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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

March 09, 2013

In today’s technologically advanced world, unified communications is enabling businesses to expand their footprint much more cheaply than ever before. This next generation suite not only allows organizations with geographically disparate workforces to come together and complete projects in a highly efficient manner, but it also helps to keep everyone communicating and continuously collaborating.

This week in the space, it was revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2012 the VoIP market expanded significantly. This is due to the extreme scalability and flexibility voice over Internet protocol offers users, as well as the feature rich qualities related to voice and video that it can deliver to enhance customer satisfaction. 

A recent study from Infonetics titled, “Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report,” shows that around the world sales of VoIP equipment reached $800 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. If you think that number is pretty astronomical, just wait because I am about to blow your mind since analysts are forecasting that $800 billion will be ramped up to nearly $337 billion by the year 2018.

"As we predicted, after three years of annual declines, the carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market turned the corner in 2012, growing 9 percent over the previous year due to strong IMS sales," said Diane Myers, a principal analyst at Infonetics Research, in a statement. "It's still early days for IMS equipment and applications for LTE, but a handful of operators are placing orders that are positively impacting revenue."

In other news, Siemens Enterprise Communications revealed it will be officially unveiling OpenScape Business, an intuitive UC platform specifically designed from the ground up to meet the individual business needs of small to medium-sized companies.

Looking back to the past, the company originally powered its HiPath 3000 offering and the OpenScape Office suite separately. However, in order to keep up with increasing customer demands to be fully mobile, it realized it should seamlessly integrated both products to provide a larger amount of key capabilities.

“This product simplifies the portfolio as our next-generation product, allowing our installed base to easily migrate to one product in the future, with one common architecture. Also, TDM customers can recognize UC as it is embedded in the appliance,” Susan Ericke, senior marketing manager at Siemens Enterprise Communications explained in an interview with unified communications. “Essentially, this one product can easily scale by switching a mainboard. Customers can move from TDM to IP, obtain advanced UC, and grow to serve up to 500 users. OpenScape Business is their one product of the future – easily installed, upgraded and scalable.”

Closing out the week, Siemens Canada formed a strategic alliance with Electromega Ltd., a Quebec-based sale and distribution provider that would give the company access to its traffic technologies. In addition, the newly inked partnership will enable Siemens traffic technologies to be utilized by customers in Eastern Canada through Electromega.

For all of the most vital breaking news in the industry, be sure to stay tuned to the unified communications community, exclusively on unified communications!

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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