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Flexible Connectivity a Must for IP Communications
The Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives are being integrated into organizations to improve operational efficiency and increase productivity across many different industries. Connecting all these devices requires a network that is able to communicate effectively with all of the assets the organization has in place. It is therefore essential to have a flexible communication platform able to scale on demand while at the same time managing many different applications.

BYOD Management Made Easier with IP Communications
When BlackBerry phones hit the market, businesses rushed to dole them out to their workforce as a means to stay working while on the go. As devices got smarter, the idea of putting devices in the hands of employees became a rather expensive thing to do. While these gadgets were likely reserved for upper management and those higher up the corporate ladder, purchasing, maintaining and keeping these things secure became an IT headache that put a dent in the communications budget.

UK SMEs Increasingly Moving to Outsourced IT Infrastructure
On-premises IT infrastructure is one of the largest expenditures an organization takes on, and the smaller the enterprise the bigger the burden becomes in trying to fund this critical component in today's business environment. While in the past the only option was an on-premises infrastructure, today companies can outsource different components of their IT needs and still deliver the same quality IP communications service to their customers.

Is an All-IP Transition Imminent?
The move to migrate communications to an all-IP network from a legacy system is one of the most talked about debates in telecom these days. There are many parties that fall on either side of the argument, but the main benefit touted by industry professionals is the hypercompetitive environment an all-IP future holds.

IP Communications is More Than Just Telephones
When IP communications is discussed in the tech sector, more often than not the subject involves telephones and how we talk to each other over the Internet. The Internet is clearly bigger than that, as we're seeing it enter our homes through smart appliances, and yes, even televisions.

Smart Radios in an IP World
IP technology allows communications to be lifted from the landlines and existing infrastructures of yesterday. But while many may think this is only impacting phone systems, radios are beginning to use the technology as well. Codan has announced a capabilities upgrade to Envoy, its high frequency (HF) smart radio. The Codan Envoy smart radio series includes many highly intuitive, reliable and advanced radios that give users the ability to communicate anywhere and anytime without the need for existing infrastructure.

ProSoft Intros New Industrial Media Converter for IP Communications
ProSoft Technology has unveiled the new Ethernet to Belden 9463 blue hose industrial media converter, using which companies can upgrade their Allen-Bradley Remote I/O system by running Ethernet/IP communications via the existing remote I/O network.

Analog's Final Days: Make Way for IP Communications
According to history books, the first words uttered on a telephone were, "Mr. Watson - come here - I want to see you," by Alexander Graham Bell on March 10, 1876. That successful experiment was responsible for making the world seem much smaller, and trying to conceive the world we live in now without the telephone seems almost impossible. One-hundred and thirty-eight years later, the FCC is in the process of making one of the largest technological transformations that has taken place in the U.S., ending the analog telephone network.

Wheelings & Dealings: Xtelesis to Acquire TecCon
Xtelesis, a provider of on-premises and cloud-based IP communications solutions, recently announced that it has acquired TecCon, Inc., a communications provider in Salt Lake City and the greater mountain region.

IP Providers Recognized by Renesys
NTT Communications Corporation, a data and IP services arm of NTT, was recently been named as one of the top two global wholesale IP providers of 2013, according to new data by Renesys, a research firm. The company has been recognized by Renesys for second year in a row.

VoIP Supply Announces Availability of New Aastra 6800i Series VoIP Phones
Best in class wideband audio, power management, expansion modules, and a detachable magnetic keyboard, these are the feature set offered by Aastra 6800i Series VoIP desktop phones.

InterMetro Communications Expands Direct End-office Coverage to its FGD Network
InterMetro Communications has expanded its direct end-office coverage to its existing FGD network thereby further extending its coverage within the United States. The company will also be able to provide additional high availability services, covering all its offerings.

Colorado Looking to Update Telecom Regulations for Internet Era
It's an understatement to say that technology moves fast these days, and nowhere does it move faster than in the IP communications field. Unfortunately, the law moves much more slowly. This is certainly the case in Colorado, where lawmakers are struggling to update its 1980s telecom regulations for the 21st century, according to The Colorado Statesman.

