BT today announced it has renewed and extended its network equipment hosting contract with mobile operator Telefónica Deutschland. As Telefónica continues to invest in the future of its mobile network to meet their customers’ demand for fast mobile broadband (4G) access, BT will provide hosting capacities in 17 locations throughout Germany.
The contract covers capacity to host some of the network equipment, such as routers and servers, that form the core of Telefónica’s German mobile network. Providing Telefónica with a sustainable, energy-efficient network environment, the facilities are designed to meet the requirements for power supply and cooling that result from fast growing data volumes and the introduction of the latest technology, including new 4G (LTE) services. BT’s capabilities will allow Telefónica Deutschland to complement their infrastructure and give them the flexibility to align it to future requirements, in order to meet their end customers’ growing expectations for mobile broadband access. All facilities offer high levels of resilience, including fail-safe power supply and high security standards.
Martin Skop, CTO at Telefónica in Deutschland, said: “The world of mobile communications is once again being turned upside down with the roll out of 4G. For us to deliver against the ever rising expectations, having a solid network backbone infrastructure in place is absolutely essential to provide our customers with excellent user experience. BT understands our requirements for mobile services, and provides us with a reliable, scalable, and cost efficient platform for our network.”
Nina Wegner, CEO at BT Germany, said: “This new contract is a fantastic vote of confidence in the expertise of our people and our track record for delivery. As a global operator, we have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the telecommunications industry. We are proud to support Telefónica in their drive to grow their business through the introduction of new services such as LTE. Without an underlying network such as the one we provide, the cloud would remain unplugged for the user, and most of the apps people use on smartphones and tablets would not work. Only carriers and service providers have the means to bring those modern applications and services to life.”
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Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard, and its wholly-owned, operationally active subsidiary Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The company offers its German private and business customers post-paid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS, UMTS and LTE technologies with its product brand O2. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 103 million mobile and fixed network customers in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.