Tempura Communications was founded in 2002 by Matthew Light. Matthew brought his extensive experience working in the Web based software, IT, systems development, integration and video conferencing industry to the business client base. The company started by specialising in IP infrastructure and telecom links, enabling solutions and providing access to products and services from Tier 1 ISPs; to the reseller channel in the UK and Ireland. Tempura Communications Ireland Ltd was formed in 2011 as a separate business focussed and dedicated on the Irish market.
Tempura provided hosting solutions, and data and internet connectivity from inception to present day. Its first vendor partners were BT, EasyNet and Verizon then Worldcom. In 2006 other ISP relationships were created, plus the addition of VOIP hosted services. ISPs included NTL/Telewest now Virgin, MDNX, Bulldog then Cable & Wireless now Vodafone, KCOM, Global Crossing and others.
He moved from his office in Bath to split into 2 offices, one in Bristol and one in Basingstoke. In July 2007 we closed and moved to Tempura’s fully-owned premises in Basingstoke, where we still are today. Matthew then strategically opened another office in Canary Wharf in London in 2012, which followed an office in Dublin, Ireland 2 years earlier in 2010.
In 2008, Matthew saw an opportunity for the business to venture into video conferencing. It secured a distributor level accreditation from Vidyo initially and then Lifesize, a Logitech company, and is now only one of two major distributors of the brands.
This gave the business a big boost from providing VoIP and internet connections, attracting more resellers in the audio visual industry, computer and video conferencing space.
With Vidyo®, to launch Tempura Telepresence. The service was based on Vidyo’s groundbreaking video conference technology called VidyoDesktop. Tempura Telepresence allowed individual users to participate in videoconferencing, as easily as making phone calls or sending emails. Tempura branded this service as easy.vc today, offering both desktop and room system cloud integration on a monthly, quarterly or annual subscription basis.
With Lifesize the partnership was set-up as a Hosted Services provider distributor with TempuraVIDEO offering hosted bridges, ISDN Gateway, Recording products and hosted firewall traversal; as well as providing partners access to the full product range of systems. These services are still current today and compliment Lifesize own Cloud based solutions providing an integrated solution with Lifesize endpoints.
Over the years, Tempura has effectively enabled internet connectivity, Voice services and video conferencing solutions for varying businesses; from small businesses, to hotel chains, government departments and the largest and well-known companies in the world, through a network of local focussed partners to the largest Value added Resellers in the country.
Tempura Communications continues to lead in the distribution of VoIP, connectivity, and video conferencing solutions supplying to over 1,000 resellers from a base of over 6000 partners in the UK and Ireland. The business has kept its strong vendor partnerships and has recently added Yealink’s IP voice handset and video conferencing systems, and Konftel conference phones to its portfolio.
Today Tempura supply services from over 100 different vendors that complement the vision via the primary solutions and services identified from day 1. The focus of the organisation remains on the supply of the best products and therefore solutions, to the best clients managed via a great team of Partners supported by the team at Tempura.
The Portfolio is split across 3 distinct areas, Networking, Voice and Video; the range of professional services we offer bring together best of breed products to create some of the best solutions available anywhere. New innovative products from Logitech and services from Lifesize, bespoke design video call centres from Vidyo, and new videophone technologies from Yealink, along with aggressive pricing and product offerings from easynet, Colt, Virgin and Vodafone; connectivity and hosting solutions provide exciting times with changing horizons,with a portfolio that is always fresh and up to date.
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The combination of the solutions offered and the advice and consultancy given at presale stage and then ongoing was second to none. The rollout of Lifesize video solutions across the organisation helped ensure a rapidly deployed solution that enabled us to realise a return on investment from day one.
Robert Wilson, MIS, UK Government.
Our new tag line “Connecting Productivity” really helps define what Tempura are about. The mixture of network, voice and video along with professional services, and complimentary products helps us deliver solutions through our partner network to any size organisation.
Matthew Light, Managing Director, Tempura Technology Group.
The advice offered by Tempura enabled us to make a great decision in deploying the correct network solution for all of our UK and Ireland offices when shifting our HQ and moving to a Cloud based CRM.
Nick Crisci, IT Manager, EA