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SureVoIP is Scotland's First Dedicated Internet Telephony Service Provider.


Suretec recently got approval from Ofcom, the U.K. communications regulator, to assign U.K. telephone numbers. Therefore, SureVoIP can assign phone numbers across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The company is also authorised to supply global numbers for over 60 countries.


This is unique in the Scottish market, because other companies act as "middle-men" between clients and service providers.


SureVoIP is partnering with British Telecom (BT) through a VoIP Interconnect to offer clients added benefits. SureVoIP has also partnered with Xconnect on their Global Alliance program, as well as two other U.K. VoIP carriers.


SureVoIP also provides 24/7 emergency telephone support.


Gavin Henry, managing director of SureVoIP, and founding member of the Suretec Group, said, "Our journey to securing the approval from Ofcom has been long and complex, involving the submission of detailed business plans, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the Communications Act 2003, various legal requirements, help from ITSPA (we've worked so hard that we will soon be getting the ITSPA Quality Mark), documentation and a significant investment in equipment throughout the U.K. With out FreeSWITCH and the FreeSWITCH community this would not have been possible."



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NORTH EAST IT COMPANY BECOMES COUNTRY’S FIRST DEDICATED INTERNET TELEPHONY SERVICE PROVIDER

AsteriskCatalystDojoFreeSWITCHLinuxOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSuretec North-east IT and telecoms support specialist, the Suretec Group, has become the first dedicated internet telephony service provider in Scotland, with the launch of a new company division, SureVoIP.

The creation of SureVoIP – a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider – follows Suretec securing approval from UK communications industry regulatory body, Ofcom, to assign UK telephone numbers.

As an Ofcom regulated VoIP provider with its own telephone number allocations, SureVoIP has been approved to assign phone numbers to clients across the UK and Northern Ireland. The company can also supply global numbers for at least 60 countries.

This is a unique offer within the Scottish market, as other internet telephony specialists within the country must act as ‘middle-men’ between the client and an approved service provider. The result is that SureVoIP and its partners have higher control over costs and can offer preferential and transparent rates that are to the benefit of clients.

Continue reading "NORTH EAST IT COMPANY BECOMES COUNTRY’S FIRST DEDICATED INTERNET TELEPHONY SERVICE PROVIDER"

SureVoIP passes BT VoIP interconnect interoperability testing

Suretec Hi all,

Just a quick note to say last week we passed the BT VoIP interconnect interoperability testing which means our interconnect with BT and all our Ofcom number ranges will finally be live next month. We can of course supply numbers and do number porting right now as normal.

Thanks,

Gavin.

Increase in enquiries for migrations from Sun Directory and other directory servers to OpenLDAP

LinuxOpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec Hi all,

Everyone involved in the directory sector and OpenLDAP has been seeing lots more enquiries to migrate from Sun Directory to OpenLDAP as the future of Sun Directory, now Oracle owns Sun is becoming a concern, as is their new pricing model. We obviously have experience doing this and migration from any other directory server.

If you want to convert your enterprise directory from a proprietary and expensive closed-source supplier to OpenLDAP, a modern, more efficient, and less expensive Open Source software solution please do contact us.

Our partners Symas also have a Directory Services Upgrade Program that we can do for you in the UK:

Convert your Enterprise Directory from a proprietary and expensive closed-source supplier to OpenLDAP, a modern, more efficient, and less expensive Open Source software solution. Typically, enterprises dramatically reduce their annual cost converting to OpenLDAP from Sun, Oracle, Netscape, or iPlanet Directory Services products. The workload requires half or less the power and capacity for substantially improved performance. This is a relatively easy transition to make because LDAPv3 is highly standardized and OpenLDAP conforms to the most demanding requirements of the Internet Standards (RFC[?] 4511 and related RFCs)..

Symas Corporation will be glad to consult with your team and offer you a fixed-price, fixed schedule offer for conversion of your Enterprise Directory technology. This service includes:

- A complete evaluation of your present Directory Services servers
- A Detailed plan for implementation of the new technology
- A roadmap for conversion of existing LDAP[?] applications and data feeds
- Conversion of schema definitions
- Access Control conversions/implementation
- Database transfer and clean-up
- OpenLDAP deployment, tuning and configuration
- SSL Certificate Conversion
- Database reload
- Assistance with application testing
- Operational team training (LDAP University)
- One year of standard Gold
- level Symas OpenLDAP technical support


Please do contact us.

Thanks,

Gavin.

