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End of Year Tidbits

December 22, 2014

Stop watching the news. Seriously. It's nothing but depressing stuff. It is no way to end the day (go to sleep) or no way to start the day. Read something for 15 minutes instead.

More Money

December 5, 2014

In its series D round, Thinking Phones (formerly Thinking Phone Networks) raised a whopping $56.7 million in venture money to bring the total to $89 Million. (I think that is a record for VoIP, not counting IPO.)

I tried to find revenue numbers but they were not available.

TP bought Whaleback in August.

UCaaS Leaders?

November 25, 2014

One more research company put out its market leader report on UCaaS (unified communications as a service or as I call it Hosted PBX or Hosted UC or just UC).

New Q3 data from Synergy Research Group show that 8x8 and RingCentral continue to lead the UCaaS business suite market, with each having a worldwide market share of just under 13%. However, among the leaders Mitel is growing the fastest with a 60% year-on-year increase in revenue and a more than twofold increase in subscribers. Meanwhile total market revenues keep growing by over 30% year-on-year.

If this chart is any indication, Synergy RG didn't look at a big cross-section of the industry.

Batteries Not Included

November 20, 2014

One of the hurdles for the TDM-to-IP Transition is the power outage. With POTS lines, the dial-tone is powered from the central office, so even with a blackout for a while the consumers can still dial 911.

With VoIP, notsomuch - the broadband modem has to have battery backup, the ATA has to have battery backup and the provider has to have battery backup at the POP. That's a lot of batteries!

VoIP Velocity, But Tie Your Shoelaces First

November 19, 2014

The numbers that ANPI collected from Gartner about VoIP and UC point to market velocity for VoIP.

By the end of 2015, "60% of all North American enterprises will move at least 30% of their voice communication to the cloud" -- Gartner

The IP Voice services market is currently growing at a 28.8% compound annual growth rate -- Gartner

The problem is that most service providers are tripping over their shoelaces while trying to run this race.

Moves in the Market

October 3, 2014

Windstream has acquired Chicago-based Business Only Broadband, a fixed wireless enterprise services provider with operations in Chicago, New York City, northern New Jersey and Milwaukee. [press release] While I know that BOB says enterprise broadband, I can't fathom what WIND is going to do with BOB. Other CLECs have acquired fixed wireless assets - including Covad/Megapath, Telepacific and recentlyAirband by UNSi (acquired by GTT this week). Fixed Wirless works when you have a team dedicated to it.

What Business Are You Really in?

September 26, 2014

For the Cloud Comm providers, it seems like they are in every business except VoIP. They are phone (handset) purveyors, network operators (for all the circuits they provide), tech support, software integration, network monitoring and a host of other managed services. After that, they are voice service providers.

Dell, Gateway, Compaq, IBM - all sold desktops and laptops -- all clunky, not stylish, looked the same - only difference? Maybe price, components.

The Not Unusual Alteva Dilemma

September 3, 2014

A private equity group that owns 6% of Alteva made a play to buy it all and take it private. That move failed. The most interesting comment Rob Powell made was this: "[Alteva] has been seeking a future in hosted UC, where it has found solid growth but no profits yet."

When you look at the INC5000 for revenue numbers for many hosted players, none are clocking the ball out of the park, despite years of trying.

3 VoIP Studies to Skim

August 18, 2014

I like the responses when you survey your Everyday Jack and Jill. In this Survey: What Do People Really Know About VoIP? 'It may seem that what the average consumer knows and doesn't know about VoIP isn't very relevant to the technology's business uses." Despite over 10 years of "marketing" VoIP, "nearly 71 percent of the people we surveyed couldn't define what VoIP was without contextual cues." Awesome!

What do consumers worry about? No dial-tone without power; call quality; and specialized equipment.

Poised to Outperform

August 11, 2014

In an article from Seeking Alpha (login required), the title just hit me - Here's Why 8x8, Inc. Is Poised To Outperform. Then you read the article which pretty much quotes press releases and you realize that once again the financial writers know nothing about the tech and telecom space.

Is 8x8 poised to outperform the market? Let's look.

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