BT and Deutsche Telekom have sealed a partnership to offer a range of global network services to business customers.

The UK-based operator said the new partnership would enable T-Systems to offer its customers the option of using a range of its network services to connect their operations around the world.

It builds on an agreement between the two groups late last year in which BT’s biggest enterprise customers were given access to SAP business applications and services from T-Systems’ data centres.

The new partnership means that in the future T-Systems and BT will be able to interconnect their networks to meet the requirements of individual customers.

The two groups said this would allow T-Systems to increase its international reach by more than 60 percent, enabling it to offer seamless connectivity to its international customers for specific global network services such as MPLS.

Deutsche Telekom owns 12 percent of BT following the sale of EE last year.

In January, BT announced its enterprise-focused Italian opco had overstated earnings over several years.

Luis Alvarez, BT Global Services CEO, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with T-Systems to give their customers more choice in the way they can leverage networks to accelerate their global expansion and optimise their technology investments.

“In addition to our existing multinational customers, this agreement will allow us to serve an extended customer base via T-Systems.

“This agreement will also help maximise the utilisation of our existing assets and sustainably increase our own competitiveness, bringing long-term benefits to BT customers.

“This is a new step in the development of a mutually beneficial partnership between both companies.”

Reinhard Clemens, T-Systems CEO, added: “Our international corporate customers already benefit from our powerful network.

“By interconnecting with BT’s network, we offer our customers a substantial increase in global reach.

“The partnership with BT is an excellent example of how T-Systems plans to work with strong partners to further drive our international business forward.”

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