Del 25/10/2017


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  • Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX® expansion planned for compliance with MiFID II industry regulations

Volksbank Region Leonberg goes all IP with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology as part of business-wide communications review

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, today announced the successful IP conversion and communications modernization of Volksbank Region Leonberg, a leading German cooperative bank. The bank’s 160 employees now benefit from full IP-based communications and a new range of user functionalities including high quality audio and improved mobility. The project was designed and completed by long-standing ALE business partner, COM plan + service GmbH.

Serving over 41,000 customers across the region, Volksbank Region Leonberg has completed a full all-IP conversion ahead of completion of the public telephone network migration. The highly flexible OmniPCX® Enterprise Communication Server has been deployed to support analog, digital and IP communications at 13 branches and offices to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption.

The IP-based solution is controlled by the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista® 8770 Network Management System which offers full network visibility and comprehensive management functionalities, including easily onboarding new users. The bank plans to expand the communications solution further by rolling out voice recording functionality with the OmniPCX RECORD Suite to fully comply with MiFID II consumer protection regulations, due to be enacted in January 2018.

All employees have been issued with Alcatel-Lucent 8028 Premium DeskPhones featuring high-quality audio and additional user features. The new solution improves customer support and internal collaboration, introducing features such as quick directory search and comprehensive contact management. Business operations are safeguarded against downtime in the event of a failure by deploying two identical communication servers to provide maximum availability.

Florian Keilmann, Key Account Manager at COM plan + service GmbH
“Our team has extensive experience of both planning and delivering digital transformation in the financial sector with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology. Throughout the process, we worked closely with the dedicated team at Volksbank Region Leonberg to ensure every concern and requirement was met. We continue to enjoy a close working relationship, and are currently collaborating on further expansions to ensure compliance with new consumer protection regulations.”

Dirk Grafe, Sales Manager at ALE Deutschland GmbH
“Many businesses in Germany are still making the switch to All-IP, but want to be assured that the transformation will not have a negative impact on day-to-day operations. The hybrid capabilities of the OmniPCX Enterprise Communication Server are designed for this and ensure no disruption when the All-IP switchover date arrives. With the upcoming deployment of the OmniPCX RECORD suite, our technology suite offers all the functionality needed to deliver comprehensive end-to-end communication solutions for the financial sector.”

Our previous communications system was rapidly approaching end of life, and COM plan + service delivered a compelling proposal based on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology. In the selection process we wanted not just the right solution, but the right partner. Since the beginning of the project we’ve enjoyed close cooperation with the account managers at COM plan + service, and as a result we’ve seen zero disruption to business operations – one of our key objectives.

Jürgen Ohngemach, Head of IT/Organisation at Volksbank Region Leonberg

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