Fiber optics, VoIP telephony and advanced wireless solutions

One of Unidata’s main strengths is its proprietary fiber optic network.
This network, developed over years of investments and expanding continuously, consists of different, integrated technologies, infrastructure architectures and licences that allow us to offer latest generation services, including high-speed broadband connectivity, VoIP telephony, 100% fiber optic connections, including dedicated and wireless connections.
Our technical expertise, the result of decades of experience and proximity to our business, public and residential clients, managing in-house our customer services, means we can offer secure and reliable solutions and design tailor-made solutions, meeting the specific needs of those who contact us.

Fiber optics

It is well known that wired fiber optic connections take performances well beyond that of ADSL and previous types of copper networks. Not all fibers are the same, however. We at Unidata are proud to be able to offer the best of the best.
FTTH is the acronym used to refer to Fiber To The Home, and is the particular network architecture characterising our proprietary network, entailing the arrival of optical fibers inside the user’s home or office. This peculiarity distinguishes FTTH from other formulas, such as FTTC (Fiber To The Cabinet) or FTTB (Fiber To The Building), which together make up the so-called NGN (Next Generation Network) or NGAN (Next Generation Access Network).
Let us give a concrete example: to download an HD film lasting about two hours, a download of 3.5-4 Gigabytes, with a copper ADSL connection (5 Mbps), takes approximately 72 minutes (assuming no other member of the family or colleague is connecting at the same time!), while with a 100 Mbps FTTH connection it takes just 4 minutes or so.
100% Fiber, 0% Copper.
The acronym FTTH stands for Fiber To The Home and is an architecture made up of 100% optical fiber, directly reaching the user’s business, home or office, totally replacing copper, which continues to be used over the so-called ‘last mile’ in the hybrid fiber-optic architecture called FTTC (Fiber To The Cabinet).
Going beyond the old copper-based networks with the high-speed broadband NGN networks, we now offer to all houses and businesses reached by our proprietary network (covering over 2,000 km in the city and province of Rome), maximum surfing speed. FTTH moreover is the longest lasting form of investment.
These and other advantages have led Unidata to create, after years of investments, a particularly complex and secure network, consisting of fiber rings, nodes and our Data Center, offering standard solutions or custom solutions for specific needs, to ensure maximum speed and durability.
The high-connectivity solutions we offer are no longer the exclusive preserve of business users and public administrations – organisations we have supplied and assistance for decades – now we are also looking at residential customers, to whom, thanks to dedicated Gigafiber solutions, we can offer connections up to 1000 Mbps in download!
We were among the first to believe and invest heavily in fiber optics, and the areas we have reached (removing them from the state of being on the wrong side of the digital divide, with no or poor access to the Internet) are constantly expandin; you can monitor this progress by filling out the form for residential solutions, available here.
Historically, the largest part of our clientele has belonged to and still belongs to the business and PA markets We have always reserved special treatment for these segments, with specific projects developed by our expert staff. FTTH connectivity can be served, depending on the client’s needs, in Point to Point mode, for maximum performance (up to 10 Gbps), or GPON (acronym of Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks) mode, more suited to SMEs.
SDN: a complex network
of superior quality.
When designing and building our network, we have been intent on conferring upon it the complexity and quality of an architecture that can ensure interoperability between different devices and protocols. This means they can work in synergy, efficiently and harmoniously.
The set-up – consisting of a range of technologies, including both software and hardware, make our SDN (acronym for Software-Defined Network) a network in which the equipment operation logic is managed entirely by a separate software tool, called controller. Devices deal with data transfers according to instructions from the controller, using a format that meets a standard common to the various types of equipment in place.

