Voice over Broadband to see big subscriber growth; ClearOne Communications revamps sales model

> Wireline voice core equipment revenue continues to be squeezed out as more technologies crowd in: This time it's VoBB (Voice over Broadband), which the Dell'Oro Group forecasts will see a CAGR of 27 percent resulting in 309 million subscribers by 2014. News release.

> ClearOne (Nasdaq: CLRO), which produces Netstreams branded residential streaming products, is revamping its sales model, switching from a two-tier distribution system to direct sales to resellers. The change was made to "strengthen its business relationship with NetStreams dealers and address changes in a rapidly evolving marketplace." Meaning, competition's getting a bit fierce. News release.

> Perhaps feeling they just aren't getting enough word out, NTT America issued a press release reminding everyone what they're up to these days. The IP network services provider's "strategic investments are supporting customers in three main areas including cloud computing initiatives, network performance demands for new applications and the maturing of the Latin American market." Release.

> The United Arab Emirates has taken a somewhat bold step of announcing that it plans to go all-fiber by 2011 (that's next year, folks). It's not an unrealistic step, considering the UAE has only two operators, Du and Etisalat, and decent broadband penetration already. Pyramid Research predicts the move will generate $1 billion in revenue by 2015. News release.

> AT&T (NYSE: T) has increased the maximum tender amount of a private offer to exchange existing notes, to an aggregate principal amount of $3.5 billion. News release.

> Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L) has been selected by Chunghwa Telecom Telecommunication Laboratories to validate the Taiwan operator's cloud computing environments. Release.

> Despite a "challenging operating environment," Telekom Austria Group (NYSE: TKA) slowed fixed line losses in the first half of 2010 while increasing its mobile subscriber base by 5.9 percent, to 19.2 million. The operator revised its full-year outlook, predicting revenues of EUR4. 7 billion. News release.

And finally... Facebook and Tata Communications (NYSE: TCL) are joining the justice league--sorry, I meant the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) board of directors. The global group fights the forces of spam and other messaging exploits. I expect they don't wear colorful tights, though. News release.

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