The switch to voice over IP (VoIP)

29 March 2021

A router can have a phone socket on the back to connect a regular phone or cordless base into. It uses VoIP to carry your calls over your Internet connection

A router can have a phone socket on the back to connect a regular phone or cordless base into. It uses VoIP to carry your calls over your Internet connection

 

VoIP is the method of using IP networks - your Internet connection - to carry voice calls. It's what Skype, DrayTEL, WhatsApp and other such services use for voice calls and is also how most modern businesses' phones are now connected. Under Openreach's analogue switch-off plan, VoIP will be used to replace all analogue voice services.

The analogue services being switched off in 2025 are known as the WLR (Wholesale Line Rental) services which include WLR3 analogue (a voice line), ISDN2, ISDN30, LLU SLU SMPF (Combined DSL and analogue voice lines), Narrowband Line Share and Classic products.

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Time for a change?

24 March 2021

Jeremy Wastie, head of public sector sales, MLL Telecom

Jeremy Wastie, head of public sector sales, MLL Telecom

In public and private enterprise organisation the network is central to realising corporate digital transformation aspirations. No wonder therefore it’s a big ticket item for CIOs and Heads of Networks. But how certain can they be of extracting the maximum value from their network infrastructure and services, today and in the future?

Traditionally, Network services and all things related to it have been centralised. These are typically supplied and managed by a principal managed services contractor over a somewhat inflexible long-term contract with performance measured against pre-defined KPIs and SLAS. These have governed the delivery and performance of core network services such as internet access and data centre services.

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The future of networking in 2021

19 March 2021

Digital transformation projects are traditionally carried out over the course of months or even years. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced organisations to accelerate these programmes, cutting timeframes down to a matter of weeks. This was a crucial shift as the world had to quickly adapt to a new, remote way of working, and businesses strived to keep both employees and customers happy under challenging circumstances.

These transformations are now being solidified by the continuation of lockdowns across Europe. Lockdowns that have made returning to the office environment a distant prospect. As such, organisations need to maintain their support of the remote workforce, and double down on work-from-anywhere models, to ensure business success over the coming year. Having strong, scalable networks – that connect every individual and device across the company’s digital infrastructure – will be key to achieving this.

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What to look for when purchasing unified comms

12 March 2021

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble

We’ve entered a new age of agile working. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that businesses are equipped for the new world of work. Deploying the right technology is a key component of long-term organisational resilience and business growth.


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