Daily VoIP News Digest
Wednesday 23rd of December 2009
October 28, 2009

Voxbone’s iNum supports Skype HD calls

by Jan Harris
Voxbone has added support for HD calls between VoIP networks and Skype, to its iNum service. The upgrade brings in-the-room sound quality to millions more VoIP users. iNum is Voxbone’s geographically-independent number service. It is prefaced with the 883 code, which refers to the Internet in the same way that the 44 code refers to the UK. Calls to iNum numbers are ...

September 14, 2009

ShoreTel users can make calls with Skype

by Alan Harten
Skype and ShoreTel Inc announced this week that would-be Skype users can now make voice calls using the ShoreTel UC system, due to a new interoperability between the beta version of Skype for SIP and ShoreTel’s UC system. The integration of the new systems marks ShoreTel as the first UC vendor that is compatible with the SIP version of Skype. ...

September 4, 2009

Voxbone uses Burning Man to showcase iNums

by David Masters
Voxbone is showcasing its iNum international phone numbers at the Burning Man conference this week in Nevada. Voxbone's international numbers (iNums) are prefixed with +833 and, unlike traditional telephone numbers, can be used anywhere in the world. iNums are compatible with a range of VoIP services, including Skype and GoogleTalk. Voxbone said it decided to showcase iNums at the Burning Man conference because ...

September 3, 2009

VoIP Logic snaps up Sundial Network

by Alan Harten
VoIP Logic announced yesterday at the ITEXPO that it was planning to buy up the VoIP engineering services from Sundial Network. There are no official details on what the terms or value of the new acquisition was, but it is known that former Sundial CEO Ardeshir Ghanbarzadeh will be the vice president of operations now for VoIP Logic. VoIP Logic ...

August 27, 2009

Vopium launches in 25 new countries

by David Masters
Mobile-VoIP service, Vopium, has extended its services to 25 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 45 countries. The 25 new countries are: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Venezuela. The expansion means Vopium is now available on ...

Jersey chooses 3Com for public service communications

by David Masters
Hospitals, schools, libraries, police, and fire and rescue services on the Bailiwick of Jersey have been connected by an IP communications system installed by 3Com. By installing the system, public service providers on the Channel Island are seeking to reduce costs and increase employee productivity. The system will save public service providers on the island an estimated $1.5 million per year. UK-based 3Com ...

August 25, 2009

Jajah bolted-on to Microsoft OCS

by David Masters
IP communications provider Jajah is collaborating with Microsoft on a new IP service for enterprise customers. Under the terms of the agreement between the two firms, businesses making calls using Microsoft’s Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 Release 2 will be given access to Jajah's cloud platform, with connectivity to 220 countries. Enterprises currently using Microsoft OCS will not require an upgrade to ...

August 21, 2009

VoIP available on O2 Germany

by Alan Harten
O2 Germany announced that it will now let users access VoIP services via their wireless mobile network. In the past, all German mobile providers blocked VoIP applications, but now, with O2 opening the door, this may change. Lutz Schuler, the marketing director of O2 Germany, stated that since O2 is one of the most modern and fastest growing networks in ...

August 7, 2009

London charity chooses Swyx for UC

by David Masters
A London-based charity has chosen Swyx for its new unified communications (UC) system. Age Concern Westminster (ACW) will use SwyxWare UC to provide the charity's 3,000 clients with better access to its 19 full-time staff and 200 volunteers. The UC system will integrate directly with ACW's client database, and will let staff know exactly who is calling, including name and any disabilities ...

Nottinghamshire NHS installs VoIP communications

by David Masters
Nottinghamshire Healthcare has installed a VoIP system from Proximity Communications. The NHS Trust, which specialises in mental health and learning disability services, deployed Proximity's IP-ready telephony solution across 14 sites as the first step its long-term transition to a fully converged IP network. The trust said the system, which replaces different telephony systems at each of its sites, will reduce operational costs, ...

