Top IP Telephony News: November 2012

Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 @ 03:17 PM by Carlos Lahrssen

Last month’s industry news included implications for the unified communications market, wireless trends, and iPhone versus Blackberry debates. Below, we’ve highlighted popular headlines in communication consolidation, mobility, VoIP and product development to bring you some of last month’s telephony news highlights.

Communication Consolidation

At the beginning of the month, TMCnet’s Jamie Epstein reminded us all that unified communications initiatives are no longer an option—they’re needed, and increasingly built in the cloud. In our BYOD culture, Unified Communications Strategies impressed in their article, “Single User Experience is the Heart of BYOD,” that UC strategy will need to remain at the heart, in the interest of security and operational stability.

Even in a down telephony market, UC strategies are up and shaping business plans. Solutions that help employees improve productivity and flexibility are in demand, and developers see the need to continue to meet this demand, launching improved UC offerings.

News from ITWorld, has European mobile operators “joyn”ing together to provide instant message and content sharing applications across multiple devices on multiple networks. In related news, TechTarget reports Microsoft’s new Lync UC platform with Skype integration as a true force in a market previously dominated by Cisco.

Mobile and Mobility

Not to be outdone, Cisco remained in the headlines on its own merit after a $1.2 billion acquisition of Wi-Fi startup Meraki. Business Insider reporter Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson)details that the deal came as a result of Cisco’s note on changing times in the technological world—moving away from cables into a wireless world.

Wireless we are becoming, as tablet usage continues to increase, reaching a 31% overall ownership rate for online U.S. consumers this past September, as reported by Cellular-News.

No one knows the need to innovate and remain relevant to this mobile audience like Apple and RIM, who both remained in the headlines throughout the month for their most talked about products—iPhone and Blackberry.

Put the Blackberry 10 and iPhone 5 side by side, as TechCrunch did in their article by Matt Burns (@mjburnsy), and you’ll see the look of mobile’s future. But can RIM really stand a chance in a crowd that screams Apple—RIM CEO Thorstein Heins is confident, stating that RIM’s latest Blackberry 10 development and software updates could be the answer they’ve been searching for to save the company. As The New York Times states, RIM just needs to convince the public their product is an upgrade to those already featured on the market, through a host of innovative solutions.

Before mobile can go all VoIP, however, developers will need to work out the kinks that currently set mobile services back. This includes preparing mobile operating systems to run needed applications through more native solutions. Native solutions, such as the joyn initiative from GSMA mentioned above, which do not require background run on the device to send “keep-alives” to solution providers, can quickly drain existing battery life.  

Business Insider reports that Apple is working to improve its already popular iPhone 5 device to fix reported bugs as production of the iPhone 5s begins.  With this news, Apple fans are coming up with their wish lists for iPhone 5s’ features. eWeek recently compiled its own wish list, which includes improved maps and built-in near-field communication capabilities.

Benefits of Hosted VoIP

“Voice over internet protocol is the future of calling.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves, but Preetam Kaushik (@KaushikPreetam) does a nice job in his Huffington Post article. Kaushik sites cross-platform connectivity, adaptability, flexibility and cost—among other features—in his case for the future of calling.

Do you need a good reason to adopt hosted PBX and VoIP solutions at your business? Here are 5 from CloudTweaks, in an article that argues the solutions just “make good business sense.”

  1. Unparalleled scalability. 
  2. Business continuity—even during disasters. 
  3. Lower TCO. 
  4. Great for the mobile workforce. 
  5. Gives IT a break. 

 Read the full article to learn more.

Did we miss one of your favorite stories from this month? Be sure to share in the comment section below.


Topics: hosted VoIP, unified communications, mobile applications

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Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen is president and CEO of nexogy, as well as founder, president and CEO of LD Telecommunications, Inc., nexogy’s parent company. Lahrssen is an industry fan, follower and advocate — more