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~ Alexander Forbes selects Comunica for new network installation ~

Alexander Forbes, one of the world’s top ten insurance brokers, has invested in a six-figure IT network infrastructure at its new head office in Bevis Marks, London.

The refurbished building required a ‘Converged infrastructure’ with the capability to utilise a cost effective, high performance, integrated means of communicating with its 19 offices across the UK and Ireland.

The new network has been designed by Comunica, (, specialists in connectivity, networks and support who were tasked with delivering a new high performance LAN infrastructure at Alexander Forbes’ new London premises capable of supporting current and future applications for the 600 staff. This includes applications such as IP Telephony requiring high levels of fault tolerance with minimal latency across both the LAN and WAN environments.

“We needed to consolidate our offices in London into one and this had major implications on our network upgrade and migration. However, we could not afford any disruption to customer service that downtime might bring. Comunica took this on board and developed a unique proposition of designing our network as a Greenfield site and ensured that it was configured and installed with the minimum of risk to our operations,” said Martin Spencer, Service Delivery Manager at Alexander Forbes Group Services.

“Alexander Forbes works with a wide range of customers from many industries and professions,” said Jeff Bowen, associate director, technical services at Comunica. “The solution installed was therefore essential to deliver the required levels of speed and reliability to their customers.”

"Moving to new premises meant the system could be designed from scratch and we weren’t restricted by legacy systems. The solution we implemented is tailored to the company’s needs and provides Alexander Forbes with the most up-to-date communications technology available,” he added.

The network consists of Cisco Catalyst 6509 switches at the core with Catalyst 3550 switches at the edges. To support the installed Cisco equipment, Comunica is providing a three-year, 24x7x364 support agreement with a four hour on site response.

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Notes to Editors

About Alexander Forbes

Alexander Forbes Limited is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa and has been ranked as one of the top 10 firms of its kind in the world.

Alexander Forbes’ divisions, its subsidiaries and associates, provide risk- and benefit-related services in over 30 countries to:

• major organisations

• small & medium sized businesses

• the professions

• underwriters

• individuals

For more information on Alexander Forbes and its insurance and risk services, please visit the website at

About Comunica

Comunica, established in 1986, is a leading voice and date communications infrastructure specialist. It provides design, implementation and project management services for the complete range of connectivity, networking and support needs.

Comunica has become well known as a high quality, integrated service provider that delivers tailor-made communication and network infrastructure solutions, including VoIP, LAN and WAN, and associated support requirements to clients throughout the UK and Europe.

The company has its headquarters in Middlesex and additional offices in Stockport and the City of London.

Comunica’s customers include Bank of America, British Energy, CMS Cameron McKenna, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, J Walter Thompson, Merrill Lynch, Michael Page, O2, Toyota and, WHSmith News.

For further press information, please contact Sarah McLaughlin, Marketing Manager, Comunica.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8429 9633 Fax: +44 (0) 20 8429 4982

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