July 30, 2009

Flextronics withdraws objections to Nortel asset sale

Flextronics International Ltd said on Tuesday it has withdrawn all objections to the sale of Nortel's wireless technology assets to Ericsson and resolved outstanding issues with the Swedish telecom equipment maker. Ericsson this weekend won an auction for Nortel's key CDMA and next-generation LTE wireless technologies, which Nortel put on the block after it filed for creditor protection in January.

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January 15, 2009

Nortel Bankruptcy Signals More Consolidation in Voice Telephony Market

Nortel has filed for bankruptcy and may be sold off in parts, according to one Canadian news outlet. The Globe and Mail reports Toronto-based Nortel applied for court approval for creditor protection in Delaware Wednesday morning. It was expected to file in Toronto, as well.
Nortel was Canada’s largest company at the peak of the tech boom in 2000, with a $366-billion (Canadian) market capitalization and 95,000 employees, and its decision to seek court protection from creditors marks not only the noteworthy fall of a one-time telecommunications giant, but also heralds the incredible shrinking market for competition among VoIP platform providers.

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December 29, 2008

Telstra Deploys Australia's Largest Hosted IP PBX Solution

Telstra today announced it had deployed more than 10,000 new Telstra IP Telephony (TIPT) services across the organization - the largest ever roll-out of hosted IP telephony in Australia and an important milestone in the internal upgrade of the existing CustomNet voice solution.

Telstra Enterprise & Government Executive Director Paul Geason said the roll-out utilized the Telstra Next IP network and was another example of how Telstra was benefiting from the same products and services it makes available to its customers.

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October 22, 2008

How To Buy a Hosted PBX Phone System

Selecting a phone system may be the most important technology decision most small businesses make; choosing the wrong one can spell disaster. One relatively new and increasingly popular option, using a hosted PBX (Private Branch eXchange) solution, offers a number of benefits and can also mitigate some of those risks.

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October 01, 2008

Microsoft and Bandwidth.com Announce Response Point Collaboration

Bandwidth.com partnership with Microsoft Response Point empowers small business telephony - Bandwidth.com and Microsoft Corp. have entered into a strategic marketing alliance agreement to enable Response Point customers to take advantage of Bandwidth.com's superior availability and quality. As the second largest internet provider of business voice service in the U.S., Bandwidth.com offers industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based phone lines that seamlessly provide dial tone to small businesses using Response Point across one of the largest and most advanced IP networks in North America.

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August 05, 2008

Toshiba Strata CIX1200 PBX Supports up to 1,000+ ports

Toshiba today announced the launch of its new Strata CIX™1200 VoIP business communication system, bringing Toshiba quality, reliability and affordability to medium-to-large companies.  Supporting up to 1,152 ports, the Strata CIX1200 is designed for 200 to 1,000 users and delivers networked applications for as many as 128 sites.

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June 04, 2008

3CX IP PBX Passes Tests for Interoperability With Linksys IP Phones

3CX, developer of the 3CX Phone System for Windows has announced that interoperability testing with Linksys IP telephones has been completed successfully. The tested integration offers a cost effective VoIP Telephony solution that is well suited for the small and medium business market.

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February 19, 2008

Aastra to take over Ericsson's iPBX Unit

Ericsson has entered into an agreement to divest its enterprise PBX solutions business to Aastra Technologies, a provider of open standard internet protocol based and traditional networking solutions. The agreement involves transfer of approximately 630 employees of which some 360 are based in Sweden. The transaction is expected to close in April 2008.

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May 14, 2007

RIM Offers BlackBerry-PBX Convergence

Ontario-based Research In Motion announced a new “Mobile Voice System” product last week at its annual user conference, in an effort to converge the popular BlackBerry email device with enterprise PBX functionality.

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February 15, 2007

Inter-Tel CS5000 PBX Series Review

TechWorld has a write-up about the Inter-Tel iPBX series today.  After reading it, I noticed it is linux based and supports some of the same standard and codecs Asterisk supports.  If anything we can say Asterisk is having an effect on the whole PBX industry by looking at how they are supporting more standards that more pbxs support like SIP, Audio Codecs, Open Source software, etc..
" The CS-5000 series(the launch of whose CS-5600 prompted this review) is a VoIP platform, based on a Linux kernel. There are three variants in the range, each of which is basically a superset of the entry-level CS-5200.

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February 13, 2007

10 Reasons To Switch To An IP PBX

Note:  TelephonyWorld.com has a write-up about different reasons to move to a IP based PBX Platform.

An IP PBX is a complete telephony system that provides telephone calls over IP data networks. All conversations are sent as data packets over the network. The technology includes advanced communication features but also provides a significant dose of worry-free scalability and robustness that all enterprises seek.

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December 27, 2006

Integrics releases Enswitch 2.4 PBX Solution


Integrics are pleased to announce the release of Enswitch 2.4, a  complete integrated solution for commercial telephony services such as:

* Full featured hosted PBX.
* Onsite PBX to install at customers' sites.
* ITSP (Internet Telephony Service Provider) services.
* Calling cards.
* Call shops.
* Toll-free and number translation services.
* Much more.

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December 20, 2006

Multi-Tech Announces Cellular Bridge to PBXs

With cellular phones being a necessity in most businesses, it is common for employees to use them to call each other at no charge depending on the cell plan used. It is just as common for headquarters personnel to make and receive calls to those same cell phones using the PSTN at considerable charges both ways.

