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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

July 14, 2012

It was a busy week in the Unified Communications sector. Here are some of the major stories from unified communications.

U.S. spending on IP telephony (IPT) and unified communications (UC) will increase by an average of 10 percent per year with the spending on Hosted IPT services to be tripled by 2016, according to a five-year forecast from InfoTrack. The UC applications forecast projects, shipments and spending in nine separate applications for five categories: collaboration, mobility, UC clients, messaging and contact center.

In another story, Toshiba is offering a new cloud-based or hosted business telephone solution called VIPedge. It is designed for small businesses as an alternative to purchasing an on-premises telephony system. Businesses can subscribe for a monthly service fee to access telephony system features and applications without having to deploy or maintain any system equipment on-site. Initially, Toshiba will target small businesses with up to 60 users, but plans to increase capacity later to 1,000 users.  The service is available in the United States, with expansion to Canada and other markets planned.

Also, unified communications reports that Masergy has acquired Broadcore Communications. Broadcore specializes in cloud communications solutions. Masergy has recently added cloud-based services for managing Web applications and network services. With the acquisition of Broadcore, the company can now add a suite of global cloud communication services to its portfolio including unified communications, SIP trunking and mobility solutions.

In addition, Arkadin is launching a new brand identity and vision. Olivier de Puymorin, CEO and founder of Arkadin said, workplaces will need to collaborate more given the technological, societal and environmental forces that are affecting the business world.

And Imogo Mobile Technologies Corp has introduced its cloud-hosted ZaOffice suite of applications. The offering, designed for use in both business and personal tablet computers, provides anytime, anywhere and any-device access for tasks such as e-mail, document processing and other mobile phone activities.

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