14
Apr 14

Blueface Italia Launch Partnership with Talent Garden

Blueface Italia is delighted to announce a new partnership with Talent Garden, the leading provider of co-working space in Italy.

Talent Gardenaka TAG – are innovative and original co-working spaces specifically designed for Startups. This is where passion and determination meet intelligence and creativity.

imageCommunication is the soul of every aspiring business. Blueface Cloud Telephony services enable companies to meet the demands of 21st century business effectively and efficiently.


Davide Dattoli, TAG co-founder, was delighted to choose Blueface for this innovative new service.  ”TAG is at the heart of the new generation of business in Italy and we are determined to bring best in class services to our customers. Blueface  understand our commitment to excellence and our determination to choose only the best for our customers.”Victoria Mc Auley, Marketing Manager for Blueface Italia is delighted to support TAG and all of TAG’s talented customers. “Here in Blueface we are committed to supporting Italian business, and in particular the vibrant, innovative and exciting startup scene in Italy. We are simply delighted to be part of this great Italian success story.”

Talent Garden (TAG) is a network of Campuses which have created Co-working spaces that are open 24 hours a day, where creative minds full of enthusiasm and passion, courage and imagination, help and compete with one-another. The Talent garden model doesn’t just aim to share working space it also aims to cultivate similar minds that stimulate one another creating a “PASSION WORKING SPACE”.

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For more info : info@talentgarden.it
Talent Garden Blog : http://blog.talentgarden.it/en

08
Apr 14

International Phone Numbers for your Business

Are you looking to sell into markets outside of Ireland? The first step should be for you to get an international telephone number for your business. This immediately gives you a local presence allowing potential customers or partners to call you at a local rate while you receive the call at no charge.

International Numbering

Below is a list of our most popular countries for customers:

Most Popular Countries for Blueface International Phone Numbers:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Australia
  4. Poland
  5. Italy
  6. Canada
  7. Sweden
  8. Germany
  9. Norway
  10. Belgium

International numbers are a great way to specially serve another market at very little cost, it positions your organisation favourably against local competition and overall primes you to achieve more incoming sales by making you look like you have a local presence.

Low Monthly Fee: Starting from €8 ex VAT. A full price list of numbers is available here http://www.blueface.ie/virtual-numbers.php

No Cost to Receive a Call: Number delivered to your Blueface SIP account (landline phone) free of charge.

Easy to Set-up: Simply add the number to your account and you’re ready to receive calls in 5 minutes – that’s it!

Are you ready to take your business international? Start with Blueface on 01 524 2000.


27
Mar 14

Panasonic Blueface R&D Workshop

Blueface was delighted to recently host senior engineers from Panasonic for an R&D workshop in our Dublin office. The workshop was an opportunity to preview some exciting new Panasonic SIP phones that are not yet released and share our feedback. The new phones improve on the design and technical capabilities of the already successful TGP and UT series of phones. The new range of Plug and Play phones will be launched in Q4 of 2014.

Blueface and Panasonic


26
Mar 14

Irish Users Losing Out in European Broadband Lottery

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Data released by the European Commission today shows that Europe’s 400 million Internet users face a geographic lottery regarding the price, speed, and range of choice of broadband –showing that a single market for broadband services in Europe is still a distant ideal. This has to change, according to European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, who has said that there “is no good reason why one person should pay over 4 times more than another in Europe for the same broadband.”

The study found that Irish users are paying up to 3 times more for their broadband services than consumers in other European countries, with prices here the third highest in Europe. Cyprus was the most expensive for broadband with Spain taking the 2nd place.

Given these figures, it is unsurprising that Irish people are among the most likely to limit internet use and international calls on their phones because of cost fears; Irish people were found to be the most reluctant in Europe to phone someone in another country because of the cost! However, the study did find that almost half of Irish consumers have now embraced the idea of using an IP telecoms provider such as Blueface to make cheaper calls.

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Despite higher than average prices for Irish broadband, the study found that two-thirds of people do not know what speed internet they signed up for and if they do know, they are likely to get just 75% of the speed advertised to them with their broadband package anyway. According to Kroes, “while underlying networks are improving, the gap between advertised and actual speeds is as wide as in 2012.”

In addition, 40% of consumers in Ireland reported difficulties accessing online content due to slow speeds or downloading capacity, while 18pc had been hit with extra charges for downloading too much data, even though most people weren’t aware this could happen.

While successive waves of telecoms sector reform by the European Union have helped transform the way telecoms services are delivered in the EU, the sector still operates largely on the basis of 28 national markets. Both customers and operators face differing prices and rules.

