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MetTel, a global digital transformation and communications provider for medium and large businesses, as well as for federal, state and local government agencies, has announced that the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) has chosen MetTel for its Nationwide Internet Protocol Network Service, a contract worth more than $58 million.   MetTel’s aim will be to offer the MCRC with a dependable and resilient network infrastructure that can support desktop computers, mobile computing, telephone services, video collaboration services and any other networking and voice services. MCRC’s current Internet service capacity will be upgraded, and the provider plans to deliver Internet Protocol Voice Services and Wi-Fi to almost 1,500 MCRC sites. The MetTel EIS Portal will allow MCRC to monitor and obtain reporting information on services offered over the MetTel network in near real-time.   MetTel has secured contracts with more than a dozen federal departments since 2020, with the…

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…

BT and ABB, a Swedish–Swiss multinational corporation specializing in robotics, power and automation technology, have announced a collaboration to upgrade the latter’s globally managed communications infrastructure to new levels of performance and flexibility to support the company’s new operating model.   Under this partnership, BT will modernize ABB’s network infrastructure in cooperation with ABB’s Information Systems team to build a sustainable, robust and secure core platform with a highly automated and data-driven managed service. BT will provide an end-to-end, comprehensive, multi-layered cyber security environment to support ABB’s cloud-first goals. The company will install, operate and monitor over 1,100 end-point devices, constantly validating every device, user and application that is connected to the network.   Security is a primary focus as ABB implements its cloud plan, which involves consolidating data centers and sending more apps and data to the cloud. With nearly 600 locations in 60 countries, the communications infrastructure will…

With Christmas fast approaching, we would like to present 12 articles to read during the 12 days of Christmas. We hope that this collection of articles will take you on a joyous voyage of telecom business, VoIP, and personal development education. It has been over a year since organizations rushed from the traditional office to a virtual workplace due to the coronavirus. The transition from office to home leads to other changes: many of us now communicate much more often in the virtual world, rather than face-to-face, which means that nonverbal communications are now more important than ever.   Full article: https://voip.review/2021/02/08/importance-nonverbal-communication-virtual-environment/ Most phones today allow users to see the calling party’s phone number before they answer. This feature, called Caller ID or Calling Line Identity (CLI), is a way to let people know who is calling and decide whether they want to answer the call or not. However, callers…

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, a supplier of communications, cloud and networking solutions, has released Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX® Enterprise Purple, a digital-age communications platform. This solution provides a new communications experience for businesses of all sizes, allowing them to design the future of work and the digital workplace to suit the desires of their workers and customers .   OmniPCX Enterprise Purple is built on SIP and offers a wide range of enterprise collaboration features while preserving the maximum security. This platform enables the incorporation of real-time communications into corporate processes and applications, decreases latency with intelligent objects, boosts company productivity, and promotes an excellent customer experience.   The solution is built to connect to the cloud, allowing businesses to adopt new strategies such as hybrid cloud while preserving their infrastructure. OmniPCX Enterprise Purple allows a modern omnichannel experience for customer service and contact center teams, based on the future hybrid cloud CCaaS service…

RETN, an independent Eurasian supplier of IP transit and corporate communications services, has expanded its network and footprint in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The company offers communication services over its Eurasian network with short lead times, excellent uptimes and numerous levels of redundancy. RETN continues to expand throughout Europe and Asia and aims to provide the finest customer service and the highest SLA for fast, secure and reliable connectivity.   RETN has now established a new office in Finland, demonstrating the company’s long-term network presence and dedication to the area. Finland’s RETN backbone network presently combines six international DWDM lines and serves as a network transport center, linking the Baltic and Nordic areas to Russia and Asia. The RETN Group already has branches in Latvia, Estonia and Sweden.   RETN is also expanding its network by launching the Rezekne – Daugavpils – Vilnius DWDM line, which is one of…

On July 30, 2021, Ariane 5, a European heavy-lift space launch vehicle developed and operated by Arianespace for the European Space Agency, successfully launched its first flight in nearly a year. The aim of the mission is to deploy a pair of geostationary communications satellites for commercial operators in Brazil and France.   One of the satellites, called the Star One D2, will be operated by Embratel, a Brazilian telecommunications company. The Star One D2 will give Embratel the ability to expand its broadband coverage to new regions in Central and South America, supply Internet access to those in under-serviced areas, and increase X-band payload for government use in the Atlantic region.   The second satellite, named Eutelsat Quantum, which was developed as part of an ESA partnership with satellite operator Eutelsat and major manufacturer Airbus, has an active antenna, a first for the European commercial telecommunications industry. This revolutionary…

Over the past few decades, technology has improved the overall standard of living for many people. These advancements affect an individuals ’ways of communication, learning and thinking, and help society to interact with each other on a daily basis. Altogether, technology plays an important role in the life of society. Without it, people would still live within their traditional geographical boundaries.   Technology has evolved incredibly quickly. Today, it’s hard to imagine life without technology, including the Internet, phones and computers. As these forms of communication become increasingly ubiquitous, it is important to examine their impact on people’s lives, well-being and relationships. Communication technology has given people tools to not only keep in touch with each other, but also express their feelings and opinions to a broader audience than would otherwise have been possible. Such innovations have made life easier for many and provided resources and tools to lead an…

It has been over a year since organizations rushed from the traditional office to a virtual workplace due to the coronavirus. The transition from office to home leads to other changes: many of us now communicate much more often in the virtual world, rather than face-to-face, which means that nonverbal communications are now more important than ever. How has this transition from personal to digital communication changed the way we read people and interpret their body language? In a world of virtual communications, nonverbal cues often speak louder than our words. Voice tone, eye contact and physical gestures increase our ability to connect with family, friends, clients and colleagues, to build or strengthen trust, and communicate more effectively. There is no doubt that everyone has heard about the influence of nonverbal cues and body language in a conversation, whether it is in a business meeting or a chat with…

Cisco, a global giant and provider of IT, networking and cybersecurity solutions, has announced that it has received the final regulatory approval for a $4.5 billion agreement to purchase Acacia. The merger was reportedly approved by the Chinese government’s State Market Regulatory Administration (SAMR) on Tuesday. The consent from SAMR was the last hurdle to clear for Cisco to complete the deal.   Cisco’s plans to acquire Acacia Communications were first announced in July of 2019. The deal was on a fully diluted basis to buy the company for $70 per share in cash for a total of $2.6 billion. Cisco had then received the regulatory go-ahead from the United States, Germany and Austria.   Cisco has received the approval under certain conditions. According to SAMR, the deal could progress as long as Cisco and Acacia continue to fulfill existing contracts in China, as well as supply Chinese companies in…