Belfast-based telecommunications firm strikes £3m deal with University of Cambridge

Belfast-based telecommunications firm strikes £3m deal with University of Cambridge

Barclay Communications’ contract with the prestigious university is one of its biggest in its 25-year history.

A Northern Ireland telecommunications firm has secured a £3m contract to supply one of the world’s top universities with sharper, more agile and reliable mobile solution for its 31 constituent colleges and 150 departments.

Barclay Communications’ deal with University of Cambridge marks one of its biggest and most prestigious contract in its 24-year history and will see it deliver over 5,000 mobile connections that will be accessed by all Colleges and departments.

This partnership will also allow the university to seamlessly support users located across multiple countries worldwide and will assist it with new remote learning setups by providing the most up to date communications solutions on the market.

The £3m contract will cover every College across all the main departments — from management teams, to operations, contracts, procurement, PR and more.

Barclay Communications successfully tendered for the contract, undergoing rigorous procedures and competing against some of the world’s biggest communication providers.

The University of Cambridge awarded Barclay Communications’ contract based on its ability to provide competitive packages, cost savings and innovative options including international packages that were built specifically for the Universities travellers. In addition, Barclay Communications offers a team of highly experienced service staff who provide dedicated support to the university at any time.

Speaking about the contract win, Managing Director of Barclay Communications, Britt Megahey said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the preferred supplier to University of Cambridge and its affiliated organisations via a rigorous tender win that saw us compete with some of the world’s most renowned comms providers.

“Securing this contract is testament that Barclay Communications is responding to the new and fast-changing communication needs of businesses everywhere, with the most efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions.

“We competed against well-known industry names to win this partnership and that reflects how Barclay Communications is at the top of its game when it comes to providing the best solutions and service around.”

Mr Megahey said the impact of Covid-19 on how businesses and organisations operate has fast-tracked technological development in the communications sector by five to 10 years.

He added: “While we have continued to provide our customers with the highest level of support, it is evident that the needs of our customers have changed dramatically in recent months. They now look to us to underpin how their business communicates as reliably and effectively as possible in these new times using the latest technologies and services available.

“This is no different for an esteemed educational institution like Cambridge and we are delighted to work in partnership with them.”

In addition to its mobile solutions, Barclay Communications offers a suite of advanced communication tools which include hosted and fixed line telephone systems, workforce management software via its in-house software WorkPal along with a range of IT services and support.

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