Telecoms changes deliver 30 per cent savings

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Rhenus logistics says it is making savings of 30 per cent on its telecoms after upgrading systems and switching its line and calls provider.

It called on Pennine Telecom to specify, plan and install the system which takes in sites at Basildon, Bradford and Cannock, including upgrading Basildon’s old telephone system to a new Avaya IP500 using Voice over Internet Protocol.

IP500s were also then installed at Bradford and Cannock. As well as recommending replacing its line provider, Pennine suggested using Extreme Networks’ local area network switches which can reduce energy consumption by up to 60 per cent.

Rhenus’ computer network manager, Tony Crowther said: “We can now use the IP data lines to make phone calls between sites and it doesn’t cost us anything. We also moved our lines and calls over to Pennine’s billing platform resulting in our monthly bills immediately falling by around £2,000. By going down the IP route we were able to simplify the network because the PCs run off the IP Phones rather than a separate network point. I reckon that took a good 30 per cent off our cabling costs.”

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