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Selling UCaaS as a Solution with Velis4

In this podcast with Guy Yasika, VP of Sales at Velis4, we talk about selling UCaaS as a solution. Velis4 has 3 UCaaS platforms - Broadsoft, Skype4B and Netsapiens - which offers 3 very different approaches to UCaaS for...

Tidbits #2438

Data Center, M&A, BK, Innovation, UCAAS and more in this episode of Tidbits. Sendhub,a business SMS provider that raised $10M, was acquired by Cameo Global, a global managed IT shop that does some contact center work. Salesforce's leadership position...

Rural Acquisitions Happen Too

What if you were a company that long ago was created to be a volume buying group for RLECs and owned by a bunch of IOCs? Then time passes and long distance minutes are declining. The FCC mandates that...

Why Do You Look at an iPhone That Way?

The promise of the iPhone wasn't that you could make HD voice calls. Actually the original promise was a beautifully designed cellphone. Then it became more with iTunes and the app store and the ecosystem. The ecosystem is the...

What Happens in Vegas

At the Channel Partners Expo in Vegas, rumors are running wild. Metaswitch-Genband being settled in patent court. Polycom-Mitel cuz money. Another Broadsoft client gets bought. MagicJack (yes, magicjack) decides to over-bid in order to not be the bridesmaid again....

On the DSCI Buy with TelePacific's David Zahn

Last week, TelePacific announced that they were acquiring DSCI. I got a chance to have a ten minute conversation with TelePacific SVP David Zahn about the transaction. We talk Broadsoft, MPLS, network, UC, Managed IT and the 3 C's...

TelePacific Goes National

TelePacific announced the acquisition of DSCI yesterday. This move provides many benefits to the service provider. For one, it gives TPAC a national presence. TPAC's business (and network) is in Cali, Nevada and Texas. DSCI is mainly East Coast,...

Some M&A

ThinkingPhones has re-branded as Fuze, a video conferencing company it bought recently. Apparently they are running away from the idea of phones. Muni merger in Virginia: "Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the...

The Gist of ITEXPO

ITEXPO just ended in Fort Lauderdale, where it was for quite a few years. (The Miami Beach Convention Center is being renovated.) Here are a few things I saw at ITEXPO: SD-WAN is a better term than SDN (software...

Broadsoft's UCaaS Predictions

Broadsoft did a global survey of UCaaS penetration. "The survey of 129 global service provider and industry leader respondents revealed cloud UC market penetration could grow 3x in the large enterprise segment, 7x in the mid-market segment and almost...

Uh Oh, Microsoft is Closing the Gaps

Some folks think I am picking on the VoIP space (see this post). Maybe I am. Hosted PBX started for me in 2003 when Broadsoft's second customer rolled out its platform and signed me up as their first agent....

CTI Group Acquired

Call recording company, CTI Group was acquired by Canadian enterprise software company, Enghouse for $0.61 per share or about $18 million. Enghouse took over leadership of CTI on December 7th. And started cutting immediately. CEO Fred Hanuschek is out...

Cisco to Spark Some BroadCloud Competition

As if it weren't bad enough that Microsoft was forcing its tech partners to become salespeople, and Broadsoft was nudging its white-label partners to the curb, now Cisco is hosting a unified comms platform. "Hosted by Cisco and sold...

Collision of Titans

As the hype would have you believe, the world is moving to the cloud. Well, it is happening, just not as fast as many say (or hope). For one thing, migrating software to the cloud is not as simple...

FCC Moves on Frontier and the Internet

So the FCC set the clock on the Charter-TWC merger. Part of the order explains how confidential information will be handled. (This is not the first merger with confidential company info.) The two Republican Commissioners on the FCC are...

What Happened to Alteva?

Alteva was one of the pure play Broadsoft ITSPs. The exit strategy was to be acquired (as it was for almost all the CCA members). An RLEC, WVT, bought them in 2011 for $17m. Today, Momemtum, a wholesale Broadsoft...

Vonage Picks Up Another One

Broadsoft is losing customers steadily. Vonage bought its third Broadsoft shop today with the announcement it is acquiring iCore for $92M. "The purchase price represents approximately 1.3 times estimated 2015 iCore revenues." [pr] "iCore sells its solutions primarily through...

An Afternoon of VoIP News

Vitelity, a VoIP, SMS and Fax-over-IP provider, got bought by Onvoy. Onvoy got bought by Zayo. Zayo spun it off as a part of another Zayo entity (CII or Communications Infrastructure Investments). Onvoy provides tandem and transit, wholesale VoIP,...

Merger Noise in June

BroadSoft gobbled up mPortal, which "designs and develops customer experiences across mobile, web and other connected devices." [Marketing noise for app and portal.] It turns out that BroadSoft Design is actually mPortal. It has something to do with BroadSoft's...

Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in the SMB market. Arnold says that it is presented as a TDM replacement service. Why then is VCE...

Vonage Buys Simple Signal

Big news yesterday at the CP Expo was that Simple Signal got acquired by Vonage. The Big Cheese seemed thrilled. "The deal to buy privately held Simple Signal (and its 1,600 customers, not counting white-label partners) is for $25.25M...

Some More Studies and Stats

In 3Q 2014, Verizon "global enterprise revenue declined $155 million or 4.4%. Revenue declines in legacy transport services and CPE continue to outweigh growth in newer and more strategic applications which are smaller in scale," said VZ Comm CFO...

Broadsoft Buys Leonid

Oh, happy days for the folks at Leonid Systems as some of them are going home to the fold. Broadsoft bought Leonid, which means that internally that have admitted defeat in being able to make a portal that anyone...

Two UC Providers Cash Out

Phoenix-based Telesphere announced that Vonage would be acquiring them for $114 million in stock and cash. Teleshpere's Broadsoft-powered UCaaS revenue is just north of $40 million, so it is about 2.5x times revenue - a deal that many Cloud...

What's the Difference?

As I have been trying to add up, there has to be 2000 service providers offering some kind of Hosted VoiP. There are about 1000 ILECs of one size or another (NTCA, NCTC, ITTA) and about another 900 MSO's....
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