6/6/2008 4:25:00 PM
Tesco to create its own private mobile network
Tesco is creating its own private mobile network for staff that it hopes will help save up to £10 million per year.
The development of a telecommunications network is in progress, which will allow Tesco staff to make and receive calls over its wide area network when they are at the supermarket’s UK sites.
The phones will switch to Tesco’s partner O2’s network when staff leave the premises. The system will be built by Cable and Wireless, in a 5 year deal, which will cost Tesco around £100 million.
Jim Marsh, chief executive officer, Cable&Wireless Europe, Asia & US, said:‘This is a landmark customer win for Cable&Wireless. We’re very happy to be working with the UK’s largest supermarket group and a world leader in Tesco.
’We designed and developed our next generation network to deliver the most innovative, but reliable services to enterprise customers like this. Tesco will have a network that enhances its ability to do what it does best: sell to customers.’