Optus steals produce group from Telstra

Optus steals produce group from Telstra

Summary: 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.

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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.

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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.

Topics: Telcos, Enterprise Software, Legal, Optus

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  • Don't do it!!

    Don't do it!!
    anonymous
  • Looks like the fruit will go rotten

    We tried Optus' IP telephony product for our company, lucky we only did one site as it was a complete failure. It was off the air for a week, everyone was using mobiles, we got Telstra cards for the laptops because the Optus ones were so unreliable. We are now using Telstra's service and it is fantastic. It's not about saving a few dollars, it's about staying in business and making sure you can make a profit.
    anonymous
  • Well Costa's let's see in 6 months how you feel!

    Experience tells me that others have done the same in the past in Geelong and have had to turn their tails as things don't come to fruition as expected.
    What infrastructure does Optus have to ensure a 24/7 service, ie exchanges in Geelong. What does Optus actually have in place to support your requirements?, and it would be helpful if they also told you how they are "capacity wise" on trunks etc borrowed from Telstra...talk to other \telco companies that have tried their (Optus) services!!
    anonymous
  • Poor, poor Telstra...

    If only this company wasn't run by scum? If only they had some morals? If only they supplied real service? If only they weren't so focused on share price? If only they were service focused? If only they cared about their customers?

    If only...? Oh screw you Telstra, you deserve it..
    anonymous
  • You get what you pay for!!!!

    You buy cheap you get cheap!
    anonymous
  • What you pay 4

    They tell me you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
    So in this case you have a choice of the Optus monkey for peanuts or the Telstra chimp for $$$$$.
    anonymous