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Tiscali, the broadband, telephone and media company, has partnered with IT services provider Wirebird to deliver an IPVPN solution for John Laing, one of the UK's leading investors, developers and operators of public sector infrastructure projects. Wirebird is managing the network roll-out across 37 John Laing sites under construction and management.

John Laing is currently using the network to exchange data between sites at various stages of completion. When the company wins a new project it sets up a temporary site which becomes a working project site with many employees. Once the construction of the project is complete John Laing then manages the site for a period of usually around 25 years.

All sites are using the communications network for email exchange and Citrix access and all John Laing employees can access their desktop remotely from any of the 37 sites.

Nathan Francis, Managing Director for Tiscali Business Services says: “John Laing often has many bids on the go at once and so the company requires a network that can be as dynamic as its business. Wirebird recommended a quality-enabled IPVPN from Tiscali to ensure that when the time was right for John Laing they could deploy VoIP across the network.”

Quality of Service (QoS) from Tiscali guarantees bandwidth levels for priority applications, which means that when the company begins to transmit voice across the network it will not be interrupted by other traffic.

Francis continues: “Wirebird is quite rightly advising its customers to future-proof their network investments with QoS enabled IPVPNs. Even if businesses are not ready for VoIP now, they may want to deploy it in the near future and with Tiscali’s network they can easily do this.”

Wirebird offers Tiscali’s QoS as part of its MPLS connectivity solutions. It provides the complete WAN infrastructure installation, support and management. The company works alongside Tiscali to provide the full package, including PBX, VoIP products, connectivity, installation and support.

Nabeil Samara, of Wirebird’s business services Division says: “Tiscali offers the best business solution for our requirements. In addition, they are also continuing to enhance their products and services which enables us to move forward with the technology.”

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About Tiscali

Tiscali UK forms part of Tiscali SpA., headquartered in Cagliari, Italy. The UK company was launched in July, 2001 following the acquisitions of Liberty Surf, World Online and LineOne. Tiscali UK also acquired Tiny and Gateway ISPs and more recently the Video Networks Limited in 2006 to enable it to provide Triple Play broadband, telephone and home entertainment IPTV and Video on Demand services.

Providing broadband, dialup, telephone and TV services to over 1.8 million customers of which almost 1.5 million are broadband customers, Tiscali UK is positioned within the UK market as the 3rd largest DSL broadband provider.

One of the most comprehensive sites on the web, Tiscali's portal www.tiscali.co.uk provides 23 channels and over 55,000 pages of constantly updated information, resources and entertainment content. The site receives over 6.8 million unique visitors per month, a total of 265 million page views. The site gives access to online services from shopping to sport and money to entertainment and also provides services such as legal music downloading from a catalogue of over 1 million tracks, a free Video Email service and a Members Area with exclusive content and offers.

Tiscali S.p.A. (Borsa Italiana, Milan: TIS) is one of the main independent European telecommunication companies. With one of the largest and most interconnected IP networks in the world, Tiscali is able to supply its customers, residential and business, with a full range of services: Internet access, both dial-up and ADSL, voice, VoIP, media, value added services (VAS), and other technologically advanced products.

As of 13th September 2007, Tiscali had 3.3 million active users in Italy and the UK. More than 2 million were ADSL customers, of which 787,000 received unbundled services.

Tiscali's corporate website can be found at www.tiscali.com.

Visit the Tiscali Press Centre at www.tiscali.co.uk/press

About Wirebird

Wirebird in an IT services provider with a different approach. Rather than working with a client on a one off basis, we try to build a long-term relationship. Wirebird has been providing IT Infrastructure Support Services since 1998. Our focus is on On-Site and Remote Support – including Procurement, Installation and Configuration, Security Solutions, Offsite Backup of mission critical systems to dedicated Servers, Voice solutions, Selective Outsourcing, and Managed Hosting. We are a Certified Partner for most major brands. Wirebird has a diverse customer base which includes Insurance, Construction, Trade Organizations, the Public Sector and registered Charities.

Wirebird’s website can be found at www.wirebird.co.uk
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