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Some things you just can’t DO via telepresence

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Polycom sage Jeff Rodman (@jefferyrodman) and I swapped around tweets last week about things you just can’t DO via telepresence these days. 

My brag was witnessing the last launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135 Atlantis last week. (Yes, like any good gawking media person, I took pictures and video. You can see [...]

Metaswitch goes Asia in a big way

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At the company’s annual user meeting, Metaswitch said it was going to expand around the globe.  Over June, the company made a series of announcements to underline its expanded role in the Asia Pacific region.

The company opened up a regional office in Singapore at the beginning of June, complementing its existing operations in [...]

M5 Networks launches VoIP recording service

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Speaking of VoIP recording, hosted business VoIP provider M5 Networks (www.m5.net) has announced M5 Replay, adding the ability for customers to record and retrieve recorded calls through a web interface.

The service is “made possible” through cloud computing technology – whatever that means these days – and is managed by M5, who stores and [...]

Verizon gets integrated with Delaware state government

Tweet Delaware state government has signed up for a single managed networking solution from Verizon.  The solution will link hundreds of state offices and school districts and provide the infrastructure for “the adoption of advanced applications” so the state can consolidate data centers, as well as do telework and enhance business continuity.

Services included IP [...]

8×8 offers single-seat Virtual Office option

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SMB business service provider 8×8 (www.8×8.com) – cuz if you’re offering more than phone, you’re more than an ITSP – has launched Virtual Office Solo service for $7.99 per month. 

The solution includes unlimited local and long distance calling, web conferencing with video, Internet fax *sigh*, call recording and “more.”  It’s a hosted [...]

Vonage adds unlimited calling on mobile phones in more than 40 countries

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Vonage (www.vonage.com) has rolled out a World Premium Unlimited calling plan, adding unlimited calling to 20 more countries (total of 80), including unlimited calling to mobile phones in 42 countries.

Customers with the new plan can make unlimited landline or mobile number calls in 42 countries to places like Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, [...]

NetSuite integrates with everyone

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Cleaning out my in-box,I see at least two companies that have rattled off integration deals with NetSuite’s  (www.suiteapp.com) cloud computing platform.

VoIP ITSP M5 Networks put together its M5Connect CTI app with NetSuite’s cloud computing platform, so now users can do a click-to-dial from within NetSuite as well as integrating/meshing phone number data [...]

DT and FT to buy in bulk

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Deutsche Telekom (DT) and France Telecom (FT) have formed a joint venture for procurement.  Shouldn’t they just merge and get it over with?

In the Orange announcement last week, the two telecommunications companies are establishing a “50/50” joint venture in the fourth quarter of 2011.  After three years, the two expect to save a [...]

May travel schedule–Interop Vegas and TIA 2011

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I’ll be at two shows in May. 

Interop Las Vegas 2011, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Running around the show floor on Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11.

TIA 2011, Gaylord Texas, Dallas, TX

Wednesday, May 18  – “HD Voice: Implementing the Advantages” 8:30 am – 9:15 am.

After my [...]

Comcast offers 105 Mbps to more than 40 million U.S. homes

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Comcast (www.comcast.com) has announced that it’s Extreme 105 (sounds like a radio station!) broadband service is now available to more than 40 million homes in major cities across the country, including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston.

Pricing for the service, which includes up [...]