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Fuze Joins ThinkingPhones

November 16, 2015

Announced on twitter probably before anywhere else: ThinkingPhones buys Fuze.

Formerly known as Thinking Phone Networks, ThinkingPhones is a Hosted UC company with $88 million in venture money. They used some of those funds to buy a video conferencing company, Fuze, to add video to their portfolio.

"Based in San Francisco with additional offices in Palo Alto and Seattle, Fuze helps distributed teams work across distances through HD-quality voice and video conferencing and content sharing across devices, desktops, and meeting rooms.

UNIFY Gets Acquired

November 9, 2015

Two years ago, Siemens Enterprise Communications re-branded as UNIFY. "Unify, is a joint venture between the American private equity firm The Gores Group and German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG," according to Wikipedia. It is a premise-based comms platform. Now, Atos is buying Unify from Gores and Seimens.

Is Mobile the Answer for UC?

October 9, 2015

I moderated a session at ITEXPO West on profitability for VoIP Providers. Mind you, one panelist was Voxvalley who is a mobile app provider for ITSPs, but it seems that everyone thinks the only way to make money in VoIP is tied to the mobile phone. I disagree. If you think that the saving grace for your UC service is mobile, you are screwed.

As A Service

October 9, 2015

We have seen UC as a service, software as a service, Infrastructure and Platforms as a service, Desktop and even Disaster Recovery as a Service. What is next?

WAN as a Service seems to be popping up as the next synonym for dynamic bandwidth or SDN (software defined network). It is the name for SD-WAN or the replacement for MPLS.

Utility VoIP

October 1, 2015

Ran across a website that called their Hosted VoIP solution Utility VoIP. I thought that was appropriate because in so many cases it is sold as dial-tone replacement. Nothing more.

We are almost 12 years in and No HD Voice, No Fax over IP.

A View of UC from Broadvoice

September 24, 2015

Is There Any Telecom Disruption?

September 22, 2015

Today, was featured on ProductHunt. In the discussion, was mentioned.

Despite consolidation and analyst predictions of 20+% CAGR, we haven't really seen any real disruption in the space.

Low price by itself is not disruption.


September 15, 2015

GTT has been a on an acquisition binge since 2009, when they bought WBS Connect. Then in 2011 they bought UK's PacketExchange to complement the business. Next, they added nLayer to the mix for just $18m.

They bought the old Tinet from the old Neutral Tandem (Inteliquent) for $54m, before listing on the NY Stock Exchange.

What the Studies About UC Say

August 25, 2015

WOW! In a study of 1,000 businesses by Evolve IP, "71.5% were not very familiar with what "Unified Communications" actually is". You can scratch that off your SEO key word list right now.

The stat that "40 percent of participants are already using elements of a Unified Communications (UC) solution" is misleading because UC is a garbage term for many components of voice, video and comms.

The VoIP/UC Round Up # 2920

August 16, 2015

MetTel's Gary Gluzman has a 2-part look at UC. He mentions Glip and Slack, which are taking off, but I think that much of the new app collective - WhatsApp, snapchat, even Slack - are just replacements for AOL chat - and honestly have not added much to the equation.

I recently explored how one client company used Slack. Everyone liked it; however, it didn't really work.

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