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Mitel Acquires Inter-Tel

April 26, 2007

In a $723 Million transaction two of the leaders in the mid-market communications space have teamed up as Mitel has just acquired Inter-Tel. Both companies were very strong players in the mid-size PBX space and both were leaders in staying ahead of the technology curve   Going back to the days of CTI over a decade ago, Mitel and Inter-Tel are established players in IP communications and unified communications.   “We believe this is an outstanding transaction for our stakeholders,” said Inter-Tel CEO Norman Stout. “Mitel and Inter-Tel have state-of-the-art products and complementary channels to market. In particular, we are excited about the opportunities this partnership represents for Inter-Tel’s associates and partners, who we believe will benefit from being part of a larger, growing and dynamic organization that can compete more effectively in the marketplace. We look forward to working with the Mitel team to ensure a rapid and seamless transition.”

The combined company, including Inter-Tel international subsidiaries such as Inter-Tel Europe, Swan Solutions and Lake Communications, will have solutions to address the needs of very small to large businesses globally.

Bees Gone Wild

April 26, 2007

Greg has some thoughts on the bee problems and how Taiwan is being affected by bees who leave their hives and get lost on the way home. Last year at the Communications Developer Conference I joked onstage about the latest forms of IP communications and how pigeons would play an important role in providing mesh-based WiFi networks of the future.   It seems now we need a tiny IP-based bee-cam to be placed on bees allowing scientists to see where these bees are going. Some of the theories scientists are offering are power lines or cellular signals disrupting the bees natural ability to navigate.   Something I haven’t read about is pollution being a problem but pesticides and weather are other theories that have been posed.   But the bee problem seems to have become a problem last year and power lines and cell phone signals haven’t increased so much in the last year have they? Remember this is a worldwide problem it seems.   If it is a technology problem then it would have to be a new wireless technology.

Skype Developer Program

April 26, 2007

There is big communications developer news afoot as Skype announced over 10 million downloads of Skype Extras. These Extras are in fact software programs designed to integrate with Skype. Collaboration software and call recording are examples of products that are part of this program.   The most popular Skype Extra to date is Reallusion’s CrazyTalk for Skype, which has been downloaded by consumers more than 3.5 million times. For business users, the Pamela Call Recorder has been downloaded more than 1 million times.   It goes without saying that the past few years has seen the rise of ecosystems in the communications market.

Vonage Free to Compete

April 25, 2007

Sender ID Update

April 25, 2007

EQO Funding

April 25, 2007

Jajah and Iotum

April 24, 2007

Blackberry users are having a banner day as fist they are able to run their programs on Windows Mobile computers and now Iotum and JaJah are collaborating to allow the power of Jajah’s calling network to be combined with Iotum’s Talk-Now application.   "We saw a clear opportunity to enhance the experience for mobile users by partnering with JAJAH," said Iotum CEO Alec Saunders. "Initially, our collaboration means that Iotum Talk-Now users will have one-click access to JAJAH for all their contacts. In the future, Iotum will release other 'New Presence'-enabled applications in conjunction with JAJAH, such as PIN-less, mobile conferencing."   What are the benefits? Blackberry users now can have access to all the presence applications Iotum offers and at the same time collaborate seamlessly with their Jajah contacts.

Vonage Saved Once Again

April 24, 2007

The nation’s leading pure-play VoIP telephone replacement service has received a new and perhaps temporary lease on life as the U.S. Court of Appeals extended the stay of an earlier decision allowing Vonage to continue signing up new customers.   According to a CNET online report, the three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reportedly questioned Verizon and Vonage attorneys at length about the district court’s interpretation of the three disputed patents related to VoIP telephone service. Much of the wrath has been directly at Vonage attorney Roger Warin, according to reports.   "It's very hard to tell from the briefs what's going on here," Judge Timothy Dyk was quoted as telling Warin shortly after the attorney began his arguments.

VoIP Peering Investment

April 24, 2007

In October of 2006 I cited voice/VoIP peering as a great investment opportunity. As you may recall, I said last year was the year of VoIP peering. So you are probably wondering how you can play this market and if you are -- there are a few ways to do this. You can focus on companies who supply session border control or transcoding equipment as both of these technologies are used in peering networks.

Skype Developer Program

April 24, 2007

If you haven’t noticed, one of the latest trends in communications development is producing applications which work with the Skype ecosystem. Headsets, collaboration software, conference phones and myriad other devices and solutions now interoperate with Skype.   And who can blame companies who want to ride the coattails of the most popular VoIP software platform around?   Imagine having a customer base in the teen age group and not providing Skype connectivity. These days you need to provide communications in the manner your customers most commonly use.   To that end, Andy Abramson has some thoughts on a Skype keynote at next month’s Communications Developer Conference. According to Andy TMC got the big Kahuna Paul Amery from Skype.   Why do you need to come and listen to Paul speak?
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