Orange Business Services has won a deal to provide network services to pharma company Merck, while Telefónica Business Solutions has chosen Cisco tech to automate its IP network.

The Merck deal comprises a global WAN, network traffic optimisation technology, LAN management, remote access services, regional internet access points and audio conferencing services.

Orange said it would help the 350 year-old family-owned company with its digital transformation.

Financial details of the deal, which covers 200 sites, were not disclosed.

Merck CIO James E Stewart said: “Continuous real-time connectivity for all communication channels is crucial to improve our employee productivity and ensure seamless customer interaction.”

Last month, OBS signed a network and security deal with consumer and industrial goods manufacturer Henkel.

The company saw revenues grow over two percent in the first three months of the year thanks to an increase in sales of IT and integration services.

Meanwhile, Telefónica Business Solutions has selected Cisco technology to help automate its IP infrastructure.

The vendor’s Network Services Orchestrator will enable the Spain-based operator’s business arm to move from manual, workflow-based provisioning to YANG-based DevOps service modeling.

This will enhance the automation, agility and reliability of Telefónica’s network, Cisco said, while accelerating new service delivery from months to minutes.

The operator’s enterprise arm has around eight million SME customers as well as “thousands” of multinationals and large enterprises.

It also manages Telefónica’s wholesale and roaming businesses.

Scot Gardner, VP, Service Provider EMEAR at Cisco, said: “Telefónica’s visionary decision to embrace YANG-based, DevOps service modeling will allow it to greatly simplify network operations, while building the foundation to deliver exciting new revenue-generating experiences to its customers.”

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