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We are regularly questioned by customers, why would they consider taking a $500 a month SHDSL Internet connection when we have our $80 a month ADSL connection. For many SMEs, moving to a SHDSL connection is a No Brainer. Here's why.
Many of SMEs don't realize that when you move to a Dedicated SHDSL Broadband connection you have significantly more bandwidth and capacity than over a a ADSL connection. This allows you run both data and voice calls over your Internet connection. Whats that mean?
Yes exactly what it says. A 10/10Mbs has adequate bandwidth to run about 150 simultaneous phone calls. Yes, thats right, up to 150 calls at a time so why bother paying for Line rentals when you can add in SIP trunks to your Phone System or a Hosted PBX Phone System. Getting rid of dealing with Telstra sounds really attractive!
Because the upload capacity is at least 10 X faster than for ADSL it means off site staff can access your server with out bringing the rest of the office to a halt. Every time your off site staff download info, your ADSL connection is uploading it. Because ADSL can only Send or receive data (it cant do both at the same time) staff working off site usually mean everyone else in the office stops working.
Having the capacity of a SHDSL connection gives you the bandwidth to make effective use of Cloud based applications including, Cloud Storage, Office 365, MYOB, Zero, Google Apps,Google Mail etc. This in tuns means you have no need for that server or the level of IT support required in the past. One SME customer of ours with 30 users reduced their IT Hardware, Software and Support costs from $150k per annum to under $30k per annum.
The $500 a month for SHDSL starts to look cheap doesn't it. If you would like to discuss SHDSL Broadband for your site please click this button.
As we have discussed on several recent blog posts there is an number of great alternatives to Telstra DOT phone Systems.
In July we discussed what we didn't like about Telstra DOT - Telstra DOT - What we don't like!
Well in the time since those posts nothing has changed and we just cant see any sense in taking the exact same hardware and the exact same operating platform and paying significantly more for it. As the NBN rolls out it appears Telstra DOT is the system of choice for Telstra Business Centres SMEs up to about 50 staff.
We are increasingly getting requests for quotes to compare with DOT systems in NBN roll out areas. In many cases we can determine for the customer that they don't need a new system. We have saved customers a lot of money by asking the right questions about their phone systems. In some cases we find that by doing some simple modifications the the Phone System, or by adding ATAs using SIP trunks over their NBN Connection, there is no need for an entire new Phone System.
Before you take the step for a new Telstra DOT Phone System give us a call for a comparison on 1300783528. If you have a recent phone bill you can send to us or submit this form we can give you a very accurate assessment of how your phone bill would look with a Telaustralia Hosted PBX or NBN Phone System.
See how simple it is to use our Cisco NBN Phone Systems. It cant be easier to use our fully feature NBN Phone systems. Check the brief Video Guides here from Cisco before you consider buying. Its so simple to use our NBN PBX.
A significantly cheaper alternative to Telstra DOT (Digital Office Technology)
THE NBN 2014 COST BENEFIT REVIEW BY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
After coming to Government in 2013, the Coalition Government lead by Tony Abbot and Communications Minister Malcom Turnbull requested the Department of Communications conduct a full review of each Parties NBN proposal.
The Labour proposal was for Fibre to the Premises in Metro and regional Centres combined with Fixed Wireless in rural and remote areas and was purported to cost up to $90 billion.
The Coalition proposal was a paired back version with a mix of technologies utilizing existing Telstra and Optus Fibre coaxial cable (Hybrid) in inner metro areas, Fibre to the premises on new build Green fields sites and Fibre to the Node (FTTN) in other brownfield (outer Metro) sites and Fixed Wireless and satellite in rural and remote areas. The cost of the Coalition Plans is purported to be in the $35-$45 billion range.
Dr Michael Vertigan AC was appointed to lead the review and the cost benefit analysis was announced this week. A link to the review can be found here.. http://www.communications.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/cost-benefit_analysis_and_review_of_regulation/independent_cba_of_broadband
An interesting view point from the Age newspaper .. http://www.theage.com.au/business/vertigan-shows-the-nbn-is-worth-doing-20140827-10975o.html
My view? Well every kid wants his dad to buy a Ferrari and that's what the Labour plan would of delivered ..... eventually. A super fast platform and the speed would of made sense at some point. Eg We cant drive the Ferrari on our streets as fast as it can potentially go most of the time, but sometimes it would be a real blast.
