Norfolk Fire & Rescue deploys ESN-ready mobile solution

22 April 2021

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has deployed an Emergency Services Network (ESN)-ready mobile data terminal (MDT) solution across its fleet of 66 vehicles, using Panasonic devices and Cradlepoint giagabit-enabled rugged LTE routers.

The fire service has deployed Panasonic Toughbook 33 tablets in the front cabs of its fire appliances as mobile data terminals (MDTs) and Cradlepoint NetCloud and IBR1700 Series routers for 4G LTE connectivity via EE, Vodafone and the forthcoming Emergency Services Network. 

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BT upgrades network and connectivity for Walgreens Boots

22 April 2021

BT has secured a new multi-year contract with Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) to continue as its network partner in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Under the terms of the contract, BT will transform WBA’s networking and deploy next-generation technology to improve the experience for employees and customers.

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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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