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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nuance to Acquire Ditech for Voice Processing Technologies


Nuance Communications agreed to acquire Ditech Networks, a supplier of Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) technology and PhoneTag voicemail-to-text services, for approximately $22.5 million.
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Nuance said Ditech Networks’ portfolio of voice technologies will expand its solutions for carriers, consumers and enterprises across an array of products and services. In particular, Ditech Networks’ PhoneTag service will enhance Nuance’s Dragon Voice to Text Services business by adding important customers and complementary technologies, and further advance innovation supporting Nuance’s highly-secure, on-premise voice to text platform.

“The world’s most innovative carriers and unified communications providers work with Nuance to take advantage of the revolution in voice recognition, and nowhere is this more evident than in our voicemail to text and call completion businesses, where billions of calls are converted into easily read text and email messages – a powerful solution for today’s messaging-centric world,” said John Pollard, Vice President and General Manager, Voice to Text Services, Nuance Mobile. “Acquiring Ditech Networks’ voice technologies will help Nuance continue to drive these next-generation services.”

http://www.ditechnetworks.com
http://www.nuance.com

Monday, June 25, 2012

RCS VoLTE Interoperability Event Coming in Sept/Oct

A RCS VoLTE interoperability event will take place from September 24th to October 12th, 2012 in two labs hosted by Telecom Slovenia Group in Sintesio, Kranj, Slovenia and by China Mobile in China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China.



The goal of the interoperability event is not only to test UE usability and functionality, but also to add the testing of the critical network components together with roaming scenarios. This allows the participants to gain knowledge of real network deployments.



The MSF, ETSI and GSMA said that in response to industry interest, they will offer an additional sign-up window for the event. Applications are now being accepted up through July 30, 2012.



Event sponsors Verizon and Radysis are joined by Alepo, Broadsoft, Cisco, Exfo, GENBAND, JDSU, Tekelec and Ulticom in participating in testing the upcoming deployment scenarios and technologies in the RCS VoLTE Interoperability event. http://www.msforum.org/interoperability/RCSVoLTE.shtml

RCS VoLTE Interoperability Event Coming in Sept/Oct

A RCS VoLTE interoperability event will take place from September 24th to October 12th, 2012 in two labs hosted by Telecom Slovenia Group in Sintesio, Kranj, Slovenia and by China Mobile in China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China.



The goal of the interoperability event is not only to test UE usability and functionality, but also to add the testing of the critical network components together with roaming scenarios. This allows the participants to gain knowledge of real network deployments.



The MSF, ETSI and GSMA said that in response to industry interest, they will offer an additional sign-up window for the event. Applications are now being accepted up through July 30, 2012.



Event sponsors Verizon and Radysis are joined by Alepo, Broadsoft, Cisco, Exfo, GENBAND, JDSU, Tekelec and Ulticom in participating in testing the upcoming deployment scenarios and technologies in the RCS VoLTE Interoperability event. http://www.msforum.org/interoperability/RCSVoLTE.shtml

Monday, June 18, 2012

ShoreTel’s Newly Acquired Cloud Division Announces Mobile UC

ShoreTel's recently acquired M5 cloud division is now supporting smartphone access to enterprise voice and unified communications (UC) applications. The initial launch will support iPhones and subsequent releases over the summer will add support for other smartphone and tablet devices including Android and Blackberry. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access deskphone and UC capabilities on their iPhone without having to learn a new interface. The solution is available to ShoreTel’s Cloud Division clients for a monthly fee per user.




http://www.shortel.com http://www.m5.net

Sonus to Acquire N.E.T. for $42 Million

Sonus Networks agreed to acquire Network Equipment Technologies for $42 million in cash ($1.35 per share).



NET is a supplier of enterprise-class networking solutions optimized for secure real-time communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and Cloud-based deployments. The portfolio includes its flagship Unified Exchange (UX) product line, which enables public and private network operators to simplify their network by converging legacy PBX voice traffic onto a single converged data network. NET's Unified Exchange Series qualifies as a Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) and Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) for Microsoft Lync.



As a result of the acquisition, Sonus expects incremental revenue of approximately $15 million to $20 million in the second half of fiscal 2012, with the amount recognized dependent upon the timing of the completion of the acquisition.



Sonus said the acquisition is consistent with its strategy to extend its capabilities into the enterprise market. The combination of Sonus’ SBC portfolio and NET’s network appliance portfolio is anticipated to provide enterprises with a seamless mediation platform that extends from the core to the edge of their network. In particular, the companies together address the growing demand for SBCs that enable SIP trunking and SIP-based UC applications. http://www.sonusnet.com http://www.net.comNetwork Equipment Technologies (N.E.T)

ShoreTel’s Newly Acquired Cloud Division Announces Mobile UC

ShoreTel's recently acquired M5 cloud division is now supporting smartphone access to enterprise voice and unified communications (UC) applications. The initial launch will support iPhones and subsequent releases over the summer will add support for other smartphone and tablet devices including Android and Blackberry. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access deskphone and UC capabilities on their iPhone without having to learn a new interface. The solution is available to ShoreTel’s Cloud Division clients for a monthly fee per user.




http://www.shortel.com http://www.m5.net

Sonus to Acquire N.E.T. for $42 Million

Sonus Networks agreed to acquire Network Equipment Technologies for $42 million in cash ($1.35 per share).



