Sunday, 25 June 2017

NFON, T-Systems win Europe-wide DFN tender

NFON
Wednesday 19 November 14

After a Europe-wide tender, the German National Research and Education Network, DFN, has opted for NFON's cloud-based telephone system. With T-Systems as its general contractor, NFON, Europe's market leader in telecoms solutions, is prevailing in the market in the face of huge national and international competition. From now on, under the new contract, all DFN-affiliated institutions in the fields of science and research can obtain T-Systems and NFON products and services through DFN…

After a Europe-wide tender, the German National Research and Education Network, DFN, has opted for NFON's cloud-based telephone system. With T-Systems as its general contractor, NFON, Europe's market leader in telecoms solutions, is prevailing in the market in the face of huge national and international competition. From now on, under the new contract, all DFN-affiliated institutions in the fields of science and research can obtain T-Systems and NFON products and services through DFN.

NFON AG scores with its know-how: “There was an advanced profile of requirements that we at NFON were able to fulfil thanks to our wide range of features, our service pledge and our winning simplicity” says Jürgen Städing, NFON's Chief Product Officer. Additional winning elements were the tender, 'DFN telephones 2014’, the end-user interface, Ncontrol, the UC focus, the open interfaces, as well as the independence from manufacturers of terminal equipment – various IP telephones can be merged or integrated into an existing telephone system.

Under the new contract, science and research have access to the best product on the market. This includes DFN-affiliated institutions such as universities, academies, technical colleges and research institutes (e.g. the Fraunhofer Institute and the Max Planck Institute). Ulrich Kähler, head of DFN says: “A VoIP-Centrex-Solution needs to be flexible and cost-effective and must have the wide portfolio of performance features that our affiliated institutions require. Along with T-Systems, NFON was able to fully satisfy these requirements in the competitive environment. In doing so, we will be able to offer a future-proof and innovative service that meets the challenges of our times perfectly.”

Security and data protection are also of measurable benefit for Germany's high demand in complex IT products and services. The key phrase is the statement of quality 'Made in Germany'. NFON's redundant, high-security data-processing centres are situated exclusively in Germany, and strict adherence to data protection regulations (BDSG, TKG) as well as fundamental security features are a significant part of NFON's product philosophy. This is also shown in particular by the current PAC study 'IT Made in Germany – what do German businesses want?' * German engineering and legal standards are now more in demand than ever.

Rainer Koppitz, CEO of NFON AG says: “We are the only German provider of a genuine, one hundred percent cloud-based telephone system that can be used by businesses of all sizes and is available without restriction for the public sector. We can of course also set up a potential one million extensions within the DFN network by reason of the high scalability of our systems. We will do everything we can to ensure the complete satisfaction our highly discerning clients in research and education deserve and expect.”

NFON is the tech solution behind the success of the DFN tender, which was achieved through T-Systems International GmBH. Heinz-Peter Kohley, head of the strategic business unit for research and education at T-Systems says: “We had very stiff competition, and it was clear to us that we could only win with first-rate technology, ideally from Germany. NFON won us and our clients over completely.” Rainer Koppitz agrees wholeheartedly: “We have been enriched by the positive collaboration in many areas, and we are certain that, with T-Systems and NFON, DFN has chosen an unbeatable combination of two German businesses. We are very grateful for the trust that T-Systems and DFN have placed in us.”


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