Somerfield signs telecoms deal with Vanco

Supermarket chain Somerfield has signed a £19m deal with Vanco to provide telecoms services to over 880 stores and depots.

Supermarket chain Somerfield has signed a £19m deal with Vanco to provide telecoms services to over 880 stores and depots.

Vanco will install and manage a wide area network for the retailer, and supply internet and firewall services.

David Heyes, Somerfield’s head of supplier and IT services management, said the deal will save the retailer 40% over its previous contract with BT.

“We wanted an organisation that could work with us to be more customer focused and drive further savings,” he said.

“Vanco have an active negotiating process. The more money they save for Somerfield, they more they save – and both organisations win.”

Somerfield, which signed a separate deal to outsource its UK IT operations with Indian firm TCS last week, plans to integrate the two projects at a later date.

This will include having a single help desk and a single project management desk for both schemes.


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