Convergence of LTE(4G) and LMR Continues!

Convergence of mobile phone LTE (4G) and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks has been wanted for many years. Recently both Tait and Motorola announced new converged Mobile Radio / smartphone devices and there has been a couple of other announcements recently both locally, here in New Zealand, and Globally that influence this continuing convergence.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) at its core is simple. It’s about connecting “smart” devices, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. The key is about data! All that data and automated use is designed to improve quality and make things more efficient.

Keeping an eye on mobile apps!

Most of us now are using smartphones and do not think twice before downloading a new app. With smartphones being a window to the enterprise, what does this mean for corporate security?

Unified communications is not just an IT project

Many organisations are implementing unified communications (UC) as a replacement to aging PABXs however implementing UC is not just an IT project. To get full value from the benefits of a UC project it needs to be embraced by the whole organisation. This means support and encouragement from executive and management teams.

Find hidden treasure in your telecommunications bill

How many businesses focus on cost savings and struggle to find the budget for ICT projects? Gartner tell us that telecommunications represents approximately 38% of ICT spend so CIOs and IT Managers should look for savings here to free up budget to fund more projects.

Which vendors play together nicely in the sandpit?

With traditional voice platform vendors now being Unified Communications (UC) vendors, functionality has increased dramatically but so has the complexity. Unfortunately, most clients are not working in a “greenfield” environment so leveraging previous investment and migrating over time is common. Great in theory – but in practice can it work, and is it cost effective?

Spark – New $2 per line charge for fraud protection

In February we posted an article reminding people that telephony fraud is still an issue that clients should be aware of and to make appropriate provisions to minimise risk.Since then we see that Spark has announced they will automatically charge its larger business customers an extra $2 a month for each voice line to protect them against mounting losses from PABX fraud.

2016, a big year for TaaS!

At the end of 2015 a list of twelve telecommunications providers were announced who were selected to provide telecommunications and managed security services to Government. This is proposed to save at least $20-$30 million within the first two years.

Corporate Telephony and Unified Communications

Over the past few years there has been considerable change in the corporate telephony market. There is consolidation of some of the traditional players and the entry to the market of additional vendors based on pure IP solutions i.e. Cisco, ShoreTel and software vendors i.e. Microsoft. All now compete in both corporate telephony and Unified Communications.

A new twist to telephony fraud

A couple of years ago we wrote an article on phone hacking, nothing to do with the Leveson inquiry, but telephony fraud. A lot of what we reported then is still relevant today. However, the hackers have learnt some new tricks.

What to look at in 2016

As we start a new year there are many market commentators predicting their top ten focus lists for 2016. We have looked at what people are saying and would like to suggest combining some of these to create what we think is relevant for our clients.

Helping Debtworks make telecommunications savings

Debtworks is a leading provider of debt collection, credit management and loan portfolio management services with offices throughout New Zealand. Put simply, Debtworks collect cash.

With existing telco contracts coming up for renewal, the Board decided to “‘go to market’ to ensure they were getting the most cost effective solution for their business both now and as they grew.

Session Border Controllers

A critical component in delivering SIP-based communications is the device that helps you secure your SIP and VoIP connectivity. A Session Border Controller (SBC) provides a more secure interface for SIP trunking and remote worker connectivity.

Tollfree Numbers 0800 and 0508

The main reason people use tollfree services (0800 and 0508 numbers) is to allow people to call you free of charge, therefore making it easier or more attractive to do so. Possibly with some marketing word numbers such as 0800 CALL US or 0800 BUSINESS. However there are many other benefits of using tollfree numbers that are less understood and underutilised.

UFB, or not UFB, that is the question

We have had a number of conversations with clients and service providers about UFB. What is UFB and what is a ‘UFB like’ service? So what is UFB and as a user, should I care?

Telephony for SMEs – Avoid the pitfalls!

SMEs are agile and can quickly take advantage of new technologies. VoIP, unified communications and Cloud PABX are examples of these technologies and they can be fast to deploy. But that very ease and speed can sometimes create issues.

What is WebRTC and why should we care?

WebRTC has been talked about for some time but most people have probably never really paid too much attention to it. It is only when working with clients on Unified Communications (UC) projects, including remote videoconference, that has helped us understand the benefits.

Paging network to close – Part II

In last month’s Apropos we ran an article about Spark’s announcement they are to switch off New Zealand’s paging network in March 2017. At the time there was little to say other than it is happening. Really it was of no great surprise with the only difference now being that we finally have a date and it is not that far out. Businesses need to plan the future as soon as possible.

Conferencing and Collaboration

Back in the day … You typically had a PABX and voicemail. If you were lucky someone may have paid extra for audioconference ability. There were capacity constraints on how many conferences could be held at one time and how many people could join in. If you did not have audioconferencing on your PABX, well there were 3rd party providers – Telecom (Spark) being the most popular, but they were not the only one.Video conferencing was for those with very deep pockets.IP networking and UC (Unified Communications) have radically changed the landscape. let’s see how.

Paging network to close

Spark has just announced it will switch off New Zealand’s paging network in March 2017. Pagers pre-date mobile phones but are still a popular means of contacting workers. About 1000 organisations still use pagers. They are still well used by such as the emergency services (Fire, Police and Ambulance), government workers in remote areas and courier companies.