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News Archive - August 2008

Standards Body Crafts Roaming Protocol
August 30, 2008
The new IEEE standard 802.11r will allow for seamless roaming between access points in the enterprise, transitioning from one to the other in less than 50ms — a rate that is necessary to support VoIP applications.
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BroadSoft Boosts VoIP with App Server from Genband
August 27, 2008
Enterprise VoIP specialist BroadSoft acquired the M6 Communication Applications Server and the product's associated customer base from IP gateway supplier Genband.
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Aircell: On U.S. Planes, VoIP Will Be Muted
August 26, 2008
Aircell provides WiFi services on American Airlines planes, but explicitly banned VoIP, saying that American did not want customers talking on the phone. Well, it took no time at all for people to figure out how to get around the restrictions and there will always be ways around any blocking measure. But, in spite of the fact that airlines outfit planes with "air phones" in seats, American and Aircell is intent on blocking those annoying phone calls, saying they will go so far as to make it unusable. Sounds like they will deliberately drop packets and create a horrible service.
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Nortel Networks buys DiamondWare for $10 million
August 21, 2008
Nortel said it bought DiamondWare Ltd. for US$10 million in a move to strengthen its virtual web and voice communications offerings.
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U.S. mobile-phone sales take a hit
August 19, 2008
U.S. mobile-handset sales were down 13% in the second quarter compared to the same quarter in 2007. Mobile manufacturers sold 28 million units in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2008, with sales of roughly $2.4 billion, marking a decline of about 2% compared to last year's second quarter.
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AT&T Cooking Up New VoIP Product
August 18, 2008
AT&T has stopped taking orders for its CallVantage service, but has apparently not given up. Report is that they are preparing to offer a new broadban VoIP service.
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JaJah to Implement Remote Wake Feature
August 14, 2008
Next month, Intel will begin the rolling out its Remote Wake technology on new motherboards, and the US chip shop has tapped JaJah to implement the Remote Wake feature into its VoIP infrastructure.
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VoIP Revenues Soar, SIP Trunking Does Not
August 14, 2008
Consumer usage of VoIP service is fuelling rapid growth, but the business community has yet to fully embrace the net telephony. Businesses have been wary of problems with technology such as SIP trunking interfaces.
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Tandberg in Takeover Talks
August 13, 2008
Videoconferencing specialist Tandberg saw its market valuation leap by more than 18 percent Tuesday after it announced it is in "preliminary discussions" regarding a takeover offer from an unidentified private equity firm.
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Nortel Buys Pingtel
August 13, 2008
Nortel has stepped up its efforts to be one of the major players in the so-called "unified communications" sector with the acquisition of software applications specialist Pingtel Corp. for an undisclosed sum.
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Steve Jobs Confirms Apple Can Kill Apps On iPhones
August 11, 2008
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has confirmed that a mechanism exists within the iPhone to let the company unilaterally remove software from the smartphone.
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Nortel shares sink after lackluster earnings
August 2, 2008
Shares of Nortel Networks sank as much as 17 percent on Friday after the company reported a wider second-quarter loss and warned that it faces challenges ahead.
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