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CES 2011–The Cisco non-press conference

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Las Vegas – I tried to get into the Cisco press conference today.  Should have known something was wrong when they stared handing out “Stand-by” tickets and had sign-holders for “Confirmed” and “Stand-by” lines.

After I and about 30-50 other press people were turned away because they room had been packed to the [...]

Verizon business will “trial” hosted Cisco UC solution

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Verizon Business (www.verizonbusiness.com) will run field trials of Cisco’s new Hosted Collaboration Solution for the next two months.

The trial is expected to enable participants to see how cloud-based UC&C (unified communication and collaboration) capabilities can be used quicly and cost-effectively across an enterprise.

Participants include  “a multinational auto manufacturer, a woman’s [...]

Logitech buys videoconference hardware firm LifeSize – is this a good fit?

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Logitech, best known for its PC add-ons such as keyboards, mice, and *ding*ding* video cameras, has gone upscale, purchasing videoconferencing hardware firm LifeSize for $405 million.  Does it make sense? Time will tell.

LifeSize has been targeting its high-end HD video telepresence and videoconferencing solutions squarely into the enterprise space, undercutting the likes of [...]

Cisco buys TANDBERG – Polycom next?

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Yesterday, Cisco announced it bought Tandberg for $3 billion.  The deal effectively gives Cisco a video sales pipe into the enterprise boardroom. Speculation today is that Polycom might be next on the shopping list.

It’s an interesting premise, since purchasing Polycom would give Cisco an effective lock on the videoconferencing/telepresence market AND add some [...]

Nortel loses London Olympics, Cisco grabs gold

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Lost in the chaos last week, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) uncerimonously dumped Nortel as its “Official Network Infrastructure Partner” for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Never fear, Cisco is here!

LOCOG cited the pending dissolution of Nortel in bankruptcy court as the primary [...]

Mitel presses Ottawa over lost VoIP contract

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Mitel doesn’t know when to quit, but will the PR damage be worth the cost? While we Yanks were getting an early start for the 4th on the 3rd, The Ottawa Citizen reports that Ottawa’s procurement experts said the city should reject Mitel’s protests on a VoIP contract award and immediately give the business [...]

HD Communications – Optimum LightPath talks about its business HD Voice offering

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Optimum Lightpath’s HD voice offering is as much about being just another hosted application as it is about better quality voice calls, said company officials.

“One of the great promises of hosted voice is as the feature server is upgraded, [customers] don’t have to pay for an upgrade, said John Macario, Optimum Senior Vice [...]

HD Communications – Cablevision fired the first business HD voice service shot in North America

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Optimum Lightpath, Cablevision’s business arm, has announced what it terms the “first” high-definition voice service for mid-sized to large businesses, with service available in June 2009 in the New York metropolitan area.

The release touts using Optimum’s hosted VoIP service, shiny new Cisco IP phones, and the company’s fiber-optic network to deliver the best [...]