Market Update: Reports Say Video Conferencing, UC Are on the Rise

By Carl Weinschenk | Feb 4, 2010 | Print this Page
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Newsmakers this week include Cisco Systems, Sprint, BT, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Sprint Mobile Integration, Global IP Solutions, Tango Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Evangelyze, Microsoft, Agito Networks, Dell'Oro Group, 8x8, VBrick, Tandberg, and PepsiCo.Siemens Enterprise Communications Announces OpenScape Voice V4: Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group), a premier provider of enterprise communications solutions, today announced the availability of OpenScape Voice V4, the next release of SEN Group's award-winning software-based voice solution.

Sprint Mobile Integration Now Supports Unified Communications with Tango Networks: Sprint today announced the support of Tango Networks' Mobile UC solution, Abrazo, to enhance its Mobile Integration solution, enabling business customers to leverage the productivity and cost benefits of IP telephony, unified communications and wireless mobility.

NET Acquires “SmartSIP” Product Line From Evangelyze Communications: Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., a leader in network and voice-over-IP solutions, and Evangelyze Communications (“EC”), a Microsoft Unified Communications Voice Specialized Partner, announced today that NET has acquired EC's SmartSIP product line and customer base.

Agito Networks Announces Agito Global Enterprise: Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced the availability of Agito Global Enterprise.  The Agito Global Enterprise solution includes Agito's RoamAnywhere Mobility Router v4.0, the industry's most powerful mobile Unified Communications (UC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them mobilize enterprise voice and UC applications to increase mobile worker productivity while reducing costs. Agito Global Enterprise continues on the company's track record for innovation by uniquely enabling enterprise business calls and UC applications – such as IM and presence – to use a smartphone's low-cost 3G Internet data connection and WiFi, in addition to the cellular network, to reduce international cellular charges by up to 80 percent.

Dell'Oro Group Forecasts Unified Communications to Outpace Overall Enterprise Voice Market Through 2014: According to a recent report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Unified Communications (UC) market annual revenues are anticipated to expand faster than the overall Enterprise Voice market through 2014. The report also indicates that the total PBX market is forecast to exceed $6 billion in 2014, but will not return to its peak of over $7 billion reached in 2007.

8x8 Announces Voice Over 3G Update to Its Virtual Office Mobile iPhone App:
8x8, a provider of innovative business communications solutions, today announced that an update to its "8x8 Virtual Office Mobile" application, which supports business voice services over 3G data connections is now available in the Apple iTunes app store for iPhone and iPod Touch models. The update to the 8x8 software application follows Apple's recent removal of restrictions preventing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) applications from running on 3G networks.

VBrick's Enhanced Online Streaming Service (VBoss) Makes Live Video Webinars a Reality in the Enterprise:
VBrick today announced availability of VBoss 2.0, the next iteration of its award-winning live, professional video broadcasting service.  VBoss 2.0 enables customers to conduct video-based Webinars without the need for costly outside production companies or a third party host.  VBoss 2.0 is also the only solution on the market that is custom engineered to capture and distribute live video content inside or outside of a corporate firewall.

Survey Finds Video Conferencing Use on the Rise: A recent survey by Global IP Solutions of more than 1,200 business professionals in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong revealed that video chat/conferencing is rapidly being adopted worldwide, for business and personal use.

Tandberg Expands Award-Winning C Series Codec Platform with New C40:
Today, Tandberg announced it added the new Codec C40 to its industry-leading C Series codec platform to allow even greater scale for high-definition video deployments. Based on the award-winning Tandberg C90, the most advanced telepresence and collaboration codec on the market, the C40 is designed to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes and broaden access to high-quality video conferencing and telepresence from any meeting space.

PepsiCo Strengthens Cross-Company Collaboration with BT and Cisco TelePresence: BT and Cisco today announced that PepsiCo, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, will be deploying Cisco TelePresence systems across PepsiCo's major offices worldwide. The technology includes fully managed "concierge-level" services from BT, including intercompany capabilities that will help enable cross-company collaboration between PepsiCo and key distributors and retailers.