Top Stories of the Week – November 5, 2011

Cisco, AT&T launches Wi-Fi IPTV service

Cisco this week announced it launched a wireless IPTV service with AT&T. Cisco said it is the sole provider of the wireless IPTV system, including receivers and access points, for AT&T's U-verse service. The Cisco gear will be deployed across the entire U-verse footprint starting November this year.

The system is intended to enable consumers to access high-definition video services throughout their homes wirelessly, aollowing them to watch TV in any room in their home even if that room is not wired for TV.  Content is delivered from the Cisco wireless access point via in-home Wi-Fi to the Cisco wireless receiver next to the TV.

The TV set itself just has to be plugged into a power source and have a high-definition multimedia interface or other audio visual connection, and then the wireless connection can be established by clicking two buttons, Cisco announced.

Google is testing pay-TV

Google is considering trials of its own IPTV service over the fiber network it is building in Kansas City, United States, according to media reports. It said that Google is in discussions regarding the inclusion of channels from Walt Disney, Time Warner and Discovery on the putative service, and has recruited cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead discussions with content owners.

Google started construction of its new fiber network in Kansas City last September, and expects to switch on the first connections for customers in the first half of 2012, offering symmetric speeds of 1 Gbps.

Ooma VoIP-In-A-Box service now in Canada

Pushing the VoIP agenda is Ooma, which has now announced that it will be offering its services to Canadians. You may already know Ooma from the VoIP services it has been offering in the United States for a number of years now, but now they are expanding to Canada.

The VoIP-in-a-box can be ordered as of today for $229 and that provides virtually unlimited calling to anyone in Canada.

Cisco enhances midmarket VoIP systems

Cisco aims to provide midsized organizations with the ability to replace old PABXes with enterprise grade IP collaboration at a cheaper price.

The revamped Cisco Business Edition 3000 and 6000 (formerly Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 3000 and 6000) provide IP telephony for as little as $US100 per user.

New features in Business Edition 3000 include support for SIP trunking services, integration with WebEx web conferencing, integration with Cisco Jabber (instant messaging and presence), video calling (with Cisco 8941 and 8945 handsets), preset dial plans for additional countries (including Australia), and improved support for attendant consoles. Business Edition 3000 is intended for 75 to 200 users.

AltiGen and WorkSpace will work together

WorkSpace Communications and AltiGen Communications, Inc. have announced a partnership to deliver a hosted, software-as-a-service based contact center solution for Microsoft Lync. The solution can combine with the hosted Lync offering from WorkSpace Communications, or with an existing premise-based solution.

The WorkSpace Contact Center Solution allows clients to gain the benefits of the Microsoft Lync Unified Communications environment while maintaining the efficiency and sophistication of contact center technology through AltiGen's MaxACD platform.

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