Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And compliments of the season for those of you just looking forward to a rest!!

It’s the time of year to say a big ‘thank you’ for your support over the last 12 months. We really appreciate your interest and business and you’ve made 2012 a record year for us.

This year saw the conclusion of the network upgrade we began in 2011, migrating our entire network to a Brocade stack with MPLS in the core around every site. We now have a new site in Slough which is rapidly gaining importance within the network as the perfect compromise of proximity to our Telehouse location (< 1ms) but being outside the M25 – 27 miles away from Telehouse.

In February we released version 3 of our API and from your feedback you love it. With similar features released since by competitors and some openly admitting to copying it, it is in danger of becoming an industry standard! We hope so actually as features such as our fraud protection remain unique but would really benefit all.

We’ve also been quietly working away on the legacy SS7 side of things. We’ll talk more about this in Q2 2013 when the Slough BT interconnect is complete but there’s some exciting things to tell you there. For now, the London end is carrying a heavy proportion of traffic to/from BT on shiny new Dialogic hardware.

We wrote a few days ago about our new stack, inviting you to try it. We’re pleased to say it is already busy with a reasonable level of traffic and doing well. Let us know if you want to try it over the holiday!!

One thing we forgot to mention was the addition of 1m or so new number ranges to the Simwood platform. We will be multiplying that early next year with ranges hosted for other providers.

Meanwhile we’ve built solutions and shaped strategy for some of the worlds leading telcos, ranging from mobile VoIP infrastructure to the conversion of legacy SS7 to SIP. We also now have a number of incumbents as customers of our core voice services.

Of course, one of the biggest changes this year was the appointment of Tjardick van der Kraan as Director and Grahame Davies to our Advisory Board. I’d like to take opportunity to thank them both and hope you’re feeling the benefit of their input.

We apparently also turned 15 and didn’t notice!

We’ve some really exciting things planned for 2013 which I can’t wait to tell you about. Rest assured we remain focussed on IP voice and associated infrastructure but there is so much more to be done in this space.

Once again, have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to working with you next year.

All the best,
Simon and team

PS – we’ll be responding to support tickets as normal outside of the public holidays. During those times we will of course be monitoring the network and dealing with any priority tickets.

PPS – we recently put up a company Linked In page but feel a bit lonely! We’d love it if you followed us!