Berne, 06 April 2010
As per the outsourcing agreement, Swisscom will operate and maintain all networks of the media company in Switzerland effective immediately. This includes establishing networks at individual locations as well as interlinking different sites. To this end, the leading ICT provider has already installed over 800 IP phones at Ringier's head offices in Zurich. Ringier's aim is to switch over entirely to Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony. VoIP fits into Ringier's strategy of further streamlining its entire communication infrastructure.
Global network security is the third area that Ringier is outsourcing to Swisscom. It includes monitoring its firewalls and Virtual Private Network connections (VPN). VPN allows employees to access internal information securely while on the move. The security services are provided by Swisscom's Security Operation Centre in Zurich-Herdern, where highly specialised technicians monitor the networks round the clock.
This selective outsourcing contract allows Ringier to exploit synergies and realise cost savings. It also means that the company does not need to make any new investments in its communications infrastructure. New communications solutions can be implemented quickly and existing services upgraded easily where necessary. As Swisscom is assuming complete management of the communications infrastructure, Ringier's internal IT department will be able to focus its attention on media-specific solutions and services.
Ringier operates in seven European countries, as well as China and Vietnam. The group has 8,000 staff worldwide, 3,500 of whom are based in Switzerland. The media company publishes 120 newspapers and magazines, with annual sales of around CHF 1.3 billion.