BT signs data center deal with Huawei

Memorandum of understanding signed during UK-China Leadership Forum

28 May 2014 by Hollie Luxford - DatacenterDynamics

BT signs data center deal with Huawei
Vince Cable and Sun Yafang at Huawei's Shenzhen headquarters. Image courtesy of Huawei.

British telecommunications company BT Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei, which covers the potential supply of BT data center services to the Chinese company.

The deal was made during the third UK-China Leadership Forum at Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, with the UK secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable and China’s ministry of industry and IT Yang Xueshan.

The third UK-China Leadership Forum explored smart cities, the impact of technology in urban environments and how effective analysis of big data created by a city’s inhabitant can be used to improve the quality of city life.

Huawei’s chairwoman of the board Sun Yafang said the company was on track to invest and procure £1.3bn in the UK by 2017 – a portion of the money will go towards expansion of research and development facilities in the UK.

Also this week, BT opened its third facility in the Netherlands.

The new data center in Rotterdam will support cloud services for BT customers in the business and public sector in the region.

BT has in total 45 data centers worldwide, of which 16 host its cloud platform.

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