Star-Tech signs up for Freshtel VoIP

Star-Tech signs up for Freshtel VoIP

New partnership follows split with engin over commission issues


Telecommunications engineering firm, Star-Tech Communications, has signed with Freshtel Holdings to target the university residential VoIP market.

Star-Tech division general manager, Jean Morel, said the arrangement came after Star-Tech effectively ceased operations with Engin over issues with commission payments and activity reporting.

Morel said the alliance with Freshtel presented a good value-add opportunity for installations. Its first test site at Graduate House involved 20 Siemens wireless handsets and 50 IP desk phones, pre-configured for student use on the Freshtel network.

"It's an entirely opt-in process but our first test site at Graduate House has seen take-up by 34 per cent of residents," he said.

Star-Tech also partners with pay-TV provider SelecTV as a triple play proposition, Morel said.

"It's not so much a service that will appeal to university students, but we are interested in providing for other multiple dwelling units, such as retirement villages and high-rise buildings," he said.

The partnership has gone live in five locations - Graduate House, Macquarie University Village, Griffith University Village, RMIT Village and Victoria University's Sunbury Hall. Morel said another four deployments are planned in the near future.

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