International IP connectivity solutions provider Global Crossing has announced the expansion of its partnership with Brazilian IT services company BRQ to provide managed WAN optimization, the former said in a release.
Under the agreement, Global Crossing WANs will be used to remotely connect BRQ's 2,500 employees in the cities of São Paulo, Barueri, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Fortaleza and Brasília.
Global Crossing has provided BRQ's communications link and Multi Protocol Label Switching network since 2008.
The goal is for BRQ to use Global Crossing services to enable access to shared applications - remote file servers, billing and accounting systems. The service is likely to reduce latency and optimize the performance of distributed applications, the release said.
Also, as a "side effect," the service is expected to improve employee productivity. The companies did not provide details on the value or length of the agreement, though.
"BRQ is operating at a new level of network performance focused on the visibility of applications," Global Crossing Brazil sales VP Marcos Malfatti said.
BRQ was founded in 1993 and provides applications for the financial and corporate segments. The firm counts state-owned oil company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), supermarket group Pão de Açúcar, telecom operator Telefônica and bank Bradesco among its clients.