BP outsources telecommunications

Oil company BP is to outsource its telecommunications infrastructure as part of its bid to cut £1 billion of cost during the current financial year.

This week it signed a five-year deal with T-Systems. The IT services arm of Deutsche Telekom which will take over the management of its voice and data communications infrastructure, and manage BP’s contracts with external suppliers.

T-Systems said that it will move BP onto a simpler networking infrastructure, allowing it provide a better standard of service delivery.

Meanwhile, BP has signed a parallel deal with Siemens Enterprise Communications, which will provide managed voice and conference services.

The twin deals come as yet another signal that outsourcing activity is returning after a slow year in the industry.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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