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VPN Solutions joins the Over the Wire family

VPN Solutions - An Over the Wire Company The completion of the acquisition of VPN Solutions Pty Ltd by Over the Wire Holdings Limited (ASX:OTW) has taken place today, on 1 November 2017. Commenting on the acquisition, Managing Director Michael Omeros said,

“The acquisition of VPN Solutions is a great outcome for the Over the Wire group. It expedites our existing geographic expansion progress into New South Wales, as well as creating a presence in South Australia. Our selective quality acquisitions and strong organic growth ensure that we continue to execute on our strategy for growth, and we look forward to a positive 2018.”

We're excited to welcome them into the team, and look forward to an exciting future together.


About VPN Solutions

VPN Solutions is a telecommunications company that delivers business grade solutions to the Australian SME and Enterprise markets. Employing 21 staff and headquartered in New South Wales, VPN Solutions delivers managed networks to approximately 150 business customers. VPN Solutions prides itself on being able to successfully deliver complex solutions with a strong focus on customer service. For more information visit www.vpnsolutions.com.au.

Team Mo-ver the Wire supporting the Movember Foundation

Over the Wire is rebranding as Mo-ver the Wire for November 2017


The staff at Over the Wire have put together a team to support the Movember Foundation and to bring awareness to men's health issues. With such a high level of involvement from our staff (over 30% of the company have signed up, including several Mo-Sistas) the company has agreed to rebrand as Mo-ver the Wire for the month of November, along supporting the cause in several other ways.


What are we doing

As a team, we are trying to raise awareness of men's health issues and to support each other as we challenge ourselves throughout the month.

With several Mo-Sistas (and a several more self-described "facially follically challenged" Mo-Bros), growing moustaches is not the only way we will be showing our support. One way we will be getting involved is a movement challenge, with some of our team members setting targets like "Walk/Run/Cycle 300KM in November (average 10KM/day)" or have organised a daily stairwell climb each work day at the office.

Our progress so far

It's early days yet, but here a few of the stats about or team as we near the start of Movember: (Last updated 9th November)

  • Team members signed up = 39
  • Team fund raising target = $5,000
  • Funds raised so far = $2,551
  • KM moved = 756.81km
  • Stairs climbed = 33,600 stairs

You can see our most up-to-date progress, learn more about our team, or support us towards our goals by visiting our team page.


About the Movember Foundation

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. That’s why we’re taking action.

We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We're independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.


Prostate Cancer kills 45 men every hour

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and rates are on the rise. By 2030 there’ll be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects.

We can’t afford to let this continue. So we’re taking action. Learn more.


Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40

In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive, but a 95% chance of survival is no comfort to the 1 man in 20 who won’t make it. When testicular cancer strikes, it strikes young. Most of those men are between 15 and 40 years old.

We have to help them, and stop men from dying too young. Learn more.


Every minute a man dies from suicide

To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If life is in danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Three out of four suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone.

We have to take action to improve mental health and reduce the rate of male suicide. Learn more.

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As ISDN begins its end, what will this mean for business voice?

With the Australian ISDN drawing to a close, why should companies look to SIP as the best strategy for implementing business voice?

It might seem a long way off, but the eventual shut down of the Australian ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) will be here sooner than you think. By 2022 Telstra will discontinue supporting its ISDN products due to the supporting technologies and platforms nearing the end of their lifetime.

As the NBN continues to roll out across the country, what should businesses be doing in preparation for the switch?


What services will be switched off?

ISDN is a digital network technology that carries voice and data services over the public switched telephone network.

Telstra will cease the sale of ISDN2, ISDN2 Enhanced, ISDN10/20/30, DDS Fastway, Megalink and Frame Relay products by 30th June 2018, with a final disconnection date expected by 2022 which is when the products will no longer exist.

While businesses using these products can expect plenty of early warning leading up to the exit, the clock is definitely ticking for companies relying on ISDN to find an alternative solution.

Thankfully, a solution exists and its cheaper and more efficient than ISDN. SIP, or Session Initiated Protocol is the future of business voice.


How to make the move from ISDN to IP Voice

A SIP Trunk is the digital equivalent of a traditional phone line. A SIP Trunk needs to connect to a PBX – a device that provides the brains behind the phone system that enables multiple users to share lines. You will need to decide whether to host your PBX in the cloud or at your premises. Getting the assistance of a SIP provider will help simplify this process.


The advantages of IP Voice over ISDN

Click here to download the reportSIP offers a number of key advantages over ISDN, which we’ve covered in greater detail in a report available for download, 6 Major Advantages IP Voice has over ISDN.

With the imminent cessation of ISDN, switching to sophisticated SIP technology should be a business priority.

At Over the Wire, our solutions unite voice, data and security through a single, end-to-end service provider. We can help organisations of any size achieve a higher level of productivity.

To find out more, reach out to a member of the Over the Wire team today.

OTW #74 in Financial Review Fast 100 - 2017

Financial Review Fast 100 - Over the Wire ranked 74 The Australian Financial Review has released the Financial Review Fast 100 list for 2017, comprising of Australian businesses that have shown consistent, high growth over time. The rankings were calculated on a 3-year average of year-on-year growth percentage.

In the FY15 - FY17 period Over the Wire achieved an average year-on-year growth of 37.1%, which placed us at Rank 74 on the Fast 100 list. We’re very pleased with this outcome, and could not have achieved it without the amazing commitment from our team and the fantastic ongoing support from our clients - thank you!

Topping the list this year, with a staggering 464.8% average year-on-year growth over the 3-year period, is TripADeal. Congratulations to founders Norm Black and Richard Johnston, along with all of the other Fast 100 companies.


