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A Quick Look at Emerging Technologies for Next Week

January 31, 2017

Heading into ITEXPO next week, I am prepping for my session on Differentiation for SPs (Marketing) as well as my Women in Tech panel. The week after that I am in Nashville for FISPA speaking on SD-WAN, Marketing Fiber (FTTx) and a couple of other marketing topics. Then I am speaking at a sales kick-off on SD-WAN and more. That's why I want to take a quick run down on emerging technology.

Desk Phones and Other Legacy Services

January 24, 2017

"The deskphone market has been left for dead by many but there is still room in the space for the device to evolve and become become a more integral part of your UC strategy," writes TMC's CEO, Rich Tehrani. The thing is: they will need to change drastically to do that. It is still pretty much the same device that we had 20 years ago. It is still the equivalent to the original brick of a cell phone.

Two New VoIP Offerings

January 5, 2017

IDT is an international LD company doing about a billion bucks globally. Last year, it finally entered the Hosted VoIP world through its Net2Phone brand. Net2Phone launched in the channel. Net2Phone also launched an inbound service (like Google Voice or Citrix's Grasshopper) called PicUp.

Tidbits #2444 (Telecom and Otherwise)

January 4, 2017

There are too many VoIP and UCaaS providers. Consolidation is required in this space. I think UCaaS has to shift into Voice/Dial-tone (POTS replacement or SIP Trunking with some features) and some collaboration platform. The way it is now - replacing an on-premise PBX with a hosted one - isn't selling very well.

VeloCloud Responds

December 22, 2016

After my latest SD-WAN article posted, I received an email from VeloCloud's VP of Marketing, Mike Wood. We jumped on a call to discuss his concerns.

Wood corrected that Velocloud decided not to sell direct but to use a variety of service providers as sales partners. These partners could be VARs or MSPs or LECs. Many providers formerly known as CLECs, like TelePacific, Mettel, EarthLink and Global Capacity, have chosen VeloCloud. So has AT&T.

UCaaS Growth Forecasts

December 14, 2016

Per a TMR study, "the global market is expected to reach a value of US$61.9 bn by the end of 2018 from US$22.8 bn in 2011. The market is estimated to exhibit a strong 15.70% CAGR between 2012 and 2018. The rising mobile workforce and increasing enterprise mobility are the primary factors expected to augment the growth of the global unified communications market in the forecast period."

The TMR report looks at these "Key players operating in the unified communications market across the globe": Avaya, Microsoft, Polycom, IBM, NEC, Cisco, Siemens Enterprise Comm., and Alcatel-Lucent.

UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

November 16, 2016

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform that they created internally named NextOS. Nextiva has 100K SMB customers. It is surprising that they didn't make an SD-WAN announcement, similar to Vonage Biz's SmartWAN or TelePacific's UC-X with SD-WAN options.

When asked if this wasn't just a wrapper around Broadsoft's UC-One or other packages, Nextiva replied, "NextOS was completely imagined and developed in-house."

Tidbits #2441

November 9, 2016

Here are some interesting stories.

The US presidential election is finally over.

So is IPv4!

GTT is buying Hibernia Networks for $590 million (mostly cash). Hibernia adds sub-sea assets to GTT's Tier 1 global network.

Marketing Lesson from the Election

November 9, 2016

A couple of marketing lessons from the campaign. (Non-political).

If your Brand is broken, run a Branding campaign not a negative campaign.

When your brand is broken -- maybe your uptime is three eights instead of nines or maybe your customer service is notoriously awful - the buyer doesn't have trust in you.

Another Acquisition in VoIP

November 3, 2016

This M&A is in what I consider wholesale as the private equity firm that owns Onvoy, GTCR, is acquiring Inteliquent for about $800M, a 37% premium to Inteliquent's closing stock price. Interesting, $90M in revenue for $800M.

Inteliquent was formerly known as Neutral Tandem, with an initial business plan to be an alternative tandem switching platform for CLECs and VoIP Providers. They re-branded after they bought Tinet adding network to their strong voice service.

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