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News Archive - December 2008

Xorcom Enables Customers to use G.729 on Asterisk
December 30, 2008
Xorcom published implementation instructions to allow customers to utilize the popular G.729 voice codec on the full Xorcom line of Asterisk-based IP-PBX appliances.
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BroadSoft acquires VoIP platform rival Sylantro
December 29, 2008
BroadSoft said it has acquired struggling fellow VoIP application platform vendor Sylantro Systems for an undisclosed sum.
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VocalTec Signs Agreement to Sell 4 of its 11 Patents for $7 Million
December 17, 2008
VocalTec Communications announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of four of its eleven patents to Masinolli Fund Limited Liability Company for US$7 million.
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More Americans cutting the landline cord
December 17, 2008
More than one in six American households, or 17.5 percent, depended solely on cell phones for their telephone communications during the first half of 2008, up from 13.6 percent a full year earlier.
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Jaxtr launches free international calling program
December 17, 2008
VoIP service Jaxtr has a new feature called FreeConnect that lets users make free international phone calls. It works by having both parties call in to local access numbers, then connecting the call via VoIP.
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Huawei powers up its Android plans
December 17, 2008
Australian telecommunications companies would be able to start selling Huawei's Android-based phones by the third quarter of 2009 if they wanted, the vendor said. Huawei entered the Android open handset alliance earlier this week, announcing plans to launch smartphones running Google's new mobile operating system next year.
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Sizing Up AT&T's Cuts (and Chops)
December 5, 2008
With AT&T announcing 12,000 staff cuts, analysts are now turning to the question of where AT&T's spending gets cut and by how much — and whether AT&T's actions are a template for the rest of North American capital expenditures.
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Motorola's credit reduced to junk status
December 5, 2008
Motorola's long-term corporate credit rating was lowered to junk status by Standard & Poor's as the company continues to suffer from declining mobile handset sales. The company's rating fell two levels, making it just one notch below investment grade.
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Asterisk IP-PBX Disaster Recovery Utility Released by Xorcom
December 4, 2008
Xorcom announced that it has developed Live Rescue, a new utility that allows Xorcom customers to recover and run their Xorcom XR2000 and XR3000 Asterisk-based IP-PBX directly from a Disk-on-Key (DOK) connected to the IP-PBX USB port.
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Nortel Snares LTE Core Deal
December 3, 2008
Nortel has teamed with Hitachi to supply core network equipment for KDDI's LTE 4G mobile broadband network in Japan.
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Nokia completes Symbian acquisition
December 2, 2008
Symbian announced that Nokia has formally completed the acquisition of the world's biggest smartphone operating system company. The companies announced their plans earlier this year to have Nokia buy out the remaining partners in Symbian with the ultimate goal of releasing the Symbian operating system under an open-source license.
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Clearwire-Sprint Nextel unveils new brand
December 1, 2008
Clearwire and Sprint-Nextel announced they have completed the formation of a new joint-venture company and will offer mobile WiMax service under the "Clear" brand. The new company, valued at $14.5 billion, was formed with the WiMax assets of both Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire and aims to create a nationwide broadband wireless network to rival AT&T.
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