Five Reasons To Be Excited About 5G

5G has finally arrived with a lot of promise in terms of speed and capacity. This has also given rise to another hot topic for discussion – what does the future hold for 5G and why would you and I should be excited about it? We are all aware of the fact that 2G was for voice and then 3G conquered with offerings for data and Voice, 4G came in with the promise of broadband, so 5G has got something new to offer. Even the best of the engineers around the world are unsure about what 5G has to offer but here is list of 5 reasons why we should be excited about 5G:

1. Witness the Olympics 5G mode

Well, after the Sochi Olympics, we are eagerly waiting for the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang (2018) and Tokyo Olympics (2020). Both the nations are doing major works on 5G innovation and we can expect to see some real good things at both these Olympic events. You and I can expect some innovations like downloading massive videos in one second and hologram of the participants. We can even expect to see 3D images of competitors and venues. Instant translation glasses can also be expected that would enable everyone to read Japanese within seconds. Facial recognition glasses might be distributed among crowds, which would enable them to identify their fellow countrymen.

2. The Internet of Things

5G will definitely support Internet of Things because it offers the requisite speed to enable one machine to interact with another seamlessly. According to a survey, by the year 2018 mobile data traffic will increase 11 times from the present levels and to make machine to machine communication a reality. Finally.

3. Interconnected Car Networks

It has all begun with the introduction of Google driverless car and if this has to gain popularity, 5G has to be the driving factor. 5G will come loaded with the extra capacity one would need to push forward the driverless car innovation. 5G is expected to differentiate between different types of uses of the network like traffic navigation, communication, infotainment, device syncing etc. For instance, if your car is trying to change lanes, you do not expect the process to be hampered just because your kid is trying to make a hands free call in the backseat.

4. Mobile Healthcare

We have already stepped into an era where we are accessing real-time health data from our mobile devices. This is fast turning out to be a game-changer in the health industry as more and more companies are jumping into the race to create wearable devices that would provide real time health data to users. Now for these devices to offer the real deal, 5G definitely has to be the key driving force.

5. Smarter Power Source For Mobile Devices

5G will enable mobile devices to be charged from any device that would run on battery. For instance, there is a product called Tethercell that can turn any battery operated device into a Bluetooth-enabled device. Thus, we will able to remotely control the battery operated devices that would draw charge from other devices.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

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Thoughts On Cloud Security

Cloud SecurityThink the Cloud is Not Secure? Well, Think Again

Security on the cloud is the most debatable subject and over the last few years some of the myths related to cloud security have been busted. Well, the cloud has been the centre of attraction for hackers, data addicts and spies because of the volume of data they can access. For the hackers, data on the cloud is nothing short of a treasure trove and they would love to go for data pilferage by breaking into various networks across the world.

Data Privacy

There are naysayers as well as staunch supporters of cloud telephony who have their own valid reasons for trashing or supporting the use of cloud telephony systems by organizations. The biggest argument against the use of cloud telephony is the lack of data privacy that hounds even the biggest providers like Google. Even the big cloud service providers like Google are incapable if the government pushes for divulging information about a particular individual or user. On the other hand the supporters point to the latest security intelligence as well as analytics used by the companies to prevent all types of data breaches. There are many who believe that cloud is as safe or vulnerable as any other data centre used by enterprises.

Growing Market

The cloud computing market is growing with every passing day and if a recent survey is to be believed then cloud is going to generate $180 billion revenue by the end of 2015. Now, CIOs of major companies across the world are moving to cloud because they do not want to unnecessarily incur communication expenses. Moving to the cloud is saving thousands of dollars for these companies.

Cloud is considered to be the most efficient and cost-effective location for storing data and it is also by far the biggest data repository that can be used for data analytics and computing.You will be able to integrate various applications like inventory management, CRM, transactional data and social media. However, the biggest deterrent for most of the businesses is the security risk associated with moving critical business data to the cloud. Data security for the cloud is completely dependent on the security measures taken by cloud service providers.

Security Breaches

There have been a total of 21 million cases of data security breaches all over the world in the last 5 years. However, it has been seen that in majority of the cases the data breaches have been because of the human errors and people who purposefully broke into the system with criminal intent. The most surprising fact is that the in-house data too is not safer and companies even spend too less on data security.

Cloud Providers Capabilities

The cloud service providing companies are well equipped to handle various types of data security threats because they spend huge amount of money to just develop and maintain a watertight system. These service providers make huge investments on third party encryptions and data certification. Cloud service providers take every possible measure to create and maintain a system that is much tougher to intrude than the in-house network. Cloud is safe and it offers several advantages, which can never be matched by any other technology.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.

IP Multimedia Subsystem PBX to Grow Your Business

IP-MiultimediaThe IP Multimedia Subsystem is the standard architectural framework developed to deliver IP multimedia services to businesses around the world. It was originally conceived by the 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership Project for creating networks that could work beyond GSM. This latest multimedia subsystem is going to help telecom companies leverage the future IMS networks in order to provide services to the SMB market. This architectural framework, or IMS-PBX solution, facilitates the integration of video, voice, IM/Presence, video and voice conferencing over different devices – all this provides seamless communication experience while using unified communication systems.

