The American Business Awards is the premier business awards program in the United States. This year, over 3,200 nominations were submitted for a wide spread of award categories by businesses that range from public to private, for-profit to non-profit, and large to small. Out of this exceptionally large pool, OnSIP was awarded the Business Innovation of the Year for our partnership and integration with Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. President and Cofounder of OnSIP Rob Wolpov received the award at the 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago on Monday, June 17th.
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When Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York, Internet and phone connections were disrupted across the city, but OnSIP experienced no downtime. What makes OnSIP’s hosted PBX platform so reliable? How do our redundant servers, routers, Tier 1 Internet connections, colocation centers, and upstream carriers interact to offer a platform that is uniquely superior and seamlessly scalable?
For starters, OnSIP is not comprised of customer PBXs deployed in a datacenter. OnSIP consists of a geographically distributed cloud of SIP proxies that present themselves as a single SIP server (sip.onsip.com). OnSIP phones connect to the geographically closest SIP proxy in the cloud. This unique infrastructure allows for optimal call routing, no service outages if a single box fails, and massive scalability. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, we routed customers from our NY data center to our LA data center in preparation for the storm. As result, OnSIP was not affected by the storm. In 2012, OnSIP had 99.9% uptime.
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Since we opened our doors in 2004, OnSIP's engineers and VoIP experts have longed for a 100% VoIP cellular network. So we were intrigued to hear that a company named FreedomPop may become the first-ever all-IP mobile operator. FreedomPop's service sounds like a great idea, but we sat down with our Senior Software Engineer Eric Tamme to get his critical opinion on what the advantages and limitations of such a network are today.
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According to BusinessInsider , excessive coffee drinking can now be referred to as "caffeine intoxication." With free Starbucks downstairs and a Keurig machine in the kitchen, OnSIP New York is a nightmare for recovering coffee addicts. Here are some of them in their own words.
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Walking around with a Polycom desk phone in your pocket? We've got the perfect solution for you! We started testing the mobile network and devices for our sales people looking to demonstrate hosted PBX with desk phones on the road (for conferences and expos). SIP phones are very dependent on a stable network, but many networks block everything except world wide web and email traffic. We wanted to build a network that would allow our team to move from location to location without being dependent on potentially subpar network service. In this article, we deployed a wired SIP phone that runs off of a cellular network to create this kind of network.
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The way we use phone numbers has changed significantly since the early 20th century. Cellphone contact lists have made memorizing phone numbers a thing of the past. Restaurants and other businesses have apps that allow users to click to call phone numbers without requiring the users to manually dial the number. Similarly, OnSIP’s click to call feature allows users to seamlessly call any phone number from any web page simply by clicking on it. The click to call add-ons are Firefox and Chrome extensions that look for phone numbers in the web browser and automatically turn them into links. When such a link is clicked, a call is made to OnSIP’s web-service-based call-setup API. The API then places a call to the person’s desk phone, based on the SIP address configured in the Chrome or Firefox plugin, and when the person picks up, an outgoing call is placed to the number in the link.
The way humans have used phone numbers represents how telephony has evolved over the past 100 years. When phones were a rarity, it was not uncommon for telephone numbers to be a single digit long. As early phone usage increased, telephone numbers became two to three digits. The numbers were given orally to switchboard operators who would manually connect two parties via a physical wire. In rural areas, users of magneto telephones literally had to crank the phone to reach the intended party.
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Infonetics is an international market research and consulting firm that helps businesses plan, strategize, and compete in the communications market. Last month, Infonetics’ Biannual VoIP and UC Services and Subscribers report documented exceptional growth in SIP trunking, and this week, its North American Business VoIP Service Leadership Scorecard outlined the current state of the VoIP industry.
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Apache Cassandra is a massively scalable open source NoSQL database. Cassandra was designed to manage huge amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data across the cloud. Facebook initially developed the solution for their Inbox Search feature, and OnSIP has utilized it to horizontally distribute our platform. Google, Cisco, Reddit, and Netflix are just a few companies who are also utilizing Cassandra.
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T-Mobile US services 34 million customers and has annual revenues of $21.35 billion. With such a sizable presence, the quality of T-Mobile's broadband network has serious ramifications for a significant number of VoIP users. We put T-Mobile’s broadband network to the test to see if its VoIP capabilities were up to par.
We picked up a Huawei webConnect Jet modem and a pre-paid SIM card kit from T-mobile. We paid the minimal amount of data available for our testing purposes - $15 for 300 MB. Then we plugged the modem directly into a Macbook Pro, and we were instantly able to register our SIP devices without any issues.
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We’re happy to add Busy Lamp Field (BLF) support to OnSIP’s feature set. BLF offers employees a bird’s-eye view of which of their coworkers are taking a call. BLF works regardless of where a coworker is located (the office, the road, at home), and can be used with any VoIP phone. This new feature will prove instrumental for receptionists and managers with remote and multi-site workers.