Gala Coral Group, Europe’s largest betting and gaming group, has today announced it has selected BT as its single communications supplier in a contract worth £25 million over five years.

The deal represents the Group’s first joint IT contract since Gala acquired Coral Eurobet in October 2005 and makes BT Gala Coral’s sole IT and communications supplier linking a UK-wide estate of 1,750 retail trading outlets including 1,550 betting outlets, 32 casinos and 171 bingo clubs.

The deal will rationalise the Group’s communications onto a single, managed network to deliver significant cost savings and efficiencies.

Nigel Brewster, Gala Coral commercial director said: “Gala Coral required a trusted supplier, which could take our business forward by understanding the future technology requirements which will help us prosper in a fast moving and competitive industry.”

The merger of the Gala Group and Coral Eurobet in October 2005 created Europe's largest integrated betting and gaming group and one of the top 100 companies in Britain. The new Group has over 18,000 employees and serves over two million active customers each year.