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Virtual PBX Reduces International Dialing Rates by as Much as 80 Percent

SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwire) — 12/06/11 — Virtual PBX , inventor and leading supplier of hosted PBX services, announced today that it is reducing the cost of international calling in all of its plans by up to 80 percent. With this change, calls to multiple international locations — such as land lines in London and Buenos Aires, and mobile phones in Hong Kong — are as low as 1.9 cents per minute. The new rates are available now with no added fees or plan changes to all existing and new Virtual PBX customers on all plans.

 

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“Virtual PBX is always working to find ways to save money for our customers,” said Paul Hammond, CEO of Virtual PBX. “We already offer local numbers in over 40 countries for clients that want an international presence and want their callers to avoid the high costs of international dialing. Now we’ve made it possible for our customers to call out to international destinations with very low costs as well.”


The new international rates build on the company’s extensive history of providing cost-effective voice services to reach and receive vital business calls to and from locations around the world.

Virtual PBX, a U.S.-based company, started offering outbound dialing to international destinations when it developed the first hosted PBX in 1996. Now, clients can make calls out to international numbers or have employees receive calls on non-U.S. phones with a much lower rate per minute. And using the company’s Open Systems Initiative, calls can be routed to VoIP phones anywhere, for free.

In December 2009, Virtual PBX started offering local inbound numbers to their clients in thousands of cities worldwide, providing clients the ability to publish local numbers in these cities while maintaining business operations in the location of their choice. The combination of low outbound rates to international phone numbers, free VoIP calling anywhere, and local inbound numbers in both the U.S. and other countries makes Virtual PBX a strong hosted PBX choice for companies with personnel, clients or business activities in almost any global location.

Specific rate information can be found on the company’s website.

About Virtual PBX
Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike.

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Tin Cans to Broadband: The Evolution of VoIP

Voice-over-IP has been a thorn in operators’ side for the past 20 years, but now that it is expected to crack the 1 billion subscribers mark by the end of this year, is it a threat they need to be paying more attention to?

Irish Telecom suggests they should, in a new infographic it produced on the subject. The ISP says that the VoIP market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.46%, expected to reach $82.7 billion by 2017. It’s being adopted across the globe by businesses and consumers alike. It’s certainly not a new threat to operators, but it could be a growing one, as the statistics below suggest.


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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Telecom service provider VoIP and IMS market revenue up 5% to $1 bn in Q3 …

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The telecom service provider VoIP and IMS market revenue increased 5 percent to $1 billion in Q3 2014, said Infonetics Research.

Product segments such as softswitches, voice application servers, CSCF servers, and session border controllers (SBCs) posted year-over-year growth in Q3.

The report noted that 11 telecom operators across the globe — in the U.S., South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore — have launched commercial VoLTE services.

Telecom operators in Asia Pacific and Europe are expected to launch VoLTE services in 2015; Apple’s support of VoLTE and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) has accelerated activity.

Carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market in Q3 2014

VoLTE deployments will remain the most important driver, though wireline is still making strong contributions.

EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) notched revenue gains in 3Q14 from the year-ago quarter, North America was down slightly, and Asia Pacific declined after a strong Q2.

Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Genband and Huawei are the top 4 telecom network vendors in this space.

Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research, said: “We expected growth in the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to slow this year as large operators such as ATT, Verizon, and NTT Docomo commercially launch VoLTE and utilize capacity on IMS networks.”

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Infonetics: Carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market growth positive but slowing

CAMPBELL, CA–(Marketwired – November 19, 2014) – Market research firm Infonetics Research released vendor market share and forecasts from its 3rd quarter (3Q14) Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report. (Full analysis published Dec. 2.)

ANALYST NOTE
“We expected growth in the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to slow this year as large operators such as ATT, Verizon, and NTT DoCoMo commercially launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) and utilize capacity on IMS networks. Following a tremendous 2013, revenue growth has tapered in 2014, though is still positive, with the market up 5% in the third quarter from a year ago,” notes Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research. “VoLTE deployments will remain the most important driver, though wireline is still making strong contributions.”

