Market Update: Skype Adds Video to iPhone App
Newsmakers this week include McGraw Communications, PanTerra, Sagemcom, Swisscom, Aastra, Nefsis, VoX, Nimbuzz, Pervasip, VoiceServe,VoipSwitch and Press8.
McGraw Communications Selects PanTerra Networks to Bring Cloud-based Unified Communications to Market: PanTerra Networks, the leading provider of cloud-based Unified Communications solutions for small and mid-sized enterprises, announced today that it has signed an agreement with McGraw Communications, a leading competitive local exchange carrier and provider of voice, data and Internet services since 1996 to offer a private branded version of WorldSmart, PanTerra's cloud based unified communications service offering. The relationship will bring the latest innovations in cloud-based communication services to McGraw Communications' product umbrella and allow WorldSmart to be sold through all of McGraw Communications channels'.
Sagemcom Kicks Off 2011 With New Versions of XMediusFAX & OpenLine: Sagemcom, the global leader in advanced IP fax server solutions since 2002, unveils new versions of its global XMediusFAX Fax over IP (FoIP) software suite (version 6.5.5) and OpenLine PR Server (version 10.5.5, Americas edition) fax and document management solution. The new versions are slated for general market availability on January 4, 2011, and will notably help organizations improve business processes and better adhere to regulations such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI), Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, as well as the European e-inclusion policy.
Swisscom acquires Axept: Swisscom AG, a telecommunications company, has acquired Axept AG, a provider of ICT infrastructure solutions. Both the companies are based in Switzerland. The acquisition does not include Axept Business Software AG, a sister company of Axept AG specializing in business software solutions.
911 Enable Announces Reseller Agreement with Aastra USA: 911 Enable, a leading provider of E911 solutions for IP telephony, and Aastra USA, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communications market, today announced continued expansion of their partnership with a reseller agreement. The agreement allows Aastra to offer 911 Enable's Emergency Gateway (EGW) appliance to its customer base, making it easier for Aastra users to implement an end-to-end IP telephony system that includes the industry's most robust and reliable E911 capabilities.
Nefsis Expands Video Conferencing Product Line with Online Presence And Secure Instant Messaging App: Online video conferencing services innovator Nefsis announced today the expansion of its product line with a new applet that provides online presence, secure instant messaging, and one-click instant access to a personal online conference room. The applet makes it easy for employees and coworkers to drop into a virtual meeting room regardless of office location or weather conditions. The new capabilities are powered by the Nefsis video conferencing cloud, showcasing its ability to seamlessly integrate high-quality video conferencing and other premium communications services for business.
VoiceServe, Inc. Releases VOIP Video Conferencing for iPhone: VoiceServe, Inc., a low-cost, next-generation Internet Telephony software and service provider, today released the latest version of its Vippie mobile dialer for iPhones that supports video calling to other iPhone users as well as to any SIP device. The application developed by VoipSwitch for video conferencing, lowers the bandwidth usage to as little as 140Kb/s. The application is available in Apple's App Store under the name Vippie Video Softphone.
Press8 Telecom Offers New iPhone App for Their VoIP PBX Customers: VoIP PBX systems allow businesses to run their phone system over the Internet using VoIP phones. While this works fine most of the time, Press8 Telecom customers needed a way to make and receive calls with their smart phone while on the road. With the new Press8 Telecom iPhone App, employees can make and receive calls using their iPhone through their business phone system as if they were at the office.
English Speaking Robots Become South Korea's Newest Teachers: Twenty-nine egg-shaped teachers are the wave of the future in South Korea. As part of a four-month pilot program sponsored by the South Korean government, 3-feet high telepresence bots have started teaching English to elementary school children in the country.