Press Release

Blackstar Solutions, a unified communications provider based in Bristol and Cardiff, has chosen the Highlight network and application monitoring service to further improve customer retention.

Owen Hawkins, head of infrastructure at Blackstar’s HQ in Bristol says, “Keeping our customers is critical to the business, and whilst we already have an excellent retention rate, we wanted to ensure customers stay for the long term. To achieve this, we needed to make it easier for our team to build and maintain strong relationships with customers, and this required proactive support. That’s why we chose Highlight – it enables us to have full visibility of how all our services are performing as well as the ability to share and use this trusted information with customers.”

Blackstar serves medium to large sized enterprises with flexible and scalable unified communication solutions including voice, video, collaboration and mobility solutions. Many of its customer have large contact centres and Blackstar delivers an end to end service which also covers networking, servers and the underlying infrastructure.

Owen explains his initial problems. “Our UC business is extremely active and growing fast. Through our partnerships with network aggregators such as Mitel, Gamma, and Huawei, we could only see how services were performing for customers by accessing each separate and proprietary reporting tool. This was suitable for larger customers with a big presence in multiple countries, but the reports were useless for supporting smaller companies.

“We needed a way to monitor all our customers so that we could be more responsive and proactive to their needs, specifically those with smaller WANs and LANs. The last thing we want is to be unaware of an issue until we receive a call from a customer.”

Blackstar started working with Highlight in April 2018 and as part of its commitment to customer service, the company offers basic monitoring within all its packages.

“With Highlight, we now have a single view encompassing all our customers and can identify potential issues in advance,” continues Owen. “A wallboard in the office shows us at-a-glance if anyone is having performance issues. And when visitors come to the office, we can show them that we are actively monitoring all their services. In the past, we had no way to achieve this.”

Blackstar’s sales team will also benefit says Owen, “With Highlight we are able to differentiate our offer over competitors. And if a customer needs more bandwidth it is a clear-cut sales opportunity since they can see for themselves how much they are using and what extra is required.”


About Blackstar Solutions
Blackstar Solutions is a trusted telecoms provider who deliver best-of-breed business communication solutions. Our technical expertise is matched by our passion for delivering the highest quality solutions and support services.
At Blackstar, we pride ourselves on having long-established customer relationships. Our 5-star Trustpilot rating speaks volumes for a positive experience and our customer-first approach.
We work strategically with a wide range of technology partners whose expert knowledge helps us to meet our clients’ (often bespoke) communication requirements. This allows us to optimise our clients’ chosen technologies so they can successfully drive their business forward.

About Highlight
Since the year 2000, Highlight has enabled Service Providers and Enterprise Corporates to see clearly both network and applications performance in real-time. As well as delivering visibility and analytics, Highlight enables service providers and enterprise customers to both have visibility of the same accurate, easy to use graphical information. This critical data supports the right conversations concerning issue resolution, planning and capacity management. Highlight supports and enhances ICT expansion, new technology deployment and cloud transition initiatives, where both providers and corporates are confident in the partnership.
Highlight is software as a service, delivering powerful value to the business performance of service providers and enterprise corporates around the world. Highlight is fast and easy to deploy. Highlight’s simple pricing structures and zero CAPEX makes it a business enabler which is budget sensitive. Highlight guarantees providers and corporates better business results in network and applications service management, operations and customer experience.
The Highlight service is used in 90+ countries, on 7,500+ enterprise networks including 33% of the FTSE-100. Highlight, providing the best provider and corporate customer value and experience at a competitive price.
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