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Hosting and colocation service provider Equinix has announced an agreement to purchase a portfolio of 13 data center sites across Canada from BCE Inc., the massive telecommunications and media conglomerate, and the corporate parent of Bell MTS and Bell Canada. The company expects to close this USD 750 million deal in the second half of 2020. The 13 data center sites that will join California-based Equinix’s portfolio represent 25 individual facilities and are expected to generate annual revenues of approximately USD 105 million. In addition to cementing a stronger foothold in the third-largest economy in the Americas, Equinix will also gain more than 600 customers that are currently operating within the Bell data centers. Equinix is already the world’s largest data center and colocation provider, with a network of more than 210 facilities across 55 metros. The company’s main business is hosting the technology infrastructure of third party organizations. “Canadian businesses…

DIDWW, a telecommunication service provider headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has recently added two-way SMS services in the USA and Canada to their peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging coverage. The company has made this highly-requested service available through SMS-enabled local virtual numbers covering over 3000 area codes in the United States and over 1000 area codes in Canada. In a statement, this leading global supplier of innovative, high-tech IP-based communications and SIP trunking services said that this significant addition of two-way SMS coverage to a wide range of DIDWW services opens up great opportunities, such as personal customer and support agent communications, private communications between users, service provider and customer notifications, and the general provision of SMS services in one of the largest economies in the world. Furthermore, the two-way SMS service can be combined with simultaneous voice calls, thus making these SMS-enabled virtual numbers a highly efficient communication tool. DIDWW sets itself apart from…

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new phone system for business customers, Microsoft 365 Business Voice, which is now available in Canada and the UK. This phone system combines calling, chats, meetings, calendar and e-mail functions. The solution also deploys Microsoft artificial intelligence (AI) technology to automatically transcribe voicemail, translate chat messages, and add captions to meetings in real time. According to the announcement, Microsoft 365 Business Voice is a cloud-based system that has been designed as a complete cooperation package for enterprises with up to 300 users. The phone system integrates with Office 365 and uses Microsoft Teams in order to function across computers, desk phones and smartphones, allowing customers to make calls from anywhere. “Today’s businesses need communication and collaboration tools that are easy to use and designed to work together,” Microsoft stated in a blog post. “That’s why we built Microsoft 365 Business Voice, a…

Telus Corp., one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, is expanding its security business and has agreed to acquire ADT Security Services Canada, Inc. (ADT Canada) for approximately CAD 700 million. ADT Canada provides security and automation services for residential and business customers. The company has about 500,000 customers and 1,000 team members across the country. Jim DeVries, President and CEO at ADT, said, “The sale of our more capital intensive Canadian operations enables us to sharpen our focus on the exciting growth and higher margin opportunities in the U.S., where we can more efficiently invest our time and resources. Importantly, these emerging opportunities are ideal for leveraging the trusted ADT brand as we continue generating strong free cash flow to drive shareholder value over the long term.” According to the agreement, all of the ADT Canada team members and customers will join Telus. The company said it will “deepen…

INVADE, a provider of innovative communication solutions, together with Emertec, INVADE’s commercial partner, offers an enhanced solution that is designed to enable enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively deploy INVADE’s fully managed and flexible Dialer-as-a-Service (DaaS) software.   Predictive dialer software is a popular solution for outbound contact centers. The use of this serviceboosts the interviewers’ efficiency by increasing the call connect rate, while also enhancing consumer engagement. INVADE has a wealth of expertise in developing and implementing market research software, and because of the modular nature of their solution, they can produce the best-in-class predictive dialer to match a large range of requirements.   Currently covering over 50 countries, INVADE, in partnership with its commercial associate Emertec, assists market research operations ranging in size from 5 to 1000 interviewers. Emertec and INVADE have worked together for over a decade to develop cost-effective and best-in-class dialer solutions. Through the development of…

Lingo Management, an Atlanta-based worldwide business Cloud/UC and Managed Service provider, announced the completion of its previously announced purchase of BullsEye Telecom Inc., a single-source communications and cloud technology provider.   Lingo gains considerable income from multi-location enterprise company clients as a result of BullsEye, boosting scale and flexibility. The united firm acts as a single-source, worldwide communications provider with over $200 million in annual sales and 130,000 clients in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world, with operations centers in Michigan and Georgia.   This purchase adds a considerable number of multi-location enterprise, SMB, and carrier clients to the present Lingo company. Clients are served at all stages of their lifecycle, from consumers through small and medium-sized businesses, large companies requiring a nationwide solution across several locations, and lastly carrier customers requiring wholesale services. In addition, it establishes a North American network operator that provides cloud communications, fiber…

If you ask anyone who is familiar with VoIP systems, they’d probably tell you that choosing the right service provider can indeed be a difficult task. The VoIP market includes numerous service providers, each of them claiming to be the best. It’s easy to get frustrated with the selection process when seeking a service provider, and it’s challenging to compare features, benefits and customer support quality on offer.     Therefore, we’ve done the legwork, and all you have to do is read our findings. So, there you have it – our top 10 picks for the best VoIP systems in 2022. RingCentral Office is a renowned cloud-based VoIP platform with a wide range of capabilities that should be able to meet the needs of any company phone system. Furthermore, APIs may be used to enhance RingCentral Office’s integration with other apps. RingCentral Office stands apart in the market for medium-sized…

Zain launches voice over 5G Zain has become the first operator to commercially offer voice over 5G (Vo5G) services on its standalone 5G network. The new Vo5G service is accessible across Kuwait with statewide coverage, and on the all-new Samsung Galaxy S22 family of handsets. Phone-over-5G enables clients to experience crystal-clear voice communications over the 5G network alongside data services, all without interruption. Customers may also utilize the Internet, streaming services and data-heavy apps while having phone conversations, thanks to 5G’s stable and ultra-fast speeds. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2p8as9nu Staffbase buys a majority stake in dirico Staffbase has purchased a controlling position in 247GRAD Labs GmbH, the software business behind the dirico content collaboration platform. The dirico platform enables businesses to plan, develop, publishand evaluate content for marketing as well as internal and external communication. As a consequence, Staffbase today employs over 700 people and serves over 2,000 customers globally…

Sunrise UPC GmbH, Switzerland’s largest, private telecommunications company supplying individual and corporate clients with mobile, Internet, TV and fixed network services, has teamed up with DIDWW, a global telecommunications operator providing first-rate VoIP communication and SIP trunking services, to launch its new business oriented product – Business Voice International.   DIDWW and Sunrise UPC established the partnership to launch Business Voice International to provide local and national phone numbers for small and medium-sized companies situated in Switzerland and operating globally. This new service will allow businesses to improve communications with their international subsidiaries at a time when employee connectivity around the world is more important than ever. This collaboration will allow Sunrise UPC to provide reliable, premium quality, geo-redundant and fully compliant voice services with broad coverage.   By leveraging DIDWW’s extensive phone number inventory, the Swiss operator will offer local and national numbers in more than 60 countries with…

By 2026, the global market for A2P SMS is expected to be worth $74.7 billion. The rising usage of customer and employee engagement by large and medium-sized businesses around the world is expected to fuel this growth in the global market.   A2P messaging, also known as application-to-person messaging, describes any type of traffic in which a person receives messages from an application. This type of communication is often referred to as professional or enterprise messaging, and  generally consists of one-way messages that do not require a response. Given that over 98% of text messages are opened, A2P messages are very likely to be read, providing businesses with a cost-effective option for improving customer interaction.    A2P SMS is used by a wide range of companies and industries to send messages to customers, including banking notifications, marketing notifications, two-factor authentication SMS authorizations, automated booking confirmations, as well as to deliver…