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OTW #69 in Financial Review Fast 100 - 2018

Financial Review Fast 100 - Over the Wire ranked 69 The Australian Financial Review has released the Financial Review Fast 100 list for 2018, 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 FY16 - FY18 period Over the Wire achieved an average year-on-year growth of 49.2%, which placed us at Rank 69 on the Fast 100 list. This is the second year in a row that Over the Wire has made the list published by AFR, ranking 74th in 2017.

Thank you for the fantastic, ongoing support from our clients and the amazing commitment from our team; we could not have achieved this result without you.


3rd Generation of our Managed Security Platform Launched

OTW becomes a major Fortinet cloud Managed Security provider Following 18-months of R&D, we have embraced Fortinet’s virtualised cloud deployment model to offer Managed Security and network services to Australian businesses. Over the Wire and subsidiary Telarus have been using Fortinet’s security platform for nearly a decade and we're excited to launch our 3rd generation of the Managed Security offering.

Leveraging our existing private cloud environment, which has nodes in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, we are able to expand the security platform onto our private cloud. This means that our customers will be able to benefit from a diverse and complex managed security solution at the core of their business WAN while avoiding large hardware capital expenditure.

“Previously we had deployed appliances in diverse data centres but found that this model lacked the flexibility required by growing businesses. Not only does the physical security appliance model require the purchase of redundant hardware, but as soon as a client needs additional capacity or features there is the risk that all the old hardware becomes obsolete,” says Scott Allen, Over the Wire’s National Manager of Presales. “By leveraging Fortinet’s VM licensing and moving the physical infrastructure requirements onto our existing cloud nodes we can rapidly deploy or upgrade a customer’s environment without risk of having wasted tin sitting around at the end of the process, meaning a faster turnaround at a lower cost.”

The decision to retain Fortinet as the security vendor extends a relationship that has been ongoing since 2010. The Fortinet Security Fabric enables Over the Wire customers to benefit from a comprehensive suite of security intelligence, integrated seamlessly into their corporate network.

“Beyond the standard detection, prevention, content filtering and reporting, the Fortinet offering also gives Over the Wire customers greater peace-of-mind,” Scott continues. The Fortinet Security Fabric helps businesses to be one step ahead through the AI and Machine Learning Fortinet uses on data from millions of connected end-points worldwide, meaning better detection and blocking of ‘Zero-Day’ threats. “By adding this at the private network level and managing it for them, our customers get a comprehensive network security solution, not simply a security appliance deployed in isolation,” Scott Allen explains.

With the Notifiable Data Breach scheme introduced earlier this year and other security issues in the news regularly, corporate data security has become a hot topic. At Over the Wire we believe in the importance of a robust, managed security solution. This gives Australian businesses access to expert support and enterprise-grade solution deployments that would otherwise be out of reach for most organisations.

Learn more about Over the Wire's Managed Security solutions online or contact our team to organise a security discussion session 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.


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.

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.

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

With 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.

  • 31st January 2018 - New ISDN service unavailable for customers who do not already have ISDN in place.
  • 30th June 2018 - Full cease sale on new or additional ISDN services for all customers. No new services will be available.
  • June 2019 - Disconnection will commence for existing ISDN connections
  • By 2022 - All ISDN connections will be disconnected and full network will be decommissioned.

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 it's 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.

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.

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