Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald today confirmed it was adopting a unified communications (UC) system from Tata Communications.
The companies have signed a five-year deal worth over $20m, which will see Tata become the Mott MacDonald’s global communications partner.
Mott MacDonald – which has worked on projects as high-profile as Wembley Stadium and the Channel Tunnel – employs almost 15,000 staff worldwide across 50 countries, so collaboration tools are a necessity.
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“With over 168 offices around the world and projects in 140 countries, Mott MacDonald can bring together and access an enormous wealth of talent, insight and information,” said Darren Russell, global IT director Mott MacDonald. “This is a key factor in maintaining our business advantage in the marketplace.”
“Investing in this project will provide us with the ease of access needed to keep us at the top of our industry.”
Tata will host managed services for the company, including internet connectivity and MPLS solutions, in five datacentres across the globe, with the colocation aspect providing improved reliability. These hubs will also run its cloud-based business applications, enabling employees to access everything they need from one location, backed up with Tata’s managed security service for employee authentication.
The datacentres will also be “global voice gateways” to enable Mott MacDonald to use a voice internet protocol (IP) system, connecting all their offices at a much lower cost but with superior features to standard phone lines.
“Effective centralisation of systems only works when you have a solid and robust telecommunications infrastructure to underpin the business activity,” added Claude Sassoulas, managing director in Europe at Tata Communications.
“What we have created for Mott MacDonald is a solution that not only improves architecture, availability, capacity, performance and management of the network, but also builds a level of integrated communication and collaboration that will power the business now and in the future.”
Tata Communications is currently rolling out the UC system across Mott MacDonald, with some SIP traffic capabilities already live. However, the full deployment is predicted to take six months, with the global wide area network, security and data services expected to go live in May or June 2013.