BT Helps Connect The De Beers Group
BT's global network will help the world's leading diamond company connect
generations of people with the Earth's natural treasures
IRVING, Texas, June 3, 2014
IRVING, Texas, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BT has won a significant new
contract with The De Beers Group of Companies. The six-year agreement, worth
US $37m, sees BT orchestrate a wide range of IT services across 70 De Beers
Group sites, including exploration and mining locations across the world.
Established in 1888, De Beers is the world's leading diamond company. Its
diamond exploration, mining and marketing operations directly or indirectly
employ more than 20,000 people globally.
De Beers and BT teams are bringing together a full range of BT Connect
networking technologies including fiber, microwave and satellite. These will
give De Beers staff, whether they are located in the frozen Northwest
Territories of Canada, the Bushveld regions of southern Africa or the cites of
Europe, Middle East and Asia, access to business applications and data storage
as well as voice and conferencing services.
BT is also helping De Beers to tune its network to its business needs. BT
Connect Accelerate allows De Beers to prioritize its critical business
applications accessed across its global network to ensure a better and more
productive user experience for all employees.
BT One high-definition video conferencing is a crucial application for De
Beers. As many of its sites are remote, travel is expensive and time
consuming. Furthermore, it is important that De Beers can extend the reach of
its experts wherever they may be, allowing them to work effectively with its
Craig Charlton, CIO, De Beers Group of Companies, said: "Whether it's
connecting our mining assets or our global distribution network, we need a
partner with a strong track record. Using BT's network will better connect
our global operations."
Luis Alvarez, chief executive officer, BT Global Services, said: "IT has
become an art as much as a science. We're working together with De Beers to
orchestrate people, applications and systems around highly-tuned intelligent
networks to deliver the best performance at the most competitive cost."
"BT networks will bring together all De Beers sites whether they're in the
frozen north of Canada, which can only be reached in person for three months
of the year, or the far reaches of Botswana. This is a master-class in the
art of connecting, all designed to deliver stunning business outcomes."
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Notes to editors
BT is drawing on the full suite of its BT Connect portfolio to provide De
Beers with fibre, microwave and satellite linkages, as well as BT Web virtual
private networking for internet access and backup. BT will also manage video
and audio-conferencing services; BT One Voice telephony, a telehousing service
from BT's Dublin data centre; and a 24-hour network operations centre in
Durban, South Africa.
About The De Beers Group of Companies
De Beers is a member of the Anglo American group. Established in 1888, De
Beers is the world's leading diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the
exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture
partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as
contractors) across the diamond pipeline, and is the world's largest diamond
producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and
South Africa. As part of the company's operating philosophy, the people of De
Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution
to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural
resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers
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