Voice over IP, IP telephony, Hosted IP Telephony

Microsoft Lync: Take to the cloud or keep it in-house?

Microsoft's overhauled unified communications platform -- Lync -- will soon hit the market, and customers will eventually have the option of running the software in-house or on Microsoft's cloud network.

Avaya IP Office v6.1 Launches

Avaya, Inc. today released Avaya IP Office Release 6.1. Avaya IP Office is the company’s flagship communications solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new version delivers a host of business collaboration and customer service enhancements that can improve ease-of-use and worker productivity for SMB workers, while introducing significant new efficiencies for businesses. I had a conference call and demo with Avaya executives to find out what would be in the latest version of IP Office.

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UC Infrastructure Market Expected to Reach $4.8 Billion by 2015

VoIP technologies are part of enterprise communications products and services that include fixed mobile convergence (FMC), contact center, IP/TDM PBX , messaging, and conferencing and collaboration. And, enterprises are ramping up their investments in VoIP technologies, both on customer premises equipment and hosted VoIP, according to new data from ABI Research.

Xorcom Introduces New and Improved Asterisk-based VoIP PBX System for Small Businesses

With the widespread adoption of open source software, Asterisk-based solutions have become a staple of the ever-evolving telecommunications space. Businesses of all sizes have recently begun employing these solutions to lower operating costs as well as improve flexibility and reliability.

VoIP services losing ground

VoIP service growth is stagnant to declining; annual VoIP market share growth for the cable companies has slowed to single digits while traditional voice services from telcos continue with double-digit losses

UC Suites Market on Course to Make $4.8 Billion by 2015

The integrated unified communications (UC) suites market, which was adversely affected by the economic recession in the West, is now on track to make revenue of $4.8 billion by 2015, said market research firm ABI Research.

Enterprises are ramping up their investments in VoIP technologies, both on customer premises equipment and hosted VoIP.

Swyx Acclaimed Leader in Desktop IP Telephony for SMBs in Germany

MZA , a leading telecom and IT analyst firm delivering insight and analysis into past and future trends within the communications market place, confirmed, in a current study, that Swyx, a market-leading vendor of unified communications for SMBs, remains the German market leader in the area of desktop IP telephony for organizations with 11 to 50 users.

Digium Unveils Asterisk SCF to Simplify Complex Communications Systems

Digium, Inc., which is known for its open source communications software, introduced today its Asterisk Scalable Communications Framework (SCF), which will give developers the ability to create real-time communications applications that include voice, video and text, in order to meet the demands of a wide range of uses.

Asterisk SCF was built to supply the highest levels of availability, scalability, extensibility, tolerance to fault, and performance, according to company officials.

BroadSoft Outfits Service Providers to Deliver Enterprise Hosted UC

Service providers seeking a way to offer hosted unified communications to enterprise customers now have a new option for how to do that. BroadSoft Inc. today unveiled BroadCloud, a cloud-based offer targeting fixed line, mobile and cable TV network operators.

BroadSoft says BroadCloud will enable service providers to bring to market UC services including unified messaging, presence, videoconferencing, web collaboration and other popular unified communications features much more quickly than they could on their own.

HP Updates VCX IP Telephony Systems

Hewlett-Packard (HP) highlights its “Just Right IT” portfolio for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that includes IT capabilities (new server, printer, PC and software products), wireless data networking for laptops and computers (a new 802.11n WiFi Access Point (News - Alert)) and IP telephony (an upgraded VCX telephony system and new 350x IP phones). HP and its channel partners can now offer smaller business customers a full range of office solutions (data and voice) from one communications vendor.

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