Using software to slash comms costs

The average phone bill of a large Australian company can be as high as $10-12 million a year so even a two per cent per annum cost saving makes a significant difference, according to Quickcomm chief operating officer Stephen Coleman.

Today most large organisations are using a diverse range of telecommunications devices that contribute to spiralling costs including mobiles, data network lines and pagers.

This has driven interest in Quickcomm's software which manages comms services and assists in driving down total spend by monitoring and cross-referencing phone bills to actual lines in use.

"Our software will permanently reduce a customers bill from between five to 10 per cent during implementation and then stop the bill from creeping up by about two per cent per year," Coleman said.

The software allows companies to build an inventory of the telecommunications services used.

"This gives us an advantage over our larger competitors; a lot of companies specialise in the bill processing side of the business, whereas very few can pull together inventory and procurement," he said.

Interest in the Australian company has spread globally allowing the company to begin exporting earlier this year.

Locally, Coleman said the company has 35 customers and aggressively targets multi-nationals.

As a result Quickcomm won deals with parent companies both in the US and the UK.

"Our first export deal came with a multinational US company that outlays $90 million a year on its phone bills while its UK-based sister company outlays $70 million," Coleman said.

Assistance was provided by Austrade to set up an office in New York but senior trade commissioner David Howard said passion is the key to the success of the company which was founded in 1997.

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