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IBC phone deployment project is on hold

As a result of the current SaskTel strike, at this time all IBC phone deployments will be deferred. The project team has no way of knowing how long the strike will last and when we will be able to start with deployments again which puts all the current start dates/schedule at risk. Once we know when SaskTel employees will be back to work we will follow up with revised deployment timelines.

A new phone system is being deployed to replace government's current Centrex IP (VoIP) system. The new Integrated Business Communications (IBC) service is being deployed on a building-by-building basis.

The transition will take place over the next several months. Check out the IBC Deployment Schedule for more details.

The Centrex IP (VoIP) service must be replaced because it is at end-of-life and is no longer supported by the manufacturer.

Your ministry is being consulted with to ensure a smooth transition. The IBC Project Team or your internal ministry sponsor team are available to answer any questions about the project.  

Learn more about the IBC phone project by using the links below to jump to the corresponding content:

Need help using your new IBC phone? Visit the IBC phone system page.

 

Benefits of the new IBC system 

Enjoy the following once you have converted to the new IBC system:

  • The IBC system is easy to use and provides standard telephone functions in addition to improved business tools.  
  • Unlimited Canada and U.S. long distance are included in the monthly service fee for IBC. 
  • Users can access a personal conference number as part of the IBC service.  
  • The IBC package includes voicemail. The service offers the option to have combined voicemail and convert voicemail to text at no extra cost (previously these features came at an additional expense).  
  • IBC offers a Soft Client desktop application that allows users to make and receive calls through their computer using the number assigned to their landline.  
  • IBC offers an online portal where users can enable and manage their personal phone settings.


More about the phone replacement project

Priority has been given to locations with the Centrex IP service because the service is end-of-life.

More than 5,000 phones use Centrex IP, in approximately 45 buildings across the province. Additionally, 2,250 Centrex lines will be replaced while the Project Team is in these buildings. The remaining 5,000 phones using Centrex will follow as part of phase two beginning in January 2020. Fax lines are not included as part of the project.

A PowerPoint deck and speaking notes are available in the event managers want to discuss the phone replacement project with their employees in advance of their formal deployments. The PowerPoint PDF contains the presentation slides followed by a set of speaking points for each slide. You are also welcome to contact the IBC project team or your internal ministry sponsor team if you have further questions. 


The difference between Centrex IP and Centrex 

Centrex IP phones are the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones that use the IT data network to make phone calls using the internet. Centrex phones are wired over the copper telephone lines and have limited functionality compared to the VoIP phone systems. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions or issues about the IBC phone project, please contact:

Megan Wolfinger
306.787.5069*
*Please note that this number requires 10-digit dialing. 
IBCproject.cs@gov.sk.ca

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