However while every kid wants the Ferrari most Dads, if they are responsible say, Mate I would love to get that Ferrari but we cant afford it. We are going to go with the Commodore or Falcon. It will get the job done and probably a bit slower in some cases but at least we can afford it.
Here's a video of Federal Comunications Minister Malcom Turnbull doing a fairly straight forward whiteboard exercise that looks at the cost benefits in fairly simple terms. http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/aug/26/malcolm-turnbull-nbn-internet-speed-whiteboard-video
The Vertigan report basically supports this by saying that the increased speeds delivered by Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) that would of added 10s of Billions to the NBN build costs, would not of delivered an equivalent return on investment.
Loosely it says the extra $60-90 odd billion to build full FTTP would only deliver $2 Billion in total return on investment, while the Coalition proposal $35-45 Billion would deliver a net $18 Billion in return on investment
When it comes to speeds most people at this point are scratching their heads trying to find an application that will deliver ROI on a 1Gigabyte speed connection. At this point its only hypothetical (though I think likely given human ingenuity) that these apps will be come available over the next 20 years.
Testing so far of Fibre to the Node is getting speeds in the order of up to 95Mbps download and 35Mbps+upload speed. Compared to current ADSL speeds that is a huge increase in speed. Sites that want to have fibre to the premises will in future be able to pay to have fibre built at their own cost, so I see that as a reasonable compromise.
Multi tenanted buildings/sites are going to have cable taken to the basement/MDF and will then be able to sue existing copper infrastructure to take the NBN service into the suites or elect to light up the entire building or individual suites with Fibre if that's their need.
If you would like to talk to a professional Australian based consultant about NBN for your business CLICK HERE
Our great value SHDSL Internet promotion has been extended now until Friday 26th September 2014 so get your orders in before then to take advantage of this incredible offer.
These SHDSL plans give you unlimited data over a dedicated 1:1 connection with no contention. Both of these plans come with free connection on 24mth agreement.
If you would like to talk to an Australian based SHDSL expert please call 1300 783 528 (Sales) or CLICK HERE.
We read the recent NBN roll out table with interest over the week.
You can see the roll out progress at this link...
There has been a big increase in Wireless NBN areas now active and work continues in Brownfield sites. In particular Victoria seems to be getting a reasonable chunk of Northern and Western suburbs business areas included in the roll out. This will prime these sites to slash their communication costs by moving to SIP trunks and Hosted PBX phone systems over an NBN connection.
The NBN roll out in Victoria will benefit Northern and Western Suburbs business areas with Brunswick and Carlton now live in many streets. NBN roll out for Footscray, Yarraville, Seddon, Tottenham, Sth Morang, Tullamarine and Keilor continues, with areas now going live also meaning many business in this areas will benefit from moving services off Telstra network to SIP and Hosted PBX.
NBN roll out in NSW also appears to benefit business in Strathfield and Seven hills being 2 areas with a large number of NBN business customers set to benefit.
Darwin is also benefiting from the NBN roll out with most of Darwin CBD now live and the Berrimah Business Park also live and the rest of Darwin City area under construction.
There are many small towns now coming into reach of the NBN Fixed Wireless Network. In fact geographically Fixed Wireless is the fastest expanding component of the NBN roll out. Many of these Small towns had no ADSL access or were limited to ADSL 1 previously.
The NBN Fixed Wireless Network will delver data speeds of 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload at comparable cost to the Fixed NBN network. This is fast enough to allow business to run applications previously not possible over ADSL 1 or ADSL 2. NBN Co will be managing the quality of the wireless connections by carefully monitoring the number of connections on any one base station. The NBN fixed wireless is designed to offer consistent speed, availability and reliability. You need to be within line of sight of the base station to get a Wireless NBN connection installed.
What the Wireless NBN connection will do is allow small to medium business run Hosted PBX Phone Systems and SIP trunks over their Fixed Wireless NBN connection. This will mean these customers no longer need to have Telstra Phone lines for their business and this in turn will open up potential for big savings by switching to Hosted PBX or SIP trunks.
SIP Trunks are a PSTN alternative which can commonly connect into existing Phone Systems. When comparing costs a typical Telstra Business Phone Line Rental now is anywhere between $40 and $90 per month. SIP Trunks are typically $10-$12 per SIP Trunk with each trunk being a replacement for a phone line, so its easy to see savings can be huge.
Not only will the telecoms changes be revolutionary. Higher upload speeds of up to 5Mbps will allow Small Business to take advantage of Cloud Based Apps, Remote access and video conferencing which would of been almost impossible under a ADSL 1 connection.
