BT becomes global network partner for BASF

25 Sep 2008

The world's leading chemical company BASF continues to develop its collaboration with BT. BT has been awarded a contract to operate BASF's wide-area data network (WAN) in the Asia-Pacific region, which means it is now the global network partner for the chemical giant. BT links over 750 BASF sites in 80 countries.

The new contract covers 17 countries with 234 sites in the Asia-Pacific region. BASF can now access a harmonised network platform in all 80 connected countries based on the MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) standard, thereby guaranteeing a uniform quality of service.

BASF is also using BT's IP-based MPLS network to transmit voice calls and video data between many locations worldwide, partially using encryption for higher data security.

"Thanks to our collaboration with BT, we only have to deal with one partner for all 80 countries", explains Marian-Joachim Scholtysik, responsible for networks and telecommunications at BASF Group. "This not only guarantees uniform technical standards and processes at all sites, it does also substantially reduce the effort to manage the solution."

Allen Ma, president, BT Asia Pacific adds: "A reliable and permanently available data network is absolutely essential for a global player such as BASF, but it is not part of their core business. Our strategy is to relieve our clients of these tasks. I am delighted that we have been able to develop our long-standing partnership with BASF in this way."

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