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Broadband – A Student Perspective on an Essential Service

By: Zoe Redfern | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Broadband is a key service students need to navigate their time at university Trefor.net guest contributor Zoe Redfern recently completed a Masters in Computer Information Systems at the University of Lincoln and will relocate to Cheshire in the coming months to begin a graduate job with Siemens. Having completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Lincoln not long ago, I...

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A Chatty Kory

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 2 April, 2014

Who among the teeming throng hasn’t at some point or another had the thought, “Instant Messaging sure is a marvelous thing…no idea what I’d do without it…but really, by this point shouldn’t I be able to seamlessly carry on an IM conversation via Yahoo! Messenger with a contact using Google Talk? Or AOL AIM? Skype? And vice-versa? And do...

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Bandwidth use for Google Hangouts #WebRTC

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 16 January, 2014

Was on a WebRTC conference call this morning. I was calling from the Chrome browser in my Chromebook. Volume could have been slightly louder but the quality of the call was terrific. All I did was click on a link and hey presto. I’ll tell you more about it in due course. We chatted for over half an hour....

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BBC iPlayer growth – tablets shifting our viewing habits

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 2 December, 2013

Richard Cooper runs the BBC’s online platforms. He was guest speaker at the ISPA Conference last week and his subject was naturally iPlayer which with 245 million requests in September has enjoyed 23% year on year growth. I took pics of some of his slides – this first one shows the increase in requests. The step function in January...

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Thunderbirds are Go for Raspberry Pi

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 29 May, 2013

Pal Dean Elwood sent me this video. He set up embedded VoIP app developer Voxygen which is going from strength to strength. They developed the call control APIs for Telefonica’s Blue Via platform. The video shows a mockup Thunderbird video screen just like they had in real life. The app is powered by Voxygen software running on a Raspberry...

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Google+ Hangout live stream broadcasts – wowsers

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 3 May, 2013

You will have been staying with your auntie on another planet if you are a regular visitor to this blog and not have noticed that I’m having a book launch on May8th (see here for details). I’ve been spamming my social media channels about it (sorry to those followers that remain ) and I’m expecting a packed house. Recognising...

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The joys of travel – #LINX77

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 21 May, 2012

Today I’m headed for LINX77 in Laandan. if you’ve never been you need to go, assuming you are in the networks game. It’s a great opportunity to meet people – network actually. To get to Laandan I have to catch a train. Driving into Central Laandan isn’t practical. This morning I worked from home first thing and caught the...

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Video games killed the art of conversation – spot the game megaprize competition #TimicoDC

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 19 January, 2012

We had a hugely successful data centre opening event at Timico yesterday – 210 customers, prospective customers and business partners came along and, if I say so myself, had a great time (and were impressed ). More on this as soon as I’ve assembled the photos etc – I’m on the move at the moment. In the meantime I...

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Latest Hollywood blockbuster – assembly of video wall at new Timico NOC

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Here it is, the one you have all been waiting for. After a lengthier than usual  shoot and an intensive post-shoot production period (correct me if I have my movie industry technical jargon slightly wrong) at last at online movie theatres near your desk/settee/mobile device I am pleased to announce the global launch of The Timico Videowall – The...

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Netflix UK Launch Planned for 9th January, 2012 – Another Injection of Broadband Internet Growth

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 21 November, 2011

2012 is expected to be a big year for growth in broadband Internet use in the UK. We have the Olympics, para Olympics, the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon and the West Indies, Aussies and South Africa over on cricket tour (if I was them I’d be avoiding this country next summer but hey…). Oh and let’s not forget the...

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I have seen the light, opened the door and been let in by ProTalk

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 31 October, 2011

I love it when our engineers come up to me and say “want to see something interesting?”. Today one of our top VoIP engineers showed me the ProTalk IP (SIP) antivandal door entry unit.  This is a rock solid door entry system controlled by SIP video phone. Pressing the button initiates a sip call to the number / call...

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Japan Earthquake – live as it happens on the internet

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 11 March, 2011

I watched the news of the Japanese earthquake on iPlayer on my iPad. I watched it in bed, whilst having breakfast and then whilst in the shower (the iPad wasn’t in the actual shower cubicle). Coming out of the shower room I bumped into one of the kids  who said he had been watching it his room on his...

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Polycom Telepresence impresses ITSPA

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

I’ve only seen a single screen telepresence demo before and that was on a noisy exhibition floor.  At Polycom’s City Executive Briefing Centre yesterday I was treated the to a full blown demo and boy was it impressive.  The quality was astounding. Attendees at the ITSPA Summer Forum sat on one side of an oval conference table that was mirrored on...

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Cisco Drives Nail in Music Industry Coffin with CRS-3?

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Most people won’t have given much thought as to how their email gets from A to B or how that video arrives from YouTube.  It just comes down the broadband connection which is plugged into the router next to the phone (or somewhere like that). Right? Well today the worlds biggest router manufacturer, Cisco, announced their latest and greatest...

