Gateshead IT firm Advantex is eyeing further growth for its Internet Protocol (IP) telephony business after the latest contract win to supply and install a new system.
The Sunderland-based business management specialists RTC North has opted for a new five-figure Mitel phone system to operate on a newly installed data infrastructure, also supplied by Advantex.
The standalone system will plug into the benefits for internet connectivity to provide low cost, fast and reliable telecommunications services for 70 users at RTC’s Loftus House head office on Colima Avenue.
With future growth anticipated, the new system will also provide reliable connectivity to other RTC sites across the UK along with remote tele-workers.
It will also improve the recording and reporting of customer calls for quality control and training purposes.
Working with school children through emeritus professors to laboratory-dwelling scientists, RTC North provides consultancy, education and support for international trade and network building.
Advantex, which will provide an aftersales package of support, designed the Mitel platform to be upgraded and expanded easily to accommodate future growth and additional telephone capacity.
This latest contract comes as the Follingsby Park-based network and infrastructure specialist is seeing its broadband-based phone business grow on the back of demand from customers across the UK requiring high tech VoIP systems and support.
These include First Class Supply, which recruits teachers and teaching assistants for schools across the North East, and the oldest independent supplier to the fish and chip market, Henry Colbeck.
In the last 12 months, new IP telephony work has accounted for more than 25% of Advantex’s £6m turnover.
With plans for growth and investment in new technologies, the firm is ramping-up to bring on-board and support in excess of 8,000 new hosted extensions by 2017.
Michael Ball, IT manager, who is responsible for telecoms provision, said that IP would improve quality and services provided to customers.
“Advantex’s solution will not only deliver long term cost savings but ensure high quality communications are an integral part of improving customer service levels as our operations and team expand.”
Andy Shannon, Advantex’s head of communications Andy Shannon said RTC North among others are seeing the financial and high performance advantages of VoIP technology.
“Hosted telephony is a fast growing sector and companies and we are at the forefront of delivering cost effective and advanced customer solutions.
“We have seen demand triple in the last 12 months as firms look to migrate away from traditional telephone services where it take weeks to add new phone lines.
“On-going Investment in services and products over the coming years will ensure customers benefit from quality, trusted solutions that add value and meet their future needs.”
Advantex was established in 2002 and achieved the prestigious ISO9001/2000 industry quality mark within its first year of trading and holds the IOS9001/2008 mark.
It is an accredited Microsoft, Cisco and Mitel partner, providing a single source package, which combines to deliver flexibility, added value and cost saving benefits. More at www.advantex.uk.com or tel. 0845 222 0666