A Wirral MP has launched a pioneering new business communication network for companies in the North West.
Frank Field made the first call using the network when he officially launched the service during a visit to Birkenhead based Digitel Europe Group.
The high-capacity next generation intelligent network (INET) is hosted in the Cloud and dramatically removes the need for companies to invest in expensive capital equipment.
Harnessing INET’s Ethernet Broadband, users can dramatically speed up their office network for voice and data, enabling multi-site networking, home working and internet access.
Digitel is based in Birkenhead and employs 22 people. The group increased turnover from £2.95million in 2010 to £3.2million in 2011 and is forecasting further growth of 18 per cent during 2012.
Beyond the Wirral and Merseyside, the business plans to roll out INET across the UK during the course of 2012. It is currently recruiting six new members of staff and is forecasting further job creation in the coming 12 months.
Managing Director Tom Cullen said: “We were delighted to show off INET to Frank Field and for him to make the first call on the network – to his Parliamentary office in Westminster.
“We believe the new network will transform the way companies do business. It will enable them to work faster, smarter and far more cost effectively than is the case at the moment. Our network will reduce costs, improve operating efficiency and hugely enhance customer experience.
“We are confident that INET is the most advanced communications system for small and medium sized businesses in the UK.”
Frank Field said: “Providing businesses with the fastest, most efficient and modern means of communication is essential to a strong economy.
“I am particularly pleased to be able to make the first call on INET because it has been developed by a successful, well established Birkenhead company which is growing and creating new jobs in Wirral.”
Digitel was founded 20 years ago by Tom Cullen after he returned home with his family from Canada where he had held a number of senior management positions with organisations including IBM and the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (IT&T).