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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review


August 25, 2012

This week in the unified communications sector: Mitel, Vidyo and VMware collaborate on a new conferencing service; Avistar reports second quarter financial results; Polycom tops the market in India; and j2 Global acquires the New Zealand-based business unit of Zintel Communications.

Mitel, Vidyo and VMware this week unveiled a new service which combines Mitel's virtualized Unified Communicator Advanced client software and the VidyoConferencing collaboration solution with VMware View. This unified solution enables collaboration over any medium while offering lower costs, increased security and simplified management.

"This development allows us to deliver yet another important collaboration mode for virtualized UCC deployments," said Stephen Beamish, vice president of Business Development at Mitel. "Its further validation of the power and flexibility that enterprise voice virtualization provides for end customers."

Avistar's second quarter financial earnings, released this week, showed impressive growth for the company. Due to key product initiatives and an expansion in its partner channel networks, the company's revenue grew by 80 percent over the same period in 2011.

Furthermore, Avistar achieved an important delivery milestone in its Citrix software integration project, which allows Citrix Systems to deliver Citrix HDX Real-Time with Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync 1.0 — which leverages the Avistar C3 Integrator solution. Avistar also achieved support for extended multiparty videoconferencing capabilities for Microsoft Lync 2010 with its Avistar C3 Conference solution.

According to a report released this week by Frost & Sullivan, Polycom is now a leading provider of video conferencing systems and infrastructure within India. The company's total market share in 2011 was 50.2 percent.

“Polycom’s vision is to make video collaboration ubiquitous, and we’re delivering on that vision by creating software-based innovations for mobile, social, and cloud platforms, and working with nearly 7,000 partners to drive interoperability and extend the reach of video," said Neeraj Gill, managing director, India and SAARC, Polycom.

Lastly, j2 Global announced the acquisition of the New Zealand-based business unit of Zintel Communications this week. This acquisition closely follows that of Zintel's Australian-based Communications business by j2 Global in March.

“Following the sale of our Australian business to j2 earlier this year, they are the natural home for the NZ business which also manages telecommunication services," said Zintel chairman Nick Gordon. "We have previously indicated the possibility of further divestment and this now leaves us with one trading subsidiary, Commit Services Ltd.”

That's all for this week in review. Be sure to check out the Unified Communications Channel for more news in this sector!

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