Top Stories of the Week – December 3, 2011

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.

With an increase in the number of telco players in the industry, the consumers are certainly headed towards an exciting future. Industry insiders have suggested that the introduction of these three VOIP operators is bound to have an impact on the conventional land line service operators, as well.   

Vodafone acquires unified communication consultant Bluefish

Vodafone's Global Enterprise is enhancing its professional services arm by buying British consultant Bluefish Communications, which will form the basis of a new unified communication and collaboration practice, the operator said recently.

The Global Enterprise unit serves Vodafone's largest multinational customers, and will use Bluefish's expertise to work with them on new collaboration services, such as video conferencing and presence awareness.

AT&T, Juniper, Akamai aiming to acquire CDN Cotendo

AT&T is one of three companies said to be pursuing Israeli CDN Cotendo, which reports indicate carries a US$300 million to US$500 million price tag.

A recent report in financial website Calcalist said Akamai Technologies, which in November 2010 sued the company alleging patent infringement, currently is in advanced talks to buy its competitor, but Israel's Globes said the company also has talked with AT&T and Juniper Networks. The company has been for sale since Akamai filed suit against it.

EXFOhelps North American operator expand IPTV

A tier-1 North American operator has placed an additional order worth more than US$1.8 million for EXFO's AXS-200/635 Copper, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and IP Triple-Play Test Set.

The unnamed operator is improving its next-gen VDSL2 and IPTV services over its hybrid network. The expanded deal with EXFO also will support its traditional voice and ADSL2+ Internet service offerings.

EXFO announces that AXS-200/635 is a complete, multilayer test solution designed for the deployment, troubleshooting and repair of voice, broadband and multiplay services.

Bangladesh investigates illegal VoIP

The Bangladeshi government has formed a new super committee to investigate illegal VoIP call termination, which it believes is behind a ‘huge’ drop in international incoming call revenues of state-run Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL). The six-member committee, led by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), will examine whether any international gateway, interconnection exchange or international internet gateway is linked with unlicensed VoIP call termination and if so, formulate a solution to combat the practice.

A government official told the press that most of the illegal calls were received by telephone numbers on the network of state-owned mobile operator Teletalk, and that BTCL’s international gateway was being used for their illicit routing.

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