THUS Secure Multi-Site Charity Network Contract

THUS has announced that it had signed a contract with CfBT Education Trust to supply a fully managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN), broadband access and a range of remote connection solutions. THUS will connect 30 of the charity’s key sites and provide network access via broadband at a further 150 locations over its next-generation network.

Leading charity CfBT Education Trust provides education for public benefit in the UK and overseas and employs more than 2,500 staff around the world who support educational reform, teach, advise, research and train, designing and delivering education services. The THUS solution will provide a next generation network with quality of service allowing reliable delivery of audio, video and other key network services. This will lead to a reduction in staff travel and internal communication costs – key benefits for such a diverse organisation. It also offers improved management of network capacity and greater visibility of, and control over, telecoms costs.

The communication network solution from THUS will run voice and data, internet access and IP telephony for 1800 users over a Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) IPVPN delivering functionality, reliability and resilience to the organisation as it seeks to both rationalise and centralise core applications. In addition, the network offers remote working solutions, such as Mobile, Blackberry and 3G Datacards and the scalability required to future-proof the network and provide a platform for the further expansion of remote and flexible working.

Andrew Terry, Head of ICT Services at CfBT, said: “We chose THUS as it offered a solution that provides a one stop shop for all our telecoms needs. As an education charity we operate in multiple locations supporting educational reform, and as such we need to ensure we have robust and efficient telecommunications systems in place. THUS took time to understand our current needs. The infrastructure they will be providing will enable the efficient delivery and use of services to our diverse workforce.”

Phil Male, Chief Operating Officer at THUS plc said: “Increasingly, charities are looking at all aspects of their operations and are asking how they can utilise their resources more effectively. A reliable, flexible and cost-effective network which enables staff to work from home, flexibly and remotely, enables staff to focus on the their core roles and deliver more effectively on the organisation’s charitable aims. Our next-generation network is the ideal platform on which to build an all encompassing communication solution.”