BT and O2 announce new managed access agreement

14 May 2008

BT has announced a new managed network solutions agreement with O2 that will see BT Wholesale provide and manage high speed connectivity between the majority of O2’s base stations and its core national network in the UK. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, BT will design and deliver a cost-efficient and flexible solution that enables O2 to manage the predicted increases in network traffic caused by new bandwidth-intensive handsets, reducing the need to invest heavily in significant and advanced network upgrading. The agreement takes advantage of BT’s new 21st Century Network-enabled Ethernet network. Nigel Purdy, Head of Networks Engineering, O2 UK said: ‘In working in partnership with BT Wholesale, we have a solution that takes care of our growing access and bandwidth needs while enabling us to realise greater cost efficiencies. It allows O2 customers to experience a better mobile broadband experience and significantly reduces our access transmission whole life cycle costs.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), O2 UK