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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

December 08, 2012

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

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners has acquired Polycom’s Enterprise Wireless Communications business, which operates under the SpectraLink and KIRK telecom brands. The acquired company will continue to operate from its existing offices.

The U.S. headquarters of the company will remain in Colorado, and the European operations will continue to be based in Horsens, Denmark.

In addition, PanTerra Networks, a provider of Unified Cloud IT Service solutions, was named one of Gartner’s "Visionaries" in the list of North America 2012 Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) Magic Quadrant. PanTerra offers unified cloud IT services that include unified communications, storage and mobility services. These services are delivered as either a fully managed solution under the brand SentraCloud, or as a self-managed solution that can be managed by the customer, third-party partner, or hybrid of both.

It was also reported by unified communications that Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform was selected by Sogeti High Tech, a subsidiary of the Capgemini group. The platform will let engineering disciplines communicate in real time with transparent and visually intuitive simulation data.

unified communications’s Michelle Amodio reported that Infonetics Research recently said many organizations are adopting VoIP as a way to influence unified communications, as the number of VoIP and UC users will double between 2012 and 2016. The research firm adds that $377 billion will be spent on business and residential/SOHO VoIP services over the next five years from 2012 to 2016, driven primarily by SIP trunking and hosted VoIP/UC services.

And RingCentral has created the first SMS for business system. Vlad Shmunis, CEO and founder of RingCentral, sees this as a critical way to keep up with the changing nature of the workforce.

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