NET is a supplier of enterprise-class networking solutions optimized for secure real-time communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and Cloud-based deployments. The portfolio includes its flagship Unified Exchange (UX) product line, which enables public and private network operators to simplify their network by converging legacy PBX voice traffic onto a single converged data network. NET's Unified Exchange Series qualifies as a Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) and Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) for Microsoft Lync.



As a result of the acquisition, Sonus expects incremental revenue of approximately $15 million to $20 million in the second half of fiscal 2012, with the amount recognized dependent upon the timing of the completion of the acquisition.



Sonus said the acquisition is consistent with its strategy to extend its capabilities into the enterprise market. The combination of Sonus’ SBC portfolio and NET’s network appliance portfolio is anticipated to provide enterprises with a seamless mediation platform that extends from the core to the edge of their network. In particular, the companies together address the growing demand for SBCs that enable SIP trunking and SIP-based UC applications. http://www.sonusnet.com http://www.net.comNetwork Equipment Technologies (N.E.T)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

ZTE Wins China Telecom IMS Network Construction Contract

ZTE has won a contract with China Telecom to build its IMS phase II network. When the project is complete, the IMS network will be the world’s largest. Financial terms were not disclosed.


The ZTE-China Telecom contract includes construction of an IMS phase II network covering 12 Chinese provinces, including: Anhui, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, and Ningxia, Shanxi, Tianjing and Yunnan. When the project is complete, ZTE will have acquired more than 60 per cent market share of China Telecom’s IMS networks.
http://www.zte.com.cn

Monday, April 2, 2012

EB Updates its Military Tough VoIP Desktop and Field Phone

EB, Elektrobit Corporation, introduced its next generation of EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone for military deployment. EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone are both equipped with an integrated speaker and Ethernet connectivity. EB Tough VoIP Field Phone is also equipped with SHDSL connectivity. The units can be configured to have e.g. optical Ethernet connectivity.


The enhanced features of the next generation of EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone are:

  • Support for GPS positioning

  • Support for new audio codecs further improving the products versatility

  • Improved usability with new keypad, UI and wall mounting capability.

  • Completely new mechanical construction for reduced weight and improved durability

  • New connector options to allow better configuration for all users and applications
http://www.elektrobit.com

Monday, March 26, 2012

Comcast Business Launches Cloud-based Unified Communications

Comcast Business introducing a new cloud-based voice and unified communications service aimed at small and medium-sized businesses of up to 250 users.


The new Comcast Business VoiceEdge, which is delivered over either the company's HFC or fiber plants, is a hosted service that eliminates the need for a PBX on premise and delivers HD-quality voice with advanced features. Comcast is using the Broadsoft platform to enable all switching capabilities in the cloud. Polycom is a preferred supplier of IP phones provided with the service. Four digit extension dialing is possible to other branch locations also on the Comcast network. One number follow-me service allows workers to integrate their work line with their mobile device, home office or other locations to have calls follow them or push/pull them between devices without having to disconnect and then reconnect the call.


Business VoiceEdge is now available across most of Comcast’s Northeastern Division, which includes 14 states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as Chicago. Nationwide rollout across Comcast’s entire service is targeted by the end of 2012.http://business.comcast.com/voiceedge

ADTRAN Adds Session Border Control Capability to Enterprise Gateways

ADTRAN has added Session Border Control (SBC) software functionality to its NetVanta 3430 and 6000 series, as well as Total Access 900e IP Business Gateways.


The SBC capability gives service providers a new demarcation device to handle normalization, security and monitoring for their SIP trunking services. Specifically, the NetVanta and Total Access devices with the SBC features will handle NAT/firewall traversal, VoIP protocol interworking, transcoding, media anchoring and provide numerous service provider troubleshooting tools. By moving this functionality to the edge of the enterprise network, service providers can more easily integrate directly with a wide variety of IP PBX vendors’ SIP trunking implementations.


In addition, ADTRAN said its new SBC functionality combined with Total Access 900e IP Business Gateways will enable service providers to offer a customer migration path as the proliferation of IP continues into the foreseeable future.
http://www.adtran.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

AT&T Pushes Ahead with Cloud-Based Unified Communications Services

AT&T is launching a new set of Unified Communications services for to businesses of all sizes. As with AT&T's other cloud solutions, which are embedded directly into the AT&T managed network, AT&T UC Services is accessible from almost any device, enabling employees to collaborate and communicate in real-time regardless of location.


