BT has signed a contract with the operator of Italy's high speed rail network to build its communications infrastructure.
It will project manage and integrate all communication services, both fixed and mobile for NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori), the systems management of the data processing centre, and the Wi-Fi coverage of the stations where NTV is operational.
The telecoms operator will also implement and manage NTV’s network infrastructure and information and communication technology, including its wide and local area networks, and its wireless networks.
Corrado Sciolla, CEO BT Italia, said: “NTV needs technological innovation to compete in the Italian rail transport market. The outsourcing project developed by BT is very innovative.
"It brings together a wide range of resources and skills and integrates many different technologies. We are looking forward to fulfill the needs of a young and ambitious client such as NTV”.
NTV is the first private operator on the Italian high speed rail network, and the first to use the new Alstom AGV train, top speed record holder.
BT will provide all mobile and fixed lines services, using Voice over IP solutions.
It has developed device management platforms and unified communications applications for NTV’s main offices, integrating video conferencing and collaboration solutions.
NTV staff on board high speed trains will be supplied with portable PDA terminals allowing, various control activities, tickets validation and selling, on board personnel’s shifts scheduling, traffic control, malfunctions reporting through a specific integrated system.
Giuseppe Sciarrone, CEO of NTV, said: "Technological innovation is fundamental for our project and after careful evaluation, NTV selected the most suitable partner in terms of know-how and flexibility in meeting the needs of a start-up company.
"BT’s support will allow us to offer passengers top quality services, on board the trains and at stations, and to create a modern and up-to-date work environment in the company."