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Leading WAN solution offers savings of over 50%

London, 21st July 2003 - Loftus ITNS – a division of the IT Techcare Group, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consulting and services group of companies, is launching a state of the art Leased DSL (LDSL)* solution to offer SME and corporate customers the most cost effective and resilient WAN solution available on the market. LeasedDSL for Business is based upon BT’s IP Stream. This fully managed WAN solution replaces ISDN and expensive leased lines, thereby enabling Loftus ITNS to pass on savings of up to 50 per cent on a company’s telecoms solutions.

The service is targeted at two types of customers. Firstly, it provides a secure, easy to manage and affordable outsourced private WAN solution for SMEs. In this instance, Loftus ITNS hosts the company’s network, but is also able to offer additional support services including storage management, centralised e-mail and web access. For corporate customers with a greater number of sites, Loftus ITNS will resell a complete Leased DSL service to provide a Private Network. In both cases, security is assured because data is tunnelled across BT’s private DSL Network, as opposed to routing it over the Internet as part of a traditional Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution. And for complete resilience, separate DSL and ISDN routers can be installed and configured at each remote location.

“Telecommunications is increasingly seen as a commodity, with customers demanding a simple deployment, guaranteed uptime and security at price they can afford,” comments Simon Dover, Operations Director, IT Techcare. “Compared to traditional leased lines and WAN technologies, LeasedDSL for Business can deliver a return on investment within 12 months and ongoing savings of over 50 per cent. This application of DSL technology for the SME market means that the functionality of the big boys is now within the grasp of all firms, regardless of size.”

LeasedDSL for Business is a managed, cost-effective WAN solution for businesses supporting multiple UK sites or offices. It has been developed through Powernet, in conjunction with BT and Cisco Systems, and utilises the BT Broadband IP network. It offers a private and secure UK infrastructure via DSL to broadband-enabled sites and locations. Data is securely delivered directly into a central site or data centre via a 2Mbit, 10Mbit or 34Mbit fibre bearer. The service comes with a high level SLA across all services provisioned within the solution.

* Leased DSL for Business is designed to provide secure point-to-point private data communications between organisational offices. By supporting the use of private IP addresses, it can be used as a cost-effective alternative to many traditional leased line or ISDN links.

Background information:

The IT Techcare Group

The IT Techcare Group is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consulting and services group of companies, providing ICT-enabled solutions through a range of interlinked services: Consultancy, Project Management, Procurement, Installation and Implementation, Training, and Service and Support.

In April 2002, IT Techcare acquired Loftus ITNS, a network management services company. Formed in 1990, Loftus ITNS is an IT Infrastructure solution provider with accreditations from all major systems and network vendors.

In December 2002, the Group acquired Computer Literacy, a leading provider of education programmes and training services to businesses in the UK and Europe. Computer Literacy is a Microsoft Solutions Provider (Authorised Training Centre), Macromedia Training Partner, ECDL Authorised Test Centre and Visio Authorised Training Centre.

Notes to Editors

1. Further information about IT Techcare and its companies can be found at:

www.IT-Techcare.com
www.computerliteracy.co.uk
www.loftusitns.co.uk

For further press information about IT Techcare and its companies, please contact:

Katie King
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Email: katie@2thefore.biz
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Glen Goldsmith
2thefore
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