Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise arm has teamed up with data security company Covata to win a contract with a German health insurance firm.

Barmer GEK has signed up to use Covata’s encrypted file sharing product Safe Share, which will run on T-Systems’ network.

The Germany-based operator will also provide customer services to the insurance company.

The deal represents the first joint customer that DT and Covata have netted.

It follows the launch of DT’s DSI Intercloud platform in December, which the operator hopes will enable it to challenge Amazon and Google in the enterprise cloud space.

Patrick Molck-Ude, MD of T-Systems’ Telecommunications division, told European Communications in November that enterprises need to be prepared for the number of attacks on their networks and IT systems to increase.

[Read more: Q&A with Patrick Molck-Ude]

Frank Löhler, Teamleader Mobility & Mobile Strategy Barmer GEK, said: “Digitization of our business processes is a core element for improving the service for our customers and at the same time strengthening our competitiveness.

“Barmer GEK prides itself on its exceptional service, and this extends behind the scenes to how we protect the valuable personal data we receive from our community.”

[Read more: Telcos must do more in bid to provide cloud services to SMEs]

Meanwhile, T-Systems rival Orange Business Services said it had renewed a contract with recruitment consultancy Brunel International.

OBS has deployed a VPN that connects over 100 offices in 24 countries and a cloud-based unified communications and collaboration tool called Together as a Service.

Financial details of the five-year deal were not disclosed.

“Facilitating an effective, flexible and secure environment for Brunel employees worldwide means not taking any unnecessary risks with our connectivity,” said Stefan de Boer, Manager Global IT at Brunel.

Thierry Bonhomme, Chief Executive of OBS, told European Communications that his company’s biggest challenge is growing outside of France as it looks to increase revenues.

 

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