Extending Adolescence for Avaya : A Chat with VoIP Watch’s Andy Abramson

Voxilla.com: Why is the Avaya merger such a big deal? Abramson: First of all, I don’t think it is that big a deal. Who bought Avaya? Two private equity groups — Silver Lake and TPG Capital — bought Avaya out because because they believe that there’s hidden value in the intellectual property Avaya has, the market share Avaya has and their ability to use that so they can go out and buy up other companies and that they can make a stronger company which Avaya couldn’t do as a … [Read more...]

CommBytes 6/7/07

Snom, a German IP phone manufacturer and one of the first to embrace Asterisk, now is working with Windows-based PBX Brekeke. Snom's phones are interoperable with the recently introduced Brekeke PBX v2.x. Linksys has revamped it channel strategy, making it more like Cisco's. The focus is small business and includes new products and vertically specialized partners. Hype about all the swell stuff we can now do with our smartphones never talks about housekeeping — powering all these … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Enterprise Telephony

The lowdown on enterprise telephony is more of a low-up, with pure IP PBX systems sales growth of 3 percent in the first quarter of 2007, up 76 percent from last quarter, according to Infonetics Research. In the meantime, traditional TDM PBX system sales feebly lifted its head, after five quarters running of losses, showing a flash of life in a declining picture, marked by a sorry medical chart at the foot of its bed — negative 45 percent over the last five years. You can see which way … [Read more...]

It’s Not the Journey, It’s the Goal

They may have different ways of getting there, but everyone at last week's Communications Developer conference agreed on the destination: unified communications. "Communications is becoming open in a way that allows developers to connect communications to virtually anything from hardware to software to network equipment," says conference producer TMC President Rich Tehrani. "Leaving the decision about what to implement to the purchaser. "Virtually every company in the communications business … [Read more...]