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Top Stories of the Week - July 14, 2012

Global VoIP maket projected to grow 7.1 percent by 2015

Truphone was indicated in a recent report by market research firm TechNavio, who is predicting that the global market for VoIP services will increase substantially at an annual growth rate of 7.1 percent from 2011 to 2015.

The low cost of VoIP services and the growing use of session initiation protocol (SIP) is attributed to the continued expansion, but complexity of deployment may add to challenges for future growth.

Matrix Comsec reveals integration of Infor Classic Starlight with its range of hospitality IP-PBXs

Matrix Comsec of India, a hotel PBX manufacturer, announced the integration of its range of Hotel PBXs with Infor Classic Starlight Property Management System (PMS) to back its commitment to hoteliers, presenting the flexibility to use their preferred PMS with Matrix Hotel PBX.

Matrix ETERNITY is a feature rich IP-PBX intended to meet the diverse communication needs of hospitality industry. It integrates specialized hospitality module, third-party PMS and CAS support and many other utilitarian and productivity enhancing features. It supports PSTN, GSM/3G, ISDN and IP networks; and gives in streamlining the routine hotel operations with increased staff mobility and productivity.

Pay TV revenues to increase to USD 200 billion in 2017

Pay TV revenues will scale to USD 200 billion in 2017, up by USD 23 billion on 2011 but up by only USD 2 billion (1 percent) on 2016, according to a report by Digital TV Research. DTH (DBS) revenues will go beyond cable TV revenues in 2015. DTH revenues will make USD 91 billion in 2017, up from USD 76 billion in 2011. Brazil will add the most DTH revenues (USD 3.86 billion) between 2011 and 2017, nearly doubling-up its total in the process. The US will grow by USD 3.1 billion, meaning that Brazil and the US will contribute nearly half of the extra revenues.

Cisco to surpass the 1-Gigabit barrier on enterprise WiFi networks

The networking giant will bring in a 1G-bit access point in 2013 to contain the need for faster wireless enterprise networks, but competitors are projected to be close behind.

Cisco Systems said it will be the first networking vendor to bring 1-gigabit-per-second speeds on enterprise wireless networks when it introduces an 802.11ac-based access point next year, but a few other things have to also happen before that actually means something.

Amazon's Android smartphone unlikely to arrive before December

Amazon is still testing its first Android smartphone, and production might not begin until late this year or early 2013, suggest several media sources.

Amazon's smartphone is still undergoing tests with the Kindle-maker's component suppliers, according to press reports. The device, which is alleged to run Google's Android mobile operating system, would add to Amazon's hardware offerings, which already comprise of several tablets and e-readers. Amazon is looking to bring a smartphone to market to better contend for consumers' media dollars.