New Chairman for ATC

Gerry Spencer joins the Board of ATC as they list on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

As one of the UK’s leading independent business-to-business communications providers, ATC (AT Communications Group Plc) has attracted one of the industry’s leading figures as their Chairman. Gerry Spencer brings a wealth of experience: as Senior Vice President of BT he was involved in the creation and launch of BT Ignite, and he has carried out consulting and advisory roles in international wholesale strategy and profitability (both switched minutes and IP streams), local networking, network equipment supply and business customer equipment and applications. He also holds an advisory role in Wesley Clover, a private holding company with a technology group of companies specialising in technologies that are likely to have considerable impact and first move advantage in telecommunications and networking markets.

Gerry Spencer, Chairman, comments: “I am delighted to join a company with such a strong strategy and Model for IP technology and Managed Services, differentiating them from other companies in the industry. Their approach to the future needs of businesses is not only in-line with market trends but with the changing demands and nature of business processes.”

ATC provides comprehensive, best of breed solutions to its customers, offering a wide range of voice, data, mobile and video solutions, specialising in IP technology alongside design consultancy and bespoke software integration. As a Group it has already positioned itself at the forefront of the market to take advantage of the current technology refresh in IP technology, with their IP technology sales well ahead of the industry average. 92.7% of new system sales this year are IP enabled, compared with an industry average of 15% at the end of 2004 of total switching equipment sales (with a forecast of 90% in 2008)*. First class partnerships with the world leading manufacturers and suppliers means ATC are in a position to offer customers best of breed solutions, incorporating the latest advancements in technology and communications.

Alex Tupman, Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We have a strong reputation for providing the very best of breed communications solutions to UK businesses and have established leadership in the IP telephony market. As a systems integrator with quality partnerships, an incentivised sales force, customer service and maintenance team, we are in an excellent position to support all the needs of our current customers and new business from SME to small corporates.”

ATC will now be focusing on developing and widening its service offering and further strengthening its infrastructure through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. With the proven success of its acquisitions and integration of IKON telecoms (November 2001) and Canon Voice & Data (October 2002), ATC already has the experience, knowledge and Management team to continue its acquisition strategy.

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