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Spark creates enhanced Teams solution for business

By Ben Moore, Tue 18 Dec 2018
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Spark has launched a new business collaboration solution, Spark Enhanced Teams (SET) which is a premium full-service product that adds unique value to the Microsoft Teams product suite.

Spark has combined the Microsoft Teams product suite with a number of other unique benefits to create Spark Enhanced Teams (SET).

This collective product solution is unique to Spark and includes no upfront infrastructure costs, Spark Voice Connect SIP with bundled calling, consumption-based pricing, OpEx pricing for hardware with lifecycle management and efficient large-scale Teams Events.  

This is all delivered with carrier-grade quality and backed by Spark’s 24/7 operations support.

Together with partners Microsoft, Ribbon, Plantronics/Polycom, Kollective & Ingram Micro, Spark has formed a suite of products that can be purchased individually or as a package:

  • Teams Calling - Carrier grade PSTN calling inclusive of Local, National, Mobile and trans-Tasman calls.

  • Teams Meetings - Teams meeting room solutions inclusive of design, delivery and hardware support.

  • Teams Devices - Full inventory and lifecycle management phones and headsets certified for Teams.

  • Teams Events - Large-scale, company or department All Hands style video broadcasts, streamed from the cloud without local internet congestion.

Microsoft Teams is delivered from the Office 365 global, secure cloud. It is a customisable digital workspace that includes persistent chat, content sharing, voice and video capabilities that is ideal for people to collaborate in teams on any device, anywhere at any time.

Spark voice and collaboration tribe lead Peter Vincent, says that Spark has positioned its Spark Enhanced Teams (SET) solution as a premium full-service product.

“Teams is enjoying unprecedented success locally and globally, and with Spark’s enhancements for calling, meetings, devices and events, it provides the complete communications and collaboration solution for enterprise companies, small organisations and everyone in between,” Vincent says.

“Spark’s holistic approach to enhancing Teams’ collaboration capability is unique in the market, and this is all delivered and supported by Spark with the largest team of experts in New Zealand.”

Microsoft APAC modern workplace business lead Mark Walton adds, “I’m very excited about Spark’s Voice offering for Microsoft Teams. We’re at the start of an ‘Intelligent Communications’ revolution, with speech-to-text automatically created for recorded conference calls, blurred backgrounds to reduce attendee distractions, and much more to improve meeting productivity.  

“Spark have built a comprehensive offering that encompasses carrier-grade voice, meeting room solutions, interactive whiteboards, large-scale meeting broadcasts and the ability to deliver these solutions for all New Zealand businesses - all backed by Spark’s experience as a leading New Zealand telecommunications provider.”

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