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British telecoms group, De Beers sign $37 mln IT deal

10 june 2014

British telecommunications group BT has been awarded a six-year contract worth $37 million to provide De Beers with an array of IT services across 70 of its sites throughout the world.
According to IT Web, BT would provide the diamond group with a full range of its networking technologies, including fibre, microwave and satellite.
This would help De Beers staff access to business applications and data storage as well as voice and conferencing services.
BT Global Services chief executive Luis Alvarez was quoted as saying that the company was ultimately working with De Beers to coordinate people, applications and systems around "highly-tuned intelligent networks".
"BT networks will bring together all De Beers sites whether they're in the frozen north of Canada, which can only be reached in person for three months of the year, or the far reaches of Botswana," said Alvarez.
De Beers employs over 20 000 people (directly and as contractors) across the diamond pipeline.
It was the world's largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished