’s Top 6 Posts for January 2013

by Jeff Wiener on February 5, 2013

1. Digitcom Introduces HostedPBX Platform: Communication in the Cloud

HostedPBX is your office phone system … in the cloud. It means there is no need to invest in your own on-premise phone system hardware. Unlike a traditional phone system, where you own the phone and phone system, in a HostedPBX environment there’s no need to invest in the expensive hardware and software associated with the phone system. We do the hard work, you simply own the phones.

Many of the phone system features often associated with a large business–things like mobile twinning, conferencing, and unified messaging–are traditionally only available to companies who can afford the more expensive digital lines–otherwise knows as a PRI circuit–and have the tech resources on staff to support and maintain the phone system itself.

With HostedPBX, we own the back-end hardware and maintain software upgrades, service and support on the system. You own your phones and then pay a monthly fee on a per extension basis. We do the rest. No more worrying about software upgrades, system failures or system moves.

2. RIM Rebrands as BlackBerry, and Launches New OS and Two New Smartphones

It was a big month for Research in Motion, as the company not only rebranded itself under the moniker “Blackberry,” but released the long awaited Blackberry 10 OS and two new smartphones, the Z10 and the Q10. While the release event was a clear indication that Blackberry is not willing to go quietly into the night, will its efforts be enough to win back its market share?

What remains to be seen is whether Blackberry’s new platform and new handsets will answer the single greatest challenge to the Canadian device maker: the BYOD movement. Given the fact that people can now bring whatever device they want to the workplace, is there still a need for the mobile security Blackberry is known for? One thing’s clear, Blackberry’s competitors have not sat idly by during this comeback, making inroads into the company’s traditional enterprise territory.

3. The Revival of Net Neutrality

In a strange twist of fate, the only Internet-related topic likely to emerge on the Federal lawmaker’s docket over this next year is one we’ve seen many times before: Net Neutrality. While there are clearly many other extant Internet issues plaguing the nation, persistent economic concerns will likely mean there won’t be enough governmental attention to cover them all.

But that said, its time to settle the fight over the Open Internet once and for all, and that means Congressional intervention. Hopefully that means that this year we’ll finally see Congress set management standards, clarify the role of the FCC, and create a framework for what will hopefully be the public governance of the Internet.

4. Upcoming Wireless Spectrum Auction Generates Fierce Competition among Carriers

Canadian mobile bills are expected to look different in the second half of this year, as the wireless carriers battle for the coveted 700 MHz wireless spectrum. We don’t have the exact date, but sometime in the first six months of 2013, Rogers, Bell and Telus — the established power trio — and the up-and-coming Wind, Mobilicity and Public Mobile will meet in a competitive auction.

The rules have changed since the previous auction in 2008. The first noticeable change is the number of participants: Wind, Mobilicity and Public Mobile were not in the market back then. Secondly — and more importantly — foreign investors will be much freer to participate this time.

5. CRTC unveil new regulations for wireless use

The CRTC has revealed new regulations which look set to force network providers to give customers better knowledge and information about their wireless usage. The new guidelines would see providers have to let customers know when they were reaching their data limits and be forced to unlock a phone under reasonable terms between the network and the user.

With the regulations now out in the open, the CRTC is looking to the public to give their feedback on the code which is still only preliminary at this stage. Consumers have been given a short feedback window to let the CRTC know their views on the new wireless guidelines before a public meeting is held early in February.

6. Investigating Samsung’s Tizen Experiment

You may have never heard the name ‘Tizen’ before, but it’s the latest operating system set to hit the mobile market and it’s already backed by some of the most recognizable names in the industry.

Under the auspices of Samsung and Intel (Nokia’s former MeeGo partner), Tizen is starting to market itself as a direct reaction to Android, with its parent companies claiming that their new mobile OS is more customizable than Google’s OS, and while Tizen will face all the challenges any new mobile platform invariably does, perhaps Tizen has the advantage of being a better version of its Android rival.

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