Global brewer Carlsberg has brought in Verizon Business to manage its European network under a four-year agreement.

Verizon Business will deliver an integrated IT network supported by managed service and security technology across 20 countries in Europe, including the UK. The deal covers the provision of wide and local area networks, internet connectivity, data access and security.

Verizon is providing Carlsberg with a "single-touch" account team which will consolidate all aspects of network management. Carlsberg says it now has an IT network infrastructure that can be quickly scaled as business needs dictate.

“We felt that a centralised, outsourced network model was the right way forward for our business in Europe,” said Kenneth Egelund Schmidt, Carlsberg chief information officer.

The value of the Carlsberg network deal has not been disclosed.

In another recent business network deal, FirstGroup, the UK's largest transport operator, went to Global Crossing to supply an £8.2 million wide area network to secure and improve its operations. The four-year contract will see Global Crossing implement a fully managed data network that will support over FirstGroup 700 UK sites.