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Unified Communications Week in Review: Avant, Vonage, Dialogic

April 28, 2018

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As the world edges closer to the reality of the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communications, a new age of product innovations is at the doorstep as wireless providers contend with the last remaining hurdles to a national rollout. Since 4G LTE was introduced in 2010, offering speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) for wireless communications and surpassing the performance of wired networks, we began taking full advantage of things like video conferencing and live streaming for music and video without the annoying stuttering or freeze frames.

In order to get a better view of partner behavior, Avant conducted a survey with more than 14,000 partners covering 51 different attributes. The sales enablement company then categorized partners with the highest level of success (Lean Forward Partners) selling cloud based services and those seeing the most struggle (Lean Backward Partners). What they found was pretty interesting.

Companies large and small are making the decision to roll out new video conferencing solutions. After all, in today’s global economy the workforce is far more distributed than ever before and people are choosing where they want to work—whether at home, at the office or on the road. Knowing this, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out the main benefit of video conferencing. It replaces costly face-to-face meetings with a far more efficient and cost-effective alternative, while keeping dispersed teams connected and aligned.

CNBC last month reported that U.S. unit labor costs increased faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid weak worker productivity. The good news is that worker productivity in the fourth quarter was better than initially reported. The bad news is that worker productivity was unchanged in the quarter, instead of declining at a 0.1 percent rate as reported in February. This creates an opening for companies that sell business communications, collaboration, and productivity tools. Vonage recently released a new version of its Vonage Integration Suite to connect critical business applications with its unified communications and collaboration offerings using a single connector interface.

Dialogic and Teles announced a partnership putting the PowerMedia XMS 3.5 to serve as the media processing engine for the TELES Cloud UC and Voice Application Server services. TELES is taking aim at delivering on UCaaS expectations in a rapidly expanding space.

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.