Granite Telecommunications to Participate in AT&T's IP Technology Transition Trials
Granite Telecommunications, a provider of communication products and services to various businesses in the U.S. and Canada, recently confirmed its participation the first phase of AT&T's proposed IP Technology Transition trial in Kings Point, Palm Beach County, Florida and Carbon Hill, Alabama. Participation in the trial will be significant for Granite, as it is one of the very few competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) providing telecommunication services in these locations.

OKI Launches Next Generation CenterStage NX3200 Session Border Controller
OKI recently announced the launch of its new CenterStage NX3200 session border controller (SBC), offering 10Gbps compatibility and advanced packet transfer processing functions. It is the latest in the CenterStage NX series of carrier-grade communication servers designed to meet the requirements of next-generation networs.

AireSpring's Accession Communicator Brings True Fixed Mobile Convergence to Business
For those who thrive on turning calls over 24/7, a new addition to AireSpring's lineup of unified communications (UC) solutions promises to make life infinitely better. The company's Accession Communicator uses fixed mobile convergence (FMC) to make users truly mobile, allowing active calls to be transferred from desk, to PC, to mobile, to tablet without interruption.

Multi-service Business Gateways Can Give a Leg Up to SMBs
Information technology is an arms race. Not only can it deliver competitive advantage for the business that adopts early and uses it effectively, but it is almost certainly a competitive disadvantage for the firm that doesn't stay up on the latest advancements.

What Global VoIP Usage Can Teach Us
Up to 15 years in prison for using voice-over-IP (VoIP) will certainly discourage its use, yet that is exactly the policy that Ethiopia struck in 2012 when it made headlines by making unauthorized use of VoIP a jailable offense.

Acision Launches Forge API to Enable Rich Communication Services
Acision, a provider of mobile engagement and IP communication services, recently announced the launch of Forge, an application programming interface (API) designed to help operators, enterprises and developers create advanced communication features in their applications, all from the cloud.

Level 3 to Provide Communication Services to Tata Consultancy Services
Level 3 Communications, Inc., a provider of enterprise, government, and carrier communications services, recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), a multinational IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, to provide its Ethernet virtual private line (EVPL) and dedicated Internet access (DIA) services for Tata's recently opened office in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

KVH Delivers TracPhone V7-IP Systems to GTS
KVH recently announced that it will be delivering TracPhone V7-IP systems to Virginia-based engineering products and services provider Global Technical Systems (GTS).

USF and E-rate Programs Could Help FirstNet Reach Rural Communities
Two years ago, Congress authorized the creation of a nationwide, high-speed network for public safety, dubbed FirstNet, as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act signed into law in 2012.

GENBAND Secures New Patent for Call Grabber Technology
Genband recently announced that it has secured U.S. Patent number 8,600,006 for its one-step unified communications (UC) call transfer technology, which is currently active in GENBAND's Call Grabber enterprise technology.

AireSpring Becomes First Solutions Provider to Implement AT&T's Pricing API
Provider of fully managed voice, data and cloud communications solutions AireSpring has more than one piece of interesting and significant AT&T-related news today. First, the company has fully integrated AT&T's network into its multi-carrier meshed network solution portfolio. Second, it has become the first solutions provider to implement the AT&T pricing API.

Zultys Announces Release of MX 9.0 Featuring MXvirtual Cloud-based Appliance
Enterprises intending to migrate their company's communications infrastructure to the cloud now have a new option available on the market. Zultys, a provider of unified communications (UC) solutions, has announced the release of MX 9.0, a UC platform featuring a new cloud-based IP-phone system, MXvirtual.

FCC's Push for Voluntary Tests of an All-IP Network a Positive Development
For the past couple years, there has been a discussion in my household over whether it is time to ditch the landline or if we should keep it around a little bit longer, even though there are more robocalls to the phone than calls from actual people.

How MPLS Can Improve Cloud and BYOD Performance
As bandwidth continues to decrease in cost and services utilizing that bandwidth continue to grow in robustness, companies are increasingly finding it worthwhile to move evermore critical business processes to the cloud. The level of flexibility, scalability, security and business continuity offered by hosted solutions is simply too good to pass up, especially considering the associated costs.