AT&T UC Services is comprised of two major components: AT&T Unified Communications Central (UC Central) and AT&T Unified Communications Voice (UC Voice):


AT&T UC Central integrates multiple communications and collaboration tools such as IM/chat, email, VoIP calling, web/audio and video conferencing, voicemail, unified messaging and mobility with presence, behind a single user interface designed for both PC and mobile usage.


AT&T UC Voice provides high quality IP Telephony (IPT) from the AT&T cloud and can be used both as a stand-alone service or integrated with AT&T UC Central. AT&T is using the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform as the core of this service.


"With AT&T Unified Communications Services individuals have full access to all of their communications tools at the tips of their fingers," said Shawn Conroy, Vice President of Voice, Collaboration and Unified Communications Services, AT&T Business Solutions. "Not only can this service leverage an organization's existing investments to improve business collaboration, it also provides an easy transition from where a customer is today to where they want to be tomorrow without incurring significant capital expenses. AT&T is breaking new ground by providing customers with simple, affordable access to carrier-grade UC functionality."http://www.att.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cisco Terminates its ūmi Home Telepresence Product

Cisco reportedly is dropping its ūmi telepresence system for the home. The news was first reported by CRN magazine.


Cisco ūmi, which was introduced in October 2010, combined an HD video camera, a console and a remote. It was positioned as a premium home telepresence system with pristine video and audio quality delivered over a broadband connection. The system offered dynamic resolution scaling based on available bandwidth (1080p, 720p, and 480p supported).


However, Cisco priced the consumer gadget at $599 a piece and each unit required a $24.99 a month subscription service, in addition to broadband service.http://home.cisco.com/en-us/telepresence/umi/
  • In March 2011, Cisco announced interoperability between Cisco umi and its Cisco TelePresence portfolio for businesses.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Metaswitch Powers EarthLink Complete Business Suite

Metaswitch Networks is powering the multimedia telephony features of EarthLink's new launched "Complete" suite of business voice, data and Internet solutions. The offering builds on Metaswitch’s MetaSphere Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MTAS) to provide the latest in hosted PBX and SIP trunking services over EarthLink’s state-of-the-art IP infrastructure.


Metaswitch’s voice portal capabilities are also integrated into EarthLink’s myLink customer portal, offering its clients easy access to a ubiquitous, cross-platform, unified messaging, call control and self service interface that enables them to access, direct and upgrade their entire communications experience. http://www.metaswitch.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MSF Releases Voice over LTE White Paper

The MultiService Forum (MSF) has published a whitepaper on its recent VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) Interoperability Event held with Vodafone and China Mobile.


Over 65 network elements from 19 participating vendors were tested by 60 test engineers using 200 pages of test plans during this three-week event. The test scenarios included 89 test cases and 561 scheduled tests based on different vendor combinations.


VoLTE calls and MMTel services were successfully completed within each host site and between host sites to demonstrate network inter-connect. LTE Roaming between host sites was successfully demonstrated with Diameter Routing Agents (DRA), enabling dynamic policy control between home and visited networks. Multi-vendor testing of UE, eNodeB, SeGW, EPC, IMS/MMTEL, DRA and PCC technology was conducted at each site.


The White Paper discusses the results of the VoLTE IOT event and identifies specific interoperability issues. All issues related to standards specifications were communicated to relevant organizations. It is important to identify and understand the factors that limit interoperability with commercially available equipment, from both a vendor and operator perspective. Vendors benefit from improved commercial viability of products and operators increase awareness of any interoperability issues relevant to vendor selection and deployment strategy.


“The MSF's event has demonstrated the growing degree of compliance with VoLTE definitions and the extent to which interoperability of implementations across the vendor community has progressed,�? said Dan Warren, Senior Director of Technology at the GSMA. “Not only was the testing itself a success, but the feedback from the event can be used to improve the specification of VoLTE and make sure that the level of interoperability in future products is even better than that demonstrated at this event.�?



The MSF will be partnering with ETSI and GSMA for a second VoLTE IOT event in 2012. The MSF also intends to focus on Rich Communication Suite and EPC conformance testing during the forthcoming year.

The 60-page whitepaper is available online. http://www.msforum.org/interoperability/VoLTE.shtml

Monday, October 24, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Builds 4G Consumer Communications Solution

Alcatel-Lucent has developed an application for 4G that integrates voice and video-calling, instant messaging and group calling and across a variety of devices - smartphone, tablet or PCs.


Alcatel-Lucent's new 4G Consumer Communications Solution uses flash-capable web browser technology to enable consumers to connect via video using virtually any PC or mobile internet device, so they don't need to figure out whether the person they are calling is using a compatible video service or device as they do today. Significantly, the solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to ensure the quality of experience for various communications and social services.


