ONE of the country’s leading communications prov-iders has signed its biggest ever deal to provide IT services at the home of Hampshire cricket.

OneCom, based in Whiteley, is to supply its IT management services to the Ageas Bowl providing support for workstations and servers as well as data backup services.

Through remote support OneCom will use its monitoring software to keep an eye on the systems in real time and move swiftly to deal with any problems.

A OneCom engineer will regularly spend time on site and a representative will be present on all match days to ensure the systems are running smoothly.

OneCom is also supplying broadband, mobile and fixed telephone services and mobile data.

James Bannister, managing director of OneCom Services Ltd, said: “This is a significant new development for us as it underlines our move into unified communications where IT support, broadband and fixed and mobile telephone services are all supplied as one package from OneCom.

“We will be using our monitoring solution to make sure the systems are running as they should – and as soon as a problem is flagged we’re able to deploy an engineer to solve it.

“It’s very efficient and technically-advanced software and in many cases we will know there’s a problem before they do.

“OneCom has a proud association with Hampshire cricket and we’re very proud and delighted to be working with the Ageas Bowl in this way.”

The Ageas Bowl contract comes after OneCom celebrated its most successful six months ever in which is secured £20 million worth of new business.

OneCom signed up clients to 25,000 new connections during the six months up to the beginning of May – a ten per cent increase on the previous best.

The company employs around 400 staff and as well as its headquarters in Whiteley has offices across the country, including in Southampton and Brighton.

Stuart Robertson, The Ageas Bowl commercial director, said: “We are delighted to have deepened and extended our partnership with OneCom via this new agreement and we look forward to working together as The Ageas Bowl becomes a world-class destination resort.”