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Digium does hardware–services next?


Digium, the self-proclaimed “Asterisk Company,” is turning into the jack-of-all-trades company.  For Enterprise Connect in Orlando this week, the company has rolled out “the first” of a family of VoIP gateways.  Last month (well, more like two months ago), the company introduced its first IP phones at IT EXPO.  I’m betting a cloud services [...]

Verizon Business improves VoIP SLA, adds Switzerland to VoIP portfolio


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 [...]

XO over 1 Million served (Business VoIP users)


XO Communications (www.xo.com) says it serving over one million business VoIP end-user customers.  So much for voice and VoIP being dead.

The company’s XO IP Flex service was launched in April 2005.  Depending on how you want to slice the numbers, Frost & Sullivan says says XO is the VoIP access services market leader [...]

VoIP – It’s only just begun? 8×8, Metaswitch say “Yes!”


While Wall Street and the mainstream media have become, well, bored of Voice over IP (yes, VoIP), two of the most financially successful companies in the space say that IP voice’s greatest potential has yet to come.

Data point one comes from 8×8’s (www.8×8.com) annual shareholder meeting presentation on August 31, 2010.  Slide [...]

Google offers “free” phone through Gmail


Making free phone calls just got easier through Google(www.google.com) (so long we all remember that “free” is not really free, but subsidized through someone else’s money) via “Voice Calls from Gmail.” 

More specifically, you need a Gmail account and calls through your computer to American and Canadian numbers are free through “at least” [...]

Phone.com adds slew of mobile features


Note: Phone.com is an advertiser on HD Voice News

Phone.com (www.phone.com) has cranked out a whole bunch of mobile features for its SMB service, including clients for the iPhone and Apple plus SMB send support on phone.com phone numbers.

Released in June, Phone.com added the Phone.com Mobile VoIP client for the iPhone and the [...]

Verizon touts wholesale VoIP 10th anniversary


Verizon Global Wholesale (www.verizon.com) is touting VoIP this wek. The company announced VoIP minutes grew more than 200 percent in 2009 as compared to the previous year.

New VoIP enhancements and features planned this year include the development of “more robust” VoIP network interfaces in Europe, caller-provided CLI and greater integration into customer portals.


The Cable Show 2010 – Metaswitch finds opportunities


Los Angeles – In a quick briefing at The Cable Show, Metaswitch (www.metaswitch.com) sees two opportunities to sell into the cable industry.

Cable companies are looking to buy more capable softswitches for business services deployment. In addition, many companies are looking at their first-generation VoIP systems – anywhere from 5 to 8 years [...]

Verizon adds IPsec to wholesale VoIP offerings


Verizon (www.verizon.com) Global Wholesale has added IPsec tunneling to its SIP Gateway Service, toll free IP termination, and carrier IP termination transport.  All three services can share a single IPsec connection.

According to Verizon, it is the only “major provider” offering IPSec, adding an additional layer of standardized security goodness without requiring vendor-specific security [...]

Going to Huntsville to visit ADTRAN


Next week, I’ll be traveling to Huntsville for ADTRAN’s press event. The company’s been hinting at new announcements on the SMB/VoIP side of the house.  Will have to break out the Flip Video camera for the tour of the manufacturing line.