The dark evenings are drawing in and the early morning and late evening temperatures are starting to drop. That can only mean autumn is on its way and after a somewhat disappointing summer, it doesn’t seem quite right or fair somehow. That said, the team at MF Communications have been as busy than ever and there is lots of news to share with you. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2015
Enterprise telephony, which includes PBX hardware, IP solutions and Unified Communications, suffered a revenue decline of 10% in the first quarter of 2014. Analyst Alan Weckel, of Dell’Oro, predicts this decline to rise to as much as 20% in the next three years.
This comes as business communications providers push towards cloud-based solutions in favour of traditional telephony offerings. However, the move to the cloud is easier for small to medium sized businesses than it is for larger enterprises. When taking into account scalability and an internal IT infrastructure, plus a large number of voice channels, the move to cloud-based solutions is not so easy.
Companies like Avaya Nortel are making it possible for large enterprises to continue operating existing telephony hardware, whilst working with them to implement solutions for cloud-based technology. These enterprises recognise that cloud hosting is a long-term solution, one they need to make plans for to incorporate into their mainframe IT structures, regardless of whether they plan for its immediate use.
Avaya’s purchase of Nortel’s Enterprise Solutions business in 2009 was a move to strengthen its business communications, as well as enable Avaya to compete on a global scale in the area of enterprise communications. Working with partner companies, Avaya provides cloud communication options that work alongside current solutions.
Many companies continue to operate PBX telecoms hardware, long after the discontinuation of their equipment by the manufacturer. Recognising this need, MF Communications has been providing Avaya legacy equipment for 15 years. Businesses can purchase telephones, PBX systems and hardware from MF Communications. All come fully remanufactured and restored to an as-new condition.
As Avaya Nortel itself recognises, larger enterprises still find the benefit of hardware over software. Its legacy equipment encompasses not only Avaya, but Nortel hardware too. The Nortel brand was a firm favourite amongst PBX users, due to its reliability. As an example of this popularity, MF Communications recently supplied legacy hardware for Avaya Blue (previously Nortel) to the value of £35,000 to a vendor in Asia.
More information on other Avaya and Avaya Nortel equipment for sale is available on the website.
Last month, the EU Commission approved the acquisition by Finnish company, Nokia, of its rival, Alcatel-Lucent. The $17 billion merger will see Nokia becoming the second largest telecoms equipment manufacturer in the world (behind Ericsson) and well placed to compete with its European and Chinese rivals.
French company, Alcatel-Lucent is a world leader in IP networking, ultra-broadband and Cloud technology, whilst Nokia’s focus is on network infrastructure software, hardware and services. The deal, which is expected to complete in the first half of 2016, will see Nokia shareholders owning 66.5% of the company and the remainder by Alcatel-Lucent investors.
MF Communications supplies a wide range of Alcatel-Lucent business telephones, hardware and PBX systems. This includes manufacturer-discontinued equipment that has been fully remanufactured to as-new quality. A recent deal involved supplying $65,000 of Alcatel-Lucent telecoms equipment to a company in the Middle East, where demand for legacy equipment is high. In particular, fully remanufactured, digital phones, supplied boxed, as new.
Alcatel-Lucent offers from MF Communications include the 8 series IP Touch, a user-friendly, fully IP-enabled range, designed for use in any modern office. Features include quality audio and a large, high resolution screen, a number of programmable buttons and web-based XML business applications.
The Saudi telecoms sector is the largest in the Middle East, with continual growth since the liberalisation of telecommunications services in 2003. There has been a shift of fixed broadband from ADSL to fibre and thanks to government funding, internet coverage is set to be available for the whole country. This will also support business development to help to increase productivity and further strengthen the economy.
With 54 million mobile subscribers, mobile broadband contracts far outweigh fixed ones. However, the biggest growth area is in high-end services for corporate and individual customers. Although the trend is towards a decline in fixed telephony, demand continues for telephone hardware, particularly manufacturer-discontinued legacy telecoms equipment.
MF Communications recently received a $45k order to supply Ericsson and Aastra telephones and hardware to a maintainer in Saudi Arabia. This same maintainer also ordered $18k of Nortel and Avaya equipment on another occasion. All of these were legacy telecoms equipment.
Traditional PBX systems have been around for a long time and have proven a reliable and effective form of communication for medium to large enterprises. Many companies choose to continue maintaining their PBX rather than venturing into the unknown by changing or upgrading to a cloud-based solution.
Any organisation that operates a telephone system that is no longer in production should not feel that they have to change or upgrade to something new. Companies like MF Communications have been supplying remanufactured legacy telecoms equipment for years. They specialise in business phones and PBX systems and hardware made by all the major manufacturers, including Siemens Unify, Ericsson, Aastra, Avaya, Mitel, Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel. Click here for more information about system maintenance.
If you are not in the position to change your current PBX and need assistance with maintenance and the on-going supply of critical parts, spares and phones, contact MF Communications to find out how they can help you.