Market Update: Cisco's Tandberg Acquistion Close to Done

Companies also making news this week include j2 Global, mBox Pty, Goober, iPhone, Toshiba, Broadcore, FaceTime, Microsoft, Dialogic, Datapulse, Avaya and Bank of America.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Apr 1, 2010
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Cisco Gets OK for Tandberg Acquistion from the European Commission and US DoJ: Cisco today announced that it has received approval from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Tandberg and that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has announced that it will not challenge the proposed acquisition in light of the commitments Cisco has made to the European Commission. The transaction remains subject to ongoing regulatory review in Brazil; however, the antitrust approvals from the European Commission and Justice Department represent the final regulatory approvals required before the transaction can close. Cisco and Tandberg anticipate closing in the coming weeks.

j2 Global Acquires Unified Messaging and Communications Business of mBox Pty: j2 Global Communications, Inc., the provider of outsourced, value-added messaging and communication services, today announced that it has acquired the unified messaging and communications business of mBox Pty, Ltd., which is based in Australia. The acquisition expands j2 Global's customer base in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and in connection with the transaction the company is expanding its network of local telephone numbers in these locations.

Goober Jumps on iPhone VoIP Bandwagon: Goober Networks is jumping in the iPhone VoIP market, and it has released an app that enables cheap calls over the Internet to landlines and cell phones.

Toshiba and Apparent Networks Partner for Toshiba UC: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division and Apparent Networks have announced the availability of Apparent Networks' PathView network performance management product to users of Toshiba Strata CIX IP business communication systems. PathView enables Strata CIX users to monitor and manage deployments of their Unified Communication solutions. PathView is now available nationwide through Toshiba's Authorized Dealer Network.

Broadcore Enables Unified Global Presence for U.S.-based Businesses: Broadcore, a national provider of business-class hosted unified communications, today announced enablement of unified global presence for its U.S.-based business customers, allowing them to fully integrate the communications of their U.S. offices with their regional offices anywhere in the world. Businesses can now deploy the entire Broadcore service offering including Hosted Unified Communications services, IP telephony (VoIP), conferencing, messaging services, call center, mobility solutions, and other communications solutions while using local telephone numbers in their regional international offices.

FaceTime Raises Security, Management, Compliance Standard for UC with Vantage Software Launch: FaceTime Communications today announced the release of Vantage, the next-generation software solution for the security, management and compliance of real time and unified communications The successor to FaceTime's award-winning IMAuditor, Vantage dramatically expands the support for UC platforms such as Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and IBM Lotus Sametime and for the first time provides stringent security and compliance controls for Skype in the enterprise.

Branch office Support and Survivability Enabled in Dialogic 4000 Media Gateway Series: Dialogic Corp., a global provider of world-class products and technologies for media and signal processing and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, announced today that it plans to make available a software migration path for its Dialogic 4000 Media Gateway Series (DMG4000 Gateways) to become a Survivable Branch Appliance in time for the release of Microsoft Communications Server "14."

Datapulse Phone Applications Replace Discontinued Avaya Application Gateway 2000: Datapulse is offering its Progression application suite for heritage Nortel IP phones as a direct replacement for the discontinued Application Gateway 2000. This follows the announcement from Avaya Inc. confirming the immediate manufacture-discontinue of the Application Gateway 2000 in December 2009.

Bank of America Signs for Largest Global Deployment of Cisco TelePresence: Bank of America and Cisco today announced an agreement to deploy the largest network of Cisco TelePresence systems, with an initial 200 units being installed across the bank's global operations by year-end.

Covad and MegaPath to Merge: Covad Communications Company, a leading national provider of IP broadband services, and MegaPath Inc., a leading provider of managed IP data, voice and security services in North America, today announced an agreement to combine the operations.

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