Independent telecoms firm Onecom enters NI market with £5m venture
Northern Ireland's independent telecoms sector has a new challenger as Onecom has announced it is setting up in the province in a £5m investment.
The business telecoms provider, which is based in England, is opening an office at Arthur Street in Belfast and expects to have a staff of 30 by 2022.
The company is Vodafone's biggest enterprise partner, and manages more than 325,000 connections.
Its services include fixed line, mobile, broadband and cloud computing.
In Northern Ireland the company will be led by Paul Lawther, alongside business development managers Stuart Lunn, Mark Fraser and Darren Brown.
All are described as "enterprise communications specialists with extensive experience of the Northern Ireland market".
Mr Lawther is a former head of mobile sales for the UK and Ireland at Rainbow Communications, while Mr Lunn worked at Simple Business Telecoms.
Mr Fraser is a former business development manager at Rainbow Communications, while Mr Brown is a former senior business manager at EE.
Onecom sales director Jason Waterworth said: "Onecom has achieved significant growth by investing in our people and processes, and by delivering great customer service.
"We are committing to Belfast for the long-term with the aim of being the largest and fastest growing independent provider of communications in Northern Ireland."
Mr Lawther said: "Onecom offers resource and know-how underpinned by a wealth of experience amassed over decades. No other independent enterprise telecoms provider can claim the same.
"Combining Onecom's expertise with the local knowledge of our Belfast team, I believe we can bring real, tangible value and genuine innovation to businesses in Northern Ireland. The company is based near Fareham in Hampshire and has 12 regional offices around the UK, employing more than 400 staff.
In December the company was awarded silver accreditation from the Investors in People programme.
Onecom joins other independents in the telecoms sector in Northern Ireland such as Rainbow Communications and Connect Telecom.
Connect Telecom has around 5,000 business to business telecoms and IT customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as the north of England.
Rainbow Communications is the largest challenger telecoms provider in the province with around 10,000 business customers - including approximately 45% of the province's top 200 companies.