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December 07, 2006

Research: IP Telephony iPBX 5 Year Forcast

It its IP Telephony 5-Year Forecast Report, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based market research firm predicts by 2010, revenues from IP lines will be US$4.6 billion per year, while the total PBX market will be US$7.1 billion annually.

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November 16, 2006

Ericsson launches the third release of its MX-ONE- a unified platform for enterprise communications

Ericsson's new MX-ONE Version 3 optimizes business communications by introducing unique mobility features that increase efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership. MX-ONE seamlessly handles voice and data applications and combines mobile and fixed functionalities across private and public networks.

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November 14, 2006

Zultys Rises From the Ashes

Three months after IP PBX maker Zultys Technologies lost its funding and closed its doors, and two months after it filed for bankruptcy, its future is once again looking bright. Pivot VoIP, a division of Israel-based PBX maker Telrad Connegy, has bought Zultys’ assets, including all key intellectual property, online and offline brands, all of its products. It also assumed Zultys’ debt.

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November 08, 2006

Verizon Business adds hosted IP PBX

Verizon Business has added a managed IP private branch exchange (PBX) element to its voice over IP (VoIP) service, allowing corporate customers to choose whether they keep telephony on site or have it hosted by Verizon.

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November 07, 2006

Inter-Tel Announces Availability of Inter-Tel 7000 PBX Platform

Inter-Tel, a provider of voice and data communications solutions for businesses, has announced that its much- anticipated Inter-Tel 7000 PBX communications platform is now available for sale. Serving businesses with up to 2,500 users, the Inter-Tel 7000 is an open-standards SIP (session initiation protocol) softswitch that provides full PBX-style functionality, and enables customers to integrate standard SIP devices and applications into their networks to meet their businesses needs.

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October 31, 2006

Hotel 1000 Elevates Guest Experience to New Heights With Cisco Unified Communications

Cisco announced today that Hotel 1000 in Seattle has installed the Cisco Unified Communications system to provide superior personalized and customized guest services, creating a more comfortable and enjoyable hotel experience. The Cisco Connected Hotel capabilities throughout the property will help enable the hotel to quickly and easily deploy new services — not only now but also in the future as other technologies and applications emerge.
Hotel 1000 features 120 guest rooms, 47 luxury condominiums, the Hotel 1000 Country Club and Spa, and a commitment to personalized, five-star services for guests and residents. Each room is equipped with a Cisco Unified IP Phone that provides information on hotel services, local attractions, restaurants and weather forecasts. Not content to simply meet the needs of their guests, Hotel 1000 aims to anticipate those needs and deliver customized service at every opportunity.

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October 30, 2006

Create Seamless Mobility Throughout Your Enterprise PBX

Note:  This is a great article.  I can't wait for this dual mode mobile devices to come down a little in price.  My new Asterisk project is to implement one of the GSM gateways.  It would be nice if on these phones you could implement some nice Less Cost Routing (LCR) so you could almost seamless move around your campus.
Fixed/mobile convergence lets you roam over a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. It can be seamless if it's implemented properly. It was always amazing to watch the StarTrek team and see Captain Kirk stranded on a planet or in another space ship, yet be able to speak directly with his compatriots via his "communicator." Not once did he dial a number to reach Scotty or Bones; rather he simply spoke directly into the small device and was instantly connected to them. How did the device know to whom to connect? Digital ESP? What was the range of this wireless wonder? Whatever it was, it set the high water mark for the ultimate in mobile communication: wireless interplanetary communications.

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September 12, 2006

snom technology Partners with Pandora Networks

Note: Sheldon Rose sent this tibit into me about snom being a preferred telephony hardware vendor for Pandora's pbx solution.

snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephones, today announced a strategic partnership with Pandora Networks, a provider of On Demand IP communication services for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). According to the agreement, Pandora will include snom telephones as part of its Worksmart communications solution allowing SMBs to enjoy the benefits of enterprise-level communications services and collaboration tools at an affordable price point.

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August 16, 2006

How-To For Linux Appliances

Not everyone has the skills necessary to build his own Linux distribution. Raleigh, North Carolina-based rPath is offering to help users build their own customized Linux distribution as an appliance. If you want to do it online for free, feel free.

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August 05, 2006

Telrex Introduces CallRex Agent Evaluation

Telrex, developer of VoIP call recording and monitoring software for small and medium businesses using IP PBXs or hosted PBX services, today announced the release of CallRex Agent Evaluation. CallRex Agent Evaluation is the first product to provide small and medium-sized call centers with an affordable and easy-to-use tool to improve agent performance.

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July 27, 2006

Telrex Extends SIP IP PBX Support

Telrex, developer of VoIP call recording and monitoring software for small and medium businesses using IP PBXs or hosted PBX services, today announced support for IP PBXs from Pingtel, Fonality, TalkSwitch, and Switchvox.

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July 26, 2006

Tech Data Pros and Advanced LAN Solutions Merge

Advanced LAN Solutions, an Orange County IT service company for over 13 years has merged with Tech Data Pros to form Orange County's premier IT and Telephony service provider. Tech Data Pros will now be offering a wider selection of services from standardized server and workstation support plans to the virtual office system developed by Advanced LAN solutions.

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