Friday 05 September 2008 @ 00:00

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."

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Thursday 14 August 2008 @ 00:00

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.

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Monday 04 August 2008 @ 00:00

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.

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Thursday 22 May 2008 @ 00:00

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.

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Monday 19 May 2008 @ 00:00

Symbio Networks will be exhibiting at CeBIT Australia 2008 ( Symbio will be exhibiting their products & services at stand C78 within the 'VoIP' section.

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Wednesday 16 April 2008 @ 00:00

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.

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Tuesday 15 April 2008 @ 00:00

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. 


Fixed VoIP

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).

Wireless VoIP

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.

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Friday 01 February 2008 @ 00:00

Symbio Networks peer with PIPE

Symbio Networks have completed an expansion of its IP data services, including peering with PIPE networks.

The Symbio Networks national VoIP infrastructure network, and MVP customers may now take advantage of this peering conection, further adding to the quality into the Symbio managed network.

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Friday 07 September 2007 @ 00:00

Symbio Networks has completed an expansion of its main Sydney POP in order to cater for continued future growth of its national VoIP infrastructure network.

The expansion comes as a result of the ongoing growth of the Symbio Networks Managed VoIP Network (MVP), for which continued growth is forecast as converged services are adopted.

The Sydney POP continues to be co-located at the Equinix data centre in Mascot Sydney and now includes a significant increase in real estate. The expansion demonstrates a long-term commitment to the Equinix data centre.

Symbio Networks also manage a second Sydney POP at Verizon in Pyrmont and a New Zealand POP in Auckland.

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Thursday 01 February 2007 @ 00:00

From IT Wire:

Symbio provides trans-Tasman VoIP 

Stephen Withers

01 February 2007

Symbio's newly established point of presence in Auckland will enable its clients to provide superior quality for trans-Tasman calls.

The company points to the number of businesses operating in both Australia and New Zealand as well as the 400,000 New Zealanders living in Australia as an indication of the need for such a facility.

"While the adoption of VoIP services in New Zealand is on the rise for both residential and business use, we expect to see a significant increase in traffic volumes thanks to the improvement in voice quality and service reliability delivered by our Auckland POP," said director, Rene Sugo.

The new POP also means Symbio clients can offer their customers direct in-dial numbers in Auckland, and provides the company with a beachhead for attracting New Zealand clients.

Symbio provides network services to VoIP operators including Skype and MyNetFone. It also operates Australia's first VoIP peering exchange.{moscomment}


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