Top Stories of the Week – October 22, 2011

Appia’s SIP trunking cancels call-path restrictions

It’s been a busy lately for Appia Communications. Not long after introducing a new hosted VoIP offering, the managed communications and network services provider announced that SIP trunking will have no more call-path limitations.

"Call path restrictions don’t adapt to customers' changing requirements," said Victor von Schlegell, Appia's president. "Customers need their IP phone services to support marketing campaigns, seasonal changes in workforce levels, cyclical call volumes, and so forth. SIP trunks should allow – not limit – customers as these demands arise."

"We continue to simplify our products to address our customers' needs," said Jason Ulm, vice president of channel sales at Appia. "Customers get to decide how many concurrent calls to make – as they need them – for a consistent and predictable price."

Rise in VoIP solutions users foreseen

The number of mobile VoIP solutions users is set to increase significantly over the next four years, according to Infonetics Research. Estimates from the research company show subscriber numbers are expected to rise from 47 million in 2010 to almost 410 million by 2015 as the adoption of smartphones and mobile broadband services increases.

Over-the-top (OTT) providers will dominate the global VoIP solutions market over this period, the organisation deducted.

US telco has chosen video transcoders from Harmonic to power its 290-channel IPTV service

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) has picked the Harmonic ProStream 1000 transcoding solution with ACE technology, which provides picture-in-picture capability and support for HD and SD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video and audio transcoding of up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels in a one rack unit chassis.

CloudTC flaunts Glass 1000 Smart IP Phone at BroadSoft Connections 2011

CloudTC, a software developer in business applications and IP telephony, recently announced that it will show the CloudTC Glass 1000, one of the industry's smartest IP phones, at BroadSoft Connections 2011: Crush It! users' conference, taking place October 16-19, 2011 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Senior officials from CloudTC will demonstrate the unique features of this fully integrated, smart IP communications platform, which is interoperable with BroadSoft's BroadWorks voice application server.

"We look forward to sharing the innovative enhancements of the Glass 1000 smart IP phone with the members of the BroadSoft community," said Cheryln Chin, vice president of marketing, CloudTC. "Since announcing interoperability with the BroadWorks platform earlier this 2011, we have seen significant interest in the Glass 1000 from BroadSoft's customers, and look forward to meeting with them at this year's conference."

Increased use of smartphones, tablets fuels demand for developers

Many businesses are opening their wallets and spending to build mobile apps for customers to use. And developers are in hot demand across the United States, various surveys this year show. It's all a response to a young technology that has become a US$6.8 billion market — and is growing quickly.

Across the U.S., the mobile app economy is still in its early stages, fueled by a small corps of independent developers, advertising and marketing companies, and a handful of companies that specialize in creating the apps.

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