Major construction and related services group Willmott Dixon has slashed its communications overheads by contracting Surrey-based Vodat Solutions to provide quality IP telephony and high speed Internet communications over a Virtual Private Networking (VPN) solution. The fully managed service is replacing a number of ISDN lines and kilostream links to provide Willmott Dixon with much needed additional bandwidth at vastly reduced cost. The service has already been rolled out to 20 Willmott Dixon offices including its Letchworth headquarters, and will connect 50 regional and divisional offices throughout London, the Midlands and the North by the end of 2003.
According to Duncan Murray, Network Support Manager for the Willmott Dixon Group, it was the competitive pricing and flexibility of the service that saw Vodat beat off competition from a number of networking providers. Mr Murray said,
“When we looked at the alternatives Vodat gave excellent bandwidth capacity at the best price with the most flexible service. The solution has slashed the costs of our overall call charges and communications costs, which were proving very excessive - replacing our 64K data links with Vodat’s 512k links alone has given us eight times the speed at half the ongoing cost. Staff are delighted with the reliability and speed delivered by the new service, which has dramatically reduced download times and eliminated a major source of frustration in receiving and sending emails and accessing files from head office.”
He added, “Having worked with Vodat over the past months we have been delighted with their refreshing approach to customer service - they respond quickly and personally to any query or problem we have, and their support staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable. Where we have encountered problems deploying the network, in areas that don’t have ADSL, for example, Vodat has worked hand-in-hand with us to find a solution that gives us the capacity and reliability we need. From our experience I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their service – it offers tremendous value for money.”
Vodat’s Managed Service enables companies to implement a converged voice and data network that is managed remotely on their behalf for a low-cost, fixed monthly fee, removing the need for up-front investment in PBX systems, dedicated equipment or cabling and recabling of offices. As well as dramatically reducing telephony costs – UK calls via Vodat cost just 2.5p per minute – the service is estimated to cut network infrastructure overheads by as much as 60%. Providing companies with unlimited broadband access to email and the Internet companies can also choose to plug in applications such as voicemail, unified messaging, conference calling and video over IP as and when they choose, and add remote workers to the virtual network from just £20 per user.
Companies interested in finding out more about the Vodat Managed Service, including ISPs wishing to resell the service, should contact Alex Waterman at Vodat on 0870 225 9080.
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Vodat Solutions Ltd., based in Redhill, Surrey, is an innovative integrator and provider of IP and converged voice and data network solutions and support services. Established in 1999 the company works in partnership with major communications providers such as BT and Fibernet and leading IP software suppliers across Europe to offer highly cost-effective IP services to customers that include construction companies Willmott-Dixon and Timberwise.
The Vodat Managed Service enables companies to create a single network for voice telephony, data and Internet that is fully managed remotely. As well as reducing network infrastructure costs by as much as 60% the service, which is targeted at smaller companies that stand to gain the most from its affordability, also enables companies to deploy value-added applications such as unified messaging and video conferencing via IP to increase business productivity and improve efficiency.
More information on the Vodat Managed Service, company and portfolio of services can be found at
Willmott Dixon celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2002.Today the company operates across the whole of England and Wales through four trading divisions: Construction; Housing; Property Services and interior fit-out specialists ‘inspace’.
Willmott Dixon’s annual turnover in 2002 was £320 million. Repeat order clients account for over 60% of orders; 65% of work is secured by means other than lowest price tendering, and the company’s overall partnering experience now exceeds £500 million. The company operates a total of 22 offices across England and Wales, and employs more than 1,500 full time staff.
Since the appointment of Sir Michael Latham to the main board in 1997, Willmott Dixon has progressively reinforced its position as a leading advocate of partnering within the construction industry. In addition to this commitment, Willmott Dixon is involved in a wide range of industry bodies, which deal with the issues of education and training, women in construction, considerate construction and sustainability.
More information on Willmott Dixon can be found at http://www.willmottdixon.co.uk
For further information please contact:
Tel: + 44 (0) 1634 666693
11C Sherwood House
KENT. ME5 9UD.
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