’s Top 6 Posts for December 2012

by Jeff Wiener on January 3, 2013

1. Avaya Strengthens Video Interoperability with Aura, Scopia Updates

While Avaya has made use of its RADVISION acquisition in bits and pieces until now, the first real major announcement came yesterday as Avaya launched enhancements to its Aura and Flare unified communications (UC) platforms to signal the company’s aggressive intent into next generation videoconferencing enterprise segment.

Avaya acquired RADVISION earlier this year as a move to provide customers a highly integrated and interoperable suite of cost-effective, easy to use, high-definition video collaboration products, with the ability to plug and play multiple mobile devices including Apple iPad and Google Android.

2. The Impact of Canada’s IT Shortage

According to a report released this month by IBM Corp.,Canada’s information technology sector will be more than 100,000 workers short by the time 2016 rolls around. This is part of an ongoing shortage of skilled workers that is expected to impact at least 60 percent of industries in the Great White North.

The Fast Track to the Future: the IBM 2012 Technology Trends Report features findings about the future of the technology industry as well as its present. The shortages could very well haunt us in the near future, especially when you consider that “only one in 10 organizations surveyed reported having all of the information technology (IT) skills needed in four key emerging technology areas: cloud computing, business analytics, mobile computing and social business.” (emphasis added)

3. The Text Message Turns 20

On December 3, 1992, Neil Papworth was charged with a task that would vault him into the history books forever: he was to send the first SMS message.

Text messaging has since blossomed into not only a veritable art form but a powerful democratic tool in and of itself. It’s capable of voting a shaky singing contestant to victory (or near-victory). It can bring down government officials. It can send tweets across the social networking sphere. And now it has evolved to the point where it can even include pictures of one’s private vicinity, sometimes for the entire world to see.

4. Canadians Pressure CRTC to Do Something about Three-year Contracts

Plans for a national wireless standard have been in the works for some time, and a key part of that process is public consultation. After a two-week such consultation period put in place by the CRTC, a clear message has emerged: get rid of three-year wireless contracts.

Hundreds of people submitted opinions to Canada’??s regulatory body with the subject centering on the implementation of a national wireless standard. The overwhelming majority argued against the three-year contracts and expressed opinions that they were being “held hostage” by the wireless companies that walk the land.

5. Sprint Loots Clearwire for Spectrum

As many in the telecommunications world expected, Sprint announced this week that it intends to purchase the remaining 50 percent of the shares in Clearwire it didn’t already own; the final nail in the coffin for Clearwire and its disastrous 4G WiMax wireless network project.

The reality of the deal is that Sprint really wants nothing to with Clearwire itself, as it’s been nothing but a dead weight hanging around Sprint’s next for the last several years. Instead Sprint wants to acquire Clearwire so it can loot the corpse of its former partner for the only thing of value it has left: spectrum.

6. Misleading Ads Legal Tussle: Mobilicity – 1, Telus 0

Telus and Mobilicity were at loggerheads with each other last week when the former asked the British Columbia Supreme Court to stop smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity from using ads that it considers “misleading”. While Telus sought an injunction against Mobilicity to stop it from advertising, broadcasting and distributing the ads, which began last month, Mobilicity said it’s amused over the allegations as advertisements with the same message are running for more than two years.

While the war is clearly not over, Mobilicity can breathe easy for now as a court injunction requested by Telus was denied by the British Columbia Supreme Court.

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