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Fujitsu cuts remote working costs

Bill Goodwin
Fujitsu Services claims to have reduced the cost of providing remote system access for thousands of mobile staff.

The IT services company has signed a pay-as-you go contract with Ipass to provide its 14,500 staff and customers with remote access to Fujitsu's systems

Gary Pooley, head of telecoms optimisation at Fujitsu, said the new system would eliminate the need for staff to submit expenses for accessing Fujitsu systems from home, saving tens of pounds in processing costs for each claim.

Before Ipass, Fujitsu used a number of discounted services to provide remote access, but they were limited to premises with BT lines. This proved expensive because Fujitsu was forced to provide alternative dial-in services for premises with lines from other telecom suppliers.

Staff can now download an Ipass client to their desktops and laptops, which offers them the ability to access Fujitsu through dial-up, ISDN, Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G.

The system currently has 2,500 users a month.

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