Polycom has struck a deal to be acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital for $2 billion, abandoning its previously announced agreement with Mitel.
MegaPath has named Dan Foster its president of business markets, marking the return of one of the company's leaders as it looks to gain more share in the unified communications market segment.
Level 3 Communications may be one of the leading advocates of IP-based voice services, but the reality for many of its larger enterprise customers is they are not ready to totally throw out their TDM-based services or infrastructure.
8X8 is holding its status as the unified communications as a service (UCaaS) market through its dominant position with small businesses and a growing presence in medium and large businesses. "8x8 maintains its leadership due to its large installed base of UCaaS seats, financial position and continued execution on its market strategy," said Diane Myers, senior research director for VoIP, UC and IMS at IHS Technology.
While it's clear that enterprises see value in cloud-based services, concerns over QoS guarantees and security remain top of mind. A new IHS study revealed that the majority of businesses they surveyed will put some applications in the cloud while keeping other mission critical pieces on their own premises.
Canada-based business provider Allstream, which is in the process of being acquired by Zayo, is already moving to penetrate new business service opportunities in the United States by introducing cross-border service for its Hosted Collaboration Solution.
Consolidated Communications is taking a larger bite out of the cloud services market with a series of new cloud offerings that it will initially offer to businesses that reside in its Sacramento, Calif., and Dallas metro markets.
While other VoIP and cloud providers are anxious to move up markets into larger business accounts, Vonage maintains there's plenty of the small to medium business (SMB) market that has not been penetrated yet.
XO Communications is helping its business customers focus more on their fundamental strengths by launching "HPBX Concierge," a "touch-free" feature for its Hosted PBX service.
Level 3 Communications has added unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) into its Cloud Connect ecosystem, giving its enterprise customers another cloud service option.