Posted: 11 Oct 2019 02:30 AM PDT
BT CEO: We want to be so much more than just another communications provider
BT's Chief Executive Officer Philip Jansen said the company is going to transform itself into a comprehensive provider of digital services, as it doubles down on convergence in the coming years. The UK telecom giant will continue to evolve its product offering to provide seamless connectivity across its fixed line, mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Furthermore, BT has launched the next generation of its converged products, Halo, that will offer unlimited data and calls on mobile and at home as well as inclusive support from BT's new team of Home Tech Experts.
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MacOS Catalina: 5 best things about Apple's new OS for your Mac
Apple has launched MacOS Catalina, its new desktop operating system for Macintosh computers, with a host of new features and changes. With this Mac upgrade, Apple divides iTunes into three separate apps – Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts – all synced through iCloud. The new OS also includes features such as Sidecar to enable the use of an iPad as a secondary screen or drawing tablet, full voice control capabilities and Mac Catalyst, a new technology that will assist software developers in building apps that can run on both iPad and MacOS devices.
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European risk report flags 5G security challenges
The European Commission has published a report on the EU coordinated risk assessment on cybersecurity in Fifth Generation networks. The report points out a number of security challenges that are likely to become more prominent in 5G compared to current mobile networks. These challenges are related to an increased exposure to attacks and more potential entry points for attackers, higher risks from a major dependency on a single supplier, and also threats to availability and integrity of networks.
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Cellnex to buy Arqiva's telecoms division for 2 bln pounds with a share capital increase
Spanish wireless infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom has announced an agreement to acquire the telecommunications division of UK media and communications infrastructure and services group Arqiva. The deal is worth around GBP 2.0 billion and involves the acquisition of 7400 owned sites and the rights to market around 900 additional sites throughout the UK. Cellnex said that it will become the largest independent operator of wireless infrastructure in the UK if the deal is confirmed by the antitrust authorities.
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Telstra will switch-off its 3G services in 2024
Australian telco giant Telstra will turn off its 3G mobile network in June 2024. The company's 3G service, also known as NextG, was switched on in 2006 and initially operated in the 850Hz band. The operator said that the 3G network switch-off is designed to free spectrum used to carry data and voice calls over their oldest mobile network technology and to repurpose it for the expansion of 5G services. Telstra launched its 5G network in May this year with the release of the first 5G devices in Australia.
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Posted: 19 Sep 2019 12:00 AM PDT
(Pictured above: The Poly booth at Channel Partners Evolution 2019.)
By Jeffrey Schwartz
Poly is modernizing its portfolio of phones for small organizations with the launch of its VVX D230 wireless IP-based phone system and the Trio 8300 audio conferencing unit. The new hardware, unveiled at last week's Channel Partners Evolution in Washington, D.C., arrived in tandem with the expansion of Poly's new device-as-a-service (DaaS) program in North America.
The addition of the new VVX D230 signals Poly's re-entry into the market for DECT phone systems, seven years after Polycom sold off its Spectralink business to private-equity firm Sun Capital. Polycom and its new owner Plantronics, earlier this year became Poly. The new company name is the outgrowth of Plantronics $2 billion acquisition of Polycom last year. In 2012, Polycom decicided to exit the wireless handset business to focus on its unified communications and video conferencing offering, including its RealPresence desktop conferencing software.
While desk phones, video conferencing and collaboration remain Poly's core business, company officials said a full-featured DECT phone offering for small business belongs in that portfolio, based on customer and partner demand. Poly has offered the wireless VVX D60 for a few years, but that's a handset that users must pair with another VVX desk phone. It's limited to five lines per handset, four simultaneous calls and five handsets.
"The D60 itself was not really a true phone, but more of an adjunct DECT handset accessory that gave you your phone experience in the DECT handset," said Jeff Kubick, Poly's head of global service provider marketing. "In other words, the VVX desk phone was assigned the SIP line [or lines] and the VVX D60 inherited them as a paired device."
The introduction of the new VVX D230 brings to the mix a standalone cordless IP-based phone system with a dedicated base station that can handle up to 8 SIP lines per handset and 8 simultaneous calls. Each base supports up to 10 handsets.
"In that sense, the VVX D230 DECT IP phone is a phone," Kubick added.
During a "Fastball" presentation at Channel Partners Evolution, Darren Knapp, director of Poly's global cloud service provider group, said customers and partners have requested a wireless IP phone.
"We've been asked for it for a long time, and hallelujah, there's now a standalone DECT solution from Poly," Knapp told attendees.
Industry analyst Irwin Lazar, VP and leader of Nemertes' digital workspace and unified communications research practice, said 17% of organizations are increasing their desktop phone deployments.
"The VVX D320 should be attractive for places like health care facilities, automotive showrooms, large retail stores and other locations requiring short-range mobility," Lazar said.
Based on research from Frost and Sullivan provided by Poly, sales of DECT phones and headsets grew 4.6% in 2018, with revenues of $847.6 million.
The new Trio 8300 audio conferencing phone, also introduced at Evolution, is a smaller version of the Trio 8500 and Trio 8800. It's intended for meeting rooms with up to five people, while the 8500 is for rooms with six to eight people. The Trio 8300 supports hybrid registration from multiple SIP-based systems or services.
Meanwhile, the expansion of Poly's DaaS program in North America will let internet telephony service provider (ITSP) partners bundle their telecommunications services with the company's headset and VoIP-based hardware, which they can offer to small business customers on a per-user, monthly basis.
"What we're doing is we're taking the hardware and taking that as a service," Knapp said. "For instance, you can get this nice color Gig-E phone, our partners can rent it out for $3.89 per month. It comes with advanced replacement warranty and it's at no-term [contract]; this is the perfect solution for service providers. It's not just about hardware; it's about ways to help you guys get to market better."
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