Top Stories of the Week – August 25, 2012

EnterprisePBX sales holds steady; 10G controllers/adapters grow in Q2


Enterprise phone sales holds steady while the global enterprise PBX market slid a bit in the second quarter of 2012, sales of PBX systems in North America and Latin America made an upward track, stated Infonetics Research in a new report.


The global market, including TDM, hybrid, and pure IP PBXs, saw US$2 billion in sales, down 2.6 percent sequentially and 1.4 percent year over year. However, North America saw a 5 percent increase over Q1 and a 6.4 percent growth in sales year-over-year.


CenturyLink Wins GSA Contract


One of the top integrated telecommunications service providers, CenturyLink, Inc has won a project order worth US$20 million from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The contract involves CenturyLink to provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to GSA over the next five years. The VoIP solution will consist of hosted and premises-based services covering GSA Region 8 offices in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.


Narendra Modi readies IPTV after curbs on social media in India


After the joining the netizens to protest the restrains on social media, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is set to start his biggest media blitzkrieg. The Internet Protocol Channel (IPTV), to be named Namo Bharat, will be launched very soon to the aid of the chief minister.


Two of Modi’s most trusted media lieutenants, Manish Bardia and Parindu Bhagat, have been given the responsibility to implement the project.


Manish Bardia’s firm has been conducting Modi’s media-related projects for several years. The newest project will help Modi to release hundreds of his CDs comprising speeches and achievements documented over a decade. The grand IPTV project, once launched, will also be aired on local cable networks to reach the masses.


IPTV service providers using multiscreen viewing options as a differentiator


IPTV multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) are actively using their IP network force to accelerate TV Everywhere multiscreen viewing options and be ahead of their competition, according to the 2012 IPTV Service Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey written by Infonetics Research.


The survey interviewed IPTV service providers to "review their needs and analyze trends in the IPTV market," Infonetics said in a press release. Most survey participants used a "pure IP network" to distribute linear broadcast TV, Infonetics stated. Despite that IP strength, most don’t currently support video streaming services from likely competitors such as YouTube, Hulu or Netflix.


Surprisingly, considering the interactive capabilities of an IP network, only a third of the surveyed operators said they present social networking for the TV, the research firm said. Obviously subscription video-on-demand leads the way among VoD offerings, with 83 percent of the survey respondents saying they offer S-VoD for premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz along with libraries of first-run movies. That estimate is expected to grow to 89 percent in 2013.

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