VoIP News: January 2008
Companies looking to invest in hosted voice over internet protocol (VoIP) systems should create a shortlist of questions that will help them determine whether it is the right solution for them, a technology expert has advised. Mae Kowalke, a VoIP and wireless technologies specialist for TMCnet, said there are seven crucial questions to ask when looking at hosted VoIP systems. Perhaps most importantly, she says, companies should ask themselves if VoIP will help their business and how it can be used to make long-term savings.
Posted on: 2008-01-31, in: General VoIP
Baroness Shriti Vadera has been appointed as the new minister for business and competitiveness at the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR), the government has confirmed. The baroness takes over from Stephen Timm. Her new responsibilities include competitiveness, enterprise, growth and business investment for sectors including e-commerce and the communications and information industries.
Posted on: 2008-01-30, in: Broadband
Revenues from the sales of internet protocol (IP)-enabled phones are expected to double over the next five years, reaching just over $6 billion (£3. 02 billion) by 2012, an industry expert has said. Shipments of IP phones are also expected to grow by 25 per cent over the same period.
Posted on: 2008-01-30, in: Telephony technology
Aastra Technologies, a provider of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) gateways, telephone terminals and software applications, has unveiled two new wireless internet devices for business users. The devices, the Aastra 312w WLAN handset and the dual-mode Nokia E series mobile phone, will offer mobile office workers both voice and data access in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Aastra 312w handset is compatible with any Aastra private branch exchange (PBX) that supports SIP extensions.
Significant cost savings can be made by VoIP users who deploy the Asterisk PBX platform, it has been suggested. An article by Tim Greene on the Computer World websites explains the basics of the free download platform, which is described by its makers as "the world's leading open source telephony engine and tool kit". Because the platform is free to be downloaded, much of its popularity can be ascribed to the associated cost savings, he states.
Posted on: 2008-01-29, in: General VoIP
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