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Vanco Lands MPLS Deal

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ISLEWORTH, U.K. -- Lend Lease, a leading global real estate services business, is to install a new global MPLS based Wide Area Network (WAN) across its global operations, a move which will reduce its annual data communications spend by 25%. The network, worth £6.5 million over five years, will cover 350 locations in 27 countries across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Vanco, the leading global Virtual Network Operator (VNO), has been contracted to design, implement and manage this new solution.

From a complex and diverse in-house solution Lend Lease is upgrading to a new network with MPLS at the core, utilising best of breed service on a regional basis. The solution will also make use of DSL, IPSec and Frame Relay. In addition to the significant annual cost savings, which include the cost of the change, Lend Lease makes full use of O-zone, Vanco’s industry leading online network and application performance monitoring portal. The ability to view the performance of the network to a highly detailed level in real time was extremely important to Lend Lease. O-zone also provides the client with the ability to log and monitor faults and changes on-line.

Rob Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Lend Lease Global Services, said, "We are gaining technology improvements coupled with a dramatic reduction in our operating cost base." Rob goes on to explain why Vanco was appointed; "Their virtual network model means that we are not locked into specific technology, and will benefit even further from annual cost reductions as prices continue to sharpen in the wholesale telecoms market".

Mark Thompson, Managing Director, Vanco UK Ltd, said, “Many international businesses are struggling under the weight of legacy network infrastructure supplied to them by Asset Based Carriers intent on selling a fixed technology, at a fixed price in a fixed geography.

The resulting ‘solution’ is then highly inflexible, difficult to manage and a constraint on business growth. Our asset-light, infrastructure independent model means that we have the service orientation and flexibility to meet the complex networking needs of the largest multinational organisations today and into the future.”

Vanco Group Ltd.

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