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Kodak and YouTube are burning up your bandwidth

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 5 January, 2010

Since I got my KodakZi8 in mid November I’ve been videoing – not a surprise. The statistics however are startling. In that time I have recorded around 13.3GB of HD video – all of which resides on my hard drive. I have also uploaded 26 of these videos to YouTube with a modest 616 total views. I’m not sure...

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BBC piles the pressure on ISPs with internet TV

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 21 December, 2009

Channel 4 and Talk Talk have joined Project  Canvas, the BBC’s set top box standardisation effort that already includes the BBC, ITV, BT, Five. The end goal is to connect the internet to your TV and allow programmes to be streamed over your broadband connection.  The BBC press announcement doesn’t go into schedules but it does talk about offering...

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Unified Communications and how it made my day

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 6 October, 2009

I’ve just had one of those life enriching experiences. I’m currently looking at back-up and storage options to enhance our own SAAS capabilities. i365, “a Seagate company”, looked as if it would fit the bill so I called them. As I was calling I realised it was one of the numbers provided by Timico on our VoIP platform and indeed when the...

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Video killed the radio star

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 26 February, 2009

I think I might have mentioned my appearances on BBC radio . Well now I’m producing a video. Actually the video is being made by some final year students from Lincoln University media department and it is part of a series of shorts that the students are producing for Timico. We are quite lucky to have a top level media...

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Debate – Low Cost versus Productivity Features – what will get the ITSP industry through the recession?

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 12 February, 2009

I attended the ITSPA council meeting in London today. One of the topics of discussion was the content of the forthcoming ITSPA workshop in Town on  12th March (ask me for details if you don’t already have them). We had it down as “opportunities and threats in the recession” or words to that effect. Not much detail. The debate...

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And the winner is…

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 1 August, 2008

After a fiercely fought video competition which brought in some imaginative entries I am pleased to announce that the winner is Scott Wroe from the Timico, Newark, marketing department. The winning video is well worth watching timicofinalscottwroe. Congratulations also to Andy Twine of Twang.net who came a close second with commendations to James Vestbirk, Jo Barker, Adam Jackson, Harry...

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Tesco's new VoIP telecommunications infrastructure

By: tref | Thursday, 31 July, 2008

Tesco has just announced a new investment worth £100m over 5 years in a new next gen telecommunications platform connecting 1,800 sites over 14 countries. What the announcement doesn’t say is that it is based on Nortel technology. Specifically the multimedia collaboration features are based on the Nortel AS5200 platform. This is the same platform used by Timico for...

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Tesco’s new VoIP telecommunications infrastructure

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 31 July, 2008

Tesco has just announced a new investment worth £100m over 5 years in a new next gen telecommunications platform connecting 1,800 sites over 14 countries. What the announcement doesn’t say is that it is based on Nortel technology. Specifically the multimedia collaboration features are based on the Nortel AS5200 platform. This is the same platform used by Timico for...

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Nortel carrier strategy

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 26 July, 2008

Had a really good meeting with the Nortel Carrier team on Wednesday – I’ve not really had a chance to write it up and post before now. The meeting was held to discuss their SIP/multimedia product roadmap. The Nortel Enterprise Division has been making a lot of noise in the multimedia/Unified Comms space (SCS500 – I’ll write a piece...

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The Bunk Inn

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 17 July, 2008

In my travels around the Timico empire I try to avoid staying in hotels. When I visit Twang in Newbury I stay at The Bunk Inn in Curridge. Home from home, good beer, good food and friendly staff. The downside of the Bunk is that to make a mobile phone call you have to walk to the end of...

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Video competition

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 7 July, 2008

Following on from a post I made in June regarding Polycom putting over a hundred videos on YouTube I have started exploring this myself. The video at end of this post is my first post on YouTube (timicocto) where I have uploaded details of a video competition that we are running at Timico in July. The hope is that...

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More petrol woes

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 24 June, 2008

Sorry if I keep mentioning this subject but businesses are seriously getitng hit with the price of petrol and it isn’t just transport firms. I sat opposite a company sales director on the train to London this morning who said that his petrol costs had doubled in the last year. He was now having to micromanage the sales calls of...

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WWF, VC, HD @wembley

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 13 June, 2008

You might ask yourself what WWF has to do with VC and HD? In fact you are probably wondering what the acronyms actually stand for and what have they got to do with Wembley.   We are talking World Wide Fund for nature, Video Conferencing and High Definition. (I knew that do I hear you say ) and all...

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Will petrol price itself out of the market?

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 9 June, 2008

I had my first £80 tank of petrol today. It seems to me that now is the time to start investing in public transport stocks. I also has to be time to look at ways that a business can cut down on its travel spending and Unified Communications and online collaboration is the way forward. We recently had an architect approach...

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