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Verizon Business improves VoIP SLA, adds Switzerland to VoIP portfolio

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Verizon Business (www.verizonbusiness.com) has upgraded its VoIP SLA for businesses and introduced Switzerland to its VoIP portfolio of services.

The new SLA guarantees a MOS score of 4.0 – up from 3.8 – and introduces a new four-hour mean-time-to-repair metric if you’re willing to pay for it. Currently, the SLA is available for all [...]

Metaswitch Munches the Middle, Makes More Money

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A quick review of Metaswitch’s latest news over the past six weeks reveals that the company is racking up a lot of wins among the larger Tier 2/Tier 3 CLECs and MSOs.  And, oh by the way, has been increasing revenue at a steady pace.

Regional CLEC Cavalier (www.cavtel.com), split-personality SureWest Communications (Northern California [...]

Comcast Casabi VoIP play in play

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Someone stumbled across Comcast’s quiet rollout of “HomePoint” service in Florida at the end of last week, but the cable company is making up for a soft rollout with a launch of a marketing campaign in Denver today (Monday, October 12).  Comcast plans to roll out the service to other markets in the months [...]

Skype gets freedom – now what?

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Skype is now going to be an independent company like it always wanted. Owner eBay “unloaded” Skype for $2 billion in cash, but still holds 35 percent of the company. (Remember this, we’re coming back to it shortly).

The buying consortium is made up of Silver Lake Partners, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and [...]

D2 Technologies grows up

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In a sign that life is good, IP communications “stack” provider D2 Technologies has split into two business units.

Doug Makishima, one of the hardest working guys in the biz, has been promoted to COO and will also be acting head of D2′s new Mobile and Personal Communications Business Unit (MPCBU).  Asian-based Paul Wu [...]

The Google Voice and Gizmo5 connection

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Over at his blog, Andy Abramson is reporting that Gizmo5 is testing a way for its users to make free U.S. outbound calls using Google Voice from any SIP device.

GizmoVoice is the latest mashup service that Gizmo5 has pulled together, leveraging its pieces with other people’s pieces/services for relatively no/low cost. Users of [...]

Avaya, Aastra jump into the Nortel bankruptcy circus

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Avaya and Aastra have made separate moves to get into the Nortel bankruptcy circus.  Avaya is offering cash for assets, while Aastra will offer migration incentives (i.e. a sale) to get customers to switch.

In a press release today, Avaya announced it has signed agreements to pick up Nortel’s enterprise solution business for $475 [...]

Common sense takes hold – Mitel won't sue Ottawa over VoIP contract

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Mitel won’t sue the city of Ottawa over aVoIP contract award that went over to Bell Canada and Cisco, reports the Ottawa Citizen.

Issuing a statement yesterday,  the company said “Although Mitel has been advised that there are legal grounds to seek judicial review of the City’s decision, we have concluded that it [...]

Google Voice takes aim against Skype

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Forget all this crap about Google Voice being “your next phone company.” It’s Skype that is going to have some issues.

The Goog was brainwashing, showing off its latest Google Voice apps to Om Malik yesterday, with Google Voice service for BlackBerry and Android clients available.  Integration with GV and address book, cheap long [...]

HD Communications – A call to upgrade "The Hotline"

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Over on Jeff Pulver’s blog, guest columnist and Pulver-cohort Daniel Berninger calls for an HD upgrade in the near-mythical communications “hotline” between the White House and Moscow, as well as other dedicated diplomatic communications channels around the globe.

Originally set up during the scary days of the Cold War, the original teletype service has [...]