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Thursday, March 30, 2006
North Lincs Council set to make savings of around £70,000

A strategic partnership with Redstone enables Council to meet government
targets and technology vision

March 30, 2006 - North Lincolnshire Council is set to make savings of
approximately £70,000 per year thanks to a contract with two divisions of
Redstone plc, to switch all its existing services from BT and transform its
voice and data network.

Redstone Converged Solutions and Redstone Telecom will provide thought
leadership and innovation to the council's current IT infrastructure and
help the council deliver new services such as a community network for
council, schools and the community, making it a council for the 21st

Councillor Keith Vickers, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at North
Lincolnshire Council said: " We chose Redstone as an experienced and safe
pair of hands to work with us to help transform our technology for the
benefit of the people we serve. The council is committed to providing best
value for money. By changing contracts we are able to do just that. With
the new contract we are able to save thousands of pounds and improve the
service we provide."

Redstone beat off some 30 other tenders to win the contract, worth
approximately £1.2 million and it will provide voice and data lines linking
over 140 council premises. All existing lines and telecommunications
services with BT will be transferred to Redstone before the start of the new
financial year in April 2006. Now through automatic billing to each
department, better analysis of costs, savings will be in the region of 55
per cent on call charges and a reduction of 25 per cent on line rentals.
Already the council has identified an additional £10,000 of savings from
under used ISDN lines.

Martin Balaam, CEO, Redstone plc said: "By linking all council premises
telephone lines together a strategic base is provided on which to develop
shared delivery of services across all agencies for example, contact
centres, kiosks and service and presence points. With further projects
underway, we look forward to our continued strategic relationship with North
Lincolnshire Council offering further step change guidance and helping them
to meet their vision of e-Government."

About Redstone Converged Solutions
Redstone Converged Solutions is a leading provider of converged IP
solutions, with expertise in contact centres, voice and video, IP networks,
Intelligent Building (OneNET) and security. It is a division of Redstone
plc, which has 350 staff, a turnover in excess of £70 million, offices
throughout the UK and Ireland and is committed to becoming a leading
provider of telecoms and IT solutions for business and public sector
organisations. RCS brings together the combined knowledge and experience of
Xpert Communications and Redstone's solutions businesses and has numerous
accreditations including Avaya platinum, BT premier, Cisco gold, Microsoft
gold and Mitel platinum among others. Redstone Converged Solutions takes
pride in providing leading edge, innovative solutions to businesses and
organisations in the health, education, local government, retail and finance
sectors. With over 10 years of expertise in the fields of voice and data,
Redstone represents a unique proposition in the convergence market -
Redstone understands telecoms and ICT. Its mission is simple, to provide
secure, resilient, future-proof IP networks and innovative, integrated IP
communications solutions and services which enable our customers to become
leaders in their marketplace. For more information of products, services or
other news, visit: http://www.redstone.co.uk/converged_solutions.html

About Redstone Telecom
Redstone Telecom provides a complete range of telecoms solutions to
businesses in the UK. It employs dedicated telecoms specialists to develop
tailor made solutions, covering inbound and outbound telephony, line rental,
non-geographic services, SMS and premium rate services. The Redstone Telecom
network is managed through a partnership with British Telecom Wholesale
(BTW), supplying a highly reliable and available service to customers.
Building long term, strategic relationships with its customers, Redstone
offers a bespoke service, with a dedicated account manager and 24x7 customer

Redstone Telecom is a division of Redstone Communications Limited, one of
the principal trading subsidiaries of Redstone plc. With 250 employees and
turnover in excess of £70 million, Redstone plc is committed to becoming the
UK's leading provider of innovative telecoms and IT solutions for businesses
and public sector organisations. Redstone Communications has a strong
partner network with several leading vendors including Avaya, BT, Cisco,
Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Mitel. For more information see:

Press Contact:
Ann Fielder
Insight Marketing and Communications
0208 564 6385


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