Article from Communications Day
2 March 2009
VoIP provider Symbio Networks has taken to task the changes suggested in an Australian Communications and Media Authority discussion paper governing how VoIP might be integrated with existing policy and regulatory framework. Symbio argued that the paper was an attempt to alter VoIP to fit with the existing framework around the telecommunications Numbering Plan and that such a measure would be a backward step, suggesting instead that regulation should evolve to keep pace with the transition to IP networks.
The Numbering Plan, said Symbio, was less relevant to VoIP networks than traditional PSTN for a number of reasons. These included the fact that the original Numbering Plan (based on geographical zonings) was based on geographically specific PSTN architecture deployed in the sixties, while VoIP call routing is based on IP addresses and independent of geographic numbering. PSTN call charging, Symbio argued, was determined by numbering with location information, while VoIP call charging was decoupled from numbering and rendered concepts like zoning, local and trunk calls irrelevant.
"The regulatory requirement of the Numbering Plan to provide untimed local calls can be met with VoIP without it having to conform to geographical numbering," asserted Symbio. "It is not that VoIP is non-compliant. Rather, it is the policy settings and the regulatory framework including the Numbering Plan that requires updating to bring it into the new world of IP."
"Based on the information provided in this submission, that ACMA ‘is considering amending the Numbering Plan to ensure that all geographical numbers are issued consistently with the locations to which numbers are allocated' seems completely ignorant to the fundamental differences between PSTN and NGN/VoIP, and is akin to arbitrarily grafting modern telecommunications developments to an out-dated Plan."
"The telecommunications industry around the world is transforming to a broadband, IP centric network," concluded Symbio. "It would therefore be a backward step if a new and innovative service like VoIP is required to arbitrarily fit into an outdated plan."
Symbio's Submission to ACMA (Australia Communications & Media Authority) - Symbio's comments on the numbering plan can be found here
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Rene Sugo, Technical Director and Co-Founder of Symbio Networks was invited to be a guest speaker at the 2009 Stratus Telecom User's Conference held in Miami, Florida on 4-6 February. The focus of the conference was to share information, technologies and business opportunities with the telecommunications industry and enterprise users.
Symbio Networks has a strong partnership with Stratus Technologies and successfully implements Stratus based solutions in Australia and overseas. The partnership with Stratus allows Symbio to continually offer service providers, carriers and operators top quality network solutions. "Entice allows Symbio to focus where it can add the most value, and we rely on Stratus to provide a high quality platform to build upon" said Rene Sugo.
The invitation to speak at the conference solidifies the partnership and acknowledges that Symbio Networks is a total solutions provider.
For more information about the 2009 Stratus Telecommunications User's Conference, visit www.stratustelecom.com/userconference2009.
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Symbio Networks will be attending PTC '09 in Honolulu January 19 - 21, 2009. For further information on how to meet for discussions please direct emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great savings on phone & broadband in the bush
Consumers in rural and regional Australia can now access VoIP services over satellite broadband to make big savings on their phone bills. Australia's biggest provider of satellite broadband, Activ8me, and the leading VoIP wholesale provider, Symbio Networks, have teamed up to make these services are available to all of Activ8me's 20,000+ customer base.
While VoIP services have been available to users via landline broadband connections for some time, Symbio Networks and Active8me have been working closely to develop innovative solutions to deliver quality, reliable VoIP services optimised for use over the IPSTAR satellite in the remote corners of Australia. Consumers in these areas are now able to enjoy modern day technologies and the savings in call costs enjoyed by terrestrial VoIP users.
In a short period of over two years, Activ8me has built a sizable customer base to become Australia's largest satellite ISP and is reputed to have become the third largest broadband satellite ISP in the world.
"Since we moved our customers to the Symbio wholesale infrastructure, they have reported greatly improved quality, as well as enjoying low cost untimed National calls for the first time" said Tony Bundrock, General Manager of Activ8me. "Symbio were able to provide an extremely fast response to meet our requirements which in turn allowed us to meet our time-to-market objectives, ensuring a high degree of customer satisfaction" he continued.
"Many regional customers are tired of traditional telcos and rely on Activ8me Voice. We are able to offer untimed calls across Australia, calls to mobiles at a fraction of the cost the major carriers charge, and international calls to major destinations from as little as three cents per minute. We also have plans with very low, or zero dollar installation charges, so it's very easy to get started" said Mr Bundrock.