Benefits of IP Multimedia Subsystems

There are several benefits of using the IP multimedia subsystem; however, the one benefit that stands out is the higher profits that can be realized by businesses when they are able to seamlessly connect their fixed lines, smartphones and web devices. This is a solution that is determined to facilitate efficient functioning across multiple devices in a very simple, native and intuitive manner.

It is the era of BYOD and other revolutionary technologies, and, in order to leverage the existing mobile telephony infrastructure, it is imperative that we avail IMS. The IP multimedia subsystem is a perfect solution to provide robust support to Enterprise Mobility, Advanced PBX Features, Virtual Business Lines, Enterprise Collaboration Services and VoIP devices. With the help of IMS, operators are better placed to develop differentiated and exciting services that will target SMBs. These services will be both cost effective and feature-rich, which is the ultimate priority of all SMBs.

In order to facilitate easy integration of Internet and IMS, it uses IETF protocols like SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) wherever required. 3GPP has built IMS with the sole objective of aiding the multimedia and voice application access from wired and wireless terminals.

IMS does not intend to standardize any application. It is here to facilitate and build a type of FMC or fixed-mobile convergence. This is achieved with the help of the horizontal control layer which isolates network access from its service layer. If we are to look at it from the architectural perspective then the services are not required to possess any control functions as that is achieved by the horizontal layer, which is common to all.

Internet Protocol – From IPv4 to IPv6

Internet Protocol Networking LayersNetwork administrators are often posed with the challenge of choosing between IPv4 and IPv6. If you too feature in the list of confused mortals, here are the details that would help you to make an informed choice.

Prior to delving into the two protocols, let us first try to understand what exactly IP or Internet Protocol is. Internet protocol is the standard format for packets or addressing scheme that is followed by all the network-based communications. Majority of the networks around the world not only follow the protocol, they also combine it with TCP or Transmission Control Protocol. This is used for establishing the virtual connection between the destination and the source. Now you know why we use TCP/IP regularly.

IP is quite similar to the postal system that we follow wherein every package is delivered to a fixed address but no direct links are established between the originator and the recipient. It is the TCP/IP at work that provides a connection between the two to facilitate two way communications for a certain fixed time.

Presently, in the networking world, we have two primary IP or Internet Protocols in use –IPv4 and the new IPv6. IPv6 is the latest and quite a popular upgrade that is being used for network communication around the world. The older version or IPv4 is not going to obsolete soon and is going to co-exist with the latest version for the next few years.

Internet Protocol Version 4 or IPv4

IPv4 is used to identify the devices present on a network with the help of an addressing method. IPv4 is used in packet-switched networks by the interconnected computer communication systems. This is probably the most popular internet protocol in use and is deployed to connect a wide range of devices. This protocol uses 32-bit address scheme which facilitates the use of 2^32 (4 Billion+) addresses. As the internet users keep growing, the day is not far when we are going to run out of IPv4 addresses. Every day new devices like smartphones, game consoles, computers etc are being added to the internet and they all need IP addresses. This propelled the idea of bringing a new Internet Protocol (IPv6), which will eventually lead to the deployment of more IP addresses.

Internet Protocol Version 6 or IPv6

The other name for IPv6 is IPng (Internet Protocol next generation) and is fast replacing the older version. This protocol has been reviewed by the IETF standards committee and was recommended to replace the IPv4. Often considered to be the successor of IPv4, IPv6 is also an evolutionary upgrade. IPv6 is going to be used alongside IPv4 for the next few years till it completely replaces the same. IPv6 is here to give a new lease of life to the Internet as it would help in its unhindered growth. Thus, the hosts are going to grow in numbers along with the total volume or transmitted traffic.

Differences between IPv4 and IPv6 addresses:

IPv4 is a binary number that is stored in an easily readable format. For instance, the 32 bit numeric address in IPv4 can be written in the form of 4 numbers that are separated by the periods. The numbers can range between 0 and 255 e.g. 172.16.0.1.

On the other hand, IPv6 format addresses are stored in the form of hexadecimal numbers that are separated by colons. For instance, an IPv6 address is written as 2fef:1700:4:646:100:f6ee:ef67:21fc

Apart from an increase in the number of IP addresses and the traffic volume, there are a few other developments that IPv6 is going to bring:

  • Auto configuration
  • NAT obsolete
  • No more collision of private addresses
  • Simple format of the header
  • Multicast routing will get better
  • Efficient and simplified routing
  • Flow labelling or True QoS (Quality of Service)
  • Flexible extensions and options
  • Efficient and easy administration
  • Inbuilt privacy and authentication support

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, RaleighSmithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

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Key Factors When Choosing a Business Communication System

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Business Communication System

Business communication systems play a very important role in an organization and it helps in maintaining seamless communication among employees, vendors, business associates and customers. Thus, if you intend to buy a modern phone system to take care of all your business communication needs, it is better that you look for some of the essential features. These phone system features are going to directly impact communication, productivity and the revenue of your company.