VOIP AND IMS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Globally, the service provider VoIP and IMS market grew 5% in 3Q14 from 3Q13, to $1 billion
  • The only product segments to post year-over-year growth in 3Q14 were softswitches, voice application servers, CSCF servers, and session border controllers (SBCs)
  • 11 operators across the globe — in the U.S., South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore — have launched commercial VoLTE services
  • Infonetics expects additional operators in Asia Pacific and Europe to launch VoLTE services in 2015; Apple‘s support of VoLTE and voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has accelerated activity
  • On a regional basis, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) notched revenue gains in 3Q14 from the year-ago quarter, North America was down slightly, and Asia Pacific declined after a strong Q2
  • The top 4 revenue leaders in the carrier VoIP and IMS market in 3Q14 are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Genband, and Huawei

ANALYST CONFERENCE CALL FOR CLIENTS
Infonetics clients are invited to join analyst Diane Myers live or on-demand Dec. 15 at 11:00 A.M. EST for a carrier VoIP and IMS market outlook: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=821.

VOIP AND IMS REPORT SYNOPSIS
Infonetics’ quarterly carrier VoIP and IMS report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, voice application servers, HSS, CSCF, BGCF, MGCF, IM/presence application servers, and subscribers. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Ericsson, Genband, Huawei, Mavenir, Metaswitch, NEC, Nokia Networks, Oracle, Radisys, Sonus, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS

RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH
Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at www.infonetics.com/login.

INFONETICS WEBINARS
Visit www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on-demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • Improving the VoLTE Experience: Best Practices from Early Launches (Dec. 9: Attend)
  • Simplifying Networks with Centralized Signaling and Routing (View on-demand)
  • Migrating IMS to the Cloud with NFV (2015: Sponsor)
  • Diameter Signaling Control for Next-Gen Networks (2015: Sponsor)

INFONETICS IS HIRING
Infonetics Research is hiring analysts. See job openings at www.infonetics.com/jobopp.asp.

TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:
N. America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard larry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335
N. A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne scott@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song jeffrey@infonetics.com +86 21-3919-8505
Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics takashi.kimura@takanalytics.com +81 3-6408-5566
South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP dougm@mbap.co.kr +82 2-3453-9400

ABOUT INFONETICS
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides here.

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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Carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market growth positive but slowing

CAMPBELL, CA–(Marketwired – November 19, 2014) – Market research firm Infonetics Research released vendor market share and forecasts from its 3rd quarter (3Q14) Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report. (Full analysis published Dec. 2.)

ANALYST NOTE
“We expected growth in the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to slow this year as large operators such as ATT, Verizon, and NTT DoCoMo commercially launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) and utilize capacity on IMS networks. Following a tremendous 2013, revenue growth has tapered in 2014, though is still positive, with the market up 5% in the third quarter from a year ago,” notes Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research. “VoLTE deployments will remain the most important driver, though wireline is still making strong contributions.”

VOIP AND IMS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Globally, the service provider VoIP and IMS market grew 5% in 3Q14 from 3Q13, to $1 billion
  • The only product segments to post year-over-year growth in 3Q14 were softswitches, voice application servers, CSCF servers, and session border controllers (SBCs)
  • 11 operators across the globe — in the U.S., South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore — have launched commercial VoLTE services
  • Infonetics expects additional operators in Asia Pacific and Europe to launch VoLTE services in 2015; Apple‘s support of VoLTE and voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has accelerated activity
  • On a regional basis, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) notched revenue gains in 3Q14 from the year-ago quarter, North America was down slightly, and Asia Pacific declined after a strong Q2
  • The top 4 revenue leaders in the carrier VoIP and IMS market in 3Q14 are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Genband, and Huawei

ANALYST CONFERENCE CALL FOR CLIENTS
Infonetics clients are invited to join analyst Diane Myers live or on-demand Dec. 15 at 11:00 A.M. EST for a carrier VoIP and IMS market outlook: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=821.

VOIP AND IMS REPORT SYNOPSIS
Infonetics’ quarterly carrier VoIP and IMS report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, voice application servers, HSS, CSCF, BGCF, MGCF, IM/presence application servers, and subscribers. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Ericsson, Genband, Huawei, Mavenir, Metaswitch, NEC, Nokia Networks, Oracle, Radisys, Sonus, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Infonetics: Carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market growth positive but slowing

CAMPBELL, CA–(Marketwired – November 19, 2014) – Market research firm Infonetics Research released vendor market share and forecasts from its 3rd quarter (3Q14) Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report. (Full analysis published Dec. 2.)

