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Archive for May, 2009

Today we’d like to refer our readers to two papers posted on Webtorials that provide some excellent analysis. The first piece, written by Michael F. Finneran at dBrn Associates, is titled "Enterprise Options for Fixed Mobile Convergence and Mobile UC." It provides a structure for understanding and evaluating the various enterprise- and carrier-based fixed mobile convergence FMC solutions. The second paper comes from Fluke Networks and offers a discussion on the "Business Case for VoIP Readiness Network Assessment."
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In this newsletter, we’ll provide a quick wrap-up on VoIP and convergence-related announcements from Interop 2009 held last week in Las Vegas. Highlights include news from Glowpoint on its Telepresence InterExchange, Polycom with several announcements, Shoretel’s integration showcase, and Skype’s views on business voice.
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Following our recent newsletter about video over IP featuring a discussion with Radvision, we had a chance to get another viewpoint from Ofer Shapiro, CEO at Vidyo and Marty Hollander, SVP for Marketing, about the merits of a Scalable Video Coding (SVC) approach. Both executives are industry veterans in video conferencing and enjoy bringing disruptive technologies to market.
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Today we turn our attention to the world of wireless with recent announcements from AT&T, Qwest, Verizon, and Cablevision. Though each announcement has a slightly different topic, we think they collectively point toward progress in the converged enterprise and consumer-centric applications and content across fixed and mobile networks.
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Acme Packet last week announced it has acquired Covergence in exchange for about $22.2 million in stock and $600,000 in cash. Covergence provides software-based session border controllers (SBC) for unified communications, and is focused on the enterprise market while Acme Packet’s portfolio is more typically found in service provider networks. Acme Packet’s move follows the company’s April 2009 release of the Net-Net 3800, a hardware-based SBC also designed for small enterprise sites, contact centers and service providers.

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