August 3, 2009

ShoreTel announces 10,000th B2B customer

by David Masters
Unified telecoms provider ShoreTel celebrated its 10,000th enterprise customer in July. ShoreTel, which focuses on the SME (small and medium-sized businesses) market, has now deployed more than 60,000 switches and nearly 900,000 VoIP phones. The firm has also sold over one million end user licenses. Sectors using ShoreTel solutions include government, health care, education, retail, financial services, and entertainment. "Simplicity and customer satisfaction are ...

July 28, 2009

Russia says no to Skype

by Alan Harten
The New York Times reported that the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Russia’s Parliament, which is responsible for lawmaking in Russia, have claimed that VoIP companies are creating too much competition for domestic mobile operators. The group's claim also includes the allegation that telcos are affected by the VoIP companies. In response, the business group and Parliament are lobbying ...

July 21, 2009

MailVision and AudioCode’s Israel joint project

by Alan Harten
MailVision mobile VoIP, and technology VoIP provider AudioCodes, have recently started work on a joint project that will create a VoIP mobile solution for Cellcom, the largest mobile phone operator in Israel. The resulting solution, nicknamed Cellcom Link, will let Cellcom Israel’s current mobile subscribers make VoIP mobile calls and text messages using a Wifi connection for a lower price. The solution ...

July 20, 2009

Google wants its VoIP Voice heard

by Alan Harten
Google entered the internet phone market on July 15th with the introduction of a Google Voice application for Blackberrys and mobiles that are powered with Google Android. This is expected to reduce the sales of other popular VOIP services including eBay’s Skype and business solutions from Cisco and Microsoft. Google Voice started inviting customers to join a waiting list in late June, ...

July 13, 2009

ShoreTel offers lease-to-buy UC solutions

by David Masters
Unified Communications (UC) provider ShoreTel has partnered with technology finance broker Wyse to offer lease-to-buy UC installations. "These new recession-beating financing options enable ShoreTel partners to offer customers an opportunity to overcome short-term cash flow or budgetary concerns, and invest in cost-effective technology," ShoreTel said in a statement. The first finance plan offers 0% interest, and is repayable over eight or 12 ...

June 17, 2009

Ofcom wants reverse VoIP tracing for emergency services

by Alan Harten
As more emergency 999 calls are now being made from VoIP hardware gadgets, phone companies are becoming more concerned with how the calls can be traced. While VoIP calls still account for only a small percentage of 999 calls in the UK, they have increased by over ten times over the last eighteen months and if they continue to increase at ...

June 10, 2009

Microsoft to compete with Skype for enterprise VoIP

by David Masters
Microsoft is set to compete with Skype for business users, having signed up VoIP provider Interoute as the first European service provider to supply Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking for Microsoft Office. Businesses looking to reduce communications costs will be able to use Microsoft Office to make free business quality VoIP calls, and low cost telephone calls to ...

June 9, 2009

ZipDX enables “crystal clear” VoIP conference calls

by David Masters
Snom users can now make “crystal clear” VoIP conference calls following a partnership deal with audio conferencing service ZipDX. Snom's klarVOICE handsets have been integrated with ZipDX to offer wideband audio conference calls, providing, according to snom, “the highest quality and clarity”. Michael Kneiling, of snom, said: “Wideband VoIP represents the next step in the evolution of IP telephony. “The combination of ZipDX’s ...

March 23, 2009

Murco chooses Timico to provide PWAN

by David Masters
Petrol station firm Murco Petroleum is updating its networking technology at 62 of its new forecourt retail outlets. The company has chosen unified communications provider Timico to supply and manage the updated private wide area network (PWAN). Using the new secure PWAN, Murco will be able to manage its growing network of retail sites across Britain. Whereas forecourt management reports used to take ...

March 13, 2009

Vyke joins forces with Nimbuzz

by David Masters
Vyke has teamed up with Nimbuzz in a bid to combine the strength of both companies. Under the new 'strategic partnership' mobile VoIP provider Vyke will market its services to users of the Nimbuzz mobile social networking platform. Globally available Nimbuzz is currently growing at over 20,000 new users per day, and is the only mobile social messaging service to have won ...