ANALYST NOTE
“We expected growth in the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to slow this year as large operators such as ATT, Verizon, and NTT DoCoMo commercially launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) and utilize capacity on IMS networks. Following a tremendous 2013, revenue growth has tapered in 2014, though is still positive, with the market up 5% in the third quarter from a year ago,” notes Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research. “VoLTE deployments will remain the most important driver, though wireline is still making strong contributions.”

VOIP AND IMS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Globally, the service provider VoIP and IMS market grew 5% in 3Q14 from 3Q13, to $1 billion
  • The only product segments to post year-over-year growth in 3Q14 were softswitches, voice application servers, CSCF servers, and session border controllers (SBCs)
  • 11 operators across the globe — in the U.S., South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore — have launched commercial VoLTE services
  • Infonetics expects additional operators in Asia Pacific and Europe to launch VoLTE services in 2015; Apple‘s support of VoLTE and voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has accelerated activity
  • On a regional basis, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) notched revenue gains in 3Q14 from the year-ago quarter, North America was down slightly, and Asia Pacific declined after a strong Q2
  • The top 4 revenue leaders in the carrier VoIP and IMS market in 3Q14 are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Genband, and Huawei

ANALYST CONFERENCE CALL FOR CLIENTS
Infonetics clients are invited to join analyst Diane Myers live or on-demand Dec. 15 at 11:00 A.M. EST for a carrier VoIP and IMS market outlook: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=821.

VOIP AND IMS REPORT SYNOPSIS
Infonetics’ quarterly carrier VoIP and IMS report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, voice application servers, HSS, CSCF, BGCF, MGCF, IM/presence application servers, and subscribers. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Ericsson, Genband, Huawei, Mavenir, Metaswitch, NEC, Nokia Networks, Oracle, Radisys, Sonus, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS

RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH
Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at www.infonetics.com/login.

INFONETICS WEBINARS
Visit www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on-demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • Improving the VoLTE Experience: Best Practices from Early Launches (Dec. 9: Attend)
  • Simplifying Networks with Centralized Signaling and Routing (View on-demand)
  • Migrating IMS to the Cloud with NFV (2015: Sponsor)
  • Diameter Signaling Control for Next-Gen Networks (2015: Sponsor)

INFONETICS IS HIRING
Infonetics Research is hiring analysts. See job openings at www.infonetics.com/jobopp.asp.

TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:
N. America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard larry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335
N. A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne scott@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song jeffrey@infonetics.com +86 21-3919-8505
Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics takashi.kimura@takanalytics.com +81 3-6408-5566
South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP dougm@mbap.co.kr +82 2-3453-9400

ABOUT INFONETICS
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides here.

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

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Business VoIP Provider is the Best Solution for Businesses

Communication is important and the key component to any business. The best option for telecommunication is a scalable voice over IP solution that is manageable. It will grow companies and make communication better. Business VoIP services operate using high speed internet connections and are delivered on operated networks to make communication fast and efficient. With extra features like web portal management and voice mobility, businesses can greatly improve productivity on this cost efficient technology.

What Exactly is a Business VoIP Provider?

VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s an Internet telephone service that takes the place of regular landline phones. It has recently become a very popular choice for business owners around the world. VoIP is often the cheapest choice in telecommunication services, but the price does not reflect its quality. Businesses receive lots of features for the money.

VoIP systems for businesses work just like the old, traditional landline phone systems: the end-user experience of Business VoIP systems is no different than that of the landline. If you need to make a call you just pick up the phone and dial. The only difference lies behind the scenes. VoIP calling is much cheaper than landline calling, and many VoIP providers offer lots of special features for businesses to improve the user experience.

A Business VoIP provider uses your existing internet connection to connect with a hosted private branch exchange (PBX). Hosted PBX is the system by which phone calls are routed into and out of your office. A hosted PBX may be managed in off-site locations. Or they may be virtual systems, which are hosted entirely online (via cloud technology). Hosted PBX helps businesses save valuable resources that could be used in other ways that benefit the company.

How Does a Business VoIP Provider Help Companies?

A business VoIP provider helps save companies money, yet at the same time gives them better company telephone systems. A Business VoIP service provider makes employee-to-employee communication easier and more efficient. A better telephone system also results in a better customer experience, which means an increased chance of customer satisfaction, resulting in more business.

