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NE telecoms company ‘first in Europe’

Date 4 Dec 2006
Author The Editor

A North East telecoms specialist has become the first company in Europe to be given an award for technical excellence by market leader NEC Infrontia. Gateshead based Russell Telecom Ltd received the award for its approach to new technologies and its success in growing the market for new technology across the UK. Russell Telecom was the first independent telecoms company in the north of England to be set up following the de-regulation of the telecoms market in 1984. The company was singled out to receive the Technical Award for Excellence in recognition of its success in promoting IP telephony to a much wider market.

Andrew Cooper, sales director at NEC Infrontia, said: “Russell Telecom has committed huge resources of time and capital to acquire an outstanding level of technical expertise. “We are moving at an accelerating rate to a world of converged communications. Technologies such as Voice over Internet Protocol and Session Initiation Protocol mean that communication will rely on the Internet rather than old-fashioned copper wire. It’s essential that those who implement them have proven expertise. Russell Telecom qualifies on every count. The company is a fitting choice to receive our first award.”

Lawrence McCaughey, joint managing director at Russell Telecom, said: “We have built a reputation for being the best at what we do. A vital factor in our success has been our relationship with NEC Infrontia which is, quite clearly, the best at what it does.”

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