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PBX market down as enterprises remain cautious on spending

The PBX market is down slightly on a global basis in the second quarter of 2012, both sequentially and year-over-year, and enterprises are generally remaining cautious with spending on telephony equipment, according to the latest Infonetics Research report. In 2Q12, the enterprise PBX phone...

Infonetics Research: Cisco, Avaya battling over enterprise voice equipment market

Cisco and Avaya have been battling over market share in the enterprise unified communication, VoIP and TDM equipment market, according to the market research firm Infonetics Research. The two have been neck-and-neck in the market for more than two years, and they both remain...

Avaya to pay $230M for Radvision

Avaya announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Radvision, a provider of videoconferencing and telepresence technologies over IP and wireless networks for approximately $230 million. The proposed deal calls for Radvision shareholders to receive $11.85 per share, with the acquisition expected to close within...

Avaya targets emerging markets with IP Office 8.0

Avaya unveiled a new version of its unified communications solution targeting small- and mid-sized enterprises that includes new capabilities for SME, including mobile collaboration and productivity. Avaya noted that among the targets for the IP Office 8.0 product is a focus on emerging...

With Nortel integration, Avaya aims beyond contact center solutions

Although contact center solutions represent the biggest part of Avaya’s revenues, the company aims to be recognized beyond that business, as an important player of the multibillion-dollar enterprise market for communication tools.

AT&T unwraps telework solutions technology for federal agencies

AT&T Inc. (T) has developed a new telework platform for the complex and demanding government sector. Partnering with Oracle Corp. (ORCL) and Avaya Inc., AT&T Government Solutions introduced telework technology for federal agencies that want to give employees more telework options.AT&T highlighted the Telework...

Spotlight on: CounterPath

The migration of voice services to data networks is not a new phenomenon in the world of telecommunications, but for the mobile space the move has started to gain steam as carriers continue the roll out of high-speed data networks.According to research from Juniper,...

Alliances: Qualcomm equips charging stations; Avaya renews Trapeze contract; and more

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and ECOtality Inc. (ECTY) have teamed up to implement cellular connectivity into vehicle charging stations. The solution will allow ECOtality to use a commercial cellular network to manage its Blink brand charging station operators, transfer usage data, download firmware updates and...

The mobile enterprise, 2008: ‘all over the map’

Demand for enterprise mobility should continue to ramp slowly this year, as companies move cautiously on well-thought-out strategies, according to two analysts who study the space.Coincidentally, both analysts - Kitty Weldon at Current Analysis and Bill Hughes at In-Stat - said that enterprise initiatives...

Avaya goes private in $8.2B deal

Corporate infrastructure provider Avaya Inc. announced an $8.2 billion deal under which it will be bought out by two private-equity firms. The transaction is just the latest in a growing line of private-equity buyouts in the telecom industry.Under the terms of the agreement, Silver...

Avaya takeover rumors swirling : Analyst note market conditions right for deal

The enterprise telephony space is ripe for consolidation, a Prudential analyst said in a report last week, and there is plenty of appetite in the industry for a takeover of Avaya Inc. Nortel Networks Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc. and a private-equity firm are all...

Nortel linked to Avaya in merger speculation: Merged company would focus on enterprise, professional services

The enterprise telephony space is ripe for consolidation, a Prudential analyst said in a new report, and there is plenty of appetite in the industry for a takeover of Avaya Inc.Nortel Networks Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc. and a private equity firm are all reported...

Chertoff pledges to cooperate on public-safety issue

WASHINGTON-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he would cooperate with Congress if it pursues legislation to increase the supply of public-safety spectrum. Chertoff acknowledged federal, state and local first responders must not only be able to talk with one other during emergencies but also...

Sprint Nextel launches converged service

Sprint Nextel Corp. launched a new service that extends private branch exchange functionality to mobile phones.Sprint Wireless Integration offers features including a phone number that simultaneously rings a desk phone and mobile phone, a converged voicemail box, intra-company dialing from mobile phones, mobile call...

VoIP on verge of disrupting telecom

Hysteria about Voice over Internet Protocol is apparently not without cause, as VoIP is claiming a big (and-getting-bigger) piece of the communications market. Earthlink Inc. and Linksys, a Cisco Systems Inc. subsidiary, late last week teamed up to offer retail shoppers at 30 Fry's...

BlackBerry maker unveils WLAN plans

WATERLOO, Ontario—Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled its push into the wireless local area network space with the launch of its BlackBerry WLAN Solution. The service includes a WLAN Solution platform and a Wi-Fi enabled handset, the BlackBerry 7270. The company’s WLAN offering is aimed...

Presence migrating from chat rooms to board rooms

One of the most popular features of instant messaging is expanding off the desktop and into the mobile enterprise. It's called presence, and it allows users to determine the availability of others. An employee, for instance, can use presence to determine whether a colleague...

Weekly wireless ratings wrap-up

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms.CarriersRBC Capital Markets tweaked its 2006 forecasts for Sprint Nextel to account for its planned acquisition of Alamosa Holdings. The firm now estimates revenues of...

Enterprises continue to struggle with mobilizing workforce

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.-A pair of studies conducted by Avaya Inc. and the BPM Forum found that businesses worldwide are struggling to keep up with the needs of expanding mobile and remote workforces.The studies determined that the mobile workforce in the United States will reach...

Weekly wireless ratings wrap-up

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms.CarriersRobert W. Baird adjusted estimates on Alltel Corp. following the company's third-quarter report. Baird raised its estimates on Alltel to EPS of $3.45 from $3.38...

Nokia releases trio of business-focused devices

LONDON-Nokia Corp. continues to pursue enterprise users, using last week's Smartphone Show here to unveil a trio of advanced devices that pit the manufacturer squarely against Motorola Inc., Palm Inc. and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. The new Eseries handsets are designed for European,...

Nokia releases trio of business-focused devices

LONDON-Nokia Corp. released a trio of advanced, business-focused devices that pit the company squarely against Motorola Inc., Palm Inc. and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Specifically, Nokia's new E61 device features the same design as Palm's Treo, Motorola's Q and RIM's BlackBerry, but adds...

Avaya marks 5th anniversary with FMC deployment

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.-Avaya Inc. marked its fifth anniversary as an independent company by outlining its goal to become a market leader in enterprise mobility and fixed-mobile convergence applications by 2008.The company also said it will equip nearly half of its 20,000 employees with new...

Sprint Nextel teams with Avaya on VoIP

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Sprint Nextel Corp. and Avaya Inc. announced a joint agreement calling for the companies to develop and deliver hosted Voice over Internet Protocol wireline and wireless services in North America.According to the pact, the companies jointly will develop, market and support new...

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