Thus Wins £13.6m Contract with United Utilities Water

Thus plc has announced that it has secured a £13.6 million contract with United Utilities Water (UUW), following selection through a competitive tender. The announcement heralds the extension of a five year relationship that will see Thus provide UUW with a full range of telecommunication services.

Thus says their next-generation network (NGN) offers a scaleable and resilient infrastructure that will provide UUW with a strong network coverage and direct connection into key operational sites; all fundamental requirements for UUW. As part of the contract, Thus will provide voice, telemetry, outsourced managed solutions and mobile voice and data services, with more than 6,000 voice extensions across 50 sites.

Provision of mobile connectivity through the use of mobile data and BlackBerry devices means that UUW will be able to achieve office-level productivity while staff are travelling or at a customer’s site. Thus’ ability to offer a full suite of products, including mobile services, provides UUW with a single point of contact for all its communications needs. This will enable Thus to deliver an excellent customer service across all areas of UUW’s business, ensuring smooth management of all products and quick resolution of day-to-day issues.

Phil Male, Chief Operating Officer, Thus plc said: “Extending our contract with United Utilities Water, after participating in a full competitive tender process, is testament to the strong relationship we have developed, working with the company to achieve its goals of increasing quality, developing operating efficiency, and achieving cost-savings. Our experience in this sector, and in delivering NGN solutions, gives United Utilities Water confidence that the service is scalable and able to grow with their future networking requirements.”

Mike Naden, B.I.S Services Director at United Utilities Water added: “Reliability is fundamental to our operations and the telecommunications infrastructure is key to our overall service delivery. As our business grows and develops it is essential that our network has the capacity to deliver more advanced services in the future. The NGN solution from Thus ensures that we have the capability to do this.”

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