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Unified Communications Week in Review: Mitel, Mavenir, Frontier, XO Communications

March 07, 2015

The world of unified communications (UC) saw several new efforts this week at integrating real-time connectivity and bringing businesses and people together across the globe.

 For Mitel, this meant a multi-million-dollar merger with the software-based telecommunications networking provider Mavenir Systems. Mitel has absorbed all outstanding shares in Mavenir Systems’ stock.

 The merger comes at a time in which mobile networks continue to gravitate toward LTE. In theory, Mitel and Mavenir’s combined resources should improve efficiency. Mavenir has already begun working with mobile carriers on some intriguing innovations.

Mitel is twice in the spotlight this week forging partnerships. The UC giant has officially named Frontier Communications its top revenue-generating partner for cloud and on-premises communication services. The partnership is several decades in-the-making and growing. Cloud communication for colleges, hospitals, and contact centers can expect to remain in both companies’ crosshairs.

Incidentally, this merger follows the release of survey results by Voxox on the importance of voice in telecommunications. Although messaging is growing at lightning speed, the survey showed that voice matters a lot more than we may have realized. In fact, the majority of the 2,000 respondents cited it as the number-one most-used feature.  It should be interesting to see how this plays out going forwards

Telecommunications giant XO Communications is also stirring the pot this week—or should we say, adding ingredients to it—with its newest expansion of UC services.  The added UC features are specifically for its Hosted PBX (HPBX) service. The objective is to make communications in the workplace simpler through a host of new offerings.

“In today’s highly mobile business economy, enterprises need their employees to be able to collaborate anytime, anywhere using high-quality voice, data, video and other apps on company provided and personal devices,” said Jake Heinz, senior vice president of marketing and product at XO Communications.

If this week is any indication of where the UC world is headed, than the ever-growing community of UC users have a lot to look forward to this year. Keep following us as we continue chasing down new developments in the industry. 

Dominick Sorrentino is an editor for TMC and its technology and communications properties.

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