Sandip Mukerjee, President, Advanced Communications Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent said: "By greatly simplifying access to the range of available communication formats and devices, Alcatel-Lucent's 4G Consumer Communications solution creates a ‘new conversation experience' that makes every contact as easy and reliable as a voice call. This improved experience will be welcomed by anyone who has ever suffered the frustration of juggling the multiple ways they connect with the people in their lives. Now subscribers just place the call in whatever format they choose and enjoy the service." http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Monday, October 3, 2011

Avaya Acquires Sipera for Securing Unified Communications

Avaya has acquired Sipera Systems, a privately-held supplier of Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions, for an undisclosed sum.


Sipera supplies set of fit-for-purpose, enterprise-class SBC capabilities for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking that offers customers and channel partners flexibility, security and value. Sipera provides application-layer security. Security features include a patent-pending remote worker solution that helps deploy VPN-less solutions and advanced toll fraud protection.


"Sipera's broad portfolio of open, enterprise-focused security technologies strongly align with our own Avaya Aura unified communications architecture. Together, we will help customers simplify deployment, management and maintenance of secure, multi-vendor UC and contact center environments while providing them with greater flexibility to support remote and mobile employees using the device that best suits their needs," stated Dr. Alan Baratz, Senior Vice President and President, Global Communications Solutions, Avaya. http://www.avaya.com http://www.sipera.com

  • In May 2010, Sipera Systems raised $10 million in venture funding for its real-time Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions. he new funding was led by S3 Ventures, and includes participation by prior investors Austin Ventures, Duchossois Technology Partners (DTEC), Sequoia Capital, and STAR Ventures. This brings Sipera's total funding to $48 million. The company was founded in 2003.


    Sipera's "Borderless UC" architecture enables enterprise managers to safely extend UC over any network to any device, including office phones, home office phones, remote call center agents, video devices, soft-phones, collaboration tools, and smartphones. The company's portfolio includes its smartphone UC security solutions and UC-Sec enterprise UC security product family. Its UC security appliance protects against signaling and media vulnerabilities while maintaining the highest quality of service (QoS). It terminates encrypted UC traffic, offers fine-grained policy enforcement to apply different security and call routing rules, and solves firewall/NAT traversal among other UC deployment issues.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

White Paper on Session Border Controllers: Addressing Tomorrow's Requirements

Although the session border controller has established itself as a critical component of next generation fixed and mobile networks, future growth will require innovations in scalability and security, according a whitepaper by Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading. The 14-page paper, which was commissioned by Metaswitch, examines six use case scenarios for session-border controller: IP peering, Hosted VoIP, IPv6 interworking, VoLTE, RSCe, and third-party applications.


Free download, no registration required (14-page PDF). http://www.convergedigest.com/whitepapers/Hrmetaswitch.pdf

Monday, September 12, 2011

Metaswitch's New SBC Offers Independent Scaling of Signaling and Media

Metaswitch Networks introduced its Perimeta session border controller designed for independent scaling of signaling and media functions. The platform represents a new class of SBC because currently deployed systems are not optimized to handle the highly dynamic session environment brought on by massive number of mobile devices and services such as presence and IM. The challenge is expected to become more acute with the adoption of VoLTE and RCS-e applications.


Metaswitch, which has a long history of developing SBC software solutions for OEM partners, believes a more flexible architectures is required. Its new session border control features discrete software modules for signaling and media functions. These may be installed on separate hardware elements to provide a distributed solution to session border control, or combined together as an integrated appliance. By independently scaling signaling and media capacity, network operators can avoid stranding unused media capacity as signaling grows. Centralizing the signaling function, rather than having multiple SBCs, also makes it easier to manage the network and reduces CAPEX.


The Metaswitch Perimeta is an ATCA COTS platform supporting 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) standards, including VoLTE: P-CSCF, IMS-ALG, and IMS-AG. It leverages the latest multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs to scale performance. Perimeta also provides post-analysis forensic capabilities with detailed protocol decode information on every SIP message it exchanges with the network and every internal routing and processing decision it makes.


The company noted that more than 30 operators have already validated this approach and purchased Perimeta for their networks.






http://www.metaswitch.com




Sunday, July 24, 2011

HP Resells Acme Packet Enterprise Session Border Controllers

HP has selling the Acme Packet family of Net-Net enterprise session border controllers (E-SBCs) as part of the HP Unified Communications (UC) Solutions Portfolio.


Acme Packet E-SBCs address critical interoperability, service quality and security challenges that are encountered when using IP to deliver real-time voice, video and UC. The integrated solutions enable consolidation of communications services onto a unified IP network infrastructure without disruptive changes to existing applications, security compromises, or service interruptions. http://www.acmepacket.com

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