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For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined down to the product we know today. 

Like ISDN (due to be phased out starting about 2020) for me, VoIP was an embryonic product...

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Going VoIP ?? Read this first

1 Mar 2018 12:01:16

For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined down to the product we know today. 

Like ISDN (due to start phasing out around 2020) for me, VoIP was an embryonic product in 2...

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Has Your Business Horse Bolted ??

1 Mar 2018 11:56:46

If you are reading this at home with a foot of snow outside the door then the answer is probably yes!.

So what went wrong?, you ignored your competition when they upgraded to Cloud Servers for their data, laughed when they swapped from traditional phones to voice over the internet ones. You expected business to continue as it always did, and so it did….until the snow / broken leg / bust car arrived. 

You are now sat at home clutching a mobile phone staring at email. Your competitor is also sat at ...

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As telephone engineers we often spot some weird and wonderful phone systems, sometimes the clients ‘comm’s’ room still have old phone systems hanging on the walls dating back to the early 1980’s, sadly some are even plugged into the mains as no-one knows what they are or what they do.

 

The thing is whilst things are working well there is little reason to change anything, if it works don’t fix it is often the thought behind doing nothing.

 

As it happens things have moved on, dramatically.  Just lik...

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Free Telephone Systems ?

27 Jul 2017 10:41:59

Now I’m not advocating we pull our phone systems off the wall, put them outside and watch them run away !  I’m saying that with technology as it is suppliers can offer the ‘boxes’ for very little money.

 

Bursting the Bubble

No matter how the suppliers package their version of VoIP they are all basically derived from a standard PC, just like the one under / on your desk right now.  Clever programming fools the PC into thinking it’s a telephone system.  An operating system such as Linux is overlaid ...

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Progression in the Telephony Market – VoIP – The future, NOW

 

For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined do...

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VoIP whats it all about

4 Apr 2017 15:53:16


                                                                          Steven Barrett - Managing Director Portel AV Limited


The technology that converts analogue voice signals to a digital format is known as Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP for short. The protocol digitalises your voice converting it into packets of information so we can make a telephone calls directly via a 4G enabled mobile phone, computer, VoIP phones or any other device that’s data driven. Once your voice has been converted and sent over the Internet it can be received ...

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The many Benefits of using VoIP

27 Feb 2017 13:56:24

Are you planning on using VoIP technology in your business ? VoIP technology is basically a process through which all calls are made via the internet rather than by phone lines. This technology is now being used by many Companies. You can instantly create a connection with your clients or customers with this technology. According to a study, it was found out that VoIP technology will be used by more than 80% of the businesses this year, more so once BT cancel the installation of ISDNe and ISDN30...

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VoIP is changing the way we work

12 Jan 2017 16:02:09

 

Over the last few years, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has evolved with voice making a gradual transition to the 'Cloud'.

Cloud is a broad term typically referring to data-centre-hosted services that are run and accessed over the Internet.

Cloud telephony refers to voice services, and, specifically, the replacement of the old telephone equipment (PABX's) with hosted or on-site Liberty telephone systems connected not by expensive analogue or ISDN phone lines but via existing FTTC or Fibre ...

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Back in 2008 the death knell of the PBX was being forecast – albeit mainly by VoIP suppliers. Whilst sales have dropped and there has some amalgamation of suppliers there is still a strong market. The number of PBX extensions still outnumbers VoIP by around 7 or 8 to 1. So to misquote Mark Twain – reports of the PBX’s death have been grossly exaggerated.

It is the rise of a parallel technology SIP that has blunted many of the arguments put forward by VoIP suppliers suggesting we should throw awa...

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