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Top Stories of the Week - September 15, 2012

IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa grew to $3.5bn in 2011
 
In Central and Eastern Europe region, the VoIP market grew 35.5% year on year while in the Western European market grew only at 7.3%. Combined IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region grew to almost $3.5billion in 2011, according a study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
 
IPTV platforms from Broadcom will incorporate DivX Plus Streaming
 
Rovi and Broadcom stated that Broadcom's latest IPTV platforms will carry DivX Plus Streaming. Lightweight and simple to deploy, DivX Plus Streaming brings features historically linked to Blu-ray Discs to the over-the-top entertainment experience. The joint solution will facilitate media player manufacturers streamline the development and release of products that put forward an advanced streaming experience. Rovi will be demonstrating DivX Plus Streaming, operating on Broadcom's flagship BCM7241 IP set-top box platform, at IBC 2012, September 6 to 11, Hall 5, Stand A31.
 
Unified communications find favor with manufacturing sector, banks
 
The unified communications technologies that optimize effective convergence of various modes of communication consisting of land lines, mobile phones and internet - have found favor with the manufacturing sector, banks, service providers and government organizations, a study by business research agency Frost & Sullivan says.
 
VoIP app Viber finally becomes accessible for the Nokia Lumia 900 4G
 
The Nokia Lumia 900 may already be heading to the junkyard now that its successor, the Nokia Lumia 920 has already attained official status after it was unveiled by the Finnish smartphone maker last week. Despite that, the Nokia Lumia 900 still has a lot of moxy in it and this comes via the applications that have recently become available for the handset.
 
Vodafone to contain VoIP allowance for iPhone 5
 
Mobile phone operator Vodafone has established that it will permit iPhone 5 users on its Vodafone Red plans to make VoIP calls, meaning that Facetime over 3G, Skype, Rebtel and other VoIP traffic will not be banned.
 
Vodafone confirmed via an email message that “The iPhone 5 will be available on Vodafone Red plans, giving customers admission to Voice over IP services (including Facetime over 3G) as part of their mobile data allowance.”
 
Interestingly, existing iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S customers on monthly price plans of more than £40 will get VoIP included in their package. The Red plan also includes unrestricted texts and minutes - perhaps a sign of things to come for Vodafone.