Voip-Info’s Weekly Telecom Roundup aims to help our readers catch up on the latest news and top stories that are trending in the telecommunication space. Check out our post every Friday to read the latest news on service updates, product upgrades, business mergers, awards and recognitions, and other market trends driving the telecom industry into the future.
Here's what you may have missed this week:
CenturyLink Rolls Out New VoIP Service for Small Business Customers
To meet the needs of an increasingly distributed and mobile workforce, small businesses need to leverage Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution and integrate IP-based unified communications solutions in their operations. In keeping with the company’s goal to deliver the best-in-class business VoIP services, CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) continues to create premium phone features and plug-and-play service at an affordable cost. Just recently, CenturyLink, Inc. unveiled their newest service that enables small businesses to easily acquire a cost-effective and reliable VoIP solution.
Vernon Irvin, the Senior Vice President at CenturyLink, shares the advantages of using their newest, pre-configured service, the CenturyLink Business VoIP. “CenturyLink is committed to helping small businesses grow by providing cost-effective technology services that help them avoid unnecessary IT costs and scale to their changing needs,” said Irvin. “Our new robust communications platform gives these businesses access to enterprise-grade features without the need for on-site IT technical support to install and maintain services. Budget-conscious businesses can rely on CenturyLink to meet all of their technology needs, including high-speed internet plus a suite of offerings with Office 365 and other business applications.”
Using a single, cloud-based UC platform for business-class communications, the CenturyLink Business VoIP delivers the flexibility and mobility benefits that organizations need in order to enhance collaboration and customer engagement. This pre-packaged service also enables customers to purchase new equipment or use their existing analog or IP phone equipment in order to cut operational costs. Customers can choose from two packages, both of which include competitive international rates, unlimited nationwide long distance, and premium VoIP features. To learn more about CenturyLink Business VoIP and its range of features, visit CenturyLink’s official website.
AVST Joins Forces with collab9 to Deliver Secure Hosted UC for Government Agencies
Trusted developer of software-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for businesses, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), has recently partnered with collab9, a FedRAMP(SM) Authorized Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider to speed up government agencies’ move to the globe. Combining collab9’s innovative hosted UC solutions with AVST’s cutting-edge UC platform, CX-E, both companies aim to create and deploy secure, cloud-based UC solutions that meet state, federal, and local government requirements.
According to Steve Boberski, the Vice President of Business Development at collab9, the partnership will enable the public sector to have access to the best-of-breed, cloud-based unified communication solutions available. “We believe that a multi-vendor UC solution set is essential to an organization’s transformation to a secure cloud environment,” said Boberski. “For too long, the introduction of new technology in the public sector has been hampered by the limited availability of proprietary, OEM-driven solutions. collab9’s partnership with AVST enables us to offer an accelerated migration path through a secure integration to legacy TDM, hybrid and VoIP telephony solutions. By removing proprietary application instances from the cloud, we are introducing a new level of agility, flexibility, and scalability that has, until now, been unavailable to the public sector.”
Tom Minifie, the Chief Technology Office at AVST, also expressed his enthusiasm about their partnership with collab9. “AVST is very excited to partner with collab9 to include CX-E as part of the collab9 secure UCaaS offering,” said Minifie. “Combining our expertise in UC interoperability with collab9’s expertise in secure, hosted solutions, uniquely qualifies us to offer the ideal UCaaS solution for federal, state and local government organizations.”
Cisco Completes $610 million Viptela acquisition
Worldwide technology leader Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Viptela Inc., a San Jose-based, privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company. The acquisition of Viptela will enable Cisco to expand their SD-WAN strategy and pave the way towards a software-centric, subscription-led networking model.
In a company blog post, Scott Harrell, the Senior Vice President of Product Management at Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, wrote how Viptela can help Cisco further accelerate their Network Intuitive vision. “The intuitive network is an intelligent, highly secure platform — powered by intent and informed by context and Viptela’s solution is perfectly aligned with that vision,” said Harrell. Through the acquisition, Cisco will also commit significant engineering resources to bring next-generation SD-WAN solutions to their customers. “The Viptela team will be joining our enterprise networking engineering and sales teams to begin extending Cisco’s vision for intent-based networking across the WAN, campus and branch,” added Harrell.
With Viptela’s cloud-first network management, orchestration, and overlay technologies integrated to Cisco’s industry-leading enterprise routing platforms and solutions, both companies can help businesses to create and optimize their wide area network (WAN) connections and provide customers with more SD-WAN solutions. The company acquired Viptela for $610 million in cash and assumed equity awards. To learn more about Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela, please visit Cisco’s website.
Nectar Partners with ScanSource to Deliver Complete UC Solutions for Resellers and Managed Service Providers
Leading developer and provider of proactive network monitoring and performance management software for the Unified Communications (UC) industry, Nectar has recently announced their partnership with ScanSource Catalyst, a leading global provider of technology products and solutions. Through the partnership, Nectar aims to deliver award-winning UC diagnostics toolkit to ScanSource’s managed service providers and resellers in North America.
“As a leading provider of communications solutions, ScanSource is experienced in what it takes to successfully manage a UC network,” said Chris Joe, the SVP of Global Sales at Nectar. “It is our goal to provide the continued support and education through our partner program to ensure that our partners are equipped with the necessary tools and resources to meet all of their customers’ UC networking needs. We look forward to a long partnership with ScanSource as they continue to deliver best-in-class UC services to their growing global customer base.”
Ansley Hoke, the Vice President of Merchandising at ScanSource Catalyst, also had this to say about the partnership. “The UC landscape is continually evolving whether it be an on-premise, cloud or hybrid environment,” said Hoke. “It is imperative that we’re able to support any type of network that our customers are serving. Nectar is a leader in providing UC network performance management solutions.”
With Nectar’s extensive education-based partner program and reliable UC solutions, managed service providers and resellers are able to scale and support the ever-evolving needs of their customers with a full portfolio of UC solution. These include their flagship product, Unified Communications Management Platform (UCMP), and award-winning software solution, Evolution, which are both available through ScanSource.
As the first software product to provides unified Quality of Service (QoS) policy automation for Cisco UC environments, Evolution integrates well with the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) to automate QoS and to verify best practices that were previously manually implemented. Nectar’s UCMP provides unique and vital performance information with its capacity to improve visibility and service delivery across voice, video, and data application solutions. To learn more about Nectar’s complete unified communications (UC) solutions, visit Nectar’s website.
3CX Acquires German-Based Company Askozia
In a recent acquisition, leading provider of next-generation UC solutions 3CX has acquired the skills and Linux technology of Askozia. Founded in 2013 with roots as a university project, Askozia expanded and grew to become one of the leaders in the PBX market, offering a lightweight and affordable Asterisk-based software phone system that helps ease the concerns of businesses transitioning to VoIP or a PBX from a traditional phone solution.
Their core offering is AskoziaPBX, an IP-based phone system that utilizes Asterisk and comes complete with PBX features, easy configuration, and powerful software add-ons.
According to 3CX CEO Nick Galea: "This acquisition sets another milestone for 3CX Germany. Askozia has a skilled team of handpicked individuals and along with the Linux technology that will now be integrated into our own product we expect rapid growth within the German market." The acquisition comes at a great time for 3CX, who is looking to boost its global expansion through new technologies and a larger outreach and user base. And thus, 3CX will not have a solid presence in Hanover, Germany, and allow them to solidify their place in the German market.
Learn more about the recent acquisition on 3CX's website.