The new XT mobile telephony and data network continues
to lure corporate customers into the Telecom fold, away from
Latest amongst the defectors is the New Zealand Automobile
Association that's has signed up for a three-year mobile deal with
Telecom's ICT services arm, Gen-i. Included in the deal are 740
connections, a mix of phones and data connections, Gen-i
spokeswoman Carmela Salisbury said today.
However, Salisbury declined to give a dollar amount on the
contract value. AA chief information officer Doug Wilson pointed earlier to his company's
close relationship with Gen-i as a crucial factor in the deal.
Gen-i already supplies Telecom's One Office WAN service to the AA
for the organisation's ninety sites nationwide.
Gen-i CEO Chris Quin celebrated the agreement as a new
partnership that came about through collaboration and shared
vision, and said he's pleased to have extended the ICT service
provider's deal with the AA to include mobility solutions.
As part of the deal, Gen-i will work on converged solutions that
will AA's existing applications being distributed to mobile devices
for its field and branch office staffers.
Telecom moving away from the old CDMA network to a WCDMA one
also helped to swing the deal. This made it possible for AA to send
out its Traffic TXT Alert service messages via SMS instead of email
economically to customers.
Salisbury said another factor that swayed the AA's decision was
the nationwide support offered by Gen-i and Telecom. Employees of
the motorists' organisation can obtain support for the XT devices
through Telecom Retail, by going into any of its partner Leading
Edge stores around the country, Salisbury said.
With 156 outlets and licensing agencies, plus six call centres,
AA has 1,200 staff throughout New Zealand. The organisation has
some 1.2 million members, representing the interests of New Zealand
Other large companies that have moved to XT this year include
nationwide real estate firm Harcourts, Radius Health Group, and New
Zealand dairy giant Fonterra.