This Week in Telecom is a weekly news round-up on VoipReview.org that aims to give our readers a fast and easy way to catch up on the latest news and top stories that are trending in the voice and telecommunications space. Check in each and every Friday to find out more about companies, mergers, trends, and more.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
ClearOne Granted New Patent on Echo Cancellation
Global provider of audio and visual communication solutions ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) was recently granted a new patent on echo cancellation by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ClearOne’s newest patented technology refers to the system and method of combining beamforming microphone arrays and echo cancellation, which is one of the many innovations that help deliver the best, clearest, and most intelligible audio possible in ClearOne conferencing systems.
The newly issued United States Patent number 9,635,186 is entitled “A Conferencing Apparatus that combines a Beamforming Microphone Array with an Acoustic Echo Canceller.” It is part of ClearOne’s growing patent portfolio that currently includes over 100 patents and other pending patent applications. Their patents cover a range of technologies, including those in the fields of audio and video processing, audio and video streaming, and communication technologies.
Flowroute Survey Highlights the Vast Potential for Businesses to Benefit from Cloud-based Communications
Recent studies show that business users have yet to reap the full potential of cloud communications. This a key finding from Flowroute Inc.’s The Future of Communications in the Cloud survey. A leading cloud-based communications provider, Flowroute surveyed more than 1,000 businesses users nationwide to examine and gauge their adoption of cloud-based communications services such as voice, collaboration tools and messaging. The survey showed that nearly half of all surveyed businesses believe that they “had not even scratched the surface of what they can do” with cloud-based communications. This means that businesses still have a huge potential to benefit from cloud communications, given that they have the right strategy and solution.
Flowroute’s survey also identified the four top criteria for selecting a cloud communications provider. These include the cost of service, reliability, the cost of technical support, and the ability to scale services quickly. Read the full report on Flowroute’s website.
Arkadin Seeks to Solve UC User Adoption with SmartStart
One of the biggest challenges faced by today's organizations is encouraging people to embrace new technologies, especially those designed to improve efficiency and communications in the workplace. People are naturally resistant to change, especially if they have been using something for an extended period of time. Arkadin, an NTT Communications company and one of the fastest growing unified communications and collaboration solutions provider, seeks to solve this problem with their latest tool: SmartStart.
SmartStart is an online portal that helps drive higher levels of adoption for UC services by helping users get up and running in less than 10 minutes. SmartStart is accessible from any mobile device and can be personalized based on each end user's preferences. Learn more about SmartStart by visiting Arkadin’s website.
Masergy Announces Live SD-WAN webinar
There has been rising interest in Software-Defined WAN or SD-WAN technology in the telecom space these past few months. SD-WAN is a relatively new approach to managing and operating wide area networks to assure optimal application and business communication performance. Masergy Communications, a global provider of cloud networking, security, and cloud communications solutions and services, seeks to help businesses understand the technology with its live SD-WAN webinar, entitled “When is SD-WAN Right for You”.
Forrester Principal Analyst Andre Kindness will talk about the emerging trends in enterprise networking. Meanwhile, Masergy Director of Product Management Paul Ruelas will also present at the webinar, exploring the benefits of SD-WAN. The webinar is scheduled on May 3, 2017 and will have two sessions: at 9am CDT and 1pm CDT. Visit Masergy’s website to register for the event.