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Vonage Goes Full Speed Ahead to Major Global Phone Company

April 9, 2016

I predicted the purchase of M5 by ShoreTel back in 2012 could get Vonage to consider going after the business space and a year later they purchased Vocalocity and a suite of companies to enable them to not only target the small business market but all the way up to the largest of the large companies. In an exclusive interview with Clark Peterson, President of Vonage Business Solutions, I got to learn a great deal about what is happening at the company.

Through three channel-based companies they purchased, they now 600,000 business seats as compared to 1.9 million on the residential side. Clark touted the fact that his company has better financial stability than most of the others in the space.

Recession Coming? Fusion Says Things Are Getting Better

April 6, 2016

The telecom market was once said to be a great predictor of recessions – in fact it’s been said in the industry that back when all phones were wired, the first companies to know bad times were coming were the RBOCs or regional Bell operating companies such as Pacific Bell, etc. I couldn’t help but think of this when I spoke with Russell P. Markman, President - Business Services at Fusion. Especially in light of "economic downgrades from the IMF.

Fusion has a broad range of products and services from fax to conferencing and SIP while they target carriers, call centers and businesses with their various offerings.

AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners

March 23, 2016



With predictions about IoT devices numbering in the billions and revolutionizing every market from medical to industrial, a simple question remains. How will all these devices and solutions get sold? Who will deploy them, connect them, harness the data they emit in order to allow businesses to become more productive and efficient?

Consider that estimates put the number of public and private companies in the US at more than 27 million and over 115 million worldwide.

GENBAND Announces Big Win at XO, Kandy Wrappers and More

March 14, 2016


As more carriers look to roll out UC solutions, GENBAND is there to help and in fact recently has been on a tear in terms of making relevant news. Since the acquisition of the Nortel carrier and large enterprise business, GENBAND has literally become a full-service telecom equipment manufacturer with a broad portfolio of features rivaled by only a handful of firms.

The GENBAND marketing team






In a recent meeting with Patrick Joggerst, Carl Baptiste, Bita Milanian and the rest of the management team (a small subset of the people above), I was once again blown away by just how many balls the company has in the air and is managing effectively. In fact, I just wrote up another story on all the company is doing and that was less than two weeks ago.

How Chris Botting Moved Hardware to Software Decades before Others

March 14, 2016

Recently, I ran into Chris Botting at an event where everyone was telling me about how there is a move from hardware to software and the trend is revolutionary. I told Chris, that he is responsible for this revolution yet most people aren't aware of why.

You see Chris founded a company called PakNetX back in the late nineties and when he came to my office two decades ago, he showed me a CD which contained an ACD. Until that point, an ACD or automatic call distributor was a huge, hulking piece of iron which allowed you to press a number on your phone in order to connect with the right department (1 for accounting, 2 for sales, etc.). Actually a few years earlier thanks to the PC operating systems opening up and CTI integration, we did start to the the ACD migrate to computer servers.

By the way, the reason he used a CD and not the internet is because at the time, few people had the bandwidth to download the software.



BroadSoft's Big Opportunity: Contact Centers

March 13, 2016

After spending more than a decade selling solutions which allow carriers to resell UC solutions, BroadSoft has decided the call center is its next big opportunity. By acquiring Transera, BroadSoft is positioned well to provide cloud-based call center solutions to not only customers but carriers themselves. In addition, these solutions will be scalable as BroadWorks is known for scaling to million so users.

In my meeting was Prem Uppaluru, who founded Transera – the cloud contact center company which BroadSoft acquired.

CafeX Looks to Solve Biggest Video Collaboration Challenges

March 13, 2016



WebRTC has been an incredible driver of interoperability in real-time communications but it still won’t work across every browser. CafeX Communications has been working on solving this problem for years and now has a new solution called Chime which it hopes becomes the ultimate cross-platform, browser-powered video solution.

I spoke with Sajeel Hussain about the new solution and he emphasized that it works with Microsoft Edge and can interwork with in-room systems from Cisco and also work with Microsoft Skype for Business. In addition, he emphasized companies can save 75% on their bandwidth utilization as Chime can cluster four video sessions as a single session which connects to the MCU.

Metaswitch: UC and CC The New and Old Growth Area for Carriers

March 11, 2016

Adding contact center and unified communications to your offerings adds a 30% addressable market for carriers according to Chris Carabello of Metawitch networks. He then said, “We're very invested in service providers and given their broadband infrastructure, ability to own quality of experience and have an existing distribution channel.”

Moreover, Chris showed me research which cites carrier customers saying they would be happy to buy these services from the carrier if the price is right.



Carriers providing contact center or even business voice services is not necessarily a new idea.

Dialpad is Reborn from Switch.co

March 7, 2016



Dialpad

was one of the coolest services ever… It allowed you in the 1990s to call any number in the US for free via the web. It caught fire around the world and was one of the first viral hits on the web. If was an app, it would likely be worth north of $100 billion today but sadly, there were no ultra-successful app stores at the time. And if memory serves, our phones weren’t smart, all they did was allow us to flip them open and talk.

Craig Walker, became a founding investor in the company and later sold it to Yahoo.

GENBAND Makes NFV, SBC and fring Alliance news at MWC16

March 3, 2016

As carriers look to compete with OTT voice and video solutions, GENBAND is helping them via their new fring Alliance Revenue Engine Apps. As a reminder, the fring Alliance is a group of carriers working collectively to for all effective purposes to launch a cross-carrier Skype competitor. GENBAND makes it easy for operators to set up a virtually turnkey solution which allows mobile and other operators to provide an alternative OTT service.

“We’re committed to helping our CSP partners and customers alike position themselves effectively in today’s extraordinarily competitive and fast-moving market,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, General Manager, fring Alliance. “The Alliance is more than a Rich Communications Services platform that mobile operators can leverage to offer their own white-label solutions– it’s also a rapid service creation and revenue engine for differentiated, high-quality experiences users are willing to pay for.”

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