Voice over IP, IP telephony, Hosted IP Telephony

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.

Business VoIP Services Set to Reach $20 Billion by 2015

A recent study by ABI Research revealed that the value of the overall global business VoIP service market, which includes VoIP integrated access, SIP trunking, hosted IP-PBX/IP Centrex and managed IP-PBX services, is forecasted to surpass $20 billion by 2015, almost double its current figure.

Last year, the business VoIP market exhibited elevated growth in terms of both volume and value – quite the opposite from the direction the economy was taking overall.

ShoreTel acquires Agito for $11.4M

ShoreTel announced it has acquired Agito Networks for approximately $11.4 million. ShoreTel, supplies unified cCommunication (UC) solutions based on its IP business phone system, while Agito is focused on enterprise mobility, extending voice and UC to cell phones. The Agito acquisition allows ShoreTel to offer native support for leading mobile devices including BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Nokia and Windows-Mobile smartphones. With the all-cash deal, ShoreTel acquires Agito's intellectual property, customer base and distribution network.

Skype and Facebook: Unified Communications on a Shoestring

With the launch of Skype 5.0 this week, the PC-based voice over IP (VoIP) and messaging service is now integrated with the Facebook social network. While neither Skype, nor Facebook are typically considered business platforms, the combination of the two offer many of the benefits and features of unified communications on a budget that small and medium businesses can appreciate: free.

Now snom Does IP PBXs: One is Free

Snom technology, definitely one of the most recognized international names in business IP desktop phones, has released snom ONE: a new family of IP PBX systems that runs on standard servers. The design concept is based on simplicity and affordability, thereby enabling even small SMBs to employ an advanced IP PBX system along with snom's suite of IP desktop and wireless DECT phones.

Videoconferencing: Step Up From Skype

In business computing, some revolutions occur faster than others. After years of promise, videoconferencing has finally become useful for small businesses, offering long-distance collaboration without the need to travel.

Many people get their first taste of videoconferencing through Skype or one of many video-enabled instant messaging systems, and for internal or informal purposes such services may be all a company needs.

Cisco Umi brings HD telepresence to the living room

The Umi service requires that you supply your own high-definition TV.

(Credit: Cisco Systems)
Cisco Systems unveiled Cisco Umi today, its consumer-focused telepresence offering that lets people connect to each other using videoconferencing on their HD television in their living rooms.

Business VoIP Not Slowing Down - Revenue up 8% in 1H10

Aastra to Demonstrate Microsoft Lync-Compatible Phones

Aastra will be demonstrating its 6725ip and 6721ip phones, which are optimized for Microsoft Lync, at the INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) in Los Angeles.

Officials with Aastra said that 6721ip and 6725ip phones deliver exceptional quality and value while tightly integrating with Microsoft Lync, making them powerful unified communications devices.

Company officials said that these phones can operate independently from a PC, so they can be easily and widely deployed.

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