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Standard Life picks Thus in £5m data deal

Antony Savvas

Standard Life has awarded Thus a £5m contract to supply and manage its voice and data communications network.  

The deal will see the telco deliver a range of solutions, including a number of high-speed ISDN circuits to the ten sites that make up Standard Life's head office network in Edinburgh. 

These lines will handle both inbound and outbound traffic to Standard Life in the UK and the rest of the world. 

In addition to the ISDN circuits, Thus will be supplying leased lines for inter-office traffic, as well as a fibre optic metropolitan area network (MAN) that will carry high speed data between data centres and Standard Life sites in Edinburgh. 

Thus is also enabling all of Standard Life's 0845 inbound numbers, providing a gateway for all the organisation’s customers, teleworkers and independent financial advisors to dial-in via a cheaper number. 

Mike Mann, Standard Life network services manager, said, “Key drivers behind upgrading our telephone facilities in Edinburgh were to significantly reduce costs whilst improving network availability. 

“Not only did Thus provide an innovative cost-effective proposition, it is a great company to work with as it understands our business and delivers what it promises.”


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