XConnect Announces U.K. High-Definition Voice Initiative - SureVoIP ITSP join

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First to join from the U.K. are service providers Simwood, SureVoIP and thevoicefactory.


SureVoIP is us!

Here's some news on this:

http://www.voipmonitor.net/2010/09/07/XConnect+Announces+UK+HighDefinition+Voice+Initiative.aspx
http://hdvoicenews.com/2010/09/07/xconnect-announces-hd-voice-exchange-available-worldwide-uk-promotion-with-polycom-broadsoft-and-dialogic/
http://www.mgraves.org/2010/09/hdvoice-making-progress-in-the-uk/
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/article.aspx?cid=755463 Continue reading "XConnect Announces U.K. High-Definition Voice Initiative - SureVoIP ITSP join"

Just signed our BT VoIP interconnect contracts and paid setup fee

AsteriskFreeSWITCHOpenSIPSOpen SourceSuretec Hi All,

Quick one to say we've just signed our BT VoIP interconnect contract and paid up our setup fee. Now on to interop testing then hosting of our Ofcom number allocations!

Our new website will be up very soon for our VoIP ITSP - SureVoIP

Don't worry, that website will be very non-technical in most places unless necessary! :-)

This would not have been possible without the power of Open Source software!

Thanks,

Gavin.

OpenLDAP 2.4.23 released

OpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec OpenLDAP 2.4.23 is now officially out. Download now and review the final changes list:


OpenLDAP 2.4.23 is now available for download as detailed on our download page:
http://www.openldap.org/software/download/

and should soon be available on all official mirrors:
ftp://ftp.openldap.org/pub/OpenLDAP/MIRRORS

This is a maintenance release and is made available for general use. Users of OpenLDAP Software are encouraged to upgrade.

Significant contributors to this release include:
Howard Chu (Symas Corp)
Quanah Gibson-Mount (Yahoo! Inc)
Ralf Haferkamp (SUSE Linux)
Pierangelo Masarati (Politecnico di Milano)

OpenLDAP 2.4.23 Release (2010/06/30)
Fixed libldap to return server's error code (ITS#6569)
Fixed libldap memleaks (ITS#6568)
Fixed liblutil off-by-one with delta (ITS#6541)
Fixed slapd acls with glued databases (ITS#6468)
Fixed slapd syncrepl rid logging (ITS#6533)
Fixed slapd modrdn handling of invalid values (ITS#6570)
Fixed slapd-bdb hasSubordinates computation (ITS#6549)
Fixed slapd-bdb to use memcpy instead for strcpy (ITS#6474)
Fixed slapd-bdb entry cache delete failure (ITS#6577)
Fixed slapd-ldap[?] to return control responses (ITS#6530)
Fixed slapo-ppolicy to use Debug (ITS#6566)
Fixed slapo-refint to zero out freed DN vals (ITS#6572)
Fixed slapo-rwm to use Debug (ITS#6566)
Fixed slapo-sssvlv to use Debug (ITS#6566)
Fixed slapo-syncprov lost deletes in refresh phase (ITS#6555)
Fixed slapo-valsort to use Debug (ITS#6566)
Fixed contrib/nssov network.c missing patch (ITS#6562)
Build Environment
Fixed test043 attribute sorting (ITS#6553)
Documentation
slapd-config(5) note default rootdn (ITS#6546)

MD5 (openldap-2.4.23.tgz) = 90150b8c0d0192e10b30157e68844ddf
SHA1 (openldap-2.4.23.tgz) = 26027e7020256c5f47e17787f17ee8b31af42378

My favourite business author on start ups, surviving, Google, Apple and Microsoft - Paul Graham

Open SourceSuretec Hi all,

I'd like to share some of my favourite essays from Paul Graham. These are in a kind of order of which I love the best and are related to software startups, but they can really, really help any business:

You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss - http://www.paulgraham.com/boss.html
Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy - http://www.paulgraham.com/badeconomy.html
Good and Bad Procrastination - http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html
How to Do What You Love - http://www.paulgraham.com/startuplessons.html
How Not to Die - http://www.paulgraham.com/die.html

Why There Aren't More Googles - http://www.paulgraham.com/googles.html
Apple's Mistake - http://www.paulgraham.com/apple.html
Microsoft is Dead - http://www.paulgraham.com/microsoft.html
What Business can Learn from Open Source - http://www.paulgraham.com/opensource.html

Why to Not Not Start a Startup - http://www.paulgraham.com/notnot.html
How to Start a Startup - http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html
Organic Startup Ideas - http://www.paulgraham.com/organic.html
Startups in 13 Sentences - http://www.paulgraham.com/13sentences.html
How to Fund a Startup - http://www.paulgraham.com/startupfunding.html
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups - http://www.paulgraham.com/startupmistakes.html
The Hardest Lessons For Startups to Learn - http://www.paulgraham.com/startuplessons.html
What Startups Are Really Like - http://www.paulgraham.com/really.html


How to Disagree - http://www.paulgraham.com/disagree.html
Copy What You Like - http://www.paulgraham.com/copy.html



Please read them all!

