Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


BDFL - Memuneh
61487 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 12208

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

Topic # 238273 10-Jul-2018 09:37
One person supports this post
Send private message

Just received:

 

 

Spark announced today that it has completed the first major milestone in its transition from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a future-ready IP-based voice network dubbed the "Converged Communications Network" (CCN).

As part of this first phase, Spark has switched on a new IP Multimedia Subsystem provided by Ericsson which will deliver a better-quality calling experience. While the old PSTN manages landline calls only, the new CCN has the ability to process calls simultaneously from wireless and fibre technologies as well as the full range of devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops, all from one central network.

 

The IMS. Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a key piece of technology which Spark has implemented as part of the first phase of this project. The IMS will ensure a richer, faster communication experience for people making calls over the CCN. It is a key piece that enables the CCN to centrally switch voice calls regardless of the calls origin, whether the calls come from a landline, mobile or data based call.

This launch of the new equipment coincides with Spark reaching another milestone: the decommissioning of 10 percent of the old PSTN. To achieve this a dedicated team has been progressively removing 72 automated telephone switches from exchanges around the country, since the project commenced in June 2016.

In August 2017, Spark announced in its FY17 financial results that its target was to remove 62 automated telephone switches by the end of June 2018, which the company has now surpassed as of last month.

The company has also successfully recycled a total of 33.2 tons of network equipment. Work is now set to ramp up over the next 12 months with the removal of two PSTN automated switches each week.

With the first phase of this transition away from the ageing PSTN now complete, all new Fibre and Wireless Broadband customers who sign up for a landline will have their calls processed over the new CCN.

Spark’s Technology Director Mark Beder said: “This is a significant step for Spark, and for our telecommunications history as we move away from the legacy telephone networks, to the new more sustainable CCN. It marks the biggest improvement to our voice communications platform that Spark has undertaken since we upgraded to digital switching 30 years ago.

“Last month, Spark announced over half of its broadband base had moved off copper onto new broadband technologies, with around 34 % on fibre and 16 % on wireless broadband delivered over Spark’s 4G and 4.5G mobile networks.

“More of our customers are choosing to upgrade to Fibre or Wireless connections and we see the demand for popular streaming services like Lightbox and Netflix as great reasons to move to faster broadband services with Spark.”

Spark’s Network Evolution Lead Colin Brown said: “The CCN will bring all voice communications (landline, mobile, video or data-based) together in one platform, which will provide New Zealanders with a new, stable and robust voice platform that sets us up for the future. It’ll also means we’re able to deploy future voice services faster, such as Voice over 4G (LTE). Spark will continue to invest in the CCN and the mobile network to support the future of these voice and data services.”

When Spark first announced that it was transitioning its voice service onto the CCN in April 2017, many mistakenly thought it meant the end of the landline.

“We often get asked if this means that we’re getting rid of the landline and the simple answer is no,” said Brown. “However, the way we use landlines is changing. Less than half the calls our customers make go over the PSTN and it’s decreasing daily,” Brown added.

 

 

 





Create new topic
3165 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1220

Subscriber

  Reply # 2052457 10-Jul-2018 10:02
4 people support this post
Send private message

Hopefully Spark will donate an NEAX switch to MOTAT.





7889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 795

Subscriber

  Reply # 2052684 10-Jul-2018 13:55
Send private message

Aredwood: Hopefully Spark will donate an NEAX switch to MOTAT.

 

It will most likely end up in the tip like the rest of the telecom gear that was donated from the 1960s ~ 80s.  What you see there now is only a small part of what was there. 





Regards,

Old3eyes


27129 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6574

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2052730 10-Jul-2018 14:17
2 people support this post
Send private message

I'd love a NEAX for my garage!

 

 


'That VDSL Cat'
8889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1942

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  Reply # 2052737 10-Jul-2018 14:30
2 people support this post
Send private message

sbiddle:

 

I'd love a NEAX for my garage!

 

 

 

 

Time to go get a build a bigger garage steve!





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.


1059 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 170

Subscriber

  Reply # 2052775 10-Jul-2018 15:56
One person supports this post
Send private message

hio77:

 

sbiddle:

 

I'd love a NEAX for my garage! 

 

Time to go get a build a bigger garage steve! 

 

The mainframe may have to go then... laughing


1634 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 418


  Reply # 2052869 10-Jul-2018 18:39
One person supports this post
Send private message

old3eyes:

Aredwood: Hopefully Spark will donate an NEAX switch to MOTAT.


It will most likely end up in the tip like the rest of the telecom gear that was donated from the 1960s ~ 80s.  What you see there now is only a small part of what was there. 



And recovered by backyard scrappers keen on a few platinum contacts, the rest sold on to those keen enough on the cu/al/etc.

1409 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 262

Subscriber

  Reply # 2055256 12-Jul-2018 18:31
Send private message

allan:

 

hio77:

 

sbiddle:

 

I'd love a NEAX for my garage! 

 

Time to go get a build a bigger garage steve! 

 

The mainframe may have to go then... laughing

 

Reminds me of going through ebay and there was someone selling an IBM s/390 mainframe - very tempted to buy it if for no other reason than to have it as a talking point in the lounge room.





Laptop: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
Desktop: iMac (27-inch, 2017)
Smartphone: iPhone Xs Max 256GB 'Space Grey'
Additional devices: Unifi Security Gateway, Unifi Switch, Unifi AP AC HD, Unifi Cloud Key, Apple TV 4K 64GB
Services: iCloud, YouTube Premium, Wordpress, Skinny

 


Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.