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The innovative application of broadband internet technology to traditional telephony is set to radically change the world of business

TO ESTABLISH and maintain a successful business operation, modern-day professionals require an ever-growing arsenal of technology and tools at their disposal.

Topping the list of non-negotiable requirements are a computer, an internet connection, a mobile phone and, of course, a fixed phone line.

The digital age has brought a multitude of advancements to traditional telephony, which now uses a combination of fibre optic cables, microwave transmission links, cellular networks and communication satellites to send voice communications across the world.

However, the fact remains that traditional analogue systems such as wire circuitry are still used to connect that vital last mile from the exchange to the telephone.

Despite a global outlook, the modern-day professional is still very much tied to local-level restraints of limited flexibility and costliness.

Today, innovative application of broadband internet technology to traditional telephony is abolishing the need for this last mile of copper wiring, and is consequently bringing the modern-day professional into the global community.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) transmits voice and multimedia communication through the internet as opposed to the traditional phone line – essentially combining the flexibility and cost efficiency of the internet with the main functions of traditional telephony.



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SureVoIP Earns ITSPA Quality Mark

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ITSPA, The Internet Telephony Service Providers Association, have awarded SureVoIP the ITSPA Quality Mark. This mark is awarded to eligible ITSPA members who demonstrate clear defined customer service specifications and adhere to ITSPA's defined frameworks for:
 
 
SureVoIP is a VoIP business service provider in the UK and one of only a few that have been awarded this mark. 
 
More information on the quality mark can be found here.

SureVoIP, a UK ITSP based in Scotland and FreeSWITCH

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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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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

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.

BT VoIP Interconnect approved for our ITSP called SureVoIP!

AsteriskFreeSWITCHOpen SourceSuretec Hi all,

Another quick one, just finished a conference call with BT and our credit check and applications are now all complete and approved. We will have our VoIP interconnect with BT live in month or so!!

Cheers,

Gavin.

First Ofcom number allocations are in!!!

AsteriskFreeSWITCHOpenSIPSOpen SourceSuretec Another quick update. We've just received notice of our first ever number allocations from Ofcom.

They are "Location Independent Electronic Comm Services" which are used for VoIP accounts and we have:

05600 51XXXX

Thanks,

Gavin.

Yubikey and Drupal

Open SourceSuretec My Yubikey arrived yesterday and I was keen to check out the apps already enabled for it, but it was better just using Google.



A search for Yubikey Drupal found the Drupal Yubikey plugin. So I dropped that into one of the main Suretec websites, got my Yubico API Key for the plugin config and now I can log in with a password plus the key (or just the one-time-password from teh Yubikey is I so desire)!

I love the usb keyboard that just pastes the OTP key into whereever your cursor is. But what happens if you loose your key and vital services are enabled with Yubikey I wonder?

Gavin.
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