New Atos deal is the Pinnacle for Scots telecoms group

PINNACLE, the Stirlingshire-based telecoms company, expects a 50 per cent rise in the amount of work it carries out for the BBC after sealing a deal with French IT giant Atos.

The Aim-quoted firm, which sets up temporary phone and data networks that are used at concerts and other events, hailed the contract with Atos as a “significant move forward”.

Atos – which is the IT partner for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic games as well as a BBC contractor – turns over about €8.7 billion (£7.5bn) a year and has 78,500 staff.

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The Scottish firm already carries out regular work for the BBC. It provided temporary networks for the Scottish Parliament election, last year’s General Election and BBC Radio 1’s “Big Weekend” concert in Carlisle back in May, which featured Lady Gaga and Nicole Scherzinger.

Alan Bonner, Pinnacle’s chief executive, told The Scotsman: “This is the start of something very exciting for us. We hope it will lead to other contracts. The deal came about following the link-up earlier this year of Atos and Siemens, which was already one of our clients.”