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 stories you may have missed in regards to new companies, mergers, trends, and other telecom advancements.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
Mitel Brings Cloud Services to the Netherlands with Latest Partnership
As one of the global enterprise communications leaders, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) continues to strengthen its position in the market with its newest partnership with Motto Communications, a leading business cloud communications provider in the Netherlands. Under the agreement, Motto will now offer Mitel’s cost-effective cloud-based Unified Communications and Collaboration solution through its online FLUX cloud distribution portal. Motto’s over 200 business partners throughout the Netherlands will then be able to pick and customize cloud-based IT services, apps, and mobile infrastructure that meet their needs and budgets via FLUX.
Robbert Heemskerk, the Chief Commercial Officer at Motto Communications, said that they chose to partner with Mitel because of their award-winning platform and collaboration applications. Gijs Borsboom, the Vice President of Sales Northern Europe at Mitel, also said that partnering with Motto allows Mitel to meet the increasing demand for cloud services as well as expand their reach to new markets.
Mitel’s newest expansion comes on the heels of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toshiba, a deal for the transfer of the latter’s unified communications assets and customer contracts to Mitel.
Fuze Moves to New Boston Headquarters
Preparing for its next phase of growth, cloud-based communications solution provider Fuze announced the opening of its new headquarters in Boston, effective on May 15, 2017. The 51,000-sq-ft new Boston hub will feature collaboration spaces and flexible individual workspaces designed to house an initial 300 employees and support their individual work styles. Steve Kokinos, the co-founder and Executive Chairman at Fuze, said that the decision to move their headquarters came after a thorough evaluation and consultation with their teams and employees. In addition to relocating its headquarters, Fuze also launched its new “Work from Anywhere” policy to enable a personalized, customizable work environment for its teams.
This follows Fuze's astounding $104M in funding that the cloud communications company raised in February of this year.
Sprint Debuts SD-WAN Service Powered by VeloCloud
With more providers launching Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services one after another, it’s safe to say that the era of SD-WAN is here. Sprint, a communications services company Sprint (NYSE: S) is the latest provider to join the shift to SD-WAN connectivity. Sprint recently teamed up with VeloCloud, the industry leader in cloud-delivered SD-WAN solutions, to offer an SD-WAN solution that simplifies network challenges.
“The move to an all-IP network that delivers voice, data, video and wireless applications is creating more complex WANs that demands visibility and the ability to react immediately to any issues that threaten network performance,” said Mike Fitz, Vice President of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit in a release. “Sprint SD-WAN provides the ‘single pane of glass’ our business customers need to rapidly deploy emerging technologies, reduce management complexity, and maintain network stability and consistency.”
Sprint SD-WAN integrates with Sprint’s suite of services, including Managed VoIP, Global SIP Trunking, UCaaS, Cloud Exchange, Managed Network and Security Solutions, and Workplace-as-a-Service.
Revolabs to Showcase its UC Portfolio at InfoComm 2017
From June 14th to the 16th, Revolabs, Inc., a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, will showcase its market-leading suite of UC solutions at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida. “Unified communications is one of the most important obstacles facing organizations today,” said Mick Kamihara, CEO of Revolabs in a statement. “Yamaha’s recent creation of a UC department demonstrates our determination to solve these evolving challenges. At InfoComm, we will present solutions that strengthen the integration between Revolabs and Yamaha to enable clearer, more productive collaboration in any environment.”
Some of the products Revolabs will demonstrate include an AVB Networked Audio station, wired and wireless microphone systems, and the rich UC family of USB, VoIP, and Bluetooth conference phones. Also at the show, Revolabs will unveil the first joint offering from Revolabs and Yamaha: the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms.
VOSS Rolls Out Five New Market Offers for Microsoft UC
VOSS Solutions, a leading UC management vendor and a Microsoft Certified Partner, announced this week five new solutions designed to aid companies effectively migrate to and manage their Microsoft Skype for Business and Office 365 deployments. VOSS’ new solutions for Microsoft UC include the following: Migrate to Microsoft UC, Office 365 + VOSS, Microsoft Skype for Business Voice, Optimize Microsoft UC, and VOSS for Microsoft Service Providers.
Christopher Martini, VP at VOSS, added; "Our relationship with Microsoft continues to go from strength to strength. The solutions we offer to Microsoft customers solve very real problems, and we thrive on building UC environments that improve inter-company collaboration and fuel business growth while making important cost and time savings." Martini is also discussing how enterprises can successfully transition Microsoft UC to the cloud at the UC Expo.