The findings above show a clear need to give broadband users stronger rights and the European Parliament next week will vote on the Commission’s plans for a #ConnectedContinent which proposes measures to ensure consumers have accurate information, clear contracts, reliable speeds and greater rights to switch provider, or end a contract if they don’t get the speed promised. The #ConnectedContinent will also help to overcome market fragmentation and price differences by allowing efficient operators to sell their services to consumers in other countries.

Improvements such as these will enhance competition and increase choice for users; which will hopefully ensure better value and higher quality services across all EU member states. In Blueface, we believe that access to high quality broadband infrastructure and services at affordable prices is vital for businesses and consumers alike. We need to rapidly address our approach in Ireland in order to ensure our businesses can effectively and efficiently compete on a pan-European basis. This report illuminates the challenges facing Irish customers of broadband services and we welcome the debate on the issue in order to challenge operators to rebalance their approach to pricing and quality in the months and years ahead.


24
Mar 14

SOAR and ACTION!

In business, you’ll be familiar with the importance of innovation, targets and action. You will no doubt have heard about the importance of asking for the sale. These concepts won’t be unfamiliar to any entrepreneur. So do Social Entrepreneurs follow a similar mode? If you’re the Soar Foundation, you most certainly do. It’s so invigorating to hear great ideas put into action. Their own update is better than I could do, so with their permission, I share it here.

The Soar Story Chapter 1 – Sharing The Love and our Story! from Soar on Vimeo.

If you are inspired by what has been achieved in just two years and would like to be part of the journey then take ACTION by:

1. Recommending us to the school of a young person you love (bear in mind the Soar program is booked out for the rest of this school term but we are taking bookings for September)

2. Create a direct debit to help fund the work. You will receive a monthly update so that you are part of changing our island and know exactly where your MONEY is going.

3. Make a one off donation online or by contacting us at info@soar.ie to explore a legacy contribution.

4. Create or take part in an event that challenges your comfort zones and do it for Soar and your 15 year old self!

5. Believe in a young person and look out for them. It is not easy to be a young person in a world that has failed them. So tell them you BELIEVE IN THEIR GREATNESS.

For more see: www.Soar.ie

Blueface is a sponsor of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) and the Soar Foundation are SEI Impact Winners.

by Fiona Kearns


19
Mar 14

Newstalk Breakfast Interview with Alan Foy, Blueface CEO

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This morning our chief executive Alan Foy was interviewed by Newstalk‘s Business Editor Ian Guider about Blueface’s plans for the future, Blueface Italia, the state of telecoms and why Blueface are different.

Listen to the show’s recording (starts at 11:19 mark) : http://www.newstalk.ie/player/listen_back/5/8505/19th_March_2014_-_Breakfast_Part_1

 


18
Mar 14

Blueface Italia Opened By Minister Bruton

One year on from the launch of Blueface Italia in Rome, we were delighted to have our new Italian office officially opened yesterday by Mr Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  It was a great honour for us and a terrific way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Italy! Along with Minister Bruton, the opening was attended by the Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr Bobby McDonagh; Ms Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Mr Paul Maguire, Manager Italy and Spain, Enterprise Ireland; and Mr Dermot Clohessy, Executive Director, IDA Ireland.

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(L-R) Feargal Brady, Minister Richard Burton, Alan Foy, Julie Sinnamon

The Blueface Italia team is now based in the main technological centre in Rome, located at the Roma Termini Train Station. There are over forty other high-tech start-up enterprises in the centre so it is a real hub of innovation and we love the atmosphere and all the opportunities it gives us to interact with other companies in the IT Innovation space.

Speaking at the opening, Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: “It is great to see an Irish telecommunications company with the ability to establish a business in a market such as Italy.  It is a dynamic and innovative enterprise operating in a highly competitive environment and I wish Blueface Italia every success as it flies the Irish flag in Italy.”

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, we launched Blueface Italia in the Ambassador’s Residence in Rome. We’ve made considerable progress in less than a year, with two major managed service contracts with Italian ISPs, and to coincide with the official opening of our new office, Blueface Italia is delighted to announce a partnership with alter.net, an Italian systems integrator, whose customers include Fendi, Finmeccanica and Manpower.

Minister Richard Bruton and Alan Foy

Minister Richard Bruton and Alan Foy

A number of other companies from the technological centre in which we are now located have also signed up for a Blueface service; we’re thrilled with the vote of confidence and we’ve been getting some great feedback from users.

We are delighted with the early stage progress we have made in Italy and our new office will be a central part of our growth strategy.  Many thanks to those who have supported us; for more information about Blueface Italia, please contact italy@blueface.com

by Janelle Eagleton

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Victoria McAuley, Feargal Brady, Nameer Kazzaz, Minister Richard Bruton, Julie Sinnamon, Luca Caralvi, Guillaume Bonnet, and Alan Foy.


12
Mar 14

Celebrating 25 years of the Web in Ireland

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Web.

