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Stack8: Achieving the Promise of UC and UCaaS

When it comes to UC, quite often, integrators leave when a system is technically up and running, not when it is optimally...

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Hate Calling Companies? 10 Digit Communications Has the Answer

And that answer ironically is, not to answer - by voice anyway... If you have kids, are a kid or know kids (I...

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ZaiLab Powers the Contact Center via AI, ML and AWS

The breathtaking pace of technological innovation has meant that companies have been able to punch beyond their weight class. In other words,...

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Pareteum Lets Carriers and Companies Quickly Integrate Global Mobile Services

Abstraction in tech adds value. Look no further than portable document format or PDF for an abstraction format for documents that revolutionized...

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What's the Story Behind the Sangoma Digium Deal?

  I’ve been asked 2 main questions since it was announced that Sangoma was buying Digium.  First is “what’s the real story?”  ...

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Increasing Productivity is a key aspect of small business voice telephony solution

  There are lots and lots of features with voice telephony solutions.  It’s important not to get carried away with all of...

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The Status of WebRTC

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about the status of WebRTC.   And quite a bit has happened in that time.  ...

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Jenne Becomes Leading UCaaS Value-Added Distributor

May 8, 2018

As resellers evolve from selling telecom hardware like PBXs to UCaaS, they often need help to figure out how to do it successfully. Beyond the financial challenges inherent in going from a CAPEX to a monthly recurring (MRR) model are the inherent difficulties in learning how to configure complete solutions which include the network and voice communications.

One company helping resellers and the channel making the switch is Jenne, Inc. They bill themselves as a truly value-added distributor according to Susan Elder, Senior Director of Marketing as she told us in an exclusive in-person interview.



In January of this year, TMCnet reported Jenne becoming a distributor of Zenitel Group. At the time, Patrick Howard, senior director of product management at Jenne said that Zenitel’s intelligent communication solutions for operational risk and resilience, as well as essential operational needs are critical to bridging the last mile in this market.

In February, we reported on a Jenne deal with Jive Communications. At the time, Patrick said, "Jenne’s high touch, fast response,’ model and UCaaS offerings will complement Jive’s scalable, flexible, and reliable cloud-based phone systems and unified communications services, and their stellar customer service." 

More recently, Jenne announced a new Cloud Master Agent Program for Avaya IP Office.









Altaworx Helps You Launch, Monetize and Scale Telecom Solutions

May 7, 2018



IoT billing can get quite expensive as carrier plans do not always fit the usage pattern of devices. In a conversation with Rickie Richey, CEO of Altaworx, he explained his company has a SaaS-based solution which works with AT&T Control Center and Cisco Jasper. In one case, a customer with 19,000 tablets - many which get erased and reset frequently due to employee turnover was spending a great deal on wireless service. When they switched to Altaworx, the tablets started to get charged the bottom rate and per minute usage, for a savings of 15% or $600,000 per year.

Another customer is a car manufacturer with 230,000 SIM cards on the market across 56 carriers, adding 20,000 new SIMs per month.



With Yeastar, Becoming a Telecom MSP is a Massive Arbitrage Opportunity

May 4, 2018

Recently we wrote about how telecom resellers are becoming MSPs, providing UCaaS solutions on their own, without the need to rely on an OTT provider such as RingCentral or 8x8.

In our discussions with MSPs making the switch from reselling a hardware solution like Toshiba to providing service themselves, they tell us how happy they are. They are making great margins and have much more control over their destiny.



We just had an in-person interview with David L. Puckett, Director of Business Development at Yeastar and the opportunity just grew in our minds as we spoke.

The company has 100 engineers and recently devoted themselves to taking all their hardware smarts and converting it to software. The result is the Yeastar Cloud PBX which was launched a few months back at ITEXPO. It's a monster, based on the Yeastar Management Plane or YMP, supporting 100 PBX instances, 2,000 users, and 500 concurrent calls.







3CX Aims to be Top 3 in UC Software

May 3, 2018

MSPs and resellers in telecom are going in three directions. The first is business as usual. They continue to sell boxes and/or cloud services. Sometimes they'll just refer the business to the UCaaS provider and other times, they'll do the install themselves.

Another direction is the reseller becoming an MSP.

FracTEL Advances Conference Call Security

April 30, 2018



Citing the common theft of conference call pin codes in places like political campaigns, Michael Crown, President of FracTEL told us in an exclusive interview, his company's SKRUM solution announced at ITEXPO earlier this year, securely calls participants instead of relying on them to enter pin codes. He said, "Conference calls are expensive." He continued, "At the end, nothing happens. Calls aren't actionable."

This is why FracTEL is focusing on changing this. At the conclusion of a call, they perform recording and transcript analysis.



CSF Adds MMS, White Label Toll-Free Texting

April 30, 2018



Texting is becoming a crucial form of communications for companies and to help facilitate the transition, CSF Corporation has expanded its portfolio of solutions. The company now enables organizations to do B2B and B2C texting - allowing notifications to be transferred to phones and email accounts.

