Friday, 31 July 2020 11:29

Macquarie Telecom, Supagas ink deal on network upgrade Featured

Luke Clifton, Macquarie Telecom Group execurtive Luke Clifton, Macquarie Telecom Group execurtive

Telecommunications and data centre provider Macquarie Telecom has secured a deal with Australian gas supplier Supagas, to provide VoIP, SD-WAN, NBN, mobile and data centre services aimed at helping accelerate the company’s cloud migration.

Macquarie Telecom says Supagas has grown significantly with several acquisitions and subsequent sale to Japanese company Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), and the company was left with a “complicated and outdated network, comprising pieces of fibre, wireless, nbn and ADSL services” which was hindering its ability to innovate and transition to digital services.

“Our customers’ ability to contact our branches directly is the most essential part of our business and supply chain, and it was time to transition from traditional voice to a cloud-based VoIP system,” said Peter Sudiro, National IT Manager, Supagas.

“We needed solid connectivity and couldn’t rely on our overly-complex network to navigate this transition without disruption to our communications.”

Under the deal, Supagas worked with Macquarie Telecom to overhaul the network and deploy its SD-WAN and SIP services in all 41 sites, enabling a smooth transition from 20 independent phone systems and five different providers into one company-wide VoIP service.

SD-WAN maximises the network speed and reliability at each site and includes a 4G failover to ensure robust communications, and Macquarie says the increased visibility and control has enabled Supagas to prioritise VoIP calls ahead of other services such as email, video conferencing and ERP.

Macquarie is also managing Supagas’ NBN migration, with 90% of sites now on the national network.

“The telco has upgraded connections to business-grade fibre in most premises, increasing speed by between fourfold and tenfold while lowering costs for Supagas by 21%,” Macquarie said.

The gas provider is also working with IT partner Aurilo Communications and Macquarie Data Centres’ Intellicentre facilities to host its VoIP system and its FortiGate VPN, which Macquarie says has been essential in helping the business remain fully operational during COVID-19 restrictions, with staff able to quickly transition to working from home and communicate with customers without any downtime.

“We’re looking towards more online services leveraging Macquarie’s Cloud Services and Data Centre businesses following the success so far,” Sudiro said.

“Ultimately, we’re moving to hybrid cloud with infrastructure hosted where possible and our team managing software in-house, with emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) being part of that.”

Supagas has also transitioned over three quarters of its mobile services from a mixture of tier one providers to Macquarie Telecom, which has given the company better control and visibility over its team’s shared data pool and an easy to use management tool - and also delivered cost savings of 37% with further savings expected once the remaining legacy requirements expire and Macquarie manages the full service.

“This pandemic has forced businesses across Australia to focus and rely more and more on their telco and cloud services, and many are getting a wake-up call to the inefficiencies that exist,” said Luke Clifton, Group Executive, Macquarie Telecom.

“Supagas realised ahead of this that multiple providers, networks links, and systems became untenable over time. As we continue to rely on these services more post-pandemic, and we enter an uncertain economic climate, it’s important that businesses demand more from their telcos and hold them to account over unnecessary complication and cost.”

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