- Top Stories of the Week – September 15, 2012
IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa grew to $3.5bn in 2011
In Central and Eastern Europe region, the VoIP market grew 35.5% year on year while in the Western European market grew only at 7.3%. Combined IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region grew to almost $3.5billion in 2011, according a study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
- Skype to improve the quality of VoIP calls using the new audio standard
Microsoft’s Skype revealed plans this week to significantly improve the quality of the call that now has the open standard of Opus which has received approval from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards body.
- Viber reaches 100 million users, aims on new platforms with hundreds of millions of users
Viber, the leading platform in mobile communications offering free HD quality voice calls and text messages and photo, today said that has passed the milestone of 100 million users across multiple platforms of phone that it supports.
- Top Stories of the Week – August 25, 2012
EnterprisePBX sales holds steady; 10G controllers/adapters grow in Q2
Enterprise phone sales holds steady while the global enterprise PBX market slid a bit in the second quarter of 2012, sales of PBX systems in North America and Latin America made an upward track, stated Infonetics Research in a new report.
The global market, including TDM, hybrid, and pure IP PBXs, saw US$2 billion in sales, down 2.6 percent sequentially and 1.4 percent year over year. However, North America saw a 5 percent increase over Q1 and a 6.4 percent growth in sales year-over-year.
- US law firms adopt VoIP, ShoreTel UC Platform
ShoreTel is promoting the advantages that law firms can be derived from the implementation of its on-premises VoIP business platform with integrated unified communications capabilities.
"ShoreTel is easy to operate and law firms do not need to hire outside help," said a company spokesman said Thursday. "This saves money law firms during the life of the system."
- Facebook’s top priority is to go mobile
On Facebook, mobile is in everyone's mind, reports indicate people are spending more time using Facebook through mobile applications rather than on PCs. And on Wall Street, investors are putting a lot of pressure on the social network of Mark Zuckerberg to dominate the mobile world so they can accelerate growth and raise its sagging market shares.
- Top Stories of the Week – August 18, 2012
snom introduces mini IP PBX for the small office
snom technology AG, a foremost developer of IP desktop phones and communications solutions, announced recently the increase of its IP PBX portfolio with the snom ONE mini, an amazingly compact business telephony system for the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market.
The smooth, pint-sized, solid state device – tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand – supports 20 extensions and offers the full range of snom ONE telephony features, as well as total support for the award-winning snom IP desktop and wireless phones.
- Malaysia’s REDtone exits IPTV to focus on broadband, data services
REDtone International Bhd, a database and provider of broadband services listed on the Malaysia’s stock market, has embarked on a strategy of divesting assets. REDtone is no longer in the hyper-competitive Internet protocol television (IPTV) business and wants to focus completely on the growth of broadband and data services market for the following year, according to a source in the enterprise.
- The next generation of VoIP solutions offers theft-proof alternatives
South African companies are plagued by the theft of telephone lines, an endemic problem that is disrupting vital business communications and causing thousands of rands in losses. The country's major operator of fixed line telephone, Telkom, apparently lost an average of 20 million rand a month because the thieves are still attracted to the copper wires, which are then sold to overseas buyers at higher prices.
- The Israeli magicJack VoIP inventor VocalTec continues to outperform other VoIP providers
The inventor of VoIP, magicJack VocalTec, continues to outperform the larger telephone companies like Verizon Communications. Year to date, VocalTec is by 61.05%. Verizon in contrast, has risen by 15.06% only.
- Hitachi chooses Octasic’s media gateway for its hybrid IP-PBX
Vocallo MGW will contract Hitachi to construct the NETTOWER CX-01 to provide enterprise customers the option to merge both corporate data networks and TDM voice networks.
Hitachi has chosen the media processing and wireless applications provider, Octasico's Vocallo Media Gateway (MGW) multi-core DSP platform to use in its hybrid IP-PBX NETTOWER CX-01 for voice media processing in VoIP systems.
- Top Stories of the Week – August 4, 2012
Global IPTV subscriptions expected to triple
A new report from Digital TV Research assessed the growth will be driven by China, which will see a amazing increase from the present 14 million to some 77 million in 2017, representing 47% of the global market.
Simon Murray, report author, supposed: “Some may be surprised to see the United States in second place by 2017 with 14.4 million subscriptions. US telecoms are aggressively marketing their IPTV products, with both Fios and U-Verse appearing in the top 10 pay TV operators.”
Of the 114 million subscribers to be added between 2011 and 2017, some 86 million will be from the Asia-Pacific region – or three-quarters of the new subscribers. India will be supplying 7.2 million more IPTV subscribers, up from a very low base at end-2011.
- Broadcast TV online to free up mobile spectrum, says Britain’s House of Lords
A House of Lords committee has told the British government to consider the possibility of ending the "wasteful" broadcast of television content over the airwaves. In a report on the UK's broadband infrastructure published recently, the House recommends that the rise of IPTV presents an opportunity to free up spectrum for mobile devices.
