Rohde & Schwarz Topex Presents Its New Equipment Called Topex Callmebridge

Being permanently preoccupied to improve its products, its services and the technical support provided to its partners, starting with the first of September, Rohde & Schwarz Topex introduces to the worldwide market its new equipment named Topex CallMeBridge Topex CallMeBridge is a high performance audio conference platform which provides meet-me conference service for medium enterprises.

The conference bridge enables secured access to the virtual conference rooms from any telephone device including mobile phone, analogue/digital phones of VoIP terminals. You can create your own virtual meeting room by defining multiple conferences with several participants reaching up a total of 60 users. The maximum number of users can be distributed in a single conference with 60 participants, 3 conferences with 20 participants or any other possible combination. The secured access is enabled through the IVR module which requires the user to insert the conference number and associated conference ID in order to join a certain conference. The IVR enables the name announcement to the current attendants of each user who joins the respective conference

Main Features:

  • PBX transparent for the end user
  • Secured access from anywhere – mobile, VoIP, digital or analogue
  • Identification through conference ID and PIN number
  • Name identification for each participant
  • Name announcement when joining or leaving a conference room
  • Start and end time for each conference
  • Definition of maximum number of participants for each conference
  • Recurrent conferences – daily, weekly, monthly
  • Between 1 and 10 recurrences for a certain conference
  • Automatic verification of a conference PIN number
  • Comprehensive languages for IVR
  • Participants alert with 2 minutes before the conference end time
  • User friendly web based GUI
  • Edit, copy, delete conferences from the web based GUI
  • Web interface filters for existent, expired and all conferences

“By launching this new product, we intended to keep pace with the latest telecommunication technology so that all our customers enjoy more high quality services and better communication experiences.”, declared Mr. Constantin Dumitrescu, Sales and Marketing Director at Rohde & Schwarz Topex.

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Research Now Reveals Preferences For Internet Service Providers In Australia

Research Now has conducted a poll among 2,000 Australian respondents aged 18 and over to find out what is the preferred internet service provider in the country. Over 50% of Australians are currently using Telstra BigPond (34%) or Optus (19%) for their broadband internet access. The remaining 42% of respondents receive broadband access from additional providers including iiNet (8%), Dodo (3%), Westnet (1%) and “others” (30%), such as Virgin, Transact, Southern Cross and People.

Approximately 95% of the online survey respondents said they had some form of broadband internet connection in their home, but according to the BBC, the average speeds of these connections are slow compared with many industrialised countries.

In June 2011, the two telecom giants, Telstra (the parent company of BigPond) and Optus, announced that they will be joining efforts with the government to roll out a $36bn plan to provide high-speed internet access across the country through the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co)*. The new infrastructure project will connect more than 90% of households to a super-fast network, delivering over 100 megabits per second – making it easier for those without internet access (5% of those surveyed) to receive a fast broadband service.

Due to the extensive broadband operations already in place by Telstra and Optus, the government concluded it would be more economical to bring the two entities together to avoid duplicating existing broadband infrastructure and reduce the disruption to local communities**.

The initial migration of Telstra and Optus customers to the new infrastructure is reported to commence in 2014, and is expected to take a maximum of four years to complete***. During this transition phase, Telstra and Optus will close down their infrastructure and transfer customers to the state-owned National Broadband Network Company****.

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Research Shows Brits Still Not Comfortable Paying with Phones

New research conducted by DiscountVouchers.co.uk, the money saving website, has revealed that British shoppers are not yet at home using their mobile phones to pay for shopping and goods. Brits would still much rather use cash or credit and debit cards says the specialist website.

Of UK shoppers polled, in excess of 70% of people confessed that they do not like to use their phone as a payment mechanism, still preferring cards and cash – the security aspect of phones being cited as a major concern.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, says: “People obviously still do not feel at home using their phones as a tool for shopping and paying, though this need not necessarily be the case. Security levels on phones are now quite high so people don’t really need to worry quite so much.”

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BT Shop’s Joy At Which? Best Buy Status For Cordless Phones

BT Shop has expressed its pride in being Which?’s current Best Buy choice for cordless phones, with the Synergy 6500 range, Studio 4100 Plus range and Freestyle 710 range all highlighted for praise.

Consumer magazine Which? has long been renowned for its careful analysis and reviews of goods and services in many different markets and is respected as a leading independent authority.

Every year, the publication awards Best Buy status to the products it judges to have earned the highest results in comparative testing.

BT Shop Executive Caroline Hodgson said: “We are delighted to be the current holders of Which?’s Best Buy accolade for our three cordless phone ranges. It is a great honour, as the judgement and advice of Which? has been trusted by consumers for decades.

“We know how rigorous Which?’s procedures are and so we’re very pleased that they have recognised our dedication to quality and providing the best possible service to our customers.”

The BT Synergy 6500 range is available in single, twin, trio and quad sets, depending on the number of handsets required by a household. Its primary features include digital answering with a 30-minute capacity for recordings, a 250-entry phone book and text messaging; while its clever design means that extra handsets can be added without installing more phone sockets.

Models in the BT Studio 4100 Plus range use a low energy power supply and are each equipped with a clock, alarm and five different ringer melodies; while BT Freestyle 710 phones have big buttons for easy use and are compatible with digital hearing aids.

Which?’s cordless phone reviews are produced using a wide range of diverse criteria, including tests for durability, the loudness of the ear piece and sound quality. Which?’s experts also assess reception, maximum range, ease of use, battery life, power consumption, versatility and features of each model.

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Skype Launches iPad-optimised App

Skype has announced the release of its Skype for iPad app, bringing more than 25 million iPad* users a Skype video calling experience optimized for their tablet device. Available to download from Apple’s iTunes App Store today, the new Skype for iPad app lets users make and/or receive free** Skype-to-Skype video calls from their iPad to an array of Internet-connected devices over WiFi or 3G.

Skype’s first iPad-optimized app boasts a number of key features designed specifically for the iPad. Skype for iPad users can take advantage of the device’s large screen for video calls that deliver up to VGA quality video (640×480) at 15 frames per second. In addition, Skype for iPad lets users connect via video call on the iPad with even more Skype contacts, as it is compatible with a host of other Skype applications, including: Skype for iPhone, Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows PC, Skype for Android, Skype on HDTVs and many more.

Skype for iPad also takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen with an updated Contacts view, which displays Skype contacts as large avatars in a grid layout. Users can also more easily find and resume recent conversations and calls through an updated history window.

“We’ve heard the demand for Skype video calling on more devices and we are delighted to deliver on this with our new Skype for iPad app.” said Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing. “Skype for iPad gives Skype users the best of both worlds for video calling: the large screen and display of a personal computer, but the portability of a mobile phone. We’ve taken advantage of the iPad’s large screen and optimized the user experience along with making it easier than ever to navigate through the new intuitive interface.”

In addition to video calling, Skype for iPad allows users to place and receive Skype-to-Skype voice calls, as well as send IMs and SMS text messages, plus make calls to landlines and mobile phones at Skype’s great calling rates.

Skype for iPad works on iPads updated with the most recent iOS firmware. Two-way video calling is available on the iPad 2. Users of the original iPad are able to receive video during Skype-to-Skype calls. They can still make Skype voice calls and IM with users running Skype on other devices.

The application is available for free download from the iTunes App Store.

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