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NTT Communications will provide network, cloud, data connectivity and other services to Formula 1 motor racing team, under a new  three year partnership agreement.

NTT Comm said the partnership would underpin McLaren-Honda's new IT strategy, which has a focus on cloud, mobility and people centric services.

NTT Comm will leverage the global resources of several NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT Docomo and NTT Data to offer wide area network (WAN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) services to McLaren-Honda across multiple countries including UK, Spain, US, Singapore and Japan. During race weekends, this network is critical to support the transmission of data in real-time from McLaren-Honda's race cars to the company's technology and engineering teams based in the UK.

NTT Comm said it would combine the management of WAN and LAN services to provide a seamless and consistently managed network to increase the quality, resilience and availability of end-to-end ICT services.

'NTT Communications will offer its enhanced Enterprise Cloud 2.0 services to provide a platform from which McLaren can consume dedicated and shared computing and storage resources on a pay-as-you-go model,' NTT Comm said.

'This service, together with the NTT Communications consulting practice and cloud management platform, will offer McLaren a strong opportunity to deliver on its technology transformation strategy. NTT Communications and McLaren will also work together to explore other advanced technologies capable of enhancing the performance of the team.'