- Apple claims Samsung copied the iPhone technology introduced by Steve Jobs
A lawyer for Apple told a jury recently that bitter rival Samsung faced two choices to compete in the booming mobile phone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007: Innovate or copy.
- Privacy on Skype maybe compromised
New surveillance laws being planned in countries from the U.S. to Australia would compel makers of online chat software to build in backdoors for wiretapping. Since launch, Skype has been regarded as private, with its strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections making calls almost impossible to intercept. For some time now, the popular video chat service has resisted taking part in online surveillance. However since Microsoft acquired it though, that may have changed today. And we won’t know about it.
- U.S. school district brings ShoreTel technology to the streets
ShoreTel, the foremost provider of cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), revealed its participation in the deployment of Scottsdale Unified School District’s eCoach, a first of its kind mobile learning and technology training tech public bus.
- Top Stories of the Week – July 21, 2012
Blackbelt TV finalizes deal to launch with Canalsat in 51 countries
Blackbelt TV is taking its distribution fight across the globe. The mixed martial arts channel has pinned a distribution agreement with Canalsat, the subscription TV and IPTV service that will see it launch in 51 nations in most of Europe and Africa.
The agreement, financial terms of which were not yet disclosed, will start with a phased rollout, beginning in France on Sept. 18. All of the telecasts will be delivered in French.
- iOS, Android application From Verizon, Zipit allows secure messaging in health care
Zipit Wireless has launched its Zipit Confirm secure-messaging app for iOS and Android that is fitting for use by physicians and health care staff. The company also improved its Zipit Now handheld with VOIP capabilities on Verizon's network.
Zipit, a provider of wireless connectivity for mobile devices, has released an application called Zipit Confirm that lets doctors and clinicians connect using secure messaging.
- Skype to patch bug that sends incorrect instant message to contacts
Skype users were sending IMs that were going to the wrong recipients, many of whom were not even their contacts. However, the VoIP service previously denies it is a big issue and insists it affects just "small number of users" and called the pesky bug a "very rare occurrence."
- Top Stories of the Week – July 14, 2012
Global VoIP maket projected to grow 7.1 percent by 2015
Truphone was indicated in a recent report by market research firm TechNavio, who is predicting that the global market for VoIP services will increase substantially at an annual growth rate of 7.1 percent from 2011 to 2015. The low cost of VoIP services and the growing use of session initiation protocol (SIP) is attributed to the continued expansion, but complexity of deployment may add to challenges for future growth.
- Escalating media shift to digital format pushes the global ad insertion servers market
The global market for Ad Insertion Servers is seen to reach US$235.7 million by the year 2018, driven mostly by the global media’s transition towards digital format, and the increasing demand for high quality video content over satellite, Internet, cable and IPTV networks. Widespread awareness about revenue enhancing potential of targeted advertising also favors growth in the Ad Insertion market. Market is also favored by the declining cost of Ad and Video Servers, which enables their adoption across a wider market segment.
- Mitel delves into personal collaboration
Mitel, a provider of Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) solutions, releases the Mitel UC360 Collaboration Point, an innovative device designed explicitly for the personal office meeting space perfect for office managers. Developed in response to Mitel’s understanding of customer and market demand for simpler and more cost-effective collaboration tools, UC360TM Collaboration Point is a collaboration application that combines multi-party HD video and audio with in-room presentation display and document sharing for remote participants.
- Mobile VoIP usage increasing and changing the telecoms industry
Visiongain, an independent business information provider for the Telecoms, Pharmaceutical, Defence, Energy and Metals industries, the author of a recent report looking at mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market over 2012 – 2017. The report examines both the mobile VoIP market and the impact that LTE is the mobile VoIP. In the current VoIP market, it sees revenue up to $ 2.5 billion.
- Top Stories of the Week – June 30, 2012
YouView on again with 'launch event' set for next week
Britain's on-again, off-again YouView IPTV service is apparently on-again, according to several reports. All of which is odd considering many just a few weeks ago had declared it over. Now, according to some sources, YouView's not only kicking off an in-home trial but is "set to reveal the timetable for … launch, presumably timed to coincide with the summer's Olympic coverage."
- MediaTek releases new dual-core chip smartphone
MediaTek this week unveiled its new dual-core chipset for sub-$ 200 Android smartphone Ice Cream Sandwich that combines a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 application processor, an imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX GPU Series5, and MediaTek's own 3G/HSPA modem.
- IPTV, satellite soon to dominate the global pay-TV business
Good old cable TV will continue to be leading the way in which consumers around the world get their pay-TV service, but its reign at the top may be nearing an end, according to a report by Infonetics Research estimates and study of telco IPTV, video cable and satellite video services.