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Unified Communications Week in Review

February 22, 2014

Another week has come and gone, and I know most of us look forward to a relaxing weekend. (TGIF, anyone?) But before we close our laptops for the weekend it’s time to discuss the latest news in the unified communications sector. It has been a week filled with the release of new products as well as the discussion of IM AND other common methods of communication we all know and love.

Ericsson, a world leader in mobile, has plans of launching its mobile unified communications solution at Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27. According to Ericsson, this launch will provide IMS standards-based mobile UC for operators to deliver as a service. The solution will help counter the risks involved with the rapidly growing BYOD environment, which will greatly put IT departments at ease. SPIRIT DSP, a provider of voice and video over IP (VVoIP) software engines, has also had a recent launch of a new UC solution. VideoMost SDK – SPIRIT DSP’s newest UC solution – is designed to allow organizations to deliver high-quality multi-point video and voice conferencing solutions over the Internet without the need for MCU-based transcoding. “VideoMost SDK demonstrates stunning performance with up to 50 interactive video participants in a conferencing room, plus up to 10,000 people watching live video broadcast, with up to 1,000 concurrent video channels on a commodity PC server,” stated Andrew Sviridenko, chairman of SPIRIT DSP.

Unified communications solutions are implemented worldwide. It comes as no surprise then that Panasonic, a provider of a wide range of consumer and enterprise electronic items including communications servers, unveiled a new unified communication server, KX-NS500, which is targeted for the growing Oman market. The Panasonic KX-NS500 solution is ideal for the Oman market, which is comprised of mainly small to medium enterprises, and it can serve as an ideal business solutions tool. A form of communication that has become notoriously universal is instant messaging, and according to Juniper Research, over the top (OTT) instant messaging apps.  A report titled “Mobile Messaging Markets: IM, Social, SMS, MMS, Email, RCS/RCS-e 2014-2018” from Juniper Research states that OTT apps now account for 75 percent of all messaging traffic, which amounts to approximately 63 trillion messages in total by 2018. Now that’s something to message about.

That’s it for this week in UC, check back next week for the latest!

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