ADTRAN Launches NetVanta 1235P with ActivReach to Reduce Disruptions
ADTRAN Inc. announced the launch of its NetVanta 1235P Ethernet Switch with ActivReach to reduce disruptions and network downtime while significantly cutting-down associated costs for Ethernet deployments. The new solution is designed to accelerate VoIP deployments and to deliver 10 to 100 Mbps bandwidth speeds for enabling data, voice and PoE over legacy voice-grade wiring services. The new Ethernet switch allows value-added resellers and hosted service providers to expedite the deployment of Wi-Fi and unified communications services.

Calltrade Selects Sonus Session Border Controllers
Calltrade Carrier Services AG, provider of international telecommunication services, has selected the Sonus SBC 5000 Series of session border controllers from Sonus Networks. These session border controllers are to be used as part of the company's wholesale voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.

100 Best Inc. Looks to Help Businesses Choose a VoIP Provider with
VoIP, in spite of its hype, is still a mystery to some, and a challenge to many others that are tentative about making the transition. Moreover, so many VoIP service providers dot the landscape that businesses owners may be overwhelmed. To help them, 100 Best, Inc. has launched a new website - that offers reviews, comparisons and also VOIPo coupons to help businesses get the best pricing and features to meet their individual needs.

Alpheus' Texas Network Now Covers Over 129,000 Ethernet-qualified Locations
Alpheus Communications, a provider of Texas metro-regional fiber and networking solutions, recently announced that its network is now spread over 129,000 Ethernet-qualified locations, enabling its customers to access flexible, cost-effective and easily implemented bandwidth technology.

IP Communications Well on the Way to Dominance
It seems that the eventual transition away from PSTN-based telephony to an entirely IP-based communications infrastructure is more inevitable than ever. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan indicates that the future of communications clearly lies in end-to-end, IP communications.

BYOD Was a "Thing" in 2013. How Does It Look for This Year?
2013 saw a lot of headlines when it came to bring your own device (BYOD). There's a decent divide amongst companies on whether BYOD is useful, beneficial and, most importantly, safe and secure.

FCS Computer Systems Integrates Gateway Solution with Toshiba Singapore's Strata UC Systems
FCS Computer Systems, a provider of comprehensive hospitality guest services applications and solution design services, has integrated its gateway solution with Toshiba Singapore's Strata CIX unified communication systems.

Setting Up the Right VoIP Cabling Topology
Plug it in and it works. That's part of the charm of VoIP phones. That's the general perception, at least. In reality, getting VoIP to work right is a little bit more nuanced. That's partially because many VoIP installations are run over the same cabling system that is used for Web traffic.

CallTower Expands IP Communications Services to Australia and China
Unified communications has been evolving fast, making far-reaching developments in the enterprise space. A recent industry report from TechNavio predicted that the global unified communications market will grow at a CAGR of 15.85 percent over the period 2012-2016. This provides a golden opportunity for IP communications providers to expand their business.

Does the FCC Have its Sights Set too Short on IP Transition?
The IP transition has been a primary focus for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as telecommunications providers seeking the benefits of moving all subscribers to new platforms. A recent announcement by AT&T to advance this initiative should have been met with fanfare, but was instead met with an announcement of investigation by the FCC.

DARPA's Mobile Ad Hoc Interoperability Network Gateway Overcomes Tech Barrier
Technical incompatibilities have long been a problem for military communication for deployed forces, however DARPA's Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network Gateway (MAINGATE) program is helping overcome a large technology barrier.

NETXUSA Adds Tely Labs to Its VoIP and Video Conferencing Portfolio
NETXUSA, a distributor of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products and services has signed an agreement with Tely Labs, a provider of videoconferencing systems. As a result of the deal, NETXUSA will be able to add the telyHD platform to its VoIP and videoconferencing portfolio.

IPitomy Releases New IP290 Enterprise HD Phone for VoIP
IPitomy, a provider of IP PBX solutions and high-definition telephones for VoIP, has announced the addition of the new model IP290 SIP phone to its HD series.

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