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King Mohammed VI Launches Initiative to Preserve Heritage of Marrakech’s Old Medina

Marrakech – On Monday, in the city of Marrakech, King Mohammed VI announced the launch of several projects aimed at preserving the historical heritage of the old medina of Marrakech and reinforcing its tourist and international character.Thus was launched an important program of restoration and enhancement of the tourist and spiritual circuits of the ancient medina of Marrakech.  Also included in the program is the Merstan urban health center project, which involves the reconstruction of the first aid centers of the Moroccan Red Crescent in the Jamaâ El Fna and El Mellah districts. The restoration of the Ben Youssef Medersa will also be included in this program.In line with the objectives of the Development Plan titled “Marrakech, City of Permanent Renaissance,” these projects reflect the special interest granted by the Sovereign to the preservation and enhancement of the historical heritage of several cities in the Kingdom and His firm determination to safeguard different strata of the national memory. They also testify to the will of King Mohammed VI to highlight the intangible, spiritual, cultural and architectural characteristics of the city of Marrakech to help consolidate its place as the City-Museum which has made it the flagship tourist destination of Morocco.  It is also hoped that the initiative will result in a boost in the living conditions of its inhabitants.The program of restoration and enhancement will result in the restoration and enhancement of the tourist circuit from Dar El Bacha to Ben Youssef, especially through the renovation and embellishment of the facades of the buildings along this circuit.The 100million dh program also involves the spiritual circuit of the seven Saints (Sidi Youssef Ben AliCadi Ayyad Ben Moussa, Sidi Abdelaziz Tebbaâ, Abderrahmane Ben Abdallah Assouhaili, El Abbas Assabti, Sidi Ben Slimane Al Jazouli and Abdallah El Ghazouani)The old medina of Marrakech will witness the completion of several other projects aimed at improving the conditions of the population’s access to basic services and preserving the heritage of the ancient medina.Thanks to these efforts, the Ben Youssef Medersa, an architectural gem built in the heart of the old medina near the Ben Youssef Mosque, will be restored. This particular project, which will be carried out with a budget of 61million dh, testifies to the will of HM the King, Commander of the faithful, to preserve the cultural and historical significance of Morocco’s ancient cities.The King also visited the site of the renovation and conversion of former the Dar El Bacha into  the Museum of Confluences. The 12million dh project will be endowed with an exhibition space dedicated to the art of Islam which will exhibit writings, tablets and various objects related to science and Islamic knowledge.It will also include a permanent exhibition space reserved to the universal collection of Patty Cadby Birch, representing the four continents of America, Africa, Europe, Asia. The collection includes historical and archaeological data demonstrating the different facets of Moroccan culture.  There ill also be dedicated for housing temporary exhibitions.All of these projects come in addition to the many actions and initiatives undertaken by the Sovereign for the protection and promotion of the old medina of Marrakech, particularly the urban rehabilitation program of Hay El Mellah, the requalification project of the tourist circuit of “Ben Youssef” square towards “Jamaâ El Fna” Square through to “Ben Saleh” Square, and the rehabilitation of the Selhem, Ziyat and Sidi Abdelaziz Foundouks. read more

5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well

Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. Log in or register to post comments A funny thing happened on the way to cloud communications and contact centers – SIP trunking adoption grew. It seems counter-intuitive that SIP trunking adoption would increase given many UCaaS offerings include local and long-distance calling plans. If PSTN access is part of a UCaaS license, why would organizations still need to purchase SIP trunks? Yet most, UCaaS providers allow customers to bring their SIP trunks with them as they migrate to the cloud. Our research shows several reasons for the continued and growing adoption of SIP trunking: Cost – Organizations, especially large multi-nationals, are likely to find that PSTN access services that they purchase on their own, or through a managed services provider, offer superior economics. Most large organizations (greater than 2,500 employees) use self-managed SIP trunking services, either from a single provider or from a variety of best-in-region providers, coupled with policy-based routing to minimize toll charges. For a small company operating solely within the U.S., bundled PSTN minutes with a UCaaS service makes financial sense; for large multi-nationals, the economics often point to self-management as delivering superior TCOControl – Using a UCaaS or CCaaS provider’s PSTN access services means transferring your phone numbers to their domain. Again, this approach might attract small companies, but for large ones, with tens of thousands of phone numbers, the complexity of transferring phone numbers and avoiding disruption/downtime may make it more advantageous to maintain phone number control.Flexibility – Moving phone numbers to a UCaaS or CCaaS provider not only means loss of control of those numbers, but it also means that customers are locked into those service providers. After going through the pain of transferring numbers to a cloud provider, it may be exceedingly difficult to transfer those numbers to a different provider. Alternatively, maintaining one’s own SIP trunks and control of PSTN numbers means that not only can organizations easily move from one cloud provider to another, but that they also have the flexibility to utilize multiple cloud providers. For example, a large organization might leverage Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex Calling for its business phone services and want to use a different provider for its contact center. Or, they may want to pilot services from a few different cloud providers before making a final purchase decision. Bring-your-own-SIP models provide for the flexibility to avoid single-vendor lock-in.Contracts – Larger organizations may have long-term contracts with SIP trunking providers that don’t allow for easy breakage. Again, it may be more costly to get out of existing three-or-more year SIP service contracts to migrate PSTN access to the cloud provider.Features – Many SIP trunking providers offer additional features not available from UCaaS providers. These may include APIs for phone number provisioning, global emergency services (911, 112) call routing, SMS/MMS in-bound and out-bound services, virtual phone numbers to establish local presence in remote markets, and more.Bottom LineSIP trunking services continue to grow and thrive, even as the march to cloud communications and contact center accelerates. IT leaders should carefully consider whether it makes sense to maintain their SIP trunking services, and with them, control over their phone numbers and the flexibility to avoid service lock-in and obtain access to advanced features potentially not available from their UCaaS partners.Tags:News & ViewsSIP researchSIP trunksSIP/SIP TrunkingCCaaSConsultant PerspectivesContact Center & Customer ExperienceEnterprise NetworkingSystems Management & Network DesignUCaaS Articles You Might Like How Can I Make Sure My SIP Trunks Are Secure? Steve Braverman July 17, 2019 Don’t overlook VoIP security when you set up your SIP trunks. geometric-1732847_1920.jpg Nemertes’ recently published “Workplace Collaboration: 2019-20 Research Study” shows that more than 18% of the 645 participating companies are using SIP trunking, while an additional 34% plan to deploy it in the next two years. Adoption is highest in North America with 58% of PSTN trunks converted to SIP, opposed to 37% in APAC and 21% in EMEA. More startling, organizations are continuing to leverage SIP trunking even when adopting UCaaS. For example, nearly 89% of those using Microsoft Teams for calling are bringing their own SIP trunking services using Microsoft Direct Routing rather than buying PSTN access through Microsoft’s Calling Plan. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. read more