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Published: 2017-05-23T09:12:38-07:00


It's A Deal, Genband and Sonus Merge


Last Wednesday, I broke the news that Sonus and Genband are getting hitched. Today the announcement came out to make it official. Why does this feel so much like the Nokia-Siemens deal to me? Why is this feeling like some jobs are going to be lost? Why most of all does this feel like customers are going to be the ones hurt near term while the companies put their teams together? When mergers happen things don't stay the same. Ever. Integration. Consolidation of platforms. Integration of teams. Even billing and payment systems all get tossed up in the air. The...

SMS Wars Are About to Start


Sooner or later its going to happen. Just like we saw pricing wars in voice years ago, SMS has remained a very lucrative market for mobile operators. But with the arrival of companies like mBlox, Mach, Syniverse we saw the first wave of non telco sellers of SMS and MMS services. And then we saw the arrival of Twilio, Nexmo, BICS and a handful of others who began selling SMS and MMS as a CPaaS (Communications Platform as A Service) and that further leveled the playing field. But what if someone created a multi-service offering that allowed the users to...

The Comunicano for Friday May 19 2017


MAY 19 - ISSUE #87 Google I/O, which provided a month’s worth of news in a few days with all the new and updated efforts from the Mountain View giant is over. ZD Net and Axios both have concise wrap ups for those who are interested. The really impactful news though comes from the FCC who, as expected, is rolling back Net Neutrality. The effects we’ll start to see will come from the telcos and the cable guys who control the pipes. As for today, May 19th, it’s a day from 1974 I’ll always remember. That was the Sunday in...

Are Sonus and Genband Getting Hitched


Rumor has it that Sonus and Genband, two long time legacy VoIP players are getting hitched. While this has been talked about before, it seems to be gaining steam once again. At the end of the day Genband has lots of legacy pieces and parts, and their KANDY WebRTC platform has been not much of anything at all, and a lot of their inventory has been recycled Nortel products. On the Sonus side there comes a lot of switch customer overlap, which means Sonus is hoping to bring their switches to the Genband customers. This is an example of two...

The COMUNICANO for Monday May 15 2017


MAY 15 - ISSUE #83 Could Y Combinator’s Sam Altman be in the running for Governor of California? As a state which has seen actors ascend to the top spot at least twice, don’t rule it out….Telco operation 8x8 adds more Reguslocations around the world…Lyft plays let’s make a deal…Those stories and more are all in today’s COMUNICANO. Sam Altman for governor? WWW.RECODE.NET – Share Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown says it’s a possibility. VoIP Watch 8x8 and Regus Expand Global Cloud Communications Partnership WWW.BUSINESSWIRE.COM – Share 8x8 and Regus Expand Global Cloud Communications Partnership Lyft Watch Lyft and...

Hello! It's Alexa Calling or Is There An Echo?


TechCrunch broke the news on what I'm going to name, "ALEXA CALLING" a new feature from Amazon for the Echo line of digital assistants. Now a few hours later the service is up and running. Clearly, it's a first generation service, and in many ways it's nothing new, just Novel. Right now the service is a way to call and text other Echo users and make outbound calls to others in your address book. A call to a long time VoIP industry executive yielded at best a G.711 quality call in the era of HD-Audio. Our collective guess is that...