Market Update: Arrow Acquires Shared Technologies

Arrow Electronics Acquires Shared Technologies: Arrow Electronics today announced that it has agreed to acquire Shared Technologies Inc., a leading North American unified communications and managed services provider. Shared sells, installs, and maintains communications solutions, including the latest in unified communications, voice and data technologies, contact center, network security, and traditional telephony.

3CX Phone System 9 Goes Unified Communications with Video Support: 3CX has released version 9 of its popular phone system for Windows. Version 9 is a significant upgrade that adds video support as well as enterprise features such as the ability to monitor remote PBX installations via 3CX Assistant and automatic remote installation and configuration of 3CXPhone and 3CX Assistant.

Intermedia Launches Hosted PBX VoIP Telephone Service:
Intermedia, the world’s largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, today launched its hosted PBX service. The service is VoIP-based and integrates with Intermedia’s hosted Exchange email service — enabling customers to access not only hosted PBX features such as unlimited domestic calling and extension dialing, but also unified communications (UC) features such as “voicemail to email” and “click to call.”

Mitel UC Advanced Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available for Download on BlackBerry App World: Mitel, a leading provider of unified communications software solutions, today released version 3.2 of its Unified Communicator Advanced solution. This release allows BlackBerry smartphone users to mobilize and gain access to Mitel UC features available through UC Advanced. The BlackBerry smartphone application, Mitel UC Advanced Mobile, is available for download on BlackBerry App World.

Polycom and McAfee Alliance to Further Secure Unified Communications and Collaboration:
Marking yet another category-defining innovation for telepresence, Polycom, Inc. and McAfee, Inc. today announced a framework for a global strategic alliance to jointly develop and deliver Secure Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC).

Gartner’s UC Magic Quadrant Announced: Companies mentioned are Arrow Electronics, Shared Technologies, Apptix, Microsoft, 3CX, Intermedia, Mitel,  BlackBerry, Polycom, McAfee, Intellicomm, Damaka, Android, Sprint, HTC, Global Crossing, Teliris, AudioCodes, Apple, NEC, Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Alcatel-Lucent SAP, Mitel, Aastra, ShoreTel,TeleWare, Toshiba, Interactive Intelligence, Nortel.

Apptix Enhances Partner Program with Increased Margins and Greater Flexibility: Apptix, the leading provider of hosted Microsoft Exchange email, Microsoft SharePoint, and business VoIP services for businesses worldwide, today announced significant enhancements to its partner program designed to meet the needs of resellers of all sizes. The enhancements include increased and progressive partner margins, increased flexibility to accommodate different partner business models, and greater capabilities for white-labeled or private-labeled offerings. The enhancements greatly strengthen Apptix’s abilities to attract larger channel partners to broaden its reach into the marketplace.

Intellicomm Expands Innoport Express to Include a Pay Per Fax Receive Service: Intellicomm Inc., a leading provider of hosted unified communications has enhanced its Innoport Express service, available at, to include the ability to pay for a temporary dedicated fax number to receive faxes in email. An industry pioneer in providing one of the most flexible pay per fax services for one time fax transactions, Innoport Express Fax is now a one stop shop for individuals and businesses that prefer a pay as you go service as opposed to a subscription based online fax service to receive or send faxes.

Damaka Introduces Industry’s First Multi-Party Video Conferencing for Android-Based Sprint EVO 4G: Damaka, a technology pioneer in mobile unified communications and collaboration (UCC), today announced the launch of its industry first multi-party video conferencing solution for Android based devices, in particular the Sprint HTC EVO 4G.

Global Crossing Launches Telepresence Solution:
Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced it is launching an immersive telepresence solution and cutting edge collaboration tools for high-quality virtual meetings with Teliris, an innovative leader in immersive telepresence meetings.

AudioCodes Now Offers Mobile VoIP Solutions for Blackberry and Android:
AudioCodes, a leading provider of Voice over IP technologies and Voice Network products, today announced an expansion of its VMAS family of Mobile VoIP Solutions with the addition of its new Blackberry and Android clients.

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