Market Update: Warwick Valley Telephone Acquires Alteva

Newsmakers this week include: Polycom, IntelePeer, Microsoft, Sipera, Space Hellas, Plantronics, LifeSize, Avnet, Multi-Tech Systems, ShoreTel, Kerio and Cisco.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Jul 20, 2011
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Cisco to Cut 6,500 Jobs as Part of Restructuring Initiatives: Cisco Systems executives will cut 6,500 jobs starting in August as part of its efforts to reorganize and streamline the company after several quarters of disappointing financial numbers.

Polycom Rolls Out Two Offerings for SMB Video Conferencing Needs: Unified communications specialist Polycom is launching a new, affordable video offering designed to get emerging companies up and running with a high-quality video conferencing platform that fits tighter budgets. It is also announcing a new, cloud-based initiative to help SMBs deliver secure video solutions on demand. 

IntelePeer Provides SIP Trunking Service to Enabling Technologies Microsoft: At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, IntelePeer, Inc., a provider of on-demand, cloud-based communications, announced an expansion of a partnership with Enabling Technologies to serve as the exclusive SIP trunking service provider for Microsoft Lync Unified Communications (UC) deployments. 

Warwick Valley Telephone Announces Acquisition of Alteva: Warwick Valley Telephone Company, a full service telecommunications company operating in southern Orange County, New York and portions of central New York and northwestern New Jersey, announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Alteva, LLC, a cloud-based Unified Communications ("UC") solutions provider and North America's largest enterprise hosted Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") provider, for cash and stock with a combined value of approximately $17 million. 

Sipera Systems and Space Hellas Partner to Secure SIP Trunks and Unified Communications: Sipera Systems, the leader in real-time Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security, and Space Hellas, a leading telecommunications and security systems integrator in Greece, announced a partnership to better secure enterprise UC.

Viber VoIP Hits Android: Free international calls and SMS: Free VoIP service Viber has launched its first Android app, allowing Android handset users to take advantage of free international calls and text messages. Already available for iPhone users, Viber differs from most VoIP services in that it doesn't demand registration; instead, it uses your own phone number.

Plantronics Named a Microsoft US Lync Voice Device Partner of the Year: Plantronics announced that is was named a Microsoft US Lync Voice Device Partner of the Year by the Microsoft Voice Team during the Microsoft World Partner Conference held last week in Los Angeles. Plantronics has been offering solutions optimized for Microsoft Lync and Office Communicator since 2008.

Video Vendor LifeSize Adds Avnet Technology Solutions UK to its Distribution Stable: Video Vendor LifeSize has added Avnet Technology Solutions UK to its distribution stable. The video player's technology will slot into Avnet's unified communications (UC) portfolio, alongside vendors such as Avaya and Motorola. The distributor claims it has invested in skilling up on the entire LifeSize portfolio. LifeSize demo kit has been installed at the distributor's facilities in Warrington and Bracknell.

Multi-Tech FaxFinder IP Fax Server Achieves Compliance with ShoreTel Solution: Multi-Tech Systems, a world leader in Unified Communications and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, announced that its FaxFinder IP fax server is compliant with the ShoreTel IP-based business communication solutions. This means the FaxFinder IP has passed validation testing for seamless interoperability with the ShoreTel Unified Communications solution.

Kerio Announces Kerio Operator 1.1: Small businesses need to control telephony costs, and that means moving away from expensive traditional PBX phone systems. However, in doing so, they can't sacrifice the ease-of-use, advanced features, or security capabilities that are essential for business communications. With that in mind, Kerio Technologies announced a new version of its IP PBX (VoIP) solution for small and medium businesses.

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