Market Update: CounterPath and Metaswitch Collaborate

Newsmakers this week also include Vertical Communications, Polycom, Avaya Government Solutions, IP5280 Communications, CSI Technology Outfitters, Paltalk, Toshiba, Newroads Telecom, High Speed Video, Savvis, Cisco and DSCI.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Sep 23, 2010
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Avaya Government Solutions Completes First End-to-End VoIP Calls Across DoD's Global Information Grid Using New Robust Communications Protocol: Avaya Government Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avaya, today announced that it has completed the first end-to-end, Voice over IP (VoIP) calls across the Global Information Grid (GIG) as a part of the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) field evaluation of its Real Time Services (RTS) Unified Communications (UC) program. The calls were completed using a new technology essential to meet the heightened requirements for assured service and security for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Vertical Defines the Industry Standard for Unified Communications with the Release of Wave 2.0: Vertical Communications, a leading provider of next-generation IP-based phone systems and voice applications, today announced the release of Wave ISM 2.0 -- available as a software upgrade for its award winning Wave IP 2500 and Wave IP 500 Business Communications Systems. Wave IP's unique Application-Ready architecture means Vertical's Unified Communications capabilities and suite of voice applications are available 'on-box' so they can be easily deployed and managed without expensive add-on software.

CounterPath and Metaswitch Networks Collaborate to Deliver Seamless Unified Communications User Experience: CounterPath and Metaswitch Networks announced today that they have entered into a strategic, long-term agreement. The relationship includes the joint development and marketing of enhanced unified communications capabilities that extend voice, video and messaging services to desktop PCs and mobile devices. The two companies will be demonstrating key elements of the combined solution during Metaswitch Forum 2010, held this week in Orlando.

Polycom Transforms Mobile Unified Communications in the Workplace With Next-Gen Voice-Over-Wi-Fi Handsets: Polycom, Inc., a global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, today expanded Polycom's leadership in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) products with next-generation Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series handsets for wireless voice and data applications that transform mobile unified communications (UC) in the workplace. The new Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series are the first in the industry to feature a revolutionary standards-based application platform, the most reliable form factor for enterprise use, an integrated barcode reader, Polycom's renowned voice quality, and the industry's broadest interoperability with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless infrastructure and market-leading UC platforms.

IP5280 Unveils New High-Quality IP Video Communications Bundle for Businesses: IP5280 Communications, a national business voice over IP and unified communications leader, today unveiled a new suite of high-quality video services leveraging Polycom's industry-leading video solutions. IP5280's new IPvideo services include IP5280's upgraded video seat package and new Open-SIP Multipoint Video Bridge, enabling businesses to enjoy the benefits of high-quality VoIP video calls at an affordable price point.

CSI Technology Outfitters Announces Inclusion of Hosted VoIP Into Existing CSI@K12 Education Cloud: CSI Technology Outfitters today announced the inclusion of Hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Services into the existing CSI@K12 Education Cloud. The inclusion of VoIP technology into this already existing hosted suite of products adds to the cost-effective technology currently being offered for K-12 and higher education institutions. CSI Technology Outfitters is reaching out to school systems across the country by leading the VoIP charge and showing the efficiency, flexibility, and cost effectiveness of next-generation voice platforms.

Paltalk Announces Flat-Rate International Mobile VoIP Solution Connecting 39 Countries for Less Than $30 per Month: Paltalk, the leading real-time, video-based community with more than four million active members, today announced that users will be able to make unlimited international phone calls through Vumber, Paltalk's virtual phone number service. Users will be able to call 39 countries for a flat rate of $29.95 per month.

Toshiba and Newroads Telecom Certify Interoperability of Strata CIX VoIP Systems With Newroads Business SIP Trunking: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division and Newroads Telecom today announced the certification of interoperability of Newroads Business SIP Trunking with Toshiba's family of Strata CIX IP business communication systems. Newroads Business SIP Trunking is now available nationwide from Authorized Toshiba Dealers.

High Speed Video Adds Collaboration to Enterprise Grade Video Communications and Desktop-Telepresence Software Platform: High Speed Video (HSV), the only provider of software based enterprise-grade video communications and desktop-telepresence as an end-to-end managed service, announced today that it has expanded its platform to support advanced collaboration features in HSV ClearVision desktop video communications software. ClearVision is designed to work with any web cam equipped PC, giving it fully featured video conferencing end-point capabilities. The new collaboration features include, instant messaging, desktop sharing and document sharing integrated with ClearVision video communication features.

Savvis' Network Earns Cisco Powered Designations: Savvis' Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Application Transport Services (ATS) underwent a rigorous third-party assessment conducted by Cisco, earning designations for Managed TelePresence Network Connection, Managed MPLS-VPN, Managed Firewall and Managed IDS/IPS Services.

DSCI Teams with Polycom to Promote iPBX and HD Voice: DSCI Corporation, an Internet Telephony Service Provider in New England, and Polycom, a global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, have teamed up to promote DSCI's iPBX Hosted Communications Service and Polycom HD Voice. iPBX is a hosted voice-over-IP (VoIP) service that is deployed with Polycom SoundPoint IP and SoundStation IP phones with HD Voice. Polycom's breakthrough HD Voice technology provides twice the call clarity when compared to ordinary calls.

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