Colbea Announce Five Year Deal with Official Telecoms Partner

The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (COLBEA) has announced Zen Systems as its exclusive telecoms and internet provider for the next five years.

The five-year contract will also see Ipswich-based communications provider Zen install a dedicated 100/100 Mbps DIA Fibre Leased Line supply into the Colchester Business Centre. As part of the contract award, Zen Systems will also invest in improving the existing ICT infrastructure within the Central Colchester Business Centre.

This new contract is an extension of a unique, and symbiotic, agreement struck between the two organisations in October 2013. Colbea was faced with a need to install a centralised telephone system, but struggling to meet high setup costs. Zen Systems, a former Colbea client, offered to invest their own capital into the business support organisation’s network infrastructure, signing a five-year contract to provide broadband and IP telephony systems, and ongoing installations and management. Furthermore, Zen agreed to carry out the project on a not for profit basis, until the full capital costs were achieved, and to re-invest future profits into the network infrastructure for the benefit of tenants and clients of Colbea.

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Speaking about the five-year contract, Zen’s Business Development Director James Howard Dobson (pictured) says, “We’re delighted to be working with Colbea for another five years. The new contract is phase two of our commitment to invest in and maintain Colbea’s network infrastructure to an ultra-competitive level, alongside ongoing management of the system and telecoms contracts with tenants in the Central Colchester Business Centre.”

The new five-year contract and implementation of the new line will benefit the Colchester support organisation greatly, according to Colbea Board Director Dan Tidswell, of Pretty Good IT, who says, “The new leased line represents a significant investment in COLBEA’s offering to tenants. Superior speeds and an enterprise class 99.9% uptime represents the best available service on the market.”

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