Cumby Upgrades its Communications Infrastructure

Published in CSP Daily News

Selects Spacenet to meet expanding needs

FRAMINGHAM, Ma. -- Cumberland Farms Inc. selected Spacenet Inc. to upgrade and manage its communications infrastructure for over 600 stores across 11 states. The upgraded network solution will utilize DSL service to deliver higher network performance and a VSAT satellite overlay to maintain business continuity at each site. Spacenet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. and a provider of managed network services, will install its Prysm Pro network management device at each location to monitor and manage this hybrid network.

“Cumberland Farms constantly assesses and revamps its strategies to improve each customer’s experience and make it an enjoyable one,” said Cumberland Farms’ CIO, Dave Banks. “Specific enhancements this time around required an optimization of our network performance and improved support of our in-store applications. The enhancements also allow us to have a separate network at the stores for non-PCI compliant devices and partners, which is very important as we bring in new technologies.”

Because of its unique vendor agnostic approach, Spacenet will be able to upgrade Cumberland Farms’ existing broadband services to higher speed broadband services while providing VSAT based business continuity and multicast capabilities. This upgraded network will provide Cumberland Farms locations with a cost-effective, redundant communication network that will support their advanced retail application needs from PCI compliance to POS and inventory tracking, as well as back-office applications.

“Spacenet and Cumberland Farms share a similar vision, to deliver unparalleled service and tremendous value to their customers through innovation and support,” said Spacenet president and COO Glenn Katz. “Together, we will be able to help Cumberland Farms continue providing superb customer service and innovative products to its clients while reducing cost and ensuring network availability. This contract represents more than an extension of our relationship; it’s a partnership for success.”

Framingham, Ma.-based Cumberland Farms has a network of convenience stores across 11 states.

McLean, Va.-based Spacenet Inc. designs, implements and manages some of the largest communications networks for U.S.-based business, industrial and government customers.