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Avaya and Mitel Cross at Canadian Border

New Jersey-based Avaya, spun out of Lucent and previously AT&T has a decades-long history of providing business communications solutions. With its purchase of Nortel’s business communications assets a few years back it picked up even more knowledge, know-how and relationships....

Voice Carrier Wants a Big Piece of the SMB VoIP Pie

The business VoIP market has a tremendous amount of growth potential based on a recent FCC report I highlighted last week. And perhaps the most exciting aspect of the market is there is no single leading player which comes to...

Cbeyond Cloud Goes Beyond Footprint

Upcoming ITEXPO East 2011 exhibitor Cbeyond has been traditionally limited by the footprint where it could provide broadband services as a CLEC/ISP but is now expanding its cloud services nationwide. With a range of services from dedicated to SQL servers,...

Ooma, Making Home Phones Better

It is tough to impress me when it comes to home telephone systems... I have seen it all or at least I feel I have. Covering the telecom space as long as I have, I figured there are few innovations...

Epygi Adds PBX Features, Moves Upmarket

One certainty in the world is that feature wars often get fought in the battle to win the most customers. If you don't beleive me, think of how few features your car had 15 years ago compared to today. In...

HP Buys 3Com

HP is acquiring 3Com for $2.7 billion and there are a number of reasons for this move. First of all, it is obvious the tech market is hot and Cisco and other companies are optimistic about the future as evidenced...

Alteva Showcases Hosted UC Solutions

As the hosted IP communications market has grown, so has Alteva, a company providing services such as hosted PBX. With customers ranging from 100-6,000 users, the Broadsoft-powered provider adds bells and whistles to traditional hosted telecom solutions. These include UC...

ITEXPO West 2009 Show News

Be sure to check out all of the exciting news happening at ITEXPO. In order to get up to date news be sure to bookmark the show news page and check out the three show dailies which have already been...

Internet Telephony Expo Becomes ITEXPO

For ten years Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has been the one trade show which focused first on bringing buyers and sellers in the communications market together -- a surprisingly novel idea in the communications conference market. And what a...

IP Communications Still Getting Funded

I don't need to tell you this is a challenging time for any person or company to get a loan, financing or credit. Some very good companies will likely not make it through this economic environment - not because their...

Speakeasy Rolls Out SIP Trunks and More

According to Bruce Chatterley the President and CEO of Speakeasy, his company is a full service broadband communications company building solution for the SMB space. The company focuses on the smaller end of this group at under 100 employees and...

From Bad GM News to Good Tektronix News

I woke this morning to hear GM may face bankruptcy, even though the taxpayers have loaned the company tens of billions of dollars. Later in the day I traveled to Genband where they tell me business is good. I then...

Ooma, the FCC-Backed Phone Company

There are a number of bright spots in the IP communications space as evidenced by the last ITEXPO in Miami but the consumer market is not one which you would imagine tops the list. Sure, there is massive growth in...

Four Signs IP Communications is Thriving

Is thriving too strong? Better than expected? Better than average. You choose the terms but you must admit things are better than many thought they would be. In the toughest economy in my lifetime, IP communications including VoIP is doing...

ITEXPO Growth of 15 Percent Portends Bright Industry Future

 With all the doom and gloom talk regarding the global economy, many attendees and exhibitors came to ITEXPO recently in Miami with low expectations. A few exhibitors told me candidly the show could have been justifiably down 30 percent. Instead, we...

ITEXPO East 2009 Attendance Up 15%

Thank you all so much for coming to Miami this week. The numbers are in for ITEXPO East 2009 and the amount of people at the event increased 15% from the same one last year. We could not have done...

Happy Birthday Response Point

AT ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami last night, Microsoft hosted a great dinner for bloggers and analysts. The conversation was lively and the networking as great as any event I have gone to. One comment of note was that Response...

ITEXPO East 2009 Blog Roundup

Yesterday, a number of people blogged about ITEXPO and discussed what they will be doing at the show. It seemed like a good weekend project to assemble some of these posts in one place so you can join in the...

The Response Point Communications Opportunity in 2009

While there are many segments of the communications market which will do better than the overall economy in 2009, there is an important trend worth noting of you are trying to invest your money or resources in the space. The...

Asterisk, Trixbox and Switchvox Training

It is a foregone conclusion that the open source market will benefit as companies look to take advantage of the lower costs and productivity benefits of IP communications and collaboration while holding the line on costs. If you are a...

Sendio AntiSpam Box: Good, Bad - Ugly

Sendio has done something amazing for TMC - they provided us with a review unit of an anti-spam box which slowly migrated throughout TMC and now many of us use it to send challenge-response messages to people who send us...

Obviously VoIP is Alive and Well

  A Phoenix rising from the ashes -- not sure this is the appropriate image but it sure is colorful A few people have asked me recently to throw my hat in the ring about the health of VoIP. Many...

Plantronics Calisto Pro Review Update

I wrote a pretty positive review of the Plantronics Calisto Pro series phone and headset a while back. I don't use the phone that often and recently I needed a headset but didn't have any in the house except...

Microsoft Response Point Podcast With Richard Sprague

Microsoft's Response Point is an SMB phone system with big features. Priced reasonably and supplied by partners who make the hardware, this small business phone system has big features like voice recognition and a lot more.But more importantly, this...

Vidtel Brings Consumer Video over IP Communications to the Masses

In meetings with companies in the communications industry such as Polycom and many others, they tell me sales of video products have done very well these past years. Distributors and resellers tell me this category of product outsells just...
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