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UC Week in Review: Cisco Deal Clears Final Hurdl

April 16, 2010

Cisco cleared the final hurdle to close its purchase of Tandberg on Monday. The European Commission announced that the company had met the final stipulation to the agreement. Cisco has 14 days from the announcement to close the deal.

Brazil is still reviewing the acquisition but Cisco officials said their approval isn't necessary for the closing.

In other news:

Teliris, a provider of fully managed telepresence and collaboration solutions, announced the opening of its new European headquarters and state-of-the-art demonstration facility in London. The new development emphasizes the company's banner year of telepresence solution deployments and orders. The expansion of their EU-based headquarter office is a direct result of the companies record growth in 2009 - both in deployments and order, company officials added.

Cypress Communications, a provider of hosted unified communications and hosted VoIP solutions, has been included in Gartner's "Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications as a Service" report. The research evaluates and scores Unified Communications as a Service, or "UCaaS," solutions based on 8 critical capabilities: fixed and mobile telephony with unified communications, messaging, audio and web conferencing, video conferencing, presence/IM, multitenant, as well as service and support.

Powwownow, a London-based company that provides low-cost conference calling facilities to its customers, has announced that in a recent research, the company found that people are put off using conference calls by other attendees' anti- social behavior. Noisy eating, swearing, sniffing, and heavy breathing were among the behaviors that Powwownow's premium customers identified. During the study, Powwownow also found that the customers who have regular calls with serial offenders have reported that it discourages them from using conference calls to conduct their business, and in order to address the issue the company is announcing the ASCCBO or 'Anti-Social Conference Calling Behavour Order'. The new guidelines include a ban that will run on a 'three strikes and you're out' rule and will encourage users to be more considerate to other people on conference calls.

And finally this week, Technology Marketing Corporation, a global integrated media company, announced the winners of its Third Annual Unified Communications magazine Product of the Year Awards. The 2009 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award distinguishes those companies that brought ground-breaking advancements to UC technologies in the past year. Unified communications is the wave of the future and 2009 was an explosive year for new products. As such, Unified Communications is pleased to present its readers with a means of identifying exceptional UC solutions.

Alice Straight is a unified communications editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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