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Avaya, a worldwide technology company specializing in cloud communications and workstream collaboration solutions, announced that its Avaya OneCloud™ contact center solutions are allowing children all across the world to follow Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve voyage.   Avaya is assisting the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, in tracking Santa’s movements throughout his popular travel path. NORAD utilizes Avaya’s OneCloud CCaaS driven by AI to communicate in real time with millions of children of all ages who are keen to know where Santa is and when he will arrive at their houses.   Last year, despite having a small staff, 175 volunteers fielded over 20,000 phone calls, answering queries on Santa’s location. Also, more than 11 million people visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website http://www.noradsanta.org, last year. “Where is Santa?” was queried by at least 12.3 million Amazon Alexa…

Ericsson, a global networking company, has announced its plan to buy Vonage, a cloud-platform company based in the United States, for $6.2 billion. Ericsson is getting a more contemporary communications strategy with Vonage, which includes a cloud contact center, communications APIs, and a VoIP solution.   The move reflects Ericsson’s growing attempts to join the enterprise market, with the goal of enabling these clients to take use of new services in addition to the high speeds enabled by 5G networks. This merger, though, is not about 5G. Ericsson is concentrating on Vonage’s communications APIs, which it hopes will allow it to access a global network of developers working on 4G and 5G technologies.   Vonage is a cloud-based communications provider that allows clients to incorporate communications, such as voice, video, and messaging, into apps and products through its Vonage Communications Platform. Ericsson believes that Vonage’s cloud platform, which now serves…

In the fast-paced and demanding world of telecommunications, where new technologies and challenges are always around the next corner, Adam Zeibig, Carrier Manager at VCC Live, is always seeking for a win-win scenario. Read the VoIP.Review exclusive interview with Adam, in which he discusses his experience, motivations, and challenges working in the telecommunications sector, as well as his outlook on the future of AI and IoT in telecoms. Tell us about VCC Live and about your role in the company.  VCC Live is a cloud-based contact center software providing company that is headquartered here in Budapest. But we also have legal entities in Germany and the United States. At the time I started here in the company, which was one and a half year ago, a little bit more than one and a half year ago, we had roughly 65 employees working for us, but during that time we…

To keep up with rising customer expectations, contact center service providers strive to offer a broader range of services and expand their area of coverage. The Czech technology company Daktela, that specializes in providing complete solutions for contact centers and customer communications, has announced a strategic partnership with DIDWW, a global telecoms operator that offers premium quality VoIP communication and SIP trunking services for businesses and telecom carriers all over the world. As part of this cooperation, Daktela will benefit from DIDWW’s extensive virtual phone number coverage, allowing its contact center business to grow and operate efficiently across multiple countries and territories. While maintaining one of the largest VoIP cloud infrastructures in Europe, Daktela continues to expand its market presence globally. For this purpose, the company will use the DIDWW API and online portal for immediate service provisioning. In addition, Daktela will also utilize DIDWW’s fully compliant global…

It has been announced that Evolve IP has increased the worldwide coverage for its Evolved Office UC and Teams Enterprise Voice products. Their program allows the company’s clients to acquire and port local numbers, as well as to have access to international and domestic telephony in 10 more countries.   China, Japan and the Philippines in the Asia Pacific area, as well as Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador in Latin America, are some of the centerpieces of this recent development. Up to this point, Evolve IP has replaced PSTN services in over 40 countries and has inbound/toll-free calling capabilities across more than 50 nations.   Business SMS, Recording & Analytics, Contact Center, Multi-level Auto Attendants, Advanced Hunt Groups, Overhead Paging, Receptionist Clients are just a few of the capabilities that Evolve IP’s communication solutions provide to Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Collaboration.   Scott Kinka, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at…

Lumen to sell its Latin American business Lumen Technologies has signed an agreement to sell its Latin American business to infrastructure investment company Stonepeak for $2.7 billion. This deal comes from Lumen’s goal of freeing up more cash for its future growth plan. This transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022. After the sale has been completed, Lumen’s Latin American division will become an independent subsidiary of Stonepeak, continuing with the current management team. Despite the sale, Lumen will not sever ties with the subsidiary, as the operator plans to maintain a strategic relationship with the new company. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4728y9f Verizon signs a deal with US Air National Guard  Verizon’s Public Sector business entered into a second agreement with the US Department of Defense (DoD).  The latest $78.8 million contract is to help the Air National Guard (ANG) modernize their network services. Under…

Dialpad, a leading cloud communications platform for AI-powered calling, conferencing and contact centers, has announced the launch of the Dialpad Partner Success portal, providing the company’s resale partners with a host of tools and features to help drive business growth. This announcement comes after a record-breaking year for the company.   The Dialpad Partner Success Portal provides additional resources and tools to help resellers and agent partners develop and expand their Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS), contact centers and collaborative businesses.   The Partner Success Portal is just the first addition to the Dialpad channel program. The company is also developing a new Inside Channel Management (ICM) team to contribute to the growing Channel program. The ICM program will provide special care and attention in an effort to improve relationships with partners. From April 6th,  users will be able to sign up for the new Dialpad Success Portal.   Mike Kane, VP…

Verizon Business has announced the addition of Genesys Cloud as part of its global customer experience and contact center offerings. Together with Genesys, the company is able to offer its business customers a cloud-based contact center solution. Genesys Cloud will provide businesses with access to the Verizon network and include a contact-center-as-a-service solution to communicate with their customers.   The Cloud-based Contact Center as a Service from Genesys enables businesses to deliver a customer experience (CX) that is top class. The solution is delivered on an end-to-end, cloud-based remote access platform that takes advantage of Verizon’s network. In addition, the Verizon Business customer experience portfolio includes Genesys Engage subscriptions, that provides a passage from on-premises to hybrid cloud and public or private cloud deployments.   Furthermore, because contact centers rely on digital, primarily remote operations, Genesys Cloud will allow remote agents to take advantage of all the capabilities the contact…

The voice over IP vendor 8×8 Inc., has announced that the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team and the Honda Center, one of the nation’s top entertainment and sports venues, have chosen 8×8 as their official cloud communications provider. They will use 8×8’s integrated cloud voice, team chat, meeting and contact center solution to help enhance the experience for their employees, partners and customers.   The Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center decided to give a boost to their digital transformation efforