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ULS Wireless clients now able to self-topup

We have seen a critical need for our wireless clients to be able to self-topup their accounts. We have implemented this functionality and it is now possible for our clients to top-up their own accounts.
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mini(hosted)-PBX now supports individual voicemails

Up until now our core switches that hosts our mini-PBX systems only supported a single voice mailbox per trunk, requiring clients to either utilize multiple trunks to achieve individual mail boxes, or having a central, shared, mailbox.

As of today we’ve updated our switches to support per-endpoint voice mail boxes such that each phone can now have it’s own voicemail.

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Fax over IP

Faxing over VoIP is notorious for simply not working. After much hard work we have finally managed to secure T.38 peerings with all of our peering providers and are able to now support Fax-over-IP (FoIP).
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Cost synchronization between core VoIP Switches and our PBX systems

In order to provide costing information regarding internal users to management a system like MAN3000 was usually implemented. Ultimate Linux Solutions has for a long time now included a rather stable system for calculating call costs on a prefix basis, including minimum call costs and non-per-second billing scenarios. This however doesn’t cater for the rather insane number of International destinations, the horde of local minor operators, nor for number porting – be it geographic or mobile. A better solution had to be deviced.

As of today the ULS PBX systems have gained the ability to when making use of ULS as ITSP to syncronize the cost of calls back onto the PBX post-call in order to get an accurate cost directly from the core switches. This means that you don’t need to load the 32’000 or so prefixes we have in our database, nor do you need to take the 1’200’000 or so numbers currently ported to alternate operators into consideration when setting up your call cost estimators.

This integration will happen automatically on new PBX systems.

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My top feature of our VOIP solution

If I had to make a list of features of our VoIP telephone solution, the control panel will be on top of my list. This is the one feature which makes a variety of our other features directly accessible by our clients. All you need is a username and password to connect to this interface via your web browser.

Using this interface, you can gain access to information with regards to your account. The latest pricing schedule is available here, listing the prices for making calls to all available networks. The control panel is especially helpful for pre-paying clients, showing their available credit, as well as dates on which credit was allocated to their account. Ultimate Linux Solutions emails their VoIP clients a Call Detail Record (CDR) with their monthly bill. It is also possible to download these CDR’s from the control panel in a variety of formats (HTML, PDF and CSV).

Not only can clients gain access to information concerning their account, they can also make some changes to the settings of their telephone connection. Before attempting this, please make sure that you understand the functionality as well as cost implications for each setting.

To receive a username and password for your account, please contact us at accounts@uls.co.za.

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Active monitoring of Telkom (DAHDI) lines

Whilst ULS was always cutting edge in terms of what’s going on, and often was aware of problems even before clients picked up on them we have now added code to our systems so that we will be more likely to be aware of Telkom line failures even before you are! This will mean that we can react quicker and get problems resolved faster.

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PAYS now supports Credit Card payments

We have finally managed to get our Credit Card gateway up and running for ULS. Initially the only supported service is our Pay As You Surf hotspots.

The next item to follow will be topups for our ADSL accounts, hopefully followed by online account signup, to be followed by VoIP services!
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Now supporting L2TP/IPSec

Up until now ULS has has always made use of PPTP for remote VPN access. Over time this has showed to be remarkably reliable, save for one problem: Quite a number of remote networks behind NAT failed. L2TP/IPSec works around most of these problems.
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