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Cisco unveiling 5G connectivity at MWC19 Barcelona

We always look forward to the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) here at UCtel, and this year's MWC19 in Barcelona is promising to throw up the usual blend of exciting developments and fascinating speakers. Among the companies we will be keeping an eye on is telecoms giant Cisco, who look set to be one of the most engaging contributors at the showpiece event at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona this week (it's still on until Thursday 28th February and you can see the Cisco stand at Hall 3 Stand 3E30).

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One of the biggest reasons to pay close attention to what Cisco are doing is their plans to unveil their revolutionary 5G Architecture, in the form of the exhibition 'Cisco 5G in Action'. 5G is an exciting new mobile technology which we hope to deliver to our customers as soon as it becomes widely available on the market.

At the present time, the sky is literally the limit for 5G connectivity, as the innovation has the potential to offer many business benefits, according to Cisco.

The company explained in a statement: "We are focused on a 'monetisation first' approach and how you can maximize the value of your 5G investment by delivering new and unique services – when you make the right architectural transitions. Of course, you monetize your investment in multiple ways, so we are showing how the Cisco open 5G architecture helps you to grow revenues, reduce costs and mitigate risks."

The real world case studies which Cisco have announced they will be presenting at MWC19 should show us more about exactly how commercial organisations can take advantage of 5G, which incorporates machine learning for advanced automation, as well as closed loop functionality which makes 'self healing' possible.

In competitive markets where the name of the game is developing unique selling points on the path to profits, 5G has the potential to give customers the edge. On the back of MWC19, we will be bringing our customers the very best in 5G, in keeping with our speciality of communications optimisation. Among the first areas in the UK to start reaping the benefits of 5G could be rural regions which are currently under-served by broadband.

So watch this space for more on 5G from the UCtel and Cisco collaboration, or call us on 0 3333 4444 17 for an expert consultation.

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Why you should choose Cisco WebEx Teams over Microsoft and Slack

Beyond email, enterprise collaboration is perhaps the best application to use for business communication, whether it is voice, video or messaging tools. Among them, three companies, in particular, stand out: Cisco, Microsoft, and Slack. While all three have their strengths and weaknesses, Cisco has managed to be at the heart of the collaboration market for quite some time, something backed up by a recent report into the sector by Info-Tech Research Group.

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So how has the company managed to outrank Microsoft when it comes to being a leader in the field, and how does it aim to surpass Slack? Well, Cisco already features the impressive WebEx tool for online meetings, Tandberg for video conferencing, and BroadSoft for cloud-based VoIP, and it is already committed to innovating on the collaborative experience by incorporating AI and Machine Learning technology to create better experiences.

Here are just a few more reasons why businesses should choose Cisco WebEx Teams:

  1. Cisco WebEx Teams provide a place for everything - Crucially, Cisco ensures that everything you need to get your work done is located in one handy place, which eliminates issues when working collaboratively on projects. Cisco makes it easy to chat, upload and search for files, or even start and join video calls.
  2. Ease of mobile working - That’s not all; the flexibility that comes from mobile working is a major benefit too. WebEx Teams makes it easy to join a call from your laptop with your mobile device, making this a truly versatile app to use.
  3. Simplicity - Most features in WebEx Teams are simple to use. If your business is looking for video call solutions, you will love how easy it is to start a video call in WebEx Teams. Of course, many organisations prefer setting up video conferencing to sending messages. With WebEx Teams, you are sure to spend less time and enjoy an effortless meeting process with your colleagues. What’s more, with calendar integration, you can easily create invitations within WebEx Teams in just a few clicks.
Choose UCtel for your WebEx Teams solutions

At UCtel, we are committed to ensuring that the tech solutions we offer are tied to your current and future business strategies. As a Cisco Select certified partner, UCtel tailor and deliver services on time and within budget.

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UCtel can revamp your huddle meetings with Cisco WebEx Teams

Having regular huddle meetings is one of the most effective ways of making employees grow fond of their jobs and the workplace. These interactions also result in staff loyalty which, of course, translates to better customer experiences.

Also known as scrums, huddle meetings typically last 15 to 30 minutes. And everyone is welcome to share their views, brainstorm ideas or simply set a plan for the day or week.

But for best results, the entire team should be involved - including those in satellite stations. And that’s where we come in. We optimise business communications using a collaboration tool. So you can finally concentrate on staying productive.

