Market Update: NEC Moves to the Mid-Market

Companies in the news this week include: Avaya, Sipera, Cypress, M5 Networks, Infonetics Research, Optimum, BroadSoft, Mitel, iLinc and Apple.  

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Oct 7, 2011
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NEC Debuts Software-Based Unified Communications Bundle for Mid-Market: NEC Corporation of America, a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication and IT solutions, today announced the general availability of UNIVERGE Sphericall for Medium Businesses and Small Enterprises (MB/SE), a full-featured, enterprise class unified communications solutions for the mid-market.

Infonetics Survey Shows Microsoft and Cisco Lead: Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its new Unified Communications: North American Enterprise Survey. Microsoft received the highest marks from medium and large businesses participating in the survey, followed by Cisco, based on unified communications buyer criteria, including service and support, technology, price-to-performance ratio (value), and other criteria.

M5 Networks Expands Its Unified Communications and Mobility Offering With the M5 Softphone: M5 Networks, the market leader in business phone systems, announced today the launch of the M5 Softphone, software that lets users manage their telephone calls over the M5 network from a PC, rather than a traditional handset.

Optimum Voice SIP Trunking Now Certified With Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series For Small Businesses: Optimum Business today announced that its Optimum Voice SIP Trunking service is now certified with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for small businesses. The pre-certified solution delivers an efficient way to make communications more flexible and cost-effective than traditional T-1 solutions by simplifying the configuration, reducing equipment costs and improving the quality of voice service.

Avaya acquires Sipera: Avaya announced that it has acquired Sipera, unified communications (UC) infrastructure supplier with a portfolio that includes session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications.

Cypress Communications Delivers UC as a Service for Logistics: Cypress Communications announced today that BDP International has selected the Cypress flagship Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution, C4 IP, to connect its U.S. employees, helping them to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. BDP expects greater operational efficiency and lower communication costs with C4 IP. As a cloud-based solution, C4 IP also helps BDP fortify their business continuity strategy and design.

Cypress Communications Delivers Unified Communications as a Service to Global Logistics and Transportation Provider, BDP International: Cypress Communications announced today that BDP International has selected the Cypress flagship Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution, C4 IP, to connect its U.S. employees, helping them to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. BDP expects greater operational efficiency and lower communication costs with C4 IP. As a cloud-based solution, C4 IP also helps BDP fortify their business continuity strategy and design.

iLinc Buy Bolsters BroadSoft's Unified Communications Wares: BroadSoft, a VoIP communications provider for businesses and individuals, has acquired iLinc Communications, an international provider of web collaboration tools for businesses, governments and educational institutions. The iLinc acquisition is part of BroadSoft's plan to offer unified communications (UC) services to its roughly 450 global managed service providers.

M5 Networks Expands Its Unified Communications and Mobility Offering: M5 Networks, the market leader in business phone systems, announced today the launch of the M5 Softphone, software that lets users manage their telephone calls over the M5 network from a PC, rather than a traditional handset.

Mitel Extends UC Freedom to Apple iPhone and iPad: Mitel, a leading provider of unified communications software solutions, today announced that Mitel Unified Communicator (UC) Advanced software is now available on the iOS mobile operating system for Apple iPhones and iPads, the leading choice among Small- to Medium-Enterprises (SMEs). This offering further extends the reach of Mitel's unified communications platform on mobile devices, allowing IT managers to accommodate the BYOD phenomenon in which workers bring their personal mobile device into the workplace.

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