There was a broad range of activity in the SIP trunking space this week, from acquisitions to partnerships, and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
Birch Communications kicked things off by closing the purchase of Lightyear Network Solutions’ assets, a process that first began back in May. The closing of this acquisition is Birch’s 18th asset purchase since 2006 and will see Lightyear’s wireline customers and network be transferred over to Birch. Lightyear’s wireless customers, meanwhile, are being taken by Tempo Communications.
Mitel kept the ball rolling with the opening of a new executive solution center in Herndon, Va. Expected to be the first of many such centers to be open across the country over the next year, the facility will serve customers in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. In particular, these centers will allow Mitel and its business partners to better collaborate with customers, which will ultimately help them select technologies that best fit their needs.
Next, Juniper Networks and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) furthered their longstanding partnership with the introduction of four new solutions in the mobile IP sector. In particular, the two companies are focusing on secure IP connectivity for mobile broadband networks. The new solutions unveiled will provide features including next-generation mobile backhaul and radio access security.
In other news, new research from Eastern Management Group based on a survey of 17,000 IT managers states that the success of SIP may be intertwined with that of hosted PBX and open source PBXs. In particular, it seems that the large number of SMBs opting for hosted PBX is driving the purchase of SIP phones, as each of these businesses tends to buy upwards of 25 SIP phones.
Lastly, Unify, fresh off of its rebranding from Siemens Enterprise Communications, revealed more details of its next-generation communications and collaboration platform Project Ansible. In particular, the time table for the platform has been hastened, with general availability now planned for July 2014. Other details include the fact that Project Ansible will be delivered as a cloud-based, SaaS offering.
That’s all for this week, but check out the SIP Trunking Report for more news in this space.