To celebrate we thought we’d look through some popular Irish websites and the changes they’ve undergone through the years. More powerful computers, greater bandwidth, new technologies that make web design easier and the introduction of mobile devices have all helped improve websites.

Daft 1999

Daft 1999

Daft 2014

Daft 2014

 

RTE 1996

RTE 1996

RTE 2014

RTE 2014

Boards 2000

Boards 2000

Boards 2014

Boards 2014

Ryanair 2000

Ryanair 2000

Ryanair 2014

Ryanair 2014

Aer Lingus 2001

Aer Lingus 2001

Aer Lingus 2014

Aer Lingus 2014

Silicon Republic 2002

Silicon Republic 2002

Silicon Republic 2014

Silicon Republic 2014

AIB 1997

AIB 1997

AIB 2014

AIB 2014

Bank of Ireland 1998

Bank of Ireland 1998

Bank of Ireland 2014

Bank of Ireland 2014

Blueface 2004 Website

Blueface 2004

 

Blueface 2014 Website

Blueface 2014

Explore what other websites looked like with the web archive here: https://web.archive.org


26
Feb 14

Updates from Mobile World Congress

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View from the Blueface stand

The big news so far is that Whatsapp will offer free voice calls to its circa 500M users, some say as early as April of this year. As to how it will work, and how it will compete with Skype, Viber et al is unknown as yet. Why is Whatsapp so popular, and why would Facebook spend 16Bn to acquire it? Well they are acquiring users at the rate of 1m per day apparently, and if we take the current user base times the cost of the app, we get 500mn in revenues per annum. However most if not all of those users are free app users, and of course there are many free alternatives. It’s a nice easy way to use instant messaging on a phone however. As to the purchase price, your guess is as good as mine, but if I was an FB shareholder, I’d be pretty livid. I can’t see it making a return.

On MWC itself, some questions have been asked by many about why Apple aren’t here, and moreover why aren’t Google here? Given the popularity of the Android O/S and the fact that nearly all of the mobile phone manufacturers which are here are using it, it would seem like a good idea for Google to do something.

Nokia just unveiled their first Android phone, and I hope it does something to help the struggling Finnish company. It’s remarkable that their seemingly unassailable lead in the phone market could have eroded so rapidly. However I think now the problem is that using Android may even limit manufacturers in how they innovate. Just about all of the smartphones on show here at MWC look the same – they all look like the iPhone and use the same form factor as the original smartphone. So given that the O/S is largely down to a single company, the possibilities for innovation revolve largely around the actual hardware. and so far they look pretty much the same to me – I’m pretty sure that your average user couldn’t identify any of the top ten smartphones from a few steps away.

Good news on that front however is that Firefox are releasing their O/S and we’re hopping to get a phone loaded up later on to try it out. One interesting feature so far is the location randomiser – which is a nice privacy tool if you don’t feel comfortable with Google or Apple knowing where you are all the time.

- Feargal Brady


24
Feb 14

Blueface to launch M2M platform in Q2 2014

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-          Blueface to offer full Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platform called SMARTY to enable businesses to roll out applications for the Internet of Things

-          SMARTY Platform will target Service Providers, Carriers, Fleet Management Providers, Security companies, Utilities, Applications Providers.

 

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – 24th February, 2014:  Blueface has today announced it will launch a full M2M platform in Q2 2014 to enable businesses to roll out applications for the wireless Internet of Things. The SMARTY platform will target service providers, carriers, fleet management providers, utilities, applications providers and other companies who have innovate M2M applications and need a reliable, secure platform to provide the access layer for such services.

Blueface will leverage its MVNO with H3G Ireland in order to provide its M2M customers with access to secure data backhaul, static IP addressing, billing flexibility and open access API’s for core value added services. The M2M platform will be highly differentiated by virtue of its open architecture and ease of deployment for companies who have application layers and need to roll out their services in an efficient and flexible manner.

Commenting at Mobile World Congress, Blueface CEO Alan Foy said: “Our new M2M platform, SMARTY, will be unrivalled in the Irish marketplace and we are confident that customers of the platform will be in a position to deploy their applications and uses in a fast, efficient and highly flexible manner. Our research indicates that up to 16 million devices will be connected by 2020 in Ireland. The Internet of Things represents a huge business opportunity for many companies including application service providers, carriers, fleet and location management providers, security companies and utilities.”

Blueface’s CTO, Nameer Kazzaz further stated that “Blueface’s core technology approach is an open architecture, flexibility driven standard – we will be in a position to provide secure M2M access solutions through the SMARTY platform with features and services that will support our customers to build sustainable and scalable solutions for their end customers or uses.”

Blueface will make the SMARTY M2M platform available in Q2 2014.  Further customer related enquires may be made to insights@blueface.com.  The initiative was launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


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