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Zultys UPDATE

July 26, 2006

Apparently Rich Tehrani was able to get a hold of Iain Milnes, who tells Rich that the work stoppage at Zutys is --hopefully -- temporary. At least until theyget some funding.

 Here's what Rich wrote:

Update:

I just spoke with Iain Milnes the founder of the company and he said they are ceasing operations and terminating employees temporarily -- until they get financing. They feel they have a great product portfolio and a great channel – I agree. They are looking for investors who see this value. Contact iain.milnes@zultys.com for details.

 

End of the Line for Zultys?

July 26, 2006

Looks like it's game over for Zultys Technologies.

E-mail to the company comes back with the following message:

"Unfortunately, Zultys has ceased day-to-day operations as of July 26, 2006."

...Lots of changes happening in our world of IP Communications these days.

VoIP Peering Web Summit: UPDATE

July 25, 2006

I just heard that NexTone Communications has been added as a sponsor of Thursday's Web Summit titled VoIP Peering - Why The Time Is Now. NexTone joins XConnect, Kayote Networks, J. Arnold & Associates, and TMC in Thursday's event.

Register now.

VoIP Peering Web Summit - This Thursday 7/27

July 25, 2006

This Thursday, July 27, (not necessarily in honor of Alexander Enmanuel Rodriguez’s 31st birthday) TMC will present its first in a planned series of Web Summits in partnership with J Arnold & Associates.   The subject is VoIP Peering. Register now to reserve your space.   Covering VoIP Peering opportunities for the service provider, this live Web event is the first in a series of Web Summits targeted at service providers. Each will focus on thought leadership from the industry's leading companies and the host, Jon Arnold, one of the IP sector's most highly-regarded analysts.   Thursday's Web Summit — VoIP Peering–Why The Time Is Now — features two companies who are at the vanguard of this emerging space: XConnect and Kayote Networks.

Avaya Disappoints; Peterson Out

July 25, 2006

Avaya has announced that Donald K. Peterson will be stepping down as President and CEO. Peterson will remain Avaya’s chairman of the board of directors through September 30, 2006.   Avaya further announced the appointment of Louis J. D'Ambrosio to the office of`President and Chief Executive Officer. D'Ambrosio has held a series of key leadership roles at Avaya, most recently as Senior Vice President and President, Global Sales and Marketing. The Board also appointed Michael Thurk, Avaya’s Senior Vice President and President, Global Communications Solutions, as Chief Operating Officer.

Skype Launches 4 WiFi Phones

July 21, 2006

 

Skype announced 4 new WiFi phones today:

Belkin WiFi Phone for Skype  
Edge-Core WiFi Phone for Skype
NETGEAR WiFi Phone for Skype
SMC Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

With Skype software pre-loaded and an intuitive interface, the WiFi phones offer the freedom of Internet calling without being tied to a computer. Consumers can initiate Skype calls from access points anywhere in the world.

For more information, check out the Skype store.

Informa: 300 Million 3.5G Handsets by 2011

July 18, 2006

Informa Telecoms and Media has just issued a report stating that the number of 3.5G mobile broadband subscribers worldwide will boom more than ten-fold from 2.5 million in 2006 to more than 300 million in 2011.

However, market growth in the coming year will likely be restrained by a lack of devices and content, according to the report Future Mobile Broadband: HSPA, EV-DO, WiMAX & LTE.

"A lack of compelling devices and content led to delayed launches and slow take-up of WCDMA and EV-DO services, and early HSDPA and EV-DO Revision A services are expected to suffer from the very same problems," says Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and co-author of the Future Mobile Broadband Strategic Report.

Babble On: Brit ISP Begins FreeB VoIP Service

July 10, 2006

Following the announcement from Skype last month that it was launching a promotion whereby users could make free SkypeOut calls to landline phones (in the U.S. & Canada) Babble.net, a British ITSP, has launched FreeB — a new service that allows new and existing Babble users to make free phone calls from their laptop, PC, or IP telephone to landlines in over 25 countries.   Babble users are able to make FreeB calls to landline phones in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, and the UK.   To activate the free VoIP-to-landline FreeB minutes, new and existing customers simply send a single text message to Babble, having first registered and downloaded the Babble software onto their laptop or PC.   Here’s the fine print:
  • Babble’s FreeB calls are limited to 30 minutes each day.
  • After that the standard low-cost Babble rates apply.

AudioCodes Sweeps up Netrake

July 6, 2006

And I thought buying SBC companies was so 2005.   Who knew?   It’s not quite the $67.5 million that Kagoor fetched from Juniper, nor the $20 million that Ditech spent on Jasomi, but Audiocodes announced this morning that it will purchase Netrake Corp. for up to $11 million in cash.   That’s $10 million in cash at closing, plus an additional $1 million if Netrake achieves certain financial targets as of the closing date.   The deal is expected to close in the Q306.   Following the transaction, Netrake will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of AudioCodes.
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