BT software-defined network puts FCA on the road to a smart future

New agile connectivity to underpin global automotive leader’s data-driven smart transformation

BT today announced it is to deploy new software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Europe.

The new SD-WAN will provide the automotive firm with an agile network optimised for the cloud. It will help FCA accelerate innovation by providing more choice and control over how the network is managed. This will allow the company to create the optimal user experience for people, devices and machines in 95 sites including 11 manufacturing plants, as they access corporate applications and data.

The cost-effective and agile solution will be deployed over the top of a hybrid infrastructure offering the company a choice of connectivity tailored for each application, such as the Internet for low-priority purposes like web browsing or BT’s global MPLS network for sensitive data and critical applications.

Joris van Oers, managing director, resources, manufacturing and logistics & Europe, BT, said: “Our consultants worked closely with FCA’s IT team to help it choose a connectivity solution to meet the needs of its business. They created a roadmap and business case, drawing on their deep SD-WAN expertise and over 14 years’ experience of working with FCA. We’re delighted to have signed this new contract extending our relationship with such an innovative customer.”


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BT Group is the UK’s leading telecommunications and network provider and a leading provider of global communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities in the UK include the provision of fixed voice, mobile, broadband and TV (including Sport) and a range of products and services over converged fixed and mobile networks to consumer, business and public sector customers. For its global customers, BT provides managed services, security and network and IT infrastructure services to support their operations all over the world. BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Openreach, which provides access network services to over 650 communications provider customers who sell phone, broadband and Ethernet services to homes and businesses across the UK.

For the year ended 31 March 2020, BT Group’s reported revenue was £22,905m with reported profit before taxation of £2,353m.

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