Press release: BT extends partnership with Glencore to harmonise global communications infrastructure.

DC14-425 (16 sept 2014)

BT today announced a contract with Glencore, one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies, to build and manage Glencore’s new global core network across Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Altonorte Copper Smelter North ChileThe consolidated infrastructure will allow all employees to work together more effectively in more than 50 countries by improving access to critical business applications for the marketing and mining of natural resources. BT will also provide a range of collaboration services, including voice, audio conferencing and contact centre services.

Corrado Sciolla, president Europe, BT Global Services said, “Leveraging our expertise in the energy and resources sector, we have been working with Glencore since 2004, providing the company with global network services, internet connectivity and a variety of communications services. We are very proud to have been asked to further support Glencore’s growth by consolidating its various networks and integrating its communications services so that its global workforce can collaborate more effectively. The consolidated infrastructure will allow Glencore’s IT teams to orchestrate technology assets in a way that meets the company’s competitive ambitions.”

We operate globally and deploy critical activities in very remote areas. As a result, we need reliable communications to bring our employees together in real-time, from our trading offices to our mining sites. The recent merger of Glencore and Xstrata presented us with considerable challenges, including those related to the standardisation and management of the network infrastructure and the reliable provision of communication services between our employees. We opted for BT because of its global presence and the quality of its services, giving us the ability to be creative and innovative in the way we leverage technology to meet these challenges. The fact that BT has proven to be a reliable and trusted partner over many years reinforces our confidence that we will achieve reliable and successful results from this ambitious project.”
- Cyril Reol, Global Chief Information Officer of Glencore


About Glencore

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The Group's operations comprise of over 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.

With a strong footprint in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 90 offices located in over 50 countries.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil and food processing. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore employs around 200,000 people, including contractors.

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About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group's reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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Ines Chin
Senior PR & Corporate Relations Manager, Asia Pacific
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