Unicom agrees £10m Verizon deal


Fixed line dealer Unicom has announced it has extended its agreement with global network operator Verizon in a deal worth £10m.

Manchester based fixed line provider Unicom agreed an extension to its existing deal with global call provider Verizon, who operate in 142 countries, last week to carry all its voice traffic in the UK for the next 12 months.

Unicom, who provide fixed and data services to more than 80,000 SME businesses in the UK, claim the deal allows it to continue to offer competitive deals to its customers. It also claims to acquire a BT customer every three minutes as a result.

Unicom operations director Chris Earle said: “We are continually assessing our call providers to ensure we continue to compete favourably on price with other fixed line suppliers.
“Sourcing our call traffic from a huge global provider such as Verizon means we can keep prices for our business customers at their lowest possible levels and avoid the price increases noticed by customers of our main competitors.

“Verizon’s network performance has been fantastic throughout the years they have supplied us and we are delighted to be able to maintain our relationship with Verizon.”

Unicom has also recently launched its own directory service, 118 777, which it claims to be on average 28 percent cheaper than the well-publicized 118 118 equivalent and 53 percent cheaper than BT’s 118 500 service.

Earle added:  “The success of 118 777 in the relatively short time it has been operational proves you can deliver a high quality directory service for a fraction of the cost of our competitors.
“We are standing up against the corporate Goliaths who pass on huge overhead and national marketing costs to customers. We choose to focus our efforts on providing the quickest and most accurate service and keeping call costs as low as we can.”