Market Update: Skype, Verizon Wireless Make a Deal

Verizon Wireless and Skype Join Forces: At the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Verizon Wireless and Skype today announced a strategic relationship that will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless smartphones in March. The new Skype mobile product enhances Verizon Wireless’ smartphones for users who have data plans by offering a new way to call around the globe, while also giving hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world the opportunity to communicate with friends, family and business colleagues in the United States using Verizon Wireless.

CSC Expands Unified Communications with Avaya Agile Communication Environment: CSC and Avaya, a global leader in business communications applications, systems and services, today announced an agreement to expand CSC’s Unified Communications portfolio with new Communications Enabled Applications (CEA) and Services based on the Avaya Agile Communication Environment (ACE).
WorkSpace Communications Debuts: WorkSpace Communications, a company specializing in subscription-based, unified communications solutions, today announced the availability of its services on a nationwide basis. The company will deliver comprehensive unified communications solutions designed specifically for the small-to mid-sized business sector. WorkSpace Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Overland Park-based CXO Global Solutions.

Mitel and VMware Announce First Customers to Leverage Voice Virtualization:
Mitel, the trusted provider of unified communications solutions, and VMware, the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced Virtual Mitel Communications Director (Virtual MCD), part of the new Mitel Virtual Solutions software portfolio as well as the first customers to deploy Virtual MCD.

Telepo Enables Unified Communications as a Service for TeliaSonera: Telepo today announced at Mobile World Congress that it had added TeliaSonera as its first major Communications Service Provider to offer Unified Communications as a Service through Telepo Business Communication Solution.

D2 Advances its Skype Capabilities: D2 Adds Skype Interoperability, Video Call/Chat and HD Voice to its mCUE Converged Communications Solution for Android: D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded IP communications software platforms, today announced the next generation of its mCUE product line, enabling OEMs and service providers to deliver the most advanced communications capabilities for Android-based products.

Polycom Delivers Breakthrough Video Quality Innovation: Polycom, Inc., the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, today announced support for a breakthrough, standards-based video compression technology, H.264 High Profile, that will reduce the bandwidth requirements for high-definition (HD) telepresence and standard definition (SD) video conferencing by as much as 50 percent, representing substantial network bandwidth cost savings for customers.

Nortel Adds Edgewater Networks Products to its Carrier VoIP Solutions: Strengthening its efforts to help service providers increase revenue potential and subscriber growth by simplifying the delivery of advanced IP services, Nortel Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) has added Edgewater Networks, Inc., a leading provider of Network Services Gateways, to Nortel CVAS’ industry-leading business and voice multimedia solution.

HelloSoft Announces the Availability of Its VoIP Solution for LTE Devices: HelloSoft announced today the extension of its carrier proven VoIP and Voice Call Continuity (VCC) solution suite to future 4G-LTE devices. HelloSoft’s VoIP and VCC solution allows seamless handoff of voice calls between VoIP on the 4G LTE network and circuit switched voice systems that run on cellular 2G and 3G networks.

BroadSoft Delivers VoIP to 4G for Mobile Operators:
BroadSoft, Inc., the worldwide leader of VoIP applications to the telecommunications industry, today unveiled BroadWorks Mobility Suite, a comprehensive set of mobile features for its flagship BroadWorks Application Server platform.

–Compiled by Carl Weinschenk

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