BT, FIAT Group sign network infra contract

BT has signed a contract with FIAT Group Automobiles Germany to equip its new German headquarters in Frankfurt/Main with telecommunications and networking technology.

By moving into its new, flagship building on Hanauer Landstrasse, Frankfurt's so-called 'Auto Mile', FIAT Group Automobiles Germany has consolidated two previously separate locations.

In addition to administrative offices, the building also hosts training rooms as well as a showroom for the presentation of Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia automobiles.

BT was contracted to equip the new building with advanced telecommunication infrastructure. This includes the installation and operation of a Local Area Network (LAN).

A separate telephone network is not required since the company uses a Siemens HiPath 8000 IP phone exchange (PBX), which allows the use of the data network also for voice communication.

Moreover, the entire building is equipped with wireless network access (Wi-fi), which is especially useful in the training and conference rooms.

The project also includes the connection of the location to the MPLS Wide Area Network (WAN) that BT already operates for FIAT Group Automobiles Germany, the internet access including firewall, and a high-speed link to the BT data centre in Frankfurt where the IP PBX and the firewall are hosted with the highest possible resilience.