Some of the standard features that should be included with a business phone system are:

Conferencing – This is an important feature as it facilitates simultaneous communication among 3 or more people through a single call. This feature varies with the type of communication system you choose, so consider the number of people usually attending a conference call.

Auto-attendant – If your office receives a large call volume then it is better that you have a communication system that includes an auto-attendant feature. All callers will be greeted with a pre-recorded message and it will inform the callers as to how to get in touch with a particular department.

Music-on-hold – Callers will be able to hear a pre-recorded music or special messages from your company when they are put on hold or are waiting to be connected to a particular department.

Dialing by extension or name – Callers will be provided with the option to connect to the executives or department directly.

Other features that are included by various business phone system providing companies are call duration, caller ID, speaker phone, presence etc.

There are a few key factors to look for while choosing a business communication system. The primary decision is to choose between an on-premise system and a hosted or cloud based PBX system. You have to decide whether the business communication system needs to be located at your office premises or it needs to be hosted by the service provider. This decision will again depend on the present as well as the future communication needs of your company. Your decision will be guided by factors like availability of in-house technical resources, structure and size of your company and budget.

Hosted PBX Phone System for Remote Communication Infrastructure

If you opt for the hosted PBX system then your service provider will remotely manage your entire communication infrastructure. The phone services will be offered over an IP Network, your mobile phone data network, or a PSTN line if you so wish. Other than the business phones and routing devices, you will not need to install or maintain any other hardware at your office. Thus, you will be able to access the communication system without having an IT-team to micromanage the same. Some of the obvious advantages of hosted PBX are:

  • Acquisition and related costs can be easily predicted.
  • You will have better control over purchase, installation as well as deployment of the communication system.
  • Higher scalability as it can be easily scaled with the growth of the company.

On-Premise Phone System for More Control in Your Communication

On the other hand if you are opting for the on-premise solution then you will have to maintain all the hardware equipment and an in-house IT team at your office. You will be able to exercise better control over your system and its features. Some of the obvious benefits of the on-premise system are:

  • Better scalability
  • Low operating costs
  • In-house management of equipment and features
  • Customized features can be easily added

Selecting the perfect business communication system can be a challenging task, especially if you are not well informed of the various factors that come into play.  Of course, our services are just a phone call away.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.

 

Video Conferencing Simplifies Enterprise Communications

Enterprise communication has always been an area of focus for the companies that want to stay a step ahead of their competitors when it comes to reaching out to employees and clients. It is quite common to engage in conference calls, both video as well as audio, to carry out a meeting when it’s not possible for the employees or the clients to be physically present at a common location.

With the growth of an organization comes the unique challenge of maintaining smooth communication channels between the offices and customers. This can be resolved by opting for video conferencing service that effectively minimizes the enterprise communication challenges and simplifies the process.

Prior to the introduction of modern video conferencing, an online meeting needed one to download and install some very complicated meeting software specifically designed for use with the Internet. It also required specific hardware equipment for the meetings to then take place, both for the host and those attending the meeting.

The introduction of video conferencing services has made lives simpler for the businesses as the owners or managers can now arrange for a meeting without any hassles. Irrespective of whether the operating system is Mac, Linux or Windows, the modern video conferencing tools can be easily run on any platform. Online video conferencing uses the Internet connection to send and receive the signals.

Advantages of using an online web or video conferencing service:

Firstly, conferencing saves a lot of money for a business, which would otherwise be spent on traveling and hotel stays. When a meeting has to be held, it does not require anyone involved to travel to a specific location. All it requires of them is to log on at a specified time to the video conferencing service and the meeting can start straightaway. Cost savings are made by not having to cover people’s travelling expenses to attend a meeting any more.

Secondly, although the number of participant stations that actually take part in the conference may be restricted in many cases up to 15, the number of people who can actually attend is not. Theoretically, a meeting can be arranged for hundreds even thousands of people at a given point in time.

Thirdly, with all video conferencing services today there is the facility to allow participants to share applications along with allowing them to open and examine documents online. It even facilitates PowerPoint presentations by the host as well as by those who are attending the meeting. Remote access to laptops, PCs, and tablets can be easily achieved by using a single video conferencing solution.

Some vital points to remember

  • While selecting a Conferencing service, it is important that the buyer finds out about all the features being offered.
  • These services ought to offer the best quality of audio and video, all at a reasonable cost.
  • The cost is of vital concern so it is better to carry out a little market research to choose the one that offers the best rates.
  • It is best to try out a demo of the service before subscribing for the same.

There are many reasons why so many companies and businesses today are choosing to use online video conferencing services. Not only are the companies able to save money but they are actually making the lives of the employees and owners easy and simple.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.