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IT market value almost hit £9bn in 2006, a 5% year-on-year rise"

The value of the UK IT market almost hit £9 billion in 2006, a 5% increase year-on-year. Growing demand for mobile PCs accounted for 30% of the value of total IT equipment and software purchases.

North East dealers report sharp hike in IP sales

Resellers in the North East of England are growing their companies through IP sales, despite confusion among customers about the real business benefits of the technology.

Resellers move to combat dial through fraud

Dial through fraud has hit the North East area this year, with one reseller reporting six customer PBX hacks in four weeks. Customers of Russell Telecom have reported dial through fraud, where hackers get into the system and use it for premium rate calls, happening over weekends.

BT hits target early for 12 wireless city networks

BT now has 12 wireless city networks up and running across the UK, one month ahead of the target date. The incumbent has just named five new Wireless City deployments to bring the total number of wireless cities to 12: The latest cities to go live are Sheffield, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Bristol and Glasgow.

Chess bags two more acquisitions making 18 in 30 months

Rapidly growing telecoms company Chess continues its fast-paced acquisition activity, acquiring Qualitel in the final stages of 2006 taking its total to seven in the year.  Chess then purchased the customer base of SLG Communications in January, taking its acquisition total to 18 in 30 months.

BT partners help shape the incumbent`s channel strategy

BT got down to grass roots level this month and by consulting with partners in a bid to get a better understanding of their requirements and challenges in the new convergence marketplace. The BT Partner Event was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 1 February and delegates shared market insights and had the opportunity to contribute to the development of BT’s plans for the channel in 2007.

MTV Telecom beefs up channel technical support

Egham-based MTV Telecom is expanding its channel support team and the man at the centre of development is newly appointed technical guru Mark Russell who becomes head of technical services. Chairman Martin Hatcher commented: “Russell joins MTV Telecom from IPT where he was technical director. He brings a wealth of experience, especially in the field of software-based IP PBX systems.

Nimans attributes hike in revenues to high levels of service

Nimans has report continuing business growth and the company attributes much of its hike in revenues to the service it provides. The distributor backs up its claim with the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey that produced top marks across every part of the operation.

Comtec reveals details of major board level restructure

Huntingdon-based Comtec, a distributor of telecoms products and a provider of managed services to the comms industry, has revealed details of a major organisational restructure.

ATC`s finance director quits following Torex Retail investigation

ATC`s finance director Mark Woodbridge has parted company with the firm following an investigation by the SFO into a previous position he held (as finance director) at another AiM listed company, Torex Retail (which has since suspended its listing).

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