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SolveForce is introducing its services in North Dakota. Businesses are able to use a number of their Ethernet and phone services. Dedicated T1 lines and T3 lines are available as well as VPN and VPLS for business. SolveForce uses the most up-to-date technology to provide customers with the best service.

IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa grew to $3.5bn in 2011
In Central and Eastern Europe region, the VoIP market grew 35.5% year on year while in the Western European market grew only at 7.3%. Combined IP PBX and IP phone markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region grew to almost $3.5billion in 2011, according a study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Microsoft’s Skype revealed plans this week to significantly improve the quality of the call that now has the open standard of Opus which has received approval from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards body.

Viber, the leading platform in mobile communications offering free HD quality voice calls and text messages and photo, today said that has passed the milestone of 100 million users across multiple platforms of phone that it supports.

California may be the most recent state to enact a law that significantly slows the regulatory oversight of telecommunications services in the state, delivering an important victory for the industry players who have lobbied for the passage of the law.

T-Mobile releases CleverConnect, a Bobsled-Style VoIP service for Europe
T-Mobile now becomes the latest operator to leverage the popularity of free internet phone calls and texts in the goal of luring in more users around its brand. CleverConnect borrows from services like Skype and Rebtel with an offer of free VoIP calls and text to those who download and use the mobile app, which is now ready for download in the App Store and in the Google Play Android store.

One Stop Voice announces its support of research provided by Point Topic that predicts the VoIP market to become a $40 billion industry by 2015. VoIP provides an easy and cost-effective way to exchange of voice and video over a single IP network, allowing better service at a minimum cost.

Integrated cross-media Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd group will present the first phase of new packages of Internet Protocol television (IPTV) at the end of the year through a 10-year exclusive partnership with Maxis Bhd.
Astro has named Maxis, a provider of integrated communications services, as their fiber broadband service provider significantly expand the footprint of the Astro IPTV service and provide service of IPTV content for the next three years.

Rovi and Broadcom announce that Broadcom latest IPTV platforms will support DivX Plus Streaming. Lightweight and easy to implement, DivX Plus Streaming brings features historically associated with Blu-ray discs to the over-the-top entertainment experience. The joint solution will help media player manufacturers to optimize the development and launch of products that offer advanced transmission experience.

Lenovo brings smartphone to Indonesia, Philippines, and India
Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s second-largest computer maker, annouced it will bring smartphones to India, the Philippines and Indonesia to gain more experience before entering developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe.
After starting smartphone sales some two years ago in China, Lenovo is ready to expand outside its home market, Milko Van Duijl, president for the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions, said in a briefing. Lenovo has already found distribution partners in the three developing countries, he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will consider permitting more widespread use of smartphones and other portable electronic devices during flights, while still ruling out voice calls. A government industry group will be formed to review current policies, technological standards and test methods and make recommendations to the FAA, the Agency said recently in a press release.

As Facebook aims to enter the VoIP market, consulting firm Strand Consult studies the impact it could have on the mobile industry. Since its beginnings 10 years ago, Skype was responsible for a major shift in the market for international voice traffic, and it associated customers to a very disruptive price: free.

Alteva, a unified communications (UC) solutions provider and a subsidiary of the cloud-based WarwickValleytelephone company announced today that it has selected to provide new portable telecommunications HD solutions to ABC News at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolinafor September 3 to 6.

EnterprisePBX sales holds steady; 10G controllers/adapters grow in Q2
Enterprise phone sales holds steady while the global enterprise PBX market slid a bit in the second quarter of 2012, sales of PBX systems in North America and Latin America made an upward track, stated Infonetics Research in a new report.
The global market, including TDM, hybrid, and pure IP PBXs, saw US$2 billion in sales, down 2.6 percent sequentially and 1.4 percent year over year. However, North America saw a 5 percent increase over Q1 and a 6.4 percent growth in sales year-over-year.

ShoreTel is promoting the advantages that law firms can be derived from the implementation of its on-premises VoIP business platform with integrated unified communications capabilities.
"ShoreTel is easy to operate and law firms do not need to hire outside help," said a company spokesman said Thursday. "This saves money law firms during the life of the system."

On Facebook, mobile is in everyone's mind, reports indicate people are spending more time using Facebook through mobile applications rather than on PCs. And on Wall Street, investors are putting a lot of pressure on the social network of Mark Zuckerberg to dominate the mobile world so they can accelerate growth and raise its sagging market shares.

T-Mobile UK has quietly removed the option for customers in its only unlimited data plan to tether other devices, which could be a sign that operators are struggling to find a cost-effective way to address the looming crisis to mobile data.

snom introduces mini IP PBX for the small office
snom technology AG, a foremost developer of IP desktop phones and communications solutions, announced recently the increase of its IP PBX portfolio with the snom ONE mini, an amazingly compact business telephony system for the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market.
The smooth, pint-sized, solid state device – tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand – supports 20 extensions and offers the full range of snom ONE telephony features, as well as total support for the award-winning snom IP desktop and wireless phones.

REDtone International Bhd, a database and provider of broadband services listed on the Malaysia’s stock market, has embarked on a strategy of divesting assets. REDtone is no longer in the hyper-competitive Internet protocol television (IPTV) business and wants to focus completely on the growth of broadband and data services market for the following year, according to a source in the enterprise.

South African companies are plagued by the theft of telephone lines, an endemic problem that is disrupting vital business communications and causing thousands of rands in losses. The country's major operator of fixed line telephone, Telkom, apparently lost an average of 20 million rand a month because the thieves are still attracted to the copper wires, which are then sold to overseas buyers at higher prices.

Many Ugandans will continue to fall victim to cheap fake phones and accessories primarily from China, which flooded the Ugandan market. Apparently, the counterfeiters are thriving thanks to the weak counterfeit laws in the country. Uganda is reported to have the highest number of substandard and fake mobile phones in the region.

T-Mobile USA said to be target of botched Sol Trujillo buyout

Former telecommunications executive Sol Trujillo is trying to drum up interest in a buyout of Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA and has so far been ineffective in pitching a deal to private-equity firms including Blackstone Group LP and KKR & Co., according to insiders.

Microsoft in its blog post recently outlined its position with WebRTC, an emerging Web standard that aims to enable real-time audio and video conferencing on the Web without requiring any plugins. The Redmond company has raised a number of concerns about the current draft specification and publish its own successor, called CU-RTC-Web.

The inventor of VoIP, magicJack VocalTec, continues to outperform the larger telephone companies like Verizon Communications. Year to date, VocalTec is by 61.05%. Verizon in contrast, has risen by 15.06% only.