Archive for August, 2011

Two Nobel Prize winning scientists out of the U.K. have come up with a new way to use graphene – the thinnest material in the world – that could make Internet pipes feel a lot fatter.

While we were busy with our summer miniseries on the evolution of unified communications and convergence, we missed sharing a couple of product and service announcements in August that we will cover in the next several editions, starting with two new VoIP services launched by CenturyLink in seven states. 

Today, we’ll wrap up our summer series on the evolutionary history behind unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) with a quick topical recap, some analysis of what brought each of the five elements into the UC&C portfolio, and a brief look at what we expect to be the most dynamic factors affecting UC&C in the coming year.

Unified communications (UC) requires many components, protocols, back-end processes and pieces of communication equipment to work together seamlessly. But users don’t care about the complexities involved. If they experience poor voice quality, frozen screens or inconsistent performance, they won’t use any solution, no matter how cutting-edge.

Today we’ll add the fifth dimension to our brief historical review as we discuss how fixed mobile convergence (FMC) has become integral to unified communications and collaboration (UC&C). First, we must start with a definition for FMC beginning with what it is not: FMC is not the substitution of a mobile phone service for a wired desktop phone. Rather, FMC incorporates mobile devices and mobile networks into the UC&C ecosystem — providing collaborative applications equally well on a wired desktop station as on an intelligent mobile device.

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