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Australian telecom company Telstra unveiled the Connected Workplace last week. It combines fixed and mobile applications and message apps and is launched for Christmas. It is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises and has a crucial role to play in the growth of businesses.

CEO Andy Penn tells ZDNet that the product must be very, very important in the transformation from small to medium companies. Brendon Riley, who will soon be the CEO of Telstra InfraCo, states at the same time that no less than a year has been spent working on the product. To be honest, we have not invested much in technology in the B2B area over the past ten years, says Riley. This has changed with this new service.

Initial details

Connected Workplace was unveiled earlier this year, when the Telstra 2022 strategy was announced. But there weren’t many details yet. That’s going to change now. Telstra divides the product into two categories of employees: those who work in the office and those who sit outside the office.

For employees working in the office, Telstra offers unlimited telephone calls and software for video chats and collaboration apps within the Connected Workplace. Internet and security methods are also included. Personnel working outside the office environment have unlimited call capacity, FairPlay data and device management. There are also add-ons like Office 365, Workplace WiFi, devices and boosts for bandwidth.

Easy to use

Riley says that the whole thing is as simple as possible. The payment is per user, per month, which makes Connected Workplace a fairly flexible product. You can change the number of users at any time, says Riley. We have a large team behind the development of this, not because it’s all about the connected workplace, but because it has to contain all the components that fit into the digitisation process.

The Connected Workplace is currently being tested by a hundred companies. The intention is to make it widely available before Christmas. All new features are first tested within specific teams, and if they like the new features, they are made more widely available.

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