Fresh produce company Costa Group has ditched Telstra for Optus, awarding Australia's second biggest telco a $6 million contract to provide telecommunications services over five years.
According to Costa Group, Optus will upgrade and consolidate the company's current data, mobile and voice services into a centralised data network that will improve communications across its various divisions and bolster business operations.
"This is particularly important as the group has three divisions operating across multiple sites," Costa Group director Simon Costa said in a statement.
The company had previously been using several telecommunication providers (including Optus), with Telstra being the primary provider according to Costa Logistics chief operating officer, Geoff Norman. Switching to a single provider would reduce service costs, according to Simon Costa.
He also said that the Costa Group will be deploying IP telephony and video-conferencing under the partnership. This would help the company reduce its carbon footprint, by cutting down on staff travelling to meetings.
"In terms of time, for example, we anticipate savings of up to 60 per cent in a day travel trip, 30 per cent for overnight travel and 10 per cent for a week's travel," said Costa.