Over the Wire to acquire VPN Solutions

Over the Wire Holdings Limited (OTW) (ASX:OTW) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire all of the shares in VPN Solutions Pty Ltd (VPN). Completion of the acquisition is expected to take place on 1 November 2017 (Completion) and is subject to a limited number of customary conditions precedent.

Established in 2002, VPN is based in New South Wales and delivers business grade telecommunications solutions to the Australian SME and Corporate markets. VPN has approximately 150 business customers, has experienced high levels of customer retention and specialises in delivering complex managed network solutions. VPN will accelerate Over the Wire’s geographic expansion in New South Wales and South Australia.

Managing Director Michael Omeros said, “We are very excited to be able to welcome VPN Solutions to the Over the Wire group. VPN Solutions is a high quality provider of managed networks with an impressive list of long term clients. VPN Solutions expedites our geographic expansion plans into New South Wales and South Australia and complements our expansion into Victoria following the acquisition of Telarus earlier this year.”


About VPN Solutions

VPN Solutions is a privately held telecommunications company that delivers business grade solutions to the Australian SME and Enterprise markets. Employing 21 staff and headquartered in New South Wales, VPN Solutions delivers managed networks to approximately 150 business customers. VPN Solutions prides itself on being able to successfully deliver complex solutions with a strong focus on customer service. For more information visit www.vpnsolutions.com.au.

Innovation Award for Private Mobile Data services

Optus 2017 Innovating for Excellence Award received by Over the WireOver the Wire and Telarus have received the Innovating for Excellence Award from Optus for our work around Private 4G networks. Michael Omeros (Managing Director) and John Puttick (Chairman) attended the event in Sydney, which was presented in front of many of Optus' wholesale clients.

The work involved in developing these Private Mobile Data capabilities evolved over several years, requiring significant input from Optus as the mobile carrier, hardware vendors, and staff - with special thanks to Jason Bednar and Robert Grace from the Telarus team for their efforts. Their work has culminated in the Private Mobile Data offering we now have available, along with the creation of a low-cost private network failover option for our MPLS clients. We believe this will have a significant positive impact on the data network market through the addition of a path-redundant, low cost, private network backup service.

If you'd like to know more about how you can implement automatic failover to a Private Mobile Broadband service on your existing data network or Internet connections, speak with our team today.

Introducing our new Hosted PBX Communications Solution

Telarus to be acquired by Over the WireOver the Wire has partnered with netsapiens, a mature PBX and Unified Communications platform servicing enterprises and telecommunications providers globally, to relaunch our Hosted PBX product. This new offering gives our clients the ability to upgrade to a superior platform, managed and maintained by Over the Wire across multiple geographic nodes for high availability and redundancy.

Key features of the new Hosted PBX offering include:

  • Unlimited call plans available
  • Guaranteed voice quality on our private data networks
  • Unified Communications included
  • Self-management portal for control over Adds/ Moves/ Changes
  • Handset rental available, with different models to choose from
  • Mobile soft-phone applications for on-the-go access
  • Geographic redundancy
  • Call reporting
  • Complex dial patterns, hunt groups, IVRs
  • High level of customisation possible.

Learn more here, or talk to our team to see how Over the Wire can transform your phone system into a full communications and collaboration solution.

Telarus joins the Over the Wire family

Telarus to be acquired by Over the WireWe are pleased to announce that acquisition of Telarus Pty Ltd has been completed for a total consideration of $7.615m, effective 16 January 2017.

Commenting on the acquisition, Managing Director Michael Omeros said, "The acquisition of Telarus is very exciting for the Over the Wire group. It expedites our existing geographic expansion progress into Victoria and allows us to introduce some complimentary new offerings. We look forward to a positive 2017 as we continue to execute our strategy for growth."

In addition to the regional expansion and synergies expected on integration, Telarus has a high quality team that will integrate well with the Over the Wire culture, and we’re excited to be working alongside them.

About Telarus

Telarus delivers business grade solutions to the Australian and New Zealand SME and Enterprise markets. Employing 25 staff in Melbourne and servicing over 300 business customers, Telarus delivers managed network, managed security and private cloud solutions. Telarus has a strong customer service focus with clients such as Cue Clothing Group, Zagame Automotive Group, Foodworks, and Swatch Group. For more information visit www.telarus.com.au.

Additional information on the agreement can be found in Over the Wire's announcement to the ASX.

Telarus to be acquired

Telarus to be acquired by Over the WireOver the Wire Holdings Limited (ASX:OTW) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire all of the shares in Telarus Pty Ltd. Completion of the acquisition is expected to take place on 16 January 2017 and is subject to a limited number of customary conditions precedent.

Established in 2002, Telarus delivers business grade telecommunications solutions to Australian and New Zealand SME and Enterprise customers. Telarus has experienced high levels of customer retention and is headquartered in the Melbourne CBD.

With FY16 revenue of $11.6m, FY16 EBITDA of $1.5m, 25 employees and more than 300 business customers, Telarus will accelerate Over the Wire’s geographic expansion into Victoria.

Additional information on Telarus and the agreement can be found in Over the Wire's announcement to the ASX.

Expansion of OTW Private Cloud platform into Sydney underway

Additional OTW PoP planned for Albany, New Zealand We are delighted to announce that Over the Wire has commenced the expansion of its Hosted Infrastructure (Private Cloud) platform. The platform has always had geographic diversity through hosting in multiple Brisbane data centres, however this next phase will nearly double the original environment configuration by adding a full production suite in Sydney. The end result for clients is not only resource and geographic backup redundancies, but also geographic zones to utilise for optimal performance.

Hosted in the Equinix SY3 data centre, the expansion comes on the back of demand from clients for additional resource availability and greater geographic redundancy between nodes. It also aligns with the Company’s geographic expansion plans into the Sydney market. Completion of the upgrade is expected by December 2016.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our team today.

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