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Artisoft to Acquire Vertical

September 28, 2004

And the acquisitions keep piling up!

Artisoft, Inc., announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Vertical Networks, Inc. Vertical Networks makes distributed IP-PBX software and communications solutions for large enterprises. With the acquisition, Artisoft is looking to increase its customer base and market, including the addition of several large enterprise customers in the retail, financial services, and healthcare verticals, as well as expand the breadth and scope of its technology and product offerings to include distributed enterprise solutions.

Skype At Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO

September 27, 2004

Niklas Zennström, CEO and co-founder of Skype, will address the audience at Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO in Los Angeles on October 6. Mr. Zennström will present via videoconference from London, England. There’s still time to register to attend the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a keynote address from one of the more interesting personalities in the VoIP space.

Packet8 on

September 27, 2004

Building on recent distributions deals with Ingram Micro and Navarre, Packet8 has announced that Internet shoppers can now find Packet8 VoIP products and services online at

The Packet8 offerings currently featured at include the recently introduced DV326 Broadband VideoPhone, which is designed to work like a regular telephone and delivers video calls over a high-speed Internet connection, and the DTA Broadband Phone Adapter, which is designed to allow a regular phone to make and receive calls worldwide over the Internet, with accompanying VoIP service plans.

Both Packet8 offerings at are accompanied by special promotional incentives including a mail-in rebate on the DTA adapter of $60 until along with free activation and two months of free service and a $200 mail-in rebate on one Packet8 VideoPhone, $500 mail in rebate for two, along with free activations and one free month of service.

Weekend recap: The Mets won 2 out of 3 from the Cubbies this weekend, unfortunately, the home team decided to lose in front of me.

Autumn, and the road keeps rolling...

September 24, 2004

Autumn officially arrived this past Wednesday. I love autumn in New York. There's something special about the added chill in the air, as September turns to October, and the year-in, year-out spectacle of autumn baseball in NY. I'm a lifelong Mets fan, and yet I'm not one of those "anybody but the Yankees" Mets fan. I love my home town, and the fact that we have two major league baseball teams makes this place that much better.

Report Cites Strong Growth for SBC Market

September 23, 2004

Frost & Sullivan has released a report covering the World Session Border Controller Market. Prepared by Jon Arnold, program leader, VoIP Equipment at Frost, the report defines what Session Border Controllers (SBC) are, why they are important, and outlines a market forecast pegging the growth of the market at a rate of nearly 60% by 2008.

The report details a complex vendor landscape, and Frost expects the market to continue to evolve significantly over the next 2–3 years. Arnold profiles 12 SBC vendors, and has created a unique strategic matrix that plots the market positioning for 18 vendors based on their function set and markets served.

Toshiba Launches Business IP Phones

September 23, 2004

Toshiba has announced the launch of its new generation family of IP business telephones, in advance of the introduction of its first native IP telephony system, the new Strata CIX business communications system. The company will debut the CIX at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO being held in Los Angeles this October 4-7.

Compatible with Toshiba’s Strata CTX and Strata CIX business communications systems, the Toshiba IPT2010-SD and IPT2020-SD telephones are now available.

Toshiba’s IPT2010-SD and IPT2020-SD are 10 and 20-button telephones, respectively, with two-line by 24 character displays.

Nokia Bridges VoIP, POTS

September 22, 2004

Often overlooked in favor of the flashier cellular handset side of the family, Nokia’s network division has announced some interesting news at the Broadband World Forum in Venice, Italy. Nokia has launched a new solution for broadband operators, which — according to the company — will enable VoIP services to be combined with broadband. The Nokia Voice solution brings POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) compatibility to the Nokia D500 IP DSLAM, connecting traditional voice connections to a packet-based network.

The D500 supports SIP and provides the QoS features for connectivity with WLAN-enabled terminals and PCs.

AT&T Launches VoIP Partner Program

September 21, 2004

AT&T is launching an Innovation & Interoperability program aimed at enabling its partners to build products and design services that will be compatible with AT&T’s VoIP portfolio.

Charter Members of the program include chip manufacturers Broadcom, Centillium, Intel and Texas Instruments; CPE vendors D-Link, Linksys, and NETGEAR; IP PBX makers Alcatel, Avaya, Cisco, Nortel Networks, and Siemens, and softswitch/gateway provider Sonus Networks.

This alliance program will allow AT&T tremendous access to and partnership opportunities with the IP telephony industry’s leading equipment and development platform companies. The move is clearly aimed at solidifying AT&T’s offering and driving AT&T-branded VoIP services into the mainstream.

Ford Selects SBC VoIP

September 21, 2004

VoIP Provider Extends Global Reach

September 21, 2004

If you find yourself living and studying abroad, learning to stir sauces in Provence, or stirring watercolors for your Art class in Florence, you understand that culture is so much easier to come by than cold hard cash. A student is a student, and more often than not, they’re just as strapped for Euros as they are for dollars. Well, a new service from Lingo may be just the ticket to staying in touch with your family. I mean, why spend all of your parents’ money on calling home to ask for more money?

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