If you would like a NBN Business Expert to call you CLICK HERE
There is 1 Question you must ask any Cloud Software provider. Read on to find out what that question is!
We are seeing a lot of inquiries along these lines....
Caller: Hi We run a Real Estate Agency and we have moved to Cloud Based Software and our whole office internet is running so slowly.
Telaustralia: I think we can help you. How many people do you have in the office?
Caller: 7 Staff.
Telaustralia: Are you currently running ADSL 2 Internet?
Caller: Yes and we are getting about 10mb download speed and about 700kbps upload speed.
Telaustralia: We think the problem is that because ADSL 2 Internet has a maximum upload speed of 1Mb, this is causing the issue. You don't have sufficient upload bandwidth available to you. You probably need SHDSL internet.
Caller: How much does that cost?
Telaustralia: $300-$500 a month is fairly typical for a SHDSL internet connection.
Caller: We cant afford that much! We have just outlaid many thousands of dollars for this new software.
If this scenario sounds familiar its because the massive uptake of Cloud and Web based software platforms is strangling the typical ADSL 2 Internet upload capacity.
If the answer is SHDSL budget another $300 a month in data costs over and above your ADSL connection and include this in any business case.
The alternative is that your business could end up paying a lot of money for software that doesn't perform at its optimum, especially if there is no SHDSL option available to you.
If you would like to discuss SHDSL internet with an Australian based expert please click the button below or call us on 1300783528.
Telstra DOT Phone Systems are expensive. We know that Telstra place them selves as the premium brand and premium network. But when the technology they are selling is widely available, why go with the more expensive option when there are more effective alternatives?
30c Flag Fall on calls to mobiles ....really? Unless you take an unlimited plan, which for most business is not cost effective, (See our previous post Is Telstra DOT good Value? ) there is no justification for the charge at all, other than to drive customers off PSTN and onto DOT. Its not like they have to pay and maintain several billion dollars worth of copper network for the DOT service.
While we are on calls to mobiles, how can they justify 30c per minute billed per minute block? On Hosted PBX? You've got to be joking. Most other providers are charging sub 20c per minute or/and billing in per second increments.
Here's a brief comparison with our Hosted PBX and Telstra M or L DOT plan. Lets say you call a mobile and the call go's to Voice Mail. The call lasts for 10 seconds while you listen to and leave a message. Telaustralia Charge 4c. Telstra Charge 60c
The Cisco Handsets that Telstra sell are very good quality. They have chosen to copy Telaustralia and use the Cisco 504g and the Cisco 525G. The difference is with Telstra DOT Phone System handsets, you pay for the handsets each month and then every month as long as you are connected. So $10 a month handset payment x 5 years could mean you end up paying $600 per handset for a Cisco Phone System that we sell outright for $250.
You cant take a Telstra DOT System without a 24mths minimum contract term. Telaustralia do Hosted PBX Systems on no contract. Feel free to leave for any reason, you have to move, you need less handsets, your not happy for any reason, we wont lock you in with your Hosted PBX System or NBN Phone System.
Fax Line an extra $20 per month, Eftpos Line an extra $20 per month, Hunt Group $10 per month and so on. In most cases the Telstra DOT Core plans have an ADSL service delivered over a PSTN line. The Phone line that can be used for Fax or Eftpos is already there and your paying for it. So why charge you if you want to use it for Fax or Eftpos? $10 for Hunt group? That's more expensive than on PSTN. Basic Rotary Hunt Groups with Telaustralia are Free!
If you would like a call back from an Australian based professional consultant who can guide you to get the most cost effective Hosted PBX or NBN Phone system Give us a call on 1300783528 or click the button below.
As far as we know Carlton will be the first fairly large business area with an announced Copper Cut off date. This gives business owners with a Phone System in Carlton, Carlton North and the remaining parts of Brunswick just over 12 months to act.
Any business with a Phone System running Telstra Phone lines will need to do one of the following ...
1. Do nothing. Your phone lines will be disconnected in October 2015.
2. Arrange for SIP trunks to be enabled on their current Phone system.
3. Arrange a Hosted PBX pr NBN Compatible Phone System.
In reality there is no do nothing option.
Business owners also need to consider what they plan to do with their Fax, Eftops and Alarm systems.
If you would like to cut through all the bull and talk to an Australian based representative who can give you all the information you need to know click the button below. Mention the offer and take advantage of the free handset offer when you purchase a 2 or more handset NBN Phone System from Telaustralia
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