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Top Stories of the Week - February 18, 2012

Cisco questions Microsoft's Skype Deal Before European Commission

Cisco has appealed the European Commission's approval of Microsoft's Skype acquisition, asking for new conditions concerning interoperability issues which might potentially kicking off a messy legal battle between tech behemoths.

“We respect greatly the European Commission, and value Microsoft as a customer, supplier, partner, and competitor,” Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group, wrote in a Feb. 15 posting on the company’s corporate blog.

4PSA Announces Integration of Voip Now with Parallels Automation

4PSA, a cloud computing software technology company, recently announced the successful integration between VoipNow Professional, its Unified Communications solution, and Parallels Automation, an operations and business automation system for VoIP service providers.

The company mentions that VoipNow Professional provides an extended set of features at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry.

Integra Telecom provides SIP customers Fonality trixbox IP PBX option

Integra Telecom's SIP trunking service customers will now have another IP PBX system available to customers, as the service provider now supports Fonality's trixbox Community Edition IP PBX system.

The trixbox IP PBX system has acquired lab certification, meaning current Integra SIP trunking customers can use that system without worrying it would not work with their SIP service.

"This new certification guarantees that Integra customers who are using or wish to use trixbox CE will have a seamless experience," said Rogier Ducloo, director of product management at Integra Telecom.

Consolidated will assess Mediaroom, Myrio IPTV middleware after SureWest purchase

SureWest Communications rolled up a 45 percent surge in its share price Monday after it agreed to be acquired by Consolidated Communications for $340.9 million in cash and stock, closing at $22.67. The deal should close in the third or fourth quarter after customary review. The deal will give Consolidated a presence in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, and in the Sacramento, California area.

The deal joins together two Tier 2 companies with different IPTV middleware solutions. Consolidated is using Siemens Communications subsidiary Myrio for its IPTV delivery-which includes features like client personal video recording, pause live TV, video on demand, on-screen caller ID, favorites and reminders, and Web portal capabilities, SureWest, meanwhile, currently uses Microsoft's Mediaroom to deliver its product.

UTStarcom wins two ChinaTelecom provincial IPTV network contracts

UTStarcom Holdings Corp, a provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and broadband for cable and telecom operators recently announced that it has won two new contracts to support IPTV network expansion with Fujian Telecom and Zhejiang Telecom ltd, provincial subsidiaries of China Telecom. As part of the Zhejiang Telecom contract, UTStarcom will construct new IPTV 2.0 platforms in two Zhejiang cities, Wenzhou and Taizhou.