January 16, 2007 17:18 ET

Outsourcing a "Vital" Network On-Line

Thermoformed Plastics Manufacturer Vitalo Group Selects Vanco to Integrate Its New Wide Area Network

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Vanco, the pioneering global virtual network operator, announced the signature of a five year contract with the Vitalo Group, a leading manufacturer of plastic parts and systems for the industry. Vanco will design, source, integrate and manage a network solution covering Belgium, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and Slovakia.

The new network solution is based on MPLS Matrix with an active Backup for all sites through IP Secure and will support the global roll-out of the new ERP. The Vitalo Group's specific requirements included the need for a reliable network integrating the existing Internet VPN based on local providers and an end-to-end management.

"Managing several network operators and the faults on the network were two things our limited internal resources could no longer cope with, so we decided to outsource our network. Out of the different suppliers we investigated, Vanco was the only one that stood out with the flexibility and its high focus on service," explains Hans Vandamme, Vice President, Vitalo Industries.

The Vitalo Group was highly impressed by Vanco's geographical coverage, the customised design that avoids being locked in with a specific technology or supplier, the freedom to modify the solution year on year, the ANP and the lowest lifetime cost.

"Vanco's clever design leverages on the existing network to re-use part of it into the new solution, thus limiting the initial investment and securing a smooth migration," continues Hans Vandamme. "Vanco's open-mindedness towards technologies and suppliers is crucial to access the best of breed solution while remaining cost-effective."

"Through Vanco independence, we can work with any suppliers in the world. Therefore it is not a problem for us to re-use part of the existing network, thus limiting the initial fees, if we see it is appropriate," explains Eric Havette, Managing Director at Vanco. "For our clients, it means as well that we are not coming with a big hammer and starting from scratch, but assure some sort of business continuity."

About Vanco

Established in 1988, Vanco plc (LSE: VAN) is the pioneering and leading global Virtual Network Operator. Vanco does not own telecoms assets and therefore has the freedom to source infrastructure from the most suitable Asset Based Carriers (ABCs) on a global basis. It provides enterprise clients, directly or through partners, with cost-effective, optimized and fully managed network solutions. Carriers can also extend their off-net reach by accessing, through Vanco, other carrier networks around the world.

With solutions available in 230 countries and territories, Vanco is selected by the world's largest organizations to provide strategic network solutions. Its clients include Accor Hotels, Avis Europe, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, IBM/Lloyds TSB, Siemens, Pilkington and Virgin Retail.

Through the Vanco network solution clients get access to the greatest geographic coverage available through a single provider. Vanco offers incomparable flexibility to customize and adapt the solution in line with market changes and business priorities.

Vanco is recognized by the industry for its financial success and world class customer service delivery. A significant proportion of its investment capital goes into customer care which is reflected by the awards won, independent market research and client retention.

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