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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.







MasterStream ERP Expands Carrier Offerings

April 24, 2018



MasterStream, the complex quoting engine of many of today's carriers has been successful at working with enough carriers that they provide 15 million quotes per month. Part of what differentiates the company is they provide complex quotes - based on specifications of the carrier and customer. They are leveraging this success and expanding into new and exciting adjacent spaces.



Their first new product, CarrierAccess allows a wholesale carrier to just manage their product catalogue for their provider customers. Instead of using a spreadsheet or portfolio can now have a single portal for everything they need.





How Nuance is Powering the Voice Economy

April 16, 2018

It's no secret that voice interfaces have become one of the most successful product categories in recent years. With the price point of smart speakers dropping to the same level as a week's worth of Starbucks, many consumers have filled their homes with such devices.

All of this is great news for Nuance as they have been a leader in the voice recognition space for decades.

As this tech has evolved to become intelligent assistants, the company has invested in organic growth and acquisitions to stay ahead of the curve.

Speaking of acquisitions we remember when past ITEXPO keynoter Steve Wozniak mistakenly mentioned that Apple was going to purchase Nuance. Sometimes you can be correct but just early. This could be the case as Apple is failing in the Smart Speaker market with its overpriced HomePod. It may be forced to buy Nuance for its voice technology.





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