O2 Unify, the IT services joint venture between O2 and 2e2, is officially open for business from today, providing businesses with a single UK provider for outsourcing IT and communications requirements.
Announced in January, the new entity aims to offer a portfolio of services including managed wide area network connectivity, cloud data services and flexible working solutions, spanning fixed and mobile voice and data communications.
O2 Unify claims that many UK companies have contracts with as many as eight suppliers for their IT and communications needs, factors that lead to unnecessary complexity, increased costs and reduced efficiency, it said.
The company further claims that customers may see efficiency savings of up to 30 per cent by outsourcing IT and communications needs to a single provider.
"Reducing unnecessary supplier spend is one of the most economical ways of ensuring that a business is operating as cost-efficiently as possible, and today's launch of O2 Unify makes this a reality," said Paul Osborne, managing director of O2 Unify.
The company said that it already has five customers signed up for service contracts, including Civica, which offers outsourcing services to local government authorities.
O2 Unify said that the Civica deal primarily involves real-time communications based around Microsoft's Lync platform for IM, IP telephony and videoconferencing.
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