VoIP solutions could benefit from iPhone 4 - Why bother? Get an Android Open Source phone and the new VoIP features now

AsteriskFreeSWITCHLinuxOpen SourceSuretec Hi all,

The iPhone 4, which was officially unveiled on the June 7th at a presentation in San Francisco, includes several new features that will benefit VoIP users. These are touted as:


  • Multi-task when making a VoIP call, so customers can access other applications, such as a calendar, during a conversation.

  • Built-in noise cancellation to eliminate background sounds when making VoIP calls.

  • Videoconferencing will also be possible between iPhones via the Face Time feature, allowing remote employees to partake in business meetings.

  • Longer battery life, while the screen resolution has been significantly improved compared to previous models.



The iPhone 4 will be available in the UK from June 24th.

Wow you may think this is amazing, but all these features have been available on Android phones (Google's Open Source mobile operating system) for ages. I've just got an HTC Desire from O2 and it's the No.1 phone in the world right now. It can do all of above and more, plus the Sipdroid VoIP client is free and works on 3G and WiFi using our VoIP services or anyone elses. Best of all it's free software and just works.


Another good blog post covers why the iPhone can never keep up with Android or Open Source:

"Through a bevy of handset makers, Android can offer a variety of phones that will make it difficult for
Apple to beat with just one hardware release a year. While it is hard to

ever go wrong with an iPhone, Android offers a ton of alternative form

factors, price points and carriers: Sprint (NYSE: S) has released the

first 4G phone on Android; T-Mobile has a new competitive Android phone

with a slide-out keyboard; the HTC Incredible sold by Verizon has been

flying off store shelves; and even Google’s Nexus One still boasts some

of the latest hardware. Not to mention new Android phones from Samsung

and LG (SEO: 066570) coming later this summer."


Google now have figures to show that 100,000 open source Android mobile phones are getting activated daily!

Gavin.

Marketing, Bootstrapping and VC funding

Open SourceSuretec Hi all,

We follow the KashFlow Blog as we use them for our accounts (the only non open source software we use and is based online). Duane, the owner, did an interesting blog post today about External Funding vs Organic Growth.

We're in the Organic/Bootstrapping camp as that's how we've funded our upcoming VoIP service provider called SureVoIP

In the two articles he links to, I liked the TechCrunch one as it lists these 16 things to help raise your profile to help bring in the business to bootstrap:

0. Get on Twitter and Tweet smart things [added Dec 2009]
1. News is a Purple Cow – UK translation: Man Bites Dog
2. Keep in contact – conversations usually beat press releases
3. Negotiate your exclusives
4. Don’t be a leech – Be part of the community
5. Conferences are not news
6. Be a great contact
7. Be a friendly blogger
8. Should you hire a PR firm?
9. Want to join in? Network.
10. Please pitch like a human
11. Understand who you are talking to
12. The media likes CEOs
13. Do you really need to have formal press meetings?
14. One company in a space is not (generally) a story
15. “Yes, but how do I get on TechCrunch.com?”
16. “Strike when the news is hot” added 16 March 2010


In summary Duane closes with something I agree with:

So where does that leave us? I spend a lot of time talking to startups
and there are no hard and fast rules that apply to them all. What I would say is that if there is the opportunity to build a profitable business, while maintaining control and enjoying a reasonable quality of life and all while bootstrapping, then this is the ideal route to take. If there are market forces, competitive issues or limited lifespan pressures that mean that a funding route is the only way to go, then so be it.

OpenLDAP News: openldap-software mailing list, cURL, libcurl, and LDAP

OpenLDAPOpen Source Hi all,

Two bits of important news today:

"For those of you who use libcurl in your own applications, you may be interested to know that I've written a new LDAP[?] implementation for libcurl." - Howard Chu from Symas

and

Shutdown of the OpenLDAP-Software list in favor of the OpenLDAP-Technical list

So when you post to openldap-software@openldap.org don't get scared, nothing has happened to OpenLDAP!

Thanks,

Gavin.