BT And Microsoft announce joint innovations to focus on cybersecurity

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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BT, UK’s leading multinational telecommunication holding company and tech giant Microsoft has launched a new strategic alliance to drive innovation in enterprise voice, cybersecurity, and industry-focused services in sectors ranging from digital manufacturing to health, restoring growth to the UK and global businesses.

Users of BT-managed Microsoft business services will enjoy outstanding customer experiences by integrating their Microsoft applications with secure and reliable connectivity and cybersecurity.

BT has already been the first development partner for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams. The number of users of BT’s managed Microsoft Teams collaboration service has almost doubled during the past 12 months.

Bas Burger
Bas Burger
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“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits. This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.” 

The bilateral partnership will complement BT’s existing portfolio of Microsoft-based cybersecurity services. The companies will work together to build and launch a new generation of managed security services that will enable and secure the modern collaborative workplace.

BT will team up with Microsoft to create unique security propositions to protect clients’ operations in the cloud as well as its own IT infrastructure.

BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.

Mr. Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said, “The partnership announced today by Microsoft and BT is just the start of an exciting, shared journey of innovation and collaboration that will shape the future of telecoms. 

The telecom giant, which plans to install fiber connections to 25 million homes by the end of 2026, announced adjusted core earnings of $2.61 billion on revenue of $7.9 billion for the three months to the end of June, down 3 percent and below market estimates.

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