What’s happening in Mobile Radio?

What’s happening in Mobile Radio?

TeleConsultants attended the Comms Connect Wellington conference in April. This continues the many years of RFUANZ conferences, who remain Association Partner for the event. The conference highlighted the best in radio and wireless communications from narrow-band radio to PTT over cellular, and from professional LTE to satellite communications. This year’s conference did not stress the convergence of mobile radio and LTE as much as last year.  It did however deliver more practical examples of this happening in the technology on show, as well as the case studies that were presented by vendors, dealers and end users. Emergency services use of mobile radio continues to be a key area. There are also many other industries where this technology is key to delivering critical communications – particularly helping to deliver to health and safety commitments organisations face today. The link below takes you to the conference program and includes further links to the presentations of many of the sessions. We recommend if you are working with mobile radio that you look at what is being done by a number of organisations and we are very keen to discuss how this technology can help your business. http://www.comms-connect.co.nz/conference-program/ The opening address included an update on Radio Spectrum Policy by Len Starling, who is the Manager of Policy and Planning in the Radio Spectrum Management team at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment(MBIE). As a reminder, MBIE has issued directives for the phasing out of 25 kHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) channels. For VHF channels the deadline was 1st November 2015, and for UHF channels 31st December 2019. If you are working with,...
Spark migrating off the PSTN, what does it mean?

Spark migrating off the PSTN, what does it mean?

On 19 April Spark announced it is switching from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The replacement next generation IP-based network is the Converged Communications Network (CCN). The new network, to be progressively phased in over the next five years, will provide the foundation for Spark’s voice services into the future. It will bring together all voice communications – be it landline, mobile, video or data-based. Spark says it will enable richer, better customer experiences with voice, video, and collaboration features over whatever Spark service is available to them at the time, and provide the platform for new voice products and services. Some of mainstream media have suggested that this means customers will no longer be able to have a landline at home however this is not entirely true. People will still be able to get a landline but it will on the new CCN network rather than the current copper PSTN. Spark’s challenge will be limited by where they can deliver these services, highlighted by the frustrations some people have in getting UFB to their locations, particularly in more rural areas. For business users this announcement should possibly be less of a surprise. Spark has been talking to their clients about moving to IP services for some time. Most new voice contracts will include moving off copper and ISDN connections to SIP whether you are with Spark or not. These services have been available for many years now and are considerably more cost effective. Whilst these services can drive savings a considerable number of customers have not yet moved. It may not be a priority and quite...
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Enterprise Connect 2017

Enterprise Connect 2017

The Enterprise Connect Conference is one of Unified Communications (UC) major annual events and took place in Florida at the end of March. It is an opportunity to understand industry trends and for vendors to announce new technology. This year’s event highlighted five key trends Evolution of the cloud.The cloud has been talked about for several years now. The value proposition of the cloud has revolved around being a cheaper, faster way of doing UC when compared to premises-based solutions. This continues but providers are now looking to create new ways of working and new experiences APIs. Everyone is talking about what can be done with their programming interfaces. Transitioning from telephony to UC has always meant integration, however vendors are looking to becoming more platform than product, enabling people to use more UC functions in more applications, more often. This does however mean increased complexity no matter how simple the vendors like to suggest it can be Team collaboration. These applications allow workgroups to communicate and collaborate. There are standalone applications like Slack that the UC vendors are competing with. Cisco has Spark, BroadSoft has Team-One, Mitel has MiTeam, ShoreTel has Teamwork and SameRoom, recently acquired by 8×8, federates these tools so a Slack user can send messages to Spark users, for example Physical meeting space. Over the past few years everyone has been creating newer and better virtual meeting spaces, however, a number of vendors are now also looking at improving the physical meeting space experience while bridging the virtual world. Microsoft’s Surface Hub and Cisco’s Spark Board are examples of these products. Logitech, Polycom, and many...
Evolving TeleConsultants Services

Evolving TeleConsultants Services

Whilst our core services remain consistent the requirements of clients vary by organisation and they need to be adapted over time to stay in line with changing business strategies and technology. As communications is a key part of Digital Transformation we are finding clients are looking to tap into our skills and expertise in slightly different ways. Telecommunications Reviews Last year we carried out a number of telecommunications reviews for clients from large organisations with thousands of employees across multiple sites to SMEs of less than a hundred employees at a single site. One thing is clear that managing telecommunications services is not core for their ICT staff and certainly not core for the businesses themselves. Telecommunications therefore does not get the attention it requires to stay on top of costs, especially as analysts confirm this is approximately 40% of ICT budgets. Most organisations have been paying for services they do not need for a considerable amount of time and even when this is highlighted it takes time to relinquish or migrate to the appropriate cost effective service. The sooner you understand what services you are paying for and why you are using them, the quicker you can realise the savings. Every month of delay, often deciding whether to do something or not, costs the business dollars best spent elsewhere or adding to your bottom line. Over the last 12 months we have delivered over $1 Million annual savings to our clients Vendor Selection We did mange a number of full RFP processes for clients in 2016. However more and more we are working with clients to provide independent...
Outdated or Unused Services

Outdated or Unused Services

You have moved your company to a centralised IP telephony system and should by now be benefiting with a much lower telco bill – well, perhaps. Maybe the savings are not looking quite as large as expected or not as good as they could be. But why? Call rates aside, the only way to maximise your savings is by getting rid of your legacy services. Sometimes it seems easier said than done! You may have upgraded the main lines and be using your WAN and relinquished the old lines. However there are still likely to be some lines left behind that seem a bit hard to remove. So let’s look at common types and the options you have. Miscellaneous Phone lines There always seems to be odd phone lines left behind and often staff have no idea what they are (or were) used for. Check them out. If not used, relinquish them. If you are still advertising a phone number, have it ported to a DDI and then relinquish the line. Broadband Some of the lines above may have been installed to allow a broadband connection. Quite often people access the internet another way and no longer use this service. If so relinquish. If they are still using it many of these broadband plans are out of date and need to be moved to more recent, cost effective plans. Fax Some fax machines will work over IP and some not. As you cannot control what fax machine a 3rd party uses, many will advise you to keep your existing analogue phone line to run a fax. For most businesses,...