Bt wraps up european managed services contract with paperlinx

World's leading fine paper merchant consolidates European communication infrastructure and awards BT five-year, €13.6 million, networked IT services contract
(PresseBox) (München, ) BT today announced the signature of a managed services contract with PaperlinX Europe, one of the largest distributors of paper, sign & display products and packaging materials in Europe. The 5year contract, worth €13.6 million, covers secure networked IT services, providing a highly resilient IP network that connects the company's 22 branch offices, spread across 16 countries. The agreement builds upon the existing relationship between the two companies, which dates back to 2005.

Jeroen de Swart, CFO of PaperlinX Europe: "We were looking for a partner capable of consolidating our communications infrastructure to create a platform to connect our people, operating companies, customers and suppliers. Taking into account BT's expertise in communication solutions, our existing relationship and the solution they designed, we are convinced that BT is the ideal partner to support our growth strategy."

Luis Alvarez, President BT Global Services Enterprises, said: "PaperlinX has trusted us once more with this pan-European contract. Outsourcing its communications infrastructure to BT will enable the organisation to significantly reduce cost, focus on its core business while improving the collaboration between its people, businesses, customers and suppliers."

The contract encompasses a range of services including a global, MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) based secure wide area network, LAN (local area network) management for the various branch offices, internet access, fixed and mobile voice solutions and security services. Employees will also be able to access corporate data and applications remotely, wherever they are, via BT's MobileXpress access service.

About PaperlinX Europe

PaperlinX Europe is one of the largest distributors of paper, sign & display products and packaging materials in Europe. With headquarters in Amsterdam, the division operates through a network of merchants serving 16 countries across Europe with a turnover of 2,5 billion euro.

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