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RingCentral: Cloud Based Unified Communications is Just the Start, Collaboration Apps & AI Are Next

Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider RingCentral seems to have become a Wall Street darling, sharing the spotlight with the likes of AT&T and Verizon at three investor conferences in the last 10 days. The company’s popularity underscores a major market shift toward UCaaS...Learn More

ABI: Maybe Telcos Should Steer Clear of the Cloud, Digital Transformation

A new research report from ABI throws some water on the cloud, digital transformation, and IT opportunity fire for telcos. The research suggests that technology buyers continue to see connectivity as the principal value provided by telecom operators, with some vertical specific applications also of...Learn More

Digital Transformation Survey: Half of Enterprise-Scale Businesses Have a Formal Strategy

Half of enterprise-scale businesses covered in a globe-spanning digital transformation survey commissioned by CenturyLink and carried out by 451 Research have a formal digital transformation strategy in place. The results indicate the extent to which a new phase of adoption and use of digital information...Learn More

CEO: Windstream SD-WAN and UCaaS Will Be Key to Enterprise Growth

Windstream CEO Tony Thomas is bullish on software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and unified communications as a service (UCaaS). When Windstream’s traditional local telecom service business began declining some years back, the company made the decision to shift its strategy toward the enterprise market....Learn More

Sonus Genband Merger Seeks Scale, Complementary Products, Values Combined Company at $745M

A planned Sonus Genband merger, announced today, aims to “create a leader in next-generation communications networking, with increased scale and market reach across products, customers and geographies,” the companies said. Shareholders of each company will own approximately 50% of the combined entity. Sonus CEO Raymond...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Introduces SDN Orchestration into the Cloud, Data Centers

With Windstream SDNow, Windstream continues its push into wholesale and enterprise markets by targeting optical wave orchestration opportunities in the data center, and ultimately the cloud. SDN orchestration automates network functions, including provisioning, and removes human intervention with equipment to accomplish networking tasks, often involving...Learn More

8×8, Ring Central Tie for Top Spot in North American UCaaS Rankings

UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) providers 8×8 and RingCentral tied for the top spot in the North American UCaaS scorecard from IHS Markit, the first first-place tie in the nine years the market research company has been ranking UCaaS vendors. Providing and managing core...Learn More

North State Consolidates Data Center, IT Subsidiaries, Pursues Cloud Strategy

Regional broadband carrier North State announced the formation of a new integrated Technology Solutions business unit that will pursue cloud and IT opportunities throughout the southeastern U.S. The new unit is formed from existing subsidiaries, including DataChambers and Stalwart Systems. “The formation of Technology Solutions...Learn More

Report Finds Global WAN Traffic Increase of 200%

A new report from SD-WAN specialist Aryaka found a global WAN traffic increase of 200 percent in one year. The Aryaka “State of the WAN Report” aggregated and analyzed data from more than 5,000 WAN sites in 63 countries. The global WAN traffic increase was...Learn More

BARC Connects Turns to Alianza for Cloud-based VoIP Solution

May 10, 2017 — CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that BARC Connects, a wholly owned broadband subsidiary of Virginia-based BARC Electric Cooperative, has selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform to launch a full suite of residential and commercial phone services....Learn More

xFi Next Up in Comcast Wi-Fi Roadmap, Gigabit Wi-Fi in Queue

Three new product announcements from Comcast today aim to address a growing trend: As broadband service supports increasingly higher speeds, the number of Wi-Fi devices sharing a single broadband connection also increases. In an interview with Telecompetitor, Comcast Chief Product Officer Chris Satchell explained how...Learn More

Digital Transformation: Is There a Business Model for Service Providers?

The latest buzz word to gain major traction in the broadband industry is digital transformation. Loosely defined, it’s the transition process that companies and their respective industries are undertaking to position themselves for relevancy and long term growth in a digital world. A world where...Learn More

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