Feeds

Telstra cozies up to small end of town

Invests $600m prepping SMB services

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Telstra is investing AUD$600 million over the next five years to upgrade its network for the delivery of advanced business services.

The carrier commissioned a study by IDC into the small business sector which found that the move to digital services in the sector was being held back by outdated technology.

Telstra CEO David Thodey and Federal Small Business Minister Nick Sherry launched the targeted SME initiative, Digital Business, to assist businesses to make the switch to integrated communications.

“We’re offering some of the world’s most sophisticated call features and complete integration between fixed and mobile, allowing small business people to work in a way that has up until now only been possible by people working in large corporations,” Thodey said.

He added that Telstra recognised it had to make the ‘digital switch’ easy and affordable for small businesses to enable them to enjoy business grade communications technology.

The carrier claims that it has re-designed its customer ordering and service processes to make it easy for small businesses to order and install the Digital Business package.” Digital Business is designed for businesses with up to 10 employees initially and will be available in capital cities from late May, expanding nationally to 1600 exchanges covering 90% of Australian small business by September. It will also expand to cover businesses with up to 25 staff.

Services from the Digital Business package include unified communications combining high-speed fixed broadband and telephony integrated with remote working solutions, mobile telephones and cloud software.

Australia's major carriers have struggled with the small business sector. Telstra abandoned its dominance of the segment when it divested its Commander brand, and has struggled to recapture that market. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.