PBX Market Down 7%, UC Applications Up 21% Year-Over-Year: Report

by Istvan Fekete on November 26, 2014

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released its latest Enterprise Unified Communications and Voice Equipment report analyzing vendor market share for the third quarter of 2014 and also projecting the trend through 2018 for TDM PBXs, hybrid and pure IP PBXs, IP PBXs by system size, VoIP gateways, unified communications, and IP desk phones and softphones.

The market research firm tracks companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, Avaya, Cisco, Ericsson-LG Enterprise, Microsoft, Mitel, NEC, Polycom, Samsung, ShoreTel, Toshiba, Unify, Yealink, as well as others.

Looking back to the past quarter, Infonetics found that the worldwide PBX market, including TDM, hybrid and pure IP, dropped 7% year-over-year, but is up 5% sequentially. Also, PBX licence shipments dropped 2% in Q3 2014 compared to the same period a year ago.
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EU to Call for the Dismantling of Google

by Jeff Wiener on November 26, 2014

How do you solve a problem like Google? While Google has pretty much had a free reign of things here in North America, establishing a dominant position in several tech markets, overseas the tech giant has had a harder row to hoe, particularly in Europe and Asia, where the company has faced privacy concerns, antitrust allegations, and legal red tape, all of which have made the company’s goal of controlling the world distinctly more challenging.

To that end, it seems I’m not the only one concerned about Google’s growing dominance over every facet of our lives, as the European Parliament is reportedly readying itself to perhaps call for a break-up of the tech giant itself. According to the Financial Times, the Parliament will push for Google’s search engine service to be “unbundled” from the rest of its products and services as a way to lessen the company’s dominance.

For years Google has been under investigation inEuropefor not only monopolizing the search market, but unfairly treating certain search results, allegedly favouring results for its own services as opposed to its competitors. Now in almost unprecedented fashion in the capitalist Western world, a governmental body is stepping firmly into the arena of business, attempting to put limits on how big a company can get and just what it’s allowed to do.

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Net Neutrality in Action: T-Mobile Agrees to Inform Users of Throttled Web Connections Speeds

by Matt Klassen on November 26, 2014

Since its UnCarrier promotional campaign began last year T-Mobile has experimented with several different ways of attracting customers, including the abolition of overage fees. Having done away with those onerous fees the company subsequently had to change its response to users exceeding their data limits, and so it implemented a policy of throttling, that is, slowing the data connection of those who go over their data allotment.

Now of course whenever anyone hears the word ‘throttling’ these days the notions of Net Neutrality and shady network practices immediately spring to mind, as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to impose regulations on network management is to not only abolish “arbitrary” throttling—reducing network connections for no justified reason—but to increase the transparency of carriers’ management practices as well.

To that end the FCC reached out to T-Mobile recently, urging the carrier to be more open and honest about its throttling practices, for although such penalties for data overages do seem warranted under the current Net Neutrality standards (users aren’t paying overage fees after all), T-Mobile needs to clearly inform users about what has happened to their data connection. In the agreement, T-Mobile will now provide customers with tools to track their network connection speeds and better understand their data usage.

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Catalyst Capital Group to Finance Mobilicity AWS-3 Spectrum Bid

by Istvan Fekete on November 25, 2014

In an attempt to save the company’s value and make it more attractive to future buyers, Catalyst Capital Group is willing to go the extra mile: It will participate in the forthcoming wireless spectrum auction.

Newton Glassman’s Catalyst Capital Group Inc. is willing to finance Mobilicity’s bid for additional wireless airwaves, along with other willing creditors, in an effort to spur further consolidation among smaller Canadian carriers, reports Bloomberg.

Mobilicity has been under creditor protection for 14 months now, and Catalyst, Canada’s second-largest private-equity firm, is one of the struggling wireless carrier’s largest creditors.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Catalyst chairman Newton Glassman expressed his belief that Mobilicity’s future is a merger with a carrier. However, in its current shape, the carrier is losing value, so it needs to be re-energized to make it more appealing to participating players of the Canadian wireless landscape.
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Google Toying with Ad-Free Online Project (for a fee of course)

by Matt Klassen on November 25, 2014

If you’re looking for an Internet experience free of annoying pop-ups and advertising clutter, well you’re in luck…sort of. Last week Google unveiled a project aimed at finding different ways of funding the web, a new take on delivering an engaging and effective online experience.

Dubbed Contributor, it almost harkens back to the Internet of old, a browser devoid of those creepy advertisements featuring what you glanced at yesterday on Amazon (good evidence that someone is tracking your every online move), except of course with the addendum that Google will make you pay for the pleasure of an advertisement-free existence.

Again, while described as nothing more than “an experiment in additional ways to fund the web,” the subscription service will charge users between $1 and $3 dollars for the pleasure of not seeing advertisements on the websites they frequent, offering consumers a more direct way of funding the companies they like. But the question is, will it work? Will Internet users want to directly pay companies for the simple pleasure of looking at their website?

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Apple to Donate Unspecified Portion of Holiday Sales to Global Fund to Fight AIDS

by Istvan Fekete on November 24, 2014

At the end of this week, the holiday shopping period will officially kick off, and Apple is ready with a new campaign: You buy certain products from Apple, and you will support World AIDS Day 2014 through donations derived from app purchases from the App Store.

This is a two-week campaign, beginning this Monday, November 24. Starting today, Apple will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content for (RED) and donate the proceeds from their sale to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple customers will be familiar with many of the names participating in the promotion: Angry Birds, Garage Band, FIFA 15, Cut the Rope, etc.

“Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well.”
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“Sophisticated” Malware Strikes Android Devices

by Matt KlassenNovember 24, 2014

Mobile malware is becoming increasingly complex and a newly upgraded threat, dubbed NotCompatible, is considered one the most sophisticated of the bunch, according to security firm Lookout. This particular sneaky little piece of malicious code infiltrates directly into Android’s core code, meaning it operates on a deeper level than malware imbedded in apps or other software. [...]

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Analysts Foresees Bigger Growth in Canadian Telecoms than in US Peers

by Istvan FeketeNovember 21, 2014

Although the Canadian telecom market is considered by some a mature one, Citi Research sees a bigger potential for growth than in their US peers, reports the Leader Post. In a note sent to the Canadian newspaper, analyst Kevin Toomey initiated coverage of the sector with buy ratings on Telus and Bell, and ranked the [...]

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Tizen Refocuses on Budget Smartphone Market

by Matt KlassenNovember 21, 2014

The last two years have been a long, circuitous road for Samsung’s revolutionary Tizen mobile operating system, and we haven’t even seen a viable, competitive handset come to market yet. Once touted as a possible candidate as a third player in the high end global mobile market, a rival for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, [...]

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AWS-3 Spectrum Bids Surpass $16.4 Billion

by Istvan FeketeNovember 20, 2014

After 15 rounds, the AWS-3 spectrum auction has netted $16.4 billion in bids, meaning that the most valuable spectrum licences have met the reserve price the FCC set ahead of the auction. The most fierce competition continues to be around licences in the New York City metropolitan area, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and [...]

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