastructure.

The deal also covers perimeter security and firewall services, conferencing, remote access, voice and IP telephony services, and Internet services to support P&G's IT requirements.

The manufacturer said that the managed services deal is anticipated to provide a standardised, flexible and future-proofed communications infrastructure platform that will deliver improved, more cost-effective end user service levels.

And the improved infrastructure platform and services will be designed to ensure compliance with policy, regulatory and security standards.

"We are confident that [BT] can bring world-class innovation to transform our network and our business," said Jim Fortner, director of workplace and infrastructure solutions at P&G.

The deal will run alongside the manufacturer's existing 1.5-billion, ten-year IT operations outsourcing deal signed with HP in 2003. The company extended this relationship, transferring to its accounts payable operations to HP in 2004.

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