Market Update: Verizon LTE Network Up and Running

Siemens Enterprise Communications to Acquire FastViewer GmbH & Co KG: Demonstrating its commitment to continued growth and superior service for its customers, Siemens Enterprise Communications announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire FastViewer GmbH & Co KG, extending its award-winning OpenScape Unified Communications and Collaboration portfolio to include multi-media conferencing and collaboration solutions. Based in Neumarkt, Germany, FastViewer is a premier provider of software-based collaboration tools, delivering innovative, enterprise-grade collaboration in an extremely affordable and simple to use package.

Verizon Launches LTE Network: As announced, Verizon has launched the first LTE network on the market. This is considered as an upgrade over its existing 3G package, in that it will increase the speed by 10 times, up to 5 – 12 Mbps. Many people, including you and I, have been expecting much from what people call 4G and LTE. But apart from the increase in speed, nothing much is added as improvement, in my humble opinion. First, there still is talk, as DSLreports says, on whether the network can be qualified as a 4G network, because theoretically, a 4G network offers 100Mbps to a moving device and up to 1Gbps when it is stationary. Verizon’s 4G offers much less.

Karel Partners with eZuce to Deliver Advanced Unified Communications:
Karel Electronics today announced that it has signed an OEM agreement to license eZuce’s open UC software and build integrated unified communications (UC) solutions for worldwide enterprise markets.

Sipera Systems, ZOOM International Team to Deliver Compliant IP Call Centers:
Sipera Systems, the leader in real-time UC enablement and security, today announced a partnership with ZOOM International, a provider of interaction recording and quality management solutions for contact centers and UC environments. By integrating Sipera UC security systems with the ZOOM Quality Management Suite, contact centers can ensure their UCs are secure and compliant with industry security and privacy mandates.

VBrick Systems Unveils the Industry’s First Comprehensive H.264-Based IP Video Platform: IP video technology leader VBrick Systems announced today the industry’s first complete H.264 video solution for broad enterprise video deployment. Today’s announcement marks the first time that corporations, educational institutions and government entities can extend H.264-based video applications to all endpoint types and across all networking environments. VBrick delivers this comprehensive solution set via customers’ UC approach of choice.

iVision and Glowpoint Team for 24/7 Managed and Hosted Videoconferencing Play: iVision, the leading Australian systems integrator providing UC solutions, and Glowpoint, Inc., a provider of cloud-based managed services for telepresence, video conferencing and collaboration, based in the United States, have formed a strategic partnership to deliver 24/7 customer service and reservation desk capabilities to support their growing global base of telepresence and videoconferencing customers.

Zultys and Clearfly Interoperate: Zultys, Inc., the Smarter Communication company, an industry-leading provider of UC and IP business phone systems since 2001, announced today the interoperability certification of Clearfly’s “Clearphone” Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking solution. Clearfly is an infrastructure-based provider of integrated communications solutions for the small and medium business community.

RADVISION Unveils SCOPIA Mobile V2: RADVISION, a leading technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications, including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile videoconferencing systems, today announced the availability of SCOPIA Mobile V2, the first conferencing application for the Apple iPhone and iPad that allows users to participate in videoconferences with standards-based audio and H.239 data collaboration.

ClearOne Shipping CHATAttach 170 for Microsoft Lync Unified Communications:
ClearOne, a global communications and entertainment solutions company, today announced the much-anticipated CHATAttach 170, the hands-free group speakerphone system for larger groups using Microsoft Lync 2010, is available. CHATAttach 170’s ability to now cover medium to large conference rooms makes conference calls with Microsoft Lync easy and comfortable. Similar to other products, the CHATAttach 170 is part of ClearOne’s growing family of award-winning and market-leading UC audio conferencing products for the enterprise

j2 Global Acquires Protus IP Solutions:
j2 Global Communications, Inc., the provider of outsourced, value-added messaging and communication services, today announced that it has acquired Protus IP Solutions, Inc., a Canadian provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) communication services and solutions to the business market. Protus’ principal products are offered under the brand names MyFax (Internet fax), Campaigner (e-mail marketing) and My1Voice (virtual phone service). Protus generated approximately $72 million in revenues – over the 12-month period ending Oct. 31, 2010 – comprised of approximately 81 percent from MyFax, 11 percent from Campaigner, 3 percent from My1Voice and 5 percent from other services.

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