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Ooma to Buy UCaaS Outfit Voxter

March 06, 2018

I recently read an end-of-year predictions piece suggesting the terms unified communications and VoIP business communications are now synonymous. News this week that Ooma Inc. is buying Voxter Communications Inc. would seem to support that idea.

Voxter is a 13-year-old company out of Vancouver, B.C. It sells unified communications-as-a-service solutions to mid-market and enterprise business customers.

(Gartner notes that companies in the UCaaS space use multiple enterprise communications methods to improve user productivity and enhance business processes. These solutions integrate communications channels, networks, and systems; IT business applications; and in some cases consumer applications and devices.)

Ooma provides business and home communications solutions and security systems. Its small business offering is called Ooma Office. TMC CEO Rich Tehrani once commented that the Ooma phone system is so appealing that it looks like something Bang & Olufsen could have designed.

The company also offers that Talkatone mobile app, enabling free calling and texting over Wi-Fi and mobile data connections for users of Android and iOS devices in the U.S. and Canada. Talkatone can also block unwanted calls.

"With the addition of Voxter, Ooma can now serve larger businesses with highly customizable solutions that uniquely meet their individual needs, in addition to serving small businesses with the award winning Ooma Office platform,” says Ooma CEO Eric Stang. “Together, Voxter and Ooma bring deep expertise in cloud-based voice technology, increased scale, and stronger solutions for channel partners."

The deal is set to close this month though the value was not disclosed.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz