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ashtonaut

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#196013 15-May-2016 21:54
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Hi

I have Skype for Business installed as part of Office 365 Business Premium.

I want to be able to call, and be called by, PSTN phones.

It appears that this feature is only available in the US at the moment.

Does anyone know when (or if) this will ever come to NZ? I assume a local NZ telco needs to partner with MS before it can be offered.

Cheers

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  #1553380 16-May-2016 07:49
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I'm pretty sure this launched last year.

 

Microsoft don't need to partner with anybody - they already own Skype so have access to numbers already.

 

 


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  #1553388 16-May-2016 08:33
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I believe in NZ it requires some on prem hardware to connect to your existing lines. - For the moment anyway





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  #1553390 16-May-2016 08:40
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At the moment in NZ you require an on-premise Skype for business server to hook a SIP trunk up to. I believe there are a couple of vendors offering a hosted solution (Lexel I think is one such provider)


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  #1553418 16-May-2016 09:23
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Cloud PSTN is coming later this year or more likely next year with both Spark and Vodafone.  Right now you need an on-premise server with a voice gateway of some kind.  We use Sonus.  


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  #1553454 16-May-2016 10:29
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Thanks for the replies. I thought that you needed access to an on-premise server to get this working in the interim until cloud PSTN functionality arrives, so thanks for confirming.

 

I'll investigate the possibility of using a third party to provide this service in the interim. We don't want on-premise hardware, as this was part of the driver toward using O365 in the first place.

 

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  #1553536 16-May-2016 13:03
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Hi, I would recommend talking with hosted Skype for Business services incl;uding folks like Lexel and MHA, also check out the new Cloud PBX capability.

 

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Here-s-what-you-get-with-Cloud-PBX-bc9756d1-8a2f-42c4-98f6-afb17c29231c

 

We do not yet have a timeframe for release of voice/PSTN services in NZ.

 

 





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  #1553598 16-May-2016 15:08
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Thanks. I assume by "we" you mean Microsoft. I won't hold my breath for being able to do what I want directly through our current O365 configuration and will investigate those who might be able to provide a hosted solution. It's only one machine that I want the functionality for at the moment (a conference room PC).

 
 
 
 


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  #1553604 16-May-2016 15:33
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Yes Paul is the Cloud guy at MSNZ




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  #1573446 15-Jun-2016 14:46
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Hi,
Thought I would jump in on this as my company is looking for a new way of using our phones and office communication setup

 

I was recently given http://nz.mitel.com/ a demo by and was very impressed. Pretty much had everything I was after.

 

I am wondering though what other VOIP / SIP services there are out there.

 

Key points I am after are

 

  • No more desk phones. Just want mobile and computer based program (softfone)
  • Hosted in NZ - either in my own data center with my IT support or the companies own site.
  • Group calling
  • iPhone and Android Apps.
  • Office Presence system. (to see who is at work)
  • Integration with outlook and calendar system
  • presentation / screen share ability
  • ideally a presence in New Zealand.

Any recommendations or experiences would be great.

 

Cheers


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  #1574446 15-Jun-2016 15:02
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Hi there, you dont say what size business you are, if you are larger than a small business, then It is worth checking out Skype for Business, togetther with Office365, which includes the features you are looking for and can now run with our Cloud PBZ service. There is still a requirement for onpremise or hosted S4B server for the SIP/PSTN termination.

 

More info:

 

https://products.office.com/en/skype-for-business/online-meetings

 

https://blogs.office.com/2015/11/30/a-deeper-view-into-skype-for-business-cloud-pbx/ 

 

Demo:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNYQcHVgwlM

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I work at Microsoft NZ, if we can help further plase email nzcloud@microsoft.com





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  #1574470 15-Jun-2016 15:46
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I'd highly recommend a conversation with Digital Island - if you want a good sales contact please send me a PM.

Disclaimer: not affiliated at all but have recently seen a demo.

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  #1574562 15-Jun-2016 17:02
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HI

 

Cheers for the info.

 

Sorry - business is about 60 users - both on iphones and android.

 

5 offices around the country.
Really looking for all services off site though. We already have a PABX on site but looking at the over disaster recovery plan this is an issue.

 

Cheers.

 

 


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  #1620929 1-Sep-2016 15:43
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Hi @gehenna - do you have a contact at Sonus for this?
Cheers


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  #1620993 1-Sep-2016 17:36
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elliotstan:

 

for this?

 

For what?


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  #1621187 2-Sep-2016 09:15
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@gehenna the cloud PSTN for a Skype for Business Server


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