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NTL Wins £10M Contract

NTL secures £10M contract with the University of Salford to deliver a converged VOIP and wide area network

November 24, 2005

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LONDON -- ntl Business announces it has secured a twenty-year contract to deploy an IP Telephony solution and a Wide Area Network that links over 30 University buildings at speeds of 1GB and above. The contract is worth in excess of £10 million.

The contract also includes a partnership agreement that will see ntl and the university develop pioneering new systems, technologies and projects – some of which are already underway – for the university and the wider community. As part of the same contract, ntl is responsible for the university’s entire inbound and outbound voice services on ntl’s National Telecommunications Group (NTG) educational tariff.

Utilising an existing local area network (LAN), the IP telephony solution will provide secure and reliable networks that will help the university reduce costs through voice and data convergence, and free calls within the network.

Students, staff and lecturers across the University campus will benefit from a range of multi-media applications, such as collaboration and conferencing, to support richer and more efficient learning environments. A converged solution will also enable contact centre working for student and public information services, and, ultimately, provide distance learning capabilities via remote working.

Tony Lewis, Director of Information Services said "In today's education sector, providing the best possible opportunities to students, staff and the local community depends on our ability to provide excellent teaching and access to resources. This requires a robust technical infrastructure and sophisticated communication technologies. An ambitious migration project is underway that will utilise dark-fibre cable and will provide VoIP telephony to the desktop of around 3,000 staff. ntl’s expertise in the education sector, and its reputation for cost-effective communication solutions and flexibility for growth were just part of the justification for an unprecedented twenty-year contract deal.”

Tony Harris, Managing Director, ntl Business, said: “The University of Salford is demonstrating real drive and commitment in using technology to help it remain at the forefront of academic learning and research. This twenty-year contract, which is unheard of in today’s climate, shows we have the expertise and innovation to stay competitive and meet the institutions evolving communication needs. ntl’s network will provide a solid foundation for future technology advances and wide scope for ambitious projects.”

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