A new breed of messaging services and mobile VoIP providers like Skype are already eating into carrier revenues in line with a brand new study. Commissioned by mobile infrastructure solutions supplier Mavenir Systems, interviews with thirty one mobile network operators round the world found that one-third of carriers are already seeing voice traffic and SMS revenue decline as result of the increased popularity of third-party VoIP solutions.
IP communications supplier Aastra is rolling out a brand new product to bring enterprise-style unified communications capabilities to corporations with as few as four users. The Aastra four hundred series, which has 3 core IP PBX controllers that respectively support from four to four hundred users, is an open standards-based system designed to bring fixed-mobile convergence and unified communications functions to users in spite of the handset or device they're using.
Social networking giant Facebook is said to finally make its own smartphone, and has contracted Taiwan-based HTC to build the gadget. Web sources say the phone, codenamed "Buffy," may run on a heavily tweaked version of Google's Android OS.
Sony is reportedly experimenting with a new TV service that would bring content from providers like NBC, News Corp. and various cable channels directly to viewers through the Internet. Compatible devices would most likely include Sony TVs, Blu-ray players and video game systems. Tech insiders say next-generation online TV could soon be a hotly contested battle zone between Sony, Apple, Google and others.
Microsoft's VoIP solution now allows face-to-face calling from within the Facebook social network for users of Windows and Mac OS. The new Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows clients, released recently, enables Facebook-to-Facebook video calling over Skype from within the social network.
A global leader in enterprise and government agencies communications solution, Verizon has expanded its VoIP service within the Asia-Pacific region, allowing multinational companies in key commercial hubs across the region to take advantage of a wide range of the latest unified communications and collaboration applications to help increase productivity and efficiency.
A security bug in Apple's iOS enables hackers to take control of iPhone and iPad apps, using them to steal people's photos, contacts and even send SMS messages without the user’s knowledge, according to a prominent Apple hacker.
China's telecom giant, the China Mobile Communications Group, is planning to build a cloud computing base in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region to upgrade its online data management services.
Wang Jianzhou, board chairman of China Mobile, said recently that the company has signed a memorandum with the regional government to construct the cloud computing base in the city of Hohhot.
Avaya's big bet on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology will define its future, said Avaya President and CEO Kevin Kennedy, who recently argued that customer embrace of SIP in this decade is a story playing out much like how the growth of TCP/IP boxed out proprietary networking protocols like AppleTalk and Novell IPX in the 1990s.
Startup Republic Wireless expects to offer unlimited cell phone plans for $19 per month, providing a cheaper alternative to more expensive plans for budget-conscious customers.
Republic, a division of enterprise VoIP provider, Broadband.com, will launch its hybrid cellular voice and VoIP service on November 8 and offer unlimited talk, text and data for a low monthly fee, with no contract required and no termination fees.
Wireless phone companies Leap Wireless International Inc. and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. have now released their quarterly earnings report, and their results place a dimmer on the proposed US$39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA, currently owned by Deutsche Telekom AG.
The location-based social network, WNM Live, beats both Tango and Microsoft's own Skype in being the first to offer free VoIP calls in a Windows Phone 7 platform. WNM Live from SynergeTech Solutions was updated recently for the Windows Phone 7 platform. The social network's latest upgrade adds a number of new features that further allows WNM Live's users to meet and connect with other people nearby.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted a radical changeover Thursday to the US$4.5 billion Universal Service Fund, created by a fee attached to telephone bills, and will now channel most of subsidies to expand rural broadband use, rather than rural phone service.
The long overdue change is pitting traditional phone service provider AT&T against Comcast, which provides calling services over its broadband network, and is exposing the FCC’s intellectual confusion over how to regulate communications in the internet age.
Minerva Network develops software for operators that want to roll out TV service over IP networks. That includes those that want to enhance traditional TV services with on-demand IP video, as well as ISPs who are searching means to build out greenfield video deployments without investing heavily in traditional TV infrastructure.
The xTVFusion 5 platform is designed with that latter case in mind, and was made specifically to enable live and on-demand video services to be deployed over low- and high-bandwidth IP networks. Specifically that will enable new entrants to take advantage of their existing networks to roll out new services.
Researchers have devised a stealthy and cheap way to track the IP addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as peer-to-peer sharing. The method, which is explained in a recently published academic paper, works even when Skype users have reconfigured their accounts to accept calls only from people in their contact lists. It also works against Skype users who are not currently logged in, as long as they have used the VoIP client in the past three days.
While Apple’s iPhone 4S are selling like pancakes for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile is the only U.S.carrier that can’t sell iPhones. They are left with only Android, Windows, and Blackberry-based smartphones to market.
Australia-based Internode has formed a partnership with unified communications technology company, Mitel and systems integrator, Tie Networks, under which Internode will host the virtualized version of the Mitel IP telephony platform with Tie Networks configuring and customizing the platform for individual users.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given U.S. cable operators time, flexibility and the potential for waivers in implementing disability access legislation governing advanced communications services.
The federal agency, though, declined to exclude voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) and advanced devices that employ VoIP technology from the new rules. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association had requested for that exemption.
Cisco and Citrix Systems have announced recently that they have entered into a strategic alliance to develop and bring solutions that help customers simplify and speed up large-scale desktop virtualization deployments. Through this milestone alliance, Cisco and Citrix will drive innovations that streamline the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops and applications and enhance end-user experiences over a highly secure Citrix HDX-enabled Cisco network.
T-Mobile USA recently launched a mobile version of its Bobsled web-based calling app. The application will work on any iOS device, from the iPhone to the iPad, as well as Android smartphones and tablets. Aside from mobile devices, the new Bobsled functionality will also allow users benefit from a seamless way to call Facebook friends from most desktop browsers.
Antitrust regulators in the European Union have granted its approval today of Microsoft's US$8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, the VoIP giant.
"In the area of consumer communications, the investigation found that the parties' activities mainly overlap for video communications, where Microsoft is active through its Windows Live Messenger," the European Commission, the EU's antitrust agency, said in its ruling.
Avaya announced through a press statement that it has acquired Sipera, unified communications (UC) infrastructure supplier with a portfolio that includes session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications. Avaya bought the company to help them accelerate development of integrated, SIP-based security capabilities for unified communications and contact center environments.
Smartphone manufacturers in Asia have a chance to exploit a rare letdown from market leader Apple Inc after the new iPhone 4S botched to impress fans and investors, leaving Android competitors better placed to grab market share.
When the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last March brought down the voice-over-IP (VoIP) call processing supplied by TelePacific Communications to many of its customers, it prompted the local-exchange services provider to enhance its security.
An Italian VoIP service provider is asking European officials to block Microsoft’s US$8.5 billion purchase of Skype, the world’s leading VoIP service, unless it is removed from Microsoft’s Windows Office platform. Messagenet wants to prevent Redmond from bundling Skype with Windows.