In an exclusive interview with Rich Scanlon, CEO, he explained, their Conversations app is flexible, seamless and can act as the hub of communications. He said, "It's an omnichannel approach to p2p messaging."

He continued to say, there is a real-time transition from a2p to p2p. In other words, if an entity was to send a broadcast test message (application to person or a2p), someone can respond to the SMS (person to person or p2p) and have it routed to the right person or people.

Rich explained, their native application, gateway and APIs route p2p conversations.

They also have a toll-free for MMS option allowing a picture or video to be sent to an 800 number.



Most importantly, CSF allows this service to be white-labeled, meaning a great and potentially lucrative recurring revenue opportunity for the MSP community.

In short, as more millennials interact with organizations, the need to text-enable all numbers will only continue to increase.















Bullseye Telecom Expands Channel Offerings

April 29, 2018



As telecom consolidation continues, a wave of mid-sized carriers are expanding their channel programs to take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from changes to these programs at the "big carriers."

One such company is BullsEye Telecom. Their  Channel Partner Programs offer three new opportunities for potential partners:
  • Referral Partner: best suited for IT consultants and those who are connected with organizations that may benefit from BullsEye’s full line of services.
  • MSP Program: ideal for Managed Service Providers, VARs and system integrators; provides an opportunity to grow a stable and predictable revenue stream by referring BullsEye’s portfolio of services to their clients.
  • Agent Channel: for technology solution providers with sub-agents or seasoned sales representatives with a track record of selling technology solutions throughout the U.S.

All of the Channel Partner Programs feature these and other benefits:

  • Priority BullsEye support
  • High commissions through BullsEye’s industry-leading compensation plan, offering upfront, residual and combo options
  • The ability to grow business services offerings – including VoIP, SD-WAN, Broadband and POTS – from a single provider
  • Dedicated, hands-on sales and marketing support to help drive business



In an exclusive in-person interview with Mark Sondergaard, national director of partner sales, BullsEye Telecom said, “With our robust offerings, industry-leading benefits and proven success system, we are laser-focused on helping our partners grow their businesses faster and more strategically than ever before.”

Mark explained they are adding pre-sales engineers, and have added 4-5 channel managers as well. He said they excel in providing multilocation service including POTs aggregation, broadband aggregation, various VoIP flavors and of course SD-WAN.

He told me, they are one of the few companies which can bring on a one-thousand location restaurant and first take control of the transferred numbers via a POTs to POTs transfer.







AireSpring Going The Extra Mile For Customers

April 27, 2018



AireSpring continues its rapid hosted growth according to Danial Lonstein (pictured below) who recently became the President and Chief Revenue Officer. To accommodate their expansion, Danial explained in an exclusive live interview that they recently moved to a new headquarters in Van Nuys, California.

The company made some big bets last year as they explained to us in an interview at the time.



They've recently added a new channel chief, Shane Speakman who came from Zayo Zayo Group where he led the channel management team and served as National Director of Business Development. The news was announced at ITEXPO and SD-WAN EXPO in Fort Lauderdale.

As a result, they are actively adding to their channel team - in part because many of the larger players in the space and reducing their channel commitment. Danial explained, the larger the competition gets, the less flexible and channel-friendly they become.

Other differentiators include their multivendor approach, more sophisticated portal access, free support of third-party tickets and auto ticket generation which happens when they notice a problem.

Going forward, the company will have a global SD-WAN solution including getting through the great "Chinese firewall." In addition, they have added Zoom from Metaswitch.













Windstream Positioned between CableCos and Largest Carriers

April 26, 2018

Two months back at ITEXPO/SDWAN Expo, Windstream aligned its brands to simply Windstream Enterprise and Windstream Wholesale. The company explained the new brand strategy reflects the transformation the organization is undertaking in response to the demands of the business market for a more agile, innovative network and communication service provider. The organization distinguishes itself by leveraging the latest technology and a highly agile, customer-centric culture that positions Windstream as a trusted partner to its Enterprise and Wholesale customers.



“Enterprise IT is going through a tectonic shift, driven by rapid migration to the cloud and adoption of new technologies to address evolving customer needs,” said Joseph Harding (above), executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale. “This transformation directly addresses the specific challenges facing businesses today who’ve learned that conventional approaches can’t keep pace with the requirements of the digital economy,” said Harding.



VirtualPBX Invented the UCaaS Space. This is What They're Doing Now.

April 24, 2018



In 1997, years before Skype, Vonage and before Cisco discovered VoIP, VirtualPBX was invented. To say the company was early is an understatement. Hundreds or thousands of communications companies didn't make it through the various bubble bursts between then and now.

Now though, the company is facing intense pressure from well-funded competitors coming at them from numerous directions. Here is how they are differentiating.



In an exclusive interview with CEO Paul Hammond, we discussed the company's latest platform, Dash - three years old and shiny new.







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