Symbio's Manager of Wholesale Networks, Alastair Slattery, commented, "Our white-label solution provides a platform which delivers a highly reliable turn-key VoIP solution to service providers within Australia, New Zealand and overseas. Activ8me's success in delivering their VoIP service is indicative of the emphasis we place on maintaining superior quality metrics within our white-label wholesale network."
Symbio Networks have recently implemented the facilities in order to perform Local Number Portability within New Zealand. The ability to implement LNP in NZ further increases Symbio's capabilities in NZ for wholesale services.
Symbio Networks are a Telecommunications carrier within New Zealand and have a Point of Presence within Auckland. The Symbio Networks Managed VoIP Platform (MVP) is an expansive wholesale VoIP platform throughout Australia & NZ.
Symbio Networks were recently listed as a finalist at the prestigous ACOMMS Awards 2008. The listing came for the 'Partnerships for Growth' award and reflected the continuing successful growth of the Symbio Networks' Managed VoIP Platform (MVP) as an industry leading wholesale platform.
Presentation Title: SOHO VoIP
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VoIP provides a level of convenience, flexibility and cost savings to SOHO users that could not matched by the existing telephony service. The convergence of VoIP, broadband and mobile services will facilitate today's busy lifestyle of having communications service at anywhere, with any device at any time. This presentation shows the benefits of VoIP & convergent service in a SOHO environment.
Symbio Networks will be exhibiting at CeBIT Australia 2008 (www.cebit.com.au). Symbio will be exhibiting their products & services at stand C78 within the 'VoIP' section.
Symbio Networks used a speaker session at the recent Comms Day Summit 2008 to announce that their IP solution architecture is Fixed to Mobile (FMC) ready (IMS compliant).
FMC converges traditional landline, mobile & IP telephony onto one delivery platform, and has been touted by Symbio as the 'Next Wave' of VoIP.
Symbio are actively looking for Service Provider partners within Australia and the region to trial their IMS solution.
Presentation Title: VoIP - The Next wave
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Symbio Networks featured as a guest presenter at the CommsDay Summit 2008 (Preparing for the Gigabit Age) on April 15 and 16, 2008 at Sydney's Swishotel.
Symbio Networks' manager of business development, Alastair Slattery, used the presentation to discuss Symbio's take on the role of Fixed to Mobile Convgerence in the developing IP telecommunications environment.
A presentation synopsis is given below.
While VoIP has been around for over two decades, the service has really started to take off in the residential and enterprise segments in the last 5 years. VoIP has the potential to change the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) fixed voices.
Ovum, a leading market research firm in high tech, forecasts VoIP will make up 21 percent of fixed voice revenue in Australia by 2011. According to a report released by the Australian Communications & Media Authority, ACMA in December 2007, the Australian VoIP market is growing rapidly with the number of VoIP providers increasing from 27 to 269 between April and September 2007. The report quotes Market Clarity's forecast of a 237 per cent increase in internet-based VoIP subscribers between June 2007 (1.4 million) and June 2008 (4.8 million).
The marriage of VoIP and wireless technology has gained a lot of attention in the last couple of years, with many industry experts believing it to be the next killer application to revolutionize the telecoms space. Currently, single mode Wi-Fi handsets are in use for wireless VoIP. Vonage of the US has begun selling phones that let its users access its service through either home or public Wi-Fi connections. The London based Skype now sells similar handsets that work with its service, freeing users from being tethered to either PCs or landline broadband links.
Juniper, a market research firm, predicts that dual-mode handsets - both cellular and wireless-VoIP enabled - will lead wi-fi VoIP sales, contributing around $68bn in revenue. The dual-mode handset market is in its infancy right now but the technology will revolutionise the wireless VoIP market. Dual-mode phones are currently offered by established mobile manufacturers Motorola and Nokia, along with Fujitsu, HP and NEC.
Fixed & Mobile Convergence, FMC
The vision of convergence is simple enough: When you are in range of a wireless LAN, you can make low-cost and/or rich media calls over IP; and when you're out of range, you can use the cellular network. Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) is the integration of wireline and wireless technologies and services to create a single network foundation and the convergence can occur at different points in the network.
The convergence is about tapping the explosive growth of wireless LAN and broadband access over recent years to bring "Internet economics" to mobile.