Think about it for a second – there's no need to own expensive IT equipment, mobility for your employees and year-round customer support.

To make all this possible, we use Cisco WebEx Team, a tried and tested solution for collaboration which comes in different flavours and shares these amazing capabilities:

4K video streaming

With a 120 degree of view, wireless sharing and multiple screen support, this tool will take your huddle meetings to the next level. Like most new electronics, it comes with unique smart capabilities such as headcount, a wake option that turns the system on when a person walks into the room and so much more.

Secure chat

Thanks to a group messaging feature in Webex team, you can send direct or team messages instantly, without having to worry about privacy.

Share files seamlessly

Nothing is more satisfying than having all your work-related files in one place and having a chat option right next to it. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Whiteboard feature

The Cisco WebEx Team system lets you visualise your ideas. And since it connects to multiple screens, you can easily share your thoughts and have someone else add their contribution, all in real time.

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Content sharing and virtual desktop collaboration

The business landscape has changed, and companies must find ways to address the challenges of communication and collaboration. Individual genius has lost importance, and strong teams are the key to success. Many will tell you that team collaboration is the future for enterprise communications, and there is plenty to support this theory.

So what is collaboration in business?

Collaboration involves messaging, content sharing and real-time communication through voice, video and screen-sharing. There are many individual solutions available for each of these things by themselves, but choosing to utilise multiple platforms to collaborate can lead to chaos. There was a time when email was the one-stop shop for communications and collaboration, but the medium no longer possesses the power to meet our collaboration needs, and it neglects the human element entirely. With much more advanced technology available for collaboration, relying solely on email puts you at a disadvantage. It's time to choose a platform.

How to choose the right solution

If you look at what's available, you'll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to telecoms resources to facilitate better collaboration. But the more you compare, the more you'll find that it gets confusing, and different platforms emphasise different priorities. The best advice is to look for a balanced user experience.

Choosing the most comprehensive solution

Only Cisco WebEx Teams addresses all these questions and challenges. It's a cloud-delivered, mobile-first platform that gives users all the tools they need to collaborate through the modalities mentioned above. And everything is delivered in a single package, with a single management interface and built-in encryption that can be enhanced as needed.

Cisco blends the virtual experience with physical space, meaning your teams can collaborate effectively and efficiently both asynchronously and synchronously, wherever they are, whatever device they are using.

AT UCtel, we specialise in implementing Cisco WebEx Teams into different companies' IT infrastructure to deliver its full power for collaboration. If you'd like to learn more, please contact the UCtel team and we will be happy to answer your questions and discuss how we could put Cisco to work in your business.

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How Cisco WebEx Teams can boost your employees innovation and collaboration

Email was never designed to be the primary tool of communication for a modern workforce. It's old, outdated and archaic, often leading to confusion and inefficiencies as employees try to chase documents, accidentally 'reply to all' or simply can't find that one, important email they're looking for.

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Revolutionising the way you work

Cisco WebEx Teams is a revolutionary, powerful new way for your employees to collaborate and work effectively together in a centralised platform, easily sharing documents, making video calls and scheduling events for a seamless experience. It's way more than just a calendar or email alternative, however: it's simple to share your screen, search a comprehensive directory and see an entire team's conversation history at a glance.

The key benefits of Cisco WebEx

Switching to a collaborative environment has many benefits for the way you and your business operate. For one, your employees gain massive amounts of flexibility in how they work, able to easily share documents and hold conferences without worrying about the logistics of setting up a meeting. This increased workforce mobility could lead to boosted revenue and a re-energised commercial environment. It's also an enormous time saver, massively increasing operational efficiency and cutting out pointless administrative tasks.

Cisco WebEx teams allows you to focus on what really counts, making the tricky decisions any business faces in today's complex, dynamic working world. You also have the benefit of added security; all files are safely encrypted in a cloud-based environment, meaning they'll never be lost or corrupted - plus, you'll save money on data storage space.

How UCtel can help

UCtel are industry leaders and Cisco certified partners at implementing WebEx Teams, with a proven track record of deploying similar solutions and consistently delivering stellar results for a huge range of clients. They offer both in-depth training and onboarding for staff with any new systems - a complete end to end package. You can rely on UCtel for full implementation plans, leading to a seamless transition from antiquated working methods into the future.

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