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Interoute, owner and operator of the largest cloud services platform in Europe, has signed a strategic alliance with Microsoft to offer SIPCOM Microsoft Lync Server 2010 to companies and organizations throughout Europe. This host Interoute platform unified communications cloud SIPCOM will provide organizations with new ways to connect employees, regardless of physical location.

Even though most German mobile operators do not appreciate VoIP telephony - in the long run however, these companies can not survive without mobile Internet telephony. The provider Sipgate now has a new version of its VoIP app on the iTunes AppStore released by Apple, which runs on both the iPhone and iPod Touch and can be used on the iPad.

Malaysia has introduced a new Internet video service which will help the government deliver information, news and other updates to the public in the country, according to media reports.

The IPTV channel, 1MalaysiaIPTV, can be visited online from all Internet devices, PC or mobile, while dedicated applications for BlackBerry, Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) will provide additional access points for Malaysians.

Upgraded MO-Call iPhone VoIP application released

MO-Call’s popular application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad has been updated and it is available for download from App Store or through iTunes. The new app has improved call quality and it is adaptable to different sorts of wireless internet connections.

All iPhone users will be able to experience the full range of MO-Call features, including free or cheap local and international VoIP calling, sending low-cost SMS or sending quick IM, improved call quality and much more.

Time Warner Cable recently announced the upcoming launch of HBO’s online video offerings, HBO GO and MAX GO.  The companies will run a short beta trial and then the service is expected to launch to all Time Warner Cable viewers who subscribe to HBO in January. Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax will have free, unlimited access to the corresponding online services 24 hours on any computer within the U.S. with a broadband connection, as well as a host of other devices, including the  Apple’s iPad.

VoIP giant Skype announced the latest version of its service for Google Android devices, the Skype 2.6 for Android, which enables users to send photos and videos to contacts from Skype on an Android smartphone. The free service works over WiFi or 3G on a mobile data plan.

The Philippine’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is filing a legal case against the country’s three largest telecom companies - Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Sun Cellular for failing to lower their Short Messaging Service (SMS) rates according to an NTC executive order.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus could be the best option for mobile VoIP solutions users

People who are searching for a device on which to run their mobile voice over VoIP solutions could find the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best option. Mobile VoIP enables users to enjoy crystal-clear calls with their friends, family and associates via their handset without paying for a standard voice package. Instead, VoIP technology provides a platform on which to make calls over the internet – whether that be through a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

ADTRAN execs last week treated telecom analysts to their southern hospitality in Huntsville, Alabama last week at the ADTRAN Connect event. While primarily a networking vendor focused on VoIP carriers and service providers, a small division of the company’s business is focused on enterprise solutions and unified communications.

Much of the benefits of unified communications (UC) technology had always been about better communication and collaboration between workers, faster time-to-market, and the ability to get better talents. But the wireless carrier Sprint Nextel has made a more compelling reason to shift to UC when it has saved US$12.85 million by adopting UC Polycom equipment and Microsoft Lync software.

AT&T faces a week-long delay for its US$39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, as a district judge prepares to decide whether the antitrust lawsuit against the merger will go ahead and the companies look to their alternatives should the deal fail.

At a hearing on Friday last week, US district judge Ellen Huvelle stated she would consider delaying the case brought by the justice department against the deal, which had been set for February next year, dashing AT&T’s hopes of a quick victory.

Magic Jack Plus adds to the competitive VoIP Market in Canada

Magic Jack Plus was launched late last week in the Canadian market touted as  "MJ Service". However, they were not the only new entrant in the market. NetTalk Duo and Ooma were also introduced in the Canadian market very recently. The introduction of three high profile VOIP service providers has already started to make an impact on VoIP consumers.

An accident late last month where an iPhone caught fire aboard an Australian airplane may not be an isolated incident after all, after another iPhone shorted and burned in possession of its owner in Brazil. Bloggers reported the incident happened last November 22, where an iPhone 4 shorted while charging and burned mere inches away from the face of owner Ayla Paulo Mota.

"For the fourth straight quarter, Avaya leads the highly competitive PBX market, with about a quarter of the world's PBX revenue in 3Q11, “according to market research firm Infonetics Research. Avaya held on to its top position over rival Cisco as the PBX market enjoyed a better third quarter this year.

Voip-Pal recently announced their so-called state-of-the-art antivirus program for Android smartphones and tablets, PointsPhoneGuard, is now available for download as part of the Platinum Suite package on its retail website PointsPhone.Com. PointsPhoneGuard is a complete antivirus program that provides automatic real-time protection for smartphones against viruses, spyware and other malware. VoIp-Pal spokesman said PointsPhoneGuard and PointsPhoneMobile Android apps are also available for all Google Android tablets and smartphones including the high-performance Motorola ATRIX and Samsung's Galaxy.

Sony plans virtual cable offering through Playstation 3, Blu-ray, connected TVs

Sony Corp is actively seeking media partners for an Internet-based virtual pay-TV service to compete head on with current service providers and to be delivered through Sony devices like Blu-ray players, televisions and its PlayStation 3 (PS3).

Media sources reported that the Japanese company had talked with News Corp, Comcast's NBC Universal and Discovery Communications.

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.

BSNL's partner pulls the plug on IPTV service in India

The IPTV service offered by BSNL is being shut down following poor subscription. BSNL was providing IPTV services in partnership with MyWay, a digital entertainment enterprise owned by Smart TV Group.

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.

Cisco includes new features to IP telephony for medium-size businesses while reducing cost

Cisco has recently introduced a series of advancements designed to provide midsize businesses with enterprise-grade IP phone systems. The new features will provide IP phone systems with integrated collaboration capabilities without taking additional IT or financial resources.

Among the advancements introduced are innovations to the Cisco Business Edition 3000 and 6000. These will enable customers to access collaboration offerings, such as presence, video, and instant messaging, for a low price with ease of use, configuration, and support. With this, Cisco is helping make IP telephony cheaper for mid-sized businesses; systems are available for as little as $100 per user.