NATO picks BT for new backbone

BT has won a five-year, €47 million, deal to provide communications services to 70 NATO sites across the world.
The deal, with NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), covers migration of NATO’s current backbone to BT’s Ethernet network, which includes provision of protected bandwidth for mission-critical services. A secure wide area network is also covered in the deal, with BT set to supply the necessary hardware for the network.
“Information – and the ability to share it rapidly across a coalition – plays a paramount role in 21st century operations,” notes Georges D’hollander, general manager of NC3A.