VoIP telephony

VoIP telephony has been a great innovation, bringing advanced telephony solutions up to an even more sophisticated level and, at the same time has significantly reduced costs. We immediately believed in VoIP, and we were among the pioneers in Italy in providing services related to this technology. We started our adventure as a telephone operator in 2003, when the service was launched, and the first numbers were assigned in all Italian telephone districts.
It was a courageous decision at the time, inspired by the constant drive for innovation guiding our choices. We have been proved right over time: big and small businesses, organisations of many sorts, have abandoned the obsolete TDM telephony, its equipment and the expensive dedicated connections, taking advantage of all that VoIP has to offer.
Over time VoIP technology has become cheaper and more efficient, thanks in part to the dissemination of Centrex-VoIP services, which allow the use of virtual switchboards provided by operators such as Unidata, but also to the spread of PBX Software for local switchboards and the use of less and less expensive VoIP – Ethernet phones. These technological advances have allowed us to better meet the needs of business users differing in terms of type and size.
These are the things that create the added value of what we have to offer, as well as the classic advantages of VoIP technology, in particular the reduction in costs.
All the advantages
of a virtual exchange (PBX)
Large-scale structures, such as hotels, large companies and other complex organisations, have always needed telephone switchboards for automatic answering, answering machines, call transfers, 24h functioning and other services. Over time, telephone exchanges have evolved. Naturally, VoIP has made a key contribution to change. Once upon a time it was necessary to have a physical switchboard; this entailed greater commitment both in terms of investments and installation costs at the location where the service was needed. All these problems are automatically overcome with virtual switchboards, also known by the acronym PBX, Private Branch Exchange, which connect telephones within a company to the traditional telephone line (PSTN).
The more specific expression IP PBX is the result of a combination of PBX and VoIP technology: the ability to exploit the IP protocol to transmit calls is the natural and most advantageous evolutionary direction of switchboards. Another advantage of a virtual exchange is that unlike traditional ones it does not prevent the potential use of new technologies, without having to deal with the classic constraints and problems that arise when technologies evolve. Traditional switchboards require the provision, operation and exploitation of all the functions listed above, of sophisticated and expensive proprietary telephones.
Another advantage of an IP PBX is the possibility of using only one switchboard for different locations. This can be particularly advantageous for businesses that have offices located in different areas, or for hotel chains or other corporate structures. Thanks to VoIP, the telephony of all offices and branches can be managed with a single switchboard and a single web interface. In traditional telephony all the telephone devices must be physically connected to the switchboard. With a VoIP switchboard, this is not necessary, as the voice is transported via an Internet connection.
Another advantage is greater scalability: any new internal numbers can be added without necessarily changing the infrastructure and without affecting the number of contracted outgoing calls. You can increase the number of incoming calls with a simple configuration, without this having an impact on the infrastructure and without installation costs.

Wireless

Internet access in wireless mode is increasingly widespread, both as an alternative to ADSL in poorly served areas and as a form of quick access on the move as an alternative to other forms of radio connection.
We at Unidata are now offering advanced wireless solutions for business users and the PA.
The absence of a broadband infrastructure places the territories that do not have this resource at a great disadvantage compared with areas reached by these services, to the detriment of the economic growth potential for local entrepreneurs and industrial firms. Over the decades, we have gained in-depth experience in planning, installing and maintaining infrastructures to cover areas with Wi-Fi connections.
Lying at the heart of our business offer is an analytical process, namely a study and comparison of hardware and software technologies proposed by various suppliers, leading to an evolutionary process and an evaluation of specific circumstances.
The result of these activities was the adoption in our offer of equipment and services produced by one of the world’s most advanced companies for the production of Wi-Fi coverage technologies: Ruckus Wireless.
We are also responsible for the 24.5 – 26.5 GHz Band for the Latium region, as part of the tender for the issue of rights to use point-to-multipoint broadband radio network frequencies (WLL), called by the Ministry for Economic Development. The license obtained will allow us to offer our customers new high-speed broadband services and the possibility of reaching new industrial areas and peripheral areas of Latium currently excluded from fast Internet solutions due to infrastructural shortcomings.

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