Allstream has been part of the Zayo Group since 2016.
Allstream announced last Wednesday that it is adding their voice and collaboration products to the Zayo portfolio, adding to customers' connectivity solutions, spanning fiber connectivity, managed services and cloud-based voice solutions.
Allstream products such as UCaaS (Max UC), SIP, Voice and collaboration and more, will merge into Zayo to enrich single-site and multi-site access, data, network, cloud, security, voice and collaboration and managed edge solutions.
"This next chapter in our combined story is the best way for us to meet the evolving needs of customers, like you, by providing you a wider array of services and more depth."
Zayo will become the contact for sales and account support for the services previously purchased from Allstream. You’ll recognize the people handling your account as many of them transferred from Allstream October 1. Technical support for these services will be provided by the Allstream Business Unit which will become a part of Zayo.
In 2023 you will begin to see some further changes, including branding on invoices and portals. Allstream and Zayo will continue to communicate all updates on the changes you can expect.
What does this mean for Allstream, the company?
Some of Allstream's people will move over to Zayo, but most will stay with the Allstream Business Unit to support Allstream's existing business.
What does this mean for Zayo customers?
Do you want any of these telecom services?
- Fiber-based infrastructure services
- Increased expertise (breadth and depth of staff knowledge)
- Additional sales and customer service resources to provide better customer experience
- Expanded connectivity solutions and new offerings
- Our voice and collaboration solutions i.e., UCaaS (Max UC), SIP, Cloud Collaboration.
Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Corp. have all signed partnerships with telcos in recent months as they seek new opportunities amid slowing growth in demand for data storage. Telcos, including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., are also looking to revive flagging revenue while tapping into cloud computing's ability to make super-fast 5G networks more efficient and cheaper to run.
"The cloud companies need to reinvent themselves," said Omdia analyst Vlad Galabov.
"Communications service providers have the same thing — everyone has a mobile phone, a network — so both have saturation."
Teaming up is a great strategy right now in all industries. If you're needing a solid telecommunications partner to work with in your business, we are excited to collaborate!
To 5G or not to 5G
Remember all the things we couldn't do with dial-up? We could see the potential for using the internet in many industries, but the slow speeds just put a damper on innovation.
With wifi and faster speeds, our world has completely changed in almost every type of business and organization.
As 5G is deployed globally, we are in for another grand shift in possibilities. Imagine smart surgeries and smart factories where machines and robots aren't at risk for glitching in the middle of key functions. With 5G, technology can take over more tasks and responsibilities previously dedicated to humans.
Let's talk about what this means for your business!
Every Cloud has its silver lining
- cloud-based phone services
- company communications and scheduling
- company file storage
Our agents are happy to chat with you about the implications, costs and logistics of using Cloud Services. Whether you make the shift now, or in the future, it will be a necessary evolution based on telecommunications trends.
Technology has barely scratched the surface of what is to come in intuiting what your customers need before they even know they need it.
Review your company's first impression online and through the phone--are you making it easy for customers to get their needs met? We can help.
Workplace rules and expectations have made a huge shift in the last few years. As your team ventures back into the workplace, now is a good time to review if a BYOD policy is the best option for your company!
As we explore BYOD policies, keep in mind that Bring Your Own Device refers to laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Any wifi or cellular enabled device used for work will fall into this discussion.
Studies indicate that your team will see an increase in productivity when using their own devices on the job. There's something about having all the settings and preferences right at your fingertips, and even that friendly wallpaper of your cat, to speed up tedious tasks.
Employees also share that their job satisfaction increases, and that means they stick around at their favorite job for longer. Unifying communications into one phone (instead of a work phone, cell phone, home phone) reduces stress and increases productivity!
For Employers, enjoy a decrease in costs for providing hardware: computers, phones, etc. We recommend using apps like RingCentral, Teams or any other VOIP provider for employee work phone calls and communication.
Be prepared for the disadvantages of BYOD:
- personal devices being lost or stolen, and losing company data or exposing company information in the process: use cloud-based platforms to retain and protect data
- insufficient anti-virus software
- decreased control
- potential increase in IT costs, should you provide support and repairs: be clear on what repairs and solutions your company will provide, reduce complex software and switch to cloud-based platforms where possible
At Simplified Communications, we strive to find ways to simplify your workplace. BYOD is one solution to consider! Need help implementing a BYOD culture?
Remember when every business phone system looked like this?
Simplified Communications offers Cloud-Based Phone Systems to simplify your business and amplify communications.
Traditional phone systems may make for a huge tax write-off, but they're a depreciating asset that quickly degrades with the growth of newer, lighter, more efficient cloud-based systems.
What are the benefits of using Cloud-Based Phone Systems?
Cloud-based phone systems are becoming the future as more businesses are looking to:
Are you ready for a Cloud-Based Phone System?
Internet outage brings down major news outlets.
For an hour.
Unlike the days when a service technician needed to be called, an appointment scheduled, and a series of guesses tested and tried in-person, with cloud-computing, problems can be identified from the comfort of one's pajamas, from anywhere in the world. That makes for speedy recoveries.
Today will be remembered as the day the internet broke -- before swiftly being fixed again. On Tuesday morning, websites including Amazon, Reddit, Spotify, Ebay, Twitch, Pinterest and, unfortunately, CNET went offline due to a major outage at a service called Fastly. Everywhere you looked, there were 503 errors and people complaining they couldn't access key services and news outlets, demonstrating just how much of the internet relies on this largely unheard-of cloud computing service.
At around 2:58 a.m. PT, Fastly's status update page noted an error, saying "we're currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN [content delivery network] services." Shortly thereafter, reports emerged on Twitter of major news publications including the BBC, CNN and The New York Times being offline. Twitter itself was still running, although the server that hosted its emojis went down, leading to some odd-looking tweets.
Ready to simplify?
Simplified Communications will consult with your organization to discover the best telecommunications solutions including voice services of all formats, internet services, and television. With our strategic partnerships, we represent virtually all major carriers, allowing us to provide you with an unbiased experience that will take your business towards your business goals, with no additional fees.
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