Most business VoIP services come with features like voicemail, caller ID, and three-way calling. Additionally, there are some advanced features available with some Business VoIP providers that are specifically designed to improve employee productivity:

• Remote extensions – allows satellite offices to seamlessly function as part of the main branch.
• Virtual Receptionist – routes calls automatically, which allows eliminates a business’s cost of a receptionist. It also creates the perception to customers of larger, more professional businesses.
• Voicemail to email – eliminates the need for accessing to a phone to keep up with what’s going on. Sending a voicemail to email forwards it to an inbox as an attachment, which allows a person to listen it from any place that has internet connection.
• Virtual fax – allows faxes to be sent or received through email. (Unlike most other features of Business VoIP, virtual fax may have a monthly charge, however, it’s usually very low — around $5 for 500 faxes).
• Simultaneous ring on multiple phones – calls get answered more quickly, therefore allowing your services to be accessed better.
• Virtual phone number in different local area codes – attracts customers in targeted regions, which allows a company more access to clientele.

*These features enhance customer interface, while also providing means for better productivity of employees.

Overview of Benefits

• It benefits anyone and everyone of all types of businesses: Business VoIP system, and its features, are made to benefit various industries, which includes legal firms, construction companies, hospitality services, insurance agencies, schools, healthcare industries, automotive departments and more!
• There is a noticeable improvement in voice quality as compared to any other form of telecommunication.
• Calls are in HD quality. This allows employee and customer interactions to be more clear and concise. Miscommunication can cause a lot of problems. Eliminating that can greatly improve company professionalism.
• Never miss a phone call, enjoy wide array of voicemail options, coordinate phone messages with Microsoft Outlook, and even set up a 6-way call.
• Business VoIP system phones are extremely easy to set up and can be up and running within a matter of minutes. There is also impeccable customer service available at all times.
• There are continuous innovations made to Business VoIP services that help ensure that businesses will always have the latest and greatest in Business VoIP technology and phone systems for the best telecommunication possible.

Getting Started with a Business VoIP Provider

No matter if a business is large or small, it can be very beneficial to opt for Business VoIP. It may be intimidating to get into the new technology of these systems, but rest assured it is easy and most of the work is done for the business by the providers. Business VoIP providers give easy access to very reliable customer support staff members that are properly train to handle any issue professionally.

A Business VoIP Provider is comparably better than a traditional landline system. Business VoIP Provider may offer a trial period in which a company can keep the old landline phone to compare with the new business VoIP system side-by-side. This is how certain they are that businesses will be fully satisfied with the services.

Summary

VoIP providers are transforming the way businesses operate, helping them grow and profit from cloud-based business VoIP systems’ services. The mobility and flexibility experienced by using a Business VoIP Provider allows businesses to better serve their customers and company as a whole.

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

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Win-win from wholesale VoIP

Win-win from wholesale VoIP

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Win-win from wholesale VoIP

Having carriers provide wholesale VoIP services to other providers, the communications sector is empowered to lower costs, improve quality, and help smaller operators gain a competitive advantage.

Mitchell Barker, founder and CEO of WhichVoIP.co.za explains that resellers have the option of partnering up with a service provider to on-sell their services, but using their own branding. “There are many benefits to wholesale VoIP, and the services that a provider can offer are not limited only to voice, but to ISP and data services.”

 

Wholesale VoIP providers often offer low cost, high quality solutions. By catering to carriers, wholesale VoIP companies can focus on providing high cost savings as well as reliable and effective service.

 

Michael Colin, Sales Director, at BitCo, says that reselling IP telephony as a wholesale VoIP company is becoming more and more popular because it offers many benefits. “There is a rare mutualism which exists in the world of wholesale services in which all parties involved stand to benefit, including the provider of the wholesale services, the intermediary or wholesale purchaser, and the end consumer. The main reason why wholesale is equally beneficial to all concerned is because the risks are greatly reduced while the core business and specialities are exploited,” he explains.

 

“By selling large quantities of bandwidth to other providers, the wholesale VoIP providers are able to drastically increase their volumes. This in turn allows for increased buying power. Revenue derived from these sales by the Tier 1 provider is also fed back into further infrastructure development.”

 

Colin adds that through the growth that is a function of the wholesale arena, the provider can also indirectly increase its footprint, expanding into areas where infrastructure expansion is not immediately feasible. “The purchaser of the wholesale voice and data is able to circumvent building vastly expensive Tier 1 infrastructure and the onerous compliance requirements of being an Electronic Communications Network Services Provider, which is just as costly and resource-draining as building infrastructure.”

