Is the UK ready to ditch its traditional phone network?

Posted on Jun 30 2015 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Is the UK ready to ditch its traditional phone network?
Categories : BT, Network, Ofcom, Voice

BT reportedly has plans to move all domestic and business phone customers to an IP based network within the next 10 years and is requesting that Ofcom relax its obligations on the company to provide a traditional copper based phone network at the same time. This would allegedly enable BT to focus on supporting a single network infrastructure and invest elsewhere. So, is the UK ready to move to an IP based network or should BT be forced to retain its existing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) infrastructure?

BT’s argument is that most customers rarely use their landline to make calls now, with most opting to utilise mobiles or VoIP based technology anyway. In order to move with technology and remain competitive, it wants to utilise an IP based network for all landlines rather than the existing PSTN infrastructure that it (and KCOM in the Hull area) are obligated to provide as part of its Universal Service Obligation.

Mark Shurmer, BT’s group director of regulatory affairs, said: “We believe obsolete regulation should be rolled back, rather than clinging on until the last user dies. What we are looking for is a kind of ‘sunset clause’ that will help customers to plan.”

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5 Reasons why you should move from traditional PBX to VoIP

Posted on Mar 09 2015 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on 5 Reasons why you should move from traditional PBX to VoIP
Categories : Reselling, Voice, VoIP

Over recent years we have seen a considerable increase in demand for SIP based communications solutions from traditionally ISDN and PBX based resellers. So, why are more and more resellers moving into the provision of IP based telecoms? Here are 5 good reasons:

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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

#1 Business Continuity

The flexible and virtual nature of SIP trunks makes them ideal for disaster recovery strategies. Incoming calls can be easily and almost immediately transferred to an alternative number such as a mobile or to alternative premises, providing complete business continuity in the event of a problem.

Entanet customers can even specify an alternative location as an auto failover solution by providing a DNS SRV record to send calls to. SRV is a type of Domain Name System record – it allows you to specify where traffic goes based on a combination of priority and availability. It is similar in functionality to Mail Exchange (MX) records for email.

With traditional solutions such as an ISDN this is not as easy as the ISDN is installed to a physical location and the affected company would be likely to incur significant downtime and additional costs for rerouting the calls.

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HELP! – 999 emergencies and VoIP

Posted on Jun 22 2011 by Jon Farmer | 3 Comments

Are you aware that Ofcom recently extended its General Condition 4 to cover VoIP services which means that, like traditional telecoms (PSTN and ISDN providers) and mobile operators, VoIP providers now need to provide the emergency services with location information for the users of their VoIP services?

Jon Farmer, Voice Technical Lead

Jon Farmer, Voice Technical Lead

The problem is that it’s not as simple as you might think. The flexible nature of VoIP is one of its biggest selling points. But it also means that the location of the end user can easily and quickly change, which means location information held by the provider can quickly become out of date and useless to the emergency services. This has been an area of debate among VoIP industry players for many years.

The reforms to Ofcom’s General Condition 4 have forced VoIP providers to act and Entanet has been amongst the first to do so, working to develop a new, secure and brand-neutral website (www.999-location.co.uk), via which end users can easily update their location information for each VoIP number they use. In addition, we have even created a short animated video to demonstrate the importance of keeping this information up to date to end users.

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Will ENUM deliver?

Posted on Mar 17 2009 by Jon Farmer | Comments Off on Will ENUM deliver?
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Categories : Voice, VoIP

ENUM (E.164 NUmber Mapping) is a technology that has been around for a little while that has promised much and, so far, delivered little to the average user. As Nominet has recently been awarded the contract to administer the UK 4.4.e164.arpa delegation I thought it was time that I put my thoughts on this subject down in writing.

Jon Farmer, Voice Technical Lead

Jon Farmer, Voice Technical Lead

I’m going to cover the potential of ENUM in the telecoms industry and what it could mean to you, along with how it is currently being used and what potential security issues surround ENUM.

Lets get started with a short primer. ENUM is a way of storing & supplying information about an entity using DNS like storage and retrieval. DNS is the technology that allows domain names to be used for things such as web site and email addresses. For now, consider ENUM to be a way to catalogue and retrieve potentially dynamic properties attached to a single ‘number’ or URL.

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