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Critical Network for Next plc
Aug '10
Cable&Wireless Worldwide continues to lead high street communications with a five year contract to connect 32 distribution sites and offices in the UK, and Hong Kong for leading retailer, Next plc.

C&W Worldwide's single, secure and high-speed next-generation network will underpin all of Next's critical communications including taking orders and dispatching and receiving goods into warehouses. The advanced network will provide Next with significantly more capacity to work with much higher volumes of goods than it was previously able to process.

The increased capacity and flexibility will also enable more customers to place orders on Next's website; this will be particularly beneficial during peak trading periods. With UK shoppers spending GBP5.46 billion online last December alone, Next is well positioned to ensure its festive online shoppers enjoy the same high standards of service as they would instore.

As part of the deal C&W Worldwide will also provide Next with Application Performance Management (APM), offering real-time visibility and control of what is happening on its network. For the first time, Next will be able to dynamically manage, accelerate and prioritise traffic to better meet the needs of its business and, ultimately, its customers.

Next comments: "We needed a highly resilient network which would support our current needs and allow for future growth and new technologies. Additionally, the APM service gives us more control over our network traffic than ever before, helping us deliver even better service to our stores and online customers."

Jim Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, Cable&Wireless Worldwide comments; "We're delighted to be working with such an iconic high street brand in Next. C&W Worldwide has a wealth of experience in the retail sector and in providing retailers with critical network infrastructures. We look forward to working with Next to address its telecoms and overall business needs."

Next is a UK based retailer offering exciting, beautifully designed, excellent quality clothing, footwear, accessories and home products. Next distributes through three main channels: Next Retail, a chain of more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire, the Next Directory, a home shopping catalogue and website with more than 2 million active customers, and Next International, with more than 180 stores and growing website capability outside the UK.

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