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Calls and Lines Connectivity

Fibre to the Cabinet

Superfast business-grade broadband to your local cabinet and then onto your premises using VDSL (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line)

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange to the street cabinets (tall green cabinets) which then connects to your phone line to provide broadband. This is connected to the home or business using Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line (called VDSL) that can deliver much faster speeds over short distances.

Benefits of using business-grade FTTC

It’s very fast – Minimum line download speed of 15Mpbs* up to 40Mbps*, which is twice as fast as an EFM 4 pair leased line and nearly three times as fast as Gradwell’s Premier Plus Broadband. You will receive ‘up speed’ of 10Mbps*

You can download and upload files in seconds, which allows you to quickly back-up your programs etc

No delay in loading web pages, especially those with videos and images, which means your employees can work quickly

Improved performance on Virtual Private Networks (VPN) making uploading and downloading of files more efficient; making remote working and working from home a more viable option for employees

Improved download and upload speeds when using multimedia, conferencing facilities and live streaming services allowing them to become useful, cost-effective tools to communicate with suppliers and prospects

Room for growth, as your connectivity can grow with you and will be better equipped to cope with future growth in features such as high definition streaming.

These benefits depend on using FTTC with a good working router and computer or laptop.

*Mbps means Megabits per second which is a measure of data transfer speed

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VoIP Design and Sales

At Cyber-cottage.co.uk we provide support,design and installation services. We have over 25 years of experience of the telecommunications industry and have the depth of knowledge to assist you in all aspects of telecommunications needs.

We have been working with VoIP systems since 1999, and VoIP networks from the Mid 1990s everything from small offices of 15 extensions to large multi-site networks with bespoke platforms. Our primary deployments are now based on the Asterisk open source platform from Digium.

Solutions have included:-

  • High capacity conference servers.
  • High availability redundant servers for emergency services dispatch.
  • Click2Call solutions
  • Call Centres
  • Office PABX systems

Asterisk is a complete telecommunications platform. From caller ID to multi-site networks, anything your telephone system can do, Asterisk can do better and maybe cheaper.

It includes a whole host of telephony features such as CTI, Voicemail, call conferencing and CRM integration.

We have tailored our Asterisk solution to behave like a normal PBX, with call barring, day and night service, call re-routing, DND, voice mail for all users and new features can be added easily at any time.

With Asterisk we can replace your PBX or complement an existing PBX by adding more functionality at a competitive price.

Recent systems have included a large hosted callback platform for a Major UK Car Parking company allowing drivers to make calls to the office at no charge to themselves.A system for a “online” Solicitors group to allow the tracking of calls and work-flow. We have recently deployed a system for TableBook.me to allow them to take table reservations for restaurants.

Recently customers have included Mendip Outdoor Pursuits, Purple CarParks, NorthCott Global Solutions and Qwtanet. These have been a mixture of onsite systems, hosted systems and solutions based on Asterisk running in a VMware environment.

Call or email us to discuss your requirements.

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Case Studies

Restaurant Booking Solution.

We have been working with a client on a Hosted restaurant booking solution, providing the CTI and call tracking systems. This was complicated by the simple fact that the booking system was a closed system by another supplier.

The system works by the restaurant diverting their line to a DDI number we provide that sends the call to the system with the destination matching a defined number for that restaurant when the call enters the system the relevant settings are looked up in a database and audio message file, IVR options and CallerID name are set and the call is passed to the IVR. The caller then chooses their preferred option, The call can be depending of the time of day be passed to the call centre for a booking to be taken on the restaurants behalf or the call is passed to the restaurant where in many a Hosted Gigaset Dect handset is provided for them to take the booking or call the call centre for free.

The system has changed and evolved over time and by using Asterisk has meant that we can accommodate most requests for changes, Most recently we updated the statistics package to Asternic Pro

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Pro stats

Statistics. This has allowed much more detailed reports to be created for queues and agents.

The calls are delivered to the platform over a EFM circuit from Gradwell.net providing quality and reliability combined with increased capacity over the original ISDN30 circuit.

For disaster recovery we provide a backup system in a data-centre that is kept in sync with the office system so in the case of power outage or system failure calls can be diverted to this system and calls take on mobile phones. Switching to back-up system is completed by the single click of a button on a web-page that instigates the diversion of the lines and starts the backup system automatically.

Currently we are migrating the database services off to a separate VMware server with 3 VMs, one for each of the core web or mysql servers. This will allow the service to scale as there are now over 1 million records per datatbase and it is showing no sign of slowing.

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Case Studies

Outdoor pursuits company.

We were approached to supply  a hosted PBX solution to a Southwest England based Outdoor pursuits company replacing their on site AsteriskNow system with a more manageable and streamlined hosted Elastix based solution.

This gave them the ability to have handsets located where ever they were needed and add handsets easily with the user friendly Elastix interface. It also gave them increased viability of call usage with the inbuilt reporting and FOP2 let them see users engaged on calls.