 

For example, many smaller Wireless Internet Services Providers (WISPs) are often unable to take advantage of the benefits offered by the deregulation of the telecoms industry due to the massive indirect costs of being fully compliant, Colin says. “WISPs purchase bulk bandwidth from an upstream Tier 1 provider, piggy-backing off the infrastructure and avoiding the particularly costly backhaul and redundancy. Being a licensed provider, specifically with network services, you live in a world of reporting and compliance parameters. This requires resources, time and effort which smaller business may not have the means to dedicate.”

 

The other upside of wholesale VoIP sales is that the specialisations of providers are not diluted by the Tier 1 provider trying to build a network and support staff to sell to the end-user, Colin points out. “This provides for healthy competition, allowing smaller operators to grow and not be strangled by the larger operators.”

 

Barker points out that VoIP service providers usually design their wholesale VoIP packages with a wide variety of features, and that ultimately the consumer benefits the most, receiving reasonably priced voice and data services while dealing with their preferred supplier. “Ultimately, wholesale VoIP is cheaper for the WISP and the end-user, and everyone benefits – from the Tier 1 provider to the end user. The end user doesn’t pay higher prices to help the Tier 1 provider recoup their financial outlay for infrastructure, the Tier 1 provider has ‘guaranteed’ sales from WISPs and gets to expand its footprint, and the saving is passed onto future end users in surrounding areas as the provider continues to expand. Wholesale is win-win for every link in the chain.”

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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WeChat parent Tencent launches VoIP calling apps Dianhua & Lightalk


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Instant messaging service WeChat’s parent company Tencent has released dedicated VoIP calling apps Dianhua Lightalk for Chinese and international users respectively, reports TechCrunch. This service is not yet available in India.

WeChat already allows users to make voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls over Wi-Fi or the phone’s network connection. Now Tencent has built on this feature and developed independent voice calling apps. The apps offer voicemail feature and claims to provide HD quality voice calls.

Chinese users need a WeChat account to be able to use Dianhua, and imports contacts from WeChat onto the new app. On the other hand, Lightalk doesn’t require a WeChat account but can import contacts from the phone’s address book or from Tencent’s other messenger app QQ. Strangely, it doesn’t allow importing of contacts from WeChat.

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Currently, the service is limited to app-to-app voice calls. It’ll be interesting to see if Tencent expands it to include calls made to mobile phones and landlines, like its competitor LINE. The Japanese mobile messaging app had launched its voice calling service LINE Call in May this year, and later extended it to India in September. Last year, Viber had also launched its calling service Viber Out.

Microsoft’s Internet telephony service Skype also allows users to make voice calls, however the company has blocked voice calls to phones within India. Indian users can continue making free Skype-to-Skype calls within India and make International calls from India to mobiles and landlines in other countries. Earlier this month, Google also extended international voice calls from Google Hangouts to India.

WhatsApp voice calling: Earlier this year, Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp had revealed plans of introducing voice calls. However, the plans now seem to have been delayed indefinitely. WhatsApp business head Neeraj Arora had told Medianama that they are still working on the feature and declined to disclose any specific timeline for the launch.

In the mobile messaging space, WhatsApp WeChat are the two main competitors. WeChat has over 430 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally, while WhatsApp claims to have over 600 MAUs. It’ll be interesting to see if WeChat’s entry into the voice calling space forces WhatsApp to follow suit.

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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Speedflow’s MediaCore solution gets a huge update

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Speedflow released “the biggest update ever” to its MediaCore Class 4 switching and billing solution. MediaCore version 4.3 is packed with various new features and it’s available right now from Speedflow.

The new release introduces numerous new features and improvements:

- Additional security tools.
- Upgraded Spam Calls filtering.
- A handy new Event Trace option in the Guardian module.
- Updated Dialpeer settings.

The new version of MediaCore also includes the newly optimized Diagrams, Call Charts, Financial Summary and other reports, in addition to the Trouble Ticket generation tool.

MediaCore 4.3 also offers a long list of alterations to Codecs settings, DTMF Methods Support, SIP protocol (Info, RFC 2833) and H.323 protocol (RFC 2833, H.245 Alphanumeric, H.245 Signal).

The update is free for current MediaCore customers. 

You can find more details on the new version of MediaCore on the Speedflow website.

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Posted by CheapVOIPs - November 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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