Somerfield’s New Virtual Network Now in Store

High street supermarket chain Somerfield have signed a multi year outsourcing contract worth £18.9 million with Virtual Network Operator Vanco for managed telecommunications services. The telecoms solution will provide services across 887 UK sites, including 873 stores, 11 Depot locations, Somerfield’s HQ and its data centre in Bristol.

The contract will see Vanco design, install and manage the Somerfield WAN, Internet and Firewall services. Vanco will take over the management and maintenance of all LAN, the PBX estate and the legacy PSTN/ISDN estate, including call minutes. Vanco will also migrate and manage all existing thurd party contracts.

The Vanco WAN solution includes its MPLS Matrix for the depots, Ethernet for the head office and private ADSL for the Stores. This provides Somerfield with a highly resilient, scaleable WAN solution which facilitates the addition of future services such as hosted IP Telephony.

Richard Beale, Somerfield’s procurement director comments: “We needed a pro-active provider that was able to help us driving down our IT costs but could also give us enough flexibility for future requirements like VoIP.

“With Vanco’s new network solution we will realise substantial cost savings immediately and further savings from an annual Active Negotiating Position. In addition we can now connect new stores easily and fast.”

“The Somerfield contract shows that even within a single country the VNO model provides a very cost effective and the most flexible solution,” says Mark Thompson, MD Northern Region at Vanco.

“In the fast moving retail market you need to be able to adapt quickly to new developments. Vanco provides enterprises with the required flexibility to evolve and grow their business and not making the network a restraint.”

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