Archive for January 16, 2019

Sonos Introduces New Shelf, Stands, and Cords

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 16, 2019 by itnerd

Coming out of CES, Sonos some new accessories, including a custom shelf, stands, and power cords in convenient lengths. Here’s the details:

Sonos Shelf – $79.99; available at

A custom designed shelf built to bring Sonos One and Play:1 into rooms where sophisticated space-saving design is a must. Beyond providing space for the speaker and a small, everyday objects like a phone, the shelf also features a hidden wraparound solution for excess cord slack for a clutter free aesthetic and is made to exactly match the color (both black and white), material and finish of the Sonos One.

(H x W x D): 0.9” x 10.24” x 6.3” Weight: 1lb


Sonos Stand – $249.99 (pair), available at

A set of custom designed stands for Sonos One and Play:1, bringing simple cable management, optimized sound and easy assembly to your home theater setup. Like Sonos Shelf, the stands are perfectly matched to the color, material and finish of Sonos One.

(H x W x D): 33” x 11.8” x 11.8”Weight: 12.3lbs for the pair (6.17lbs each)


Sonos Power Cables – $24.99 – $34.99, available at

Extend the reach of your Sonos or eliminate cluttered cord slack altogether with these new power cables in varying lengths. Available in short (19.7”) and long (11.5’), the cords are built with the same materials as the standard 6’ cord, and are available in black and white. Cords currently available for Sonos One and Play:


Xplornet Goes Live With Metaswitch & Cisco For New Canadian Mobile VoLTE Network

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 16, 2019 by itnerd

Cloud native communications software leader Metaswitch and networking giant Cisco today announced that leading Canadian service provider Xplornet Communications has chosen their technology for the build out of its extensive mobile service expansion in Manitoba. Deployed in a fully-virtualized private cloud environment, the highly-scalable integrated solution will enable Xplornet to offer one of the most technologically-advanced mobile networks in Canada.

“This is a cloud-native, scalable and redundant solution that will allow us to meet our customers’ expectations of a world-class mobile service,” said Tim Dinesen, executive vice president, Network at Xplornet. “This solution enables us to provide 4G services in addition to VoLTE, while allowing rapid expansion of our mobile service footprint. Bypassing the traditional hardware-centric approach significantly lowers both our capex and opex and is backed by Metaswitch’s and Cisco’s professional services.”

Xplornet Communications Inc. is one of Canada’s leading broadband service providers. For more than a decade, Xplornet has provided innovative broadband solutions to rural customers at work, home and play across Canada. Xplornet offers voice and data communication services through its unique wireless and satellite network that provides broadband in areas of Canada that no other provider can.

The joint solution includes Metaswitch Clearwater Core and  Rhino Telecom Application Server with Cisco Ultra Virtualized Packet Core running on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).