We ported their existing BT Analogue lines to Gradwell VoIP trunks, This gave them an immediate increase in call capacity and combined with inclusive landline and mobile call packages meant call costs were kept under control.

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Case Studies

Xorcom Solution for Kensington Office

An existing client was moving offices from Carnaby St London to Kensington, Since the original system was installed the usage had changed with the majority of staff now being based in South Africa where we also have remotely installed an Asterisk solution previously.

For the new kensington office it was decided to use a Xorcom IPBX as this single box solution would make management easier and as ISDN2 Lines were required the overall cost would be lower than using a dedicated server and ISDN2 gateway.

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The system was preconfigured and tested in our Lab and then taken to site and installed in one day. The clean interface allows for easy addition of handsets using the endpoint manager.

Since the company make a large volume of international calls it was decided to use Gradwell for outgoing calls as this means a great saving over BT for call charges. They also had a EFM circuit installed for both Voice and office internet usage.

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Gradwell Approved Professional

A Gradwell Approved Professional (GAP) has a core set of knowledge required to succeed with the Gradwell product set and systems. To become a Gradwell Approved Professional partners must pass an examination and show an in depth knowledge of Gradwell Products and Voip Support.

This means you can be confident that they can:

  • Achieve consistent roll outs of reliable business telephony services.
  • Confidently resolve end user technical issues within an acceptable time frame.

To signup to Gradwell services with us CLICK HERE

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Case Studies Technical

Man In The Middle

Man In The Middle Server, What does he mean I hear you ask?

Well its the best term for it, as it describes what it is and does. Basicly we have an AsteriskServer sitting in between the incoming lines and the main  PBX. Idealy We would have liked to replace the existing PBX but in some cases this just isnt possible and we have to accept this.

So why may we need to do this, Well we have used this solution to allow customers to have follow the sun  support call centers.  Calls arrive to a dedicated DDI number that is for support in that country and depending on the time of day it is routed to the call center that is open in another part of the world over a voip network. This is done by Asterisk checking the called number of all calls and if a match is made the call is passed off to Asterisk to handle the call in its dialplan, all other unmatched calls are passed on to the main system.

We have also used this method of connection to play prompts to callers before the call is sent to the main system. Calls in this case can be identified by CallerID name or number. So for example calls from the BT operator, International payphones or even just a certain CallerID Number are played a specific message and then either forwarded on or passed on to a IVR (Interactive Voice Response menu) to be handled in a specific manner.

A another often used reason for this type of connection is when migrating from a legacy pbx to and Asterisk server. The line connections are the same and the call flow is controlled by the dialplan, Routing calls on teh Asterisk system to its dialplan and routing calls for extensions still on the old system to it.

Once all extensions are migrated to the new system the old system can be turned off and removed with no interuption to the users on the new system.

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Case Studies

Asterisk install in a campus style school

In late 2005 We we approached to replace an aging Panasonic system for a British Public School.
The driving force for moving to voip was that the site was spread over a wide area and different buildings and to provide telephones to the remote buildings would prove too expensive.
The system was replaced with a central Asterisk server with nearly 80 extensions. The core LAN was upgraded to Netgear Layer 3 switches with Powerdsine POE midspans.
The remote buildings added extra complexity as one was on the other side of a public road.

To overcome this, this building was connected to the main site via a “Point to Point” Wifi link. The other building was closer and could be connected via a Fibre Link between the it and the main building.

Campus Site

The system was configured to use account codes in public areas, These handsets can only make emergency or internal calls unless a validated account code is entered.
The handsets used were a mix of Aastra 480i and 9133i because of build quality, reliability and BLF support.

The system has now been in place for over 2 and a half years now and in that time the only faults have been either ISDN failing or cable faults. This is a great demonstration of the reliabilty of Asterisk and Aastra handsets and voip in general.

UPDATE

We have since writing this post updated the system on new hardware as part of a refresh. They are now running on a newer version of Asterisk and have more buildings connected to the network.

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Case Studies

Solicitors Group

We were approached to provide a Voip solution for a London Solicitors. They were moving from a Single office to two offices in different parts of the city.

At the Primary office we installed an Asterisk server that was connected to the ISDN30e link where all DDI numbers were delivered for both sites. This site also had its own VOip connection as well

At the main site the operators were based using the Asternic FlashOsPanel for displaying extension status for both sites.

A key feature of the system was to provide a flexible system for out of hours callers to contact the duty Solicitor. This was provided so that callers on calling out of hours  can leave a message for the next day or press an option to contact the Duty solicitor. The Duty solicitor can call into the system and change the contact number at will if for example they are busy with a client.

A SIP trunk connected both sites together over a 20Meg link that was used for both voice and data.

The new sites were not in the exchange area of the original phone number so this was ported to Gradwell.net so that it could be delivered via an IAX2 connection to the relevent server.

The handsets used were a mixture of Aastra 53i and 55i with an xml appliction to set DND status in the Flash ops panel and light the light on the handset.