Global IP solutions provider glbc announced today that it is providing Office Depot with an MPLS network supporting data and voice services. The office supply provider will use the connectivity to hook up more than 100 warehouse and distribution centers and large customer sites across the US, Europe, China, and Israel. This is a three year deal meant to complement Office Depot’s existing service provider, and features a usage-based billing model to help keep costs down.
Office Depot operates some 1100+ retail stores in North America and another 137 elsewhere in the world, but this network is primarily targeted at the support infrastructure. A quick look through their 10K though shows just 21 such facilities in North America and another 39 around the world, plus a few office buildings of course. So a few of the biggest retail stores are surely on the list too.
For Global Crossing, this is the kind of deal their enterprise unit does focus their efforts on winning. Many sites spread out quite widely, just a handful in each market with a lot of miles in between. I suppose the Israel portion is off-net, but then Office Depot just sold off their that division anyway.
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