23 October 2014

Voys temporarily moved their headquarters 1279 kms and nobody noticed

Submitted by Athini

Moving a company and nearly all its employees abroad for a week - a challenge or a madman's tale? VoIP service provider Voys decided to ‘just do it’ and relocated its operations 1279 km to the sunny city of Girona in Spain for just one week this October. Mission: To prove that even large companies can work from anywhere using the Voys Hosted PBX. 

The 34 member team of Voys’ sister company, based in the Netherlands, was flown to Girona for just one week. Handsets, headsets and laptops all packed. Telephone calls to the Dutch landlines were coming in as normal. While customers assumed Voys employees to be working in Groningen - a city in the north of the Netherlands - they were actually located 1279 kilometers away, in Girona Spain. 

Moving a company with that many employees abroad for a week is a unique challenge. The success of the project hinged on connectivity. The quality of a VoIP call is only as good as the internet connection. The Spanish villa initially didn’t have a sufficient internet connection, so Voys set up a temporary 2.7 Mb/s low latency WiMAX connection for voice traffic - enough for 27 concurrent G711 calls  - and rented a satellite dish at Satpower with an unlimited data package for the 35 laptops. 

Have a look at the diary of blogs, photos and videos on http://www.workweekabroad.com/ 

Voys,  has been getting much coverage lately regarding their unique organisation model. This so-called Voys Model has no management nor functions. Voys’ organisational model is one in which people can develop to their full potential and optimally contribute to the company. Having ‘fun work’ is one of the most important core values and the project to work abroad for a week fits perfectly within this value. The idea is that people can take responsibility for their work and don’t need to be directly managed therefor employees fulfil a role and not a function. 


About Voys

Voys is a VoIP telephony service provider for small, medium and large businesses. We believe that telecommunications can and should be different and offer businesses maximum flexibility and control over their Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony solution. Clients only pay for what they need and can cancel anytime they want - no minimum contract period, no strings attached. Our mission is to bring a reliable and flexible telephony service that helps businesses save money.

Voys was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of TNO, the leading research facility in the Netherlands. Our VoIP platform has been nominated for several awards including the Shell LiveWire Award. Voys was ranked 160 in 2012 and 176 in 2013 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List, a list of the fastest growing European Tech companies.

Voys branched out to South Africa last year. Sebastiaan van Dorssen, co-founder and director of Voys Telecom SA has this to say:

“It’s an exciting time to provide our services to South Africa. Even though the speed and reliability of the internet is not yet up to par with that in Europe and the US, it is showing signs of gradual improvement. Increasing competition between Telkom, the existing cell phone providers and new connectivity entrants is having a catalytic effect. South Africa is on the verge of a breakthrough in the internet and telephony market. We’ve seen it happen in Europe and we’re confident that South Africa will catch up and see incredible increase in available options and improvements in services offered. We decided that we wanted to be a part of that and have established a business in Cape Town to help change telecoms for businesses in SA.”


Should you have any questions or require more information about Voys, then please contact:

Sebastiaan van Dorssen (Co-founder and Director)
Tel: 021 300 2582
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Athini Kenke (Communications and Advice)
Tel: 021 300 2582
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I work at Voys Telecom SA, a business telephony service provider, in Communications and Advice.