Specsavers Focuses on Virtual Benefits

UP opticians Specsavers has appointed Vanco, the Virtual Network Operator (VNO) to design, implement and manage its Global Wide Area Network (WAN).

The five-year agreement, with a contracted value of over £4.5 million, will deliver complete end-to-end connectivity. The solution will use DSL technology across more than 800 sites in six countries. Vanco’s asset light approach to network management means it can offer the best possible technology, with the most transparent flexibility at the cheapest possible rate.

One reason Specsavers selected Vanco to manage its network was to increase its bandwidth and scalability, allowing stores to be networked in the most efficient way to allow further growth. Meanwhile, Vanco’s Active Negotiation Process allows Specsavers to reduce its IT costs and keep up with the latest technology developments year-on-year.

Ruskin Snow, Specsavers’ IT Operations Manager, said ‘Vanco’s technical and carrier independence made a considerable difference to the way they approached our requirements, and I am convinced they will supply on-going benefits to Specsavers.’

‘We decided to use Vanco because they have consistently demonstrated technical innovation and, very importantly, a clear focus on customer service. Vanco’s ability to provide us with the most suitable network for our needs means that we have the freedom to carry on growing and evolving. This combination of services allows us concentrate on what we do best – providing value-for-money eyecare.’

With Specsavers continued expansion, the Vanco solution will help create efficiencies in Specsavers’ business operation through the use of a single global provider. This important, strategic partnership will help Specsavers to create and sustain competitive advantage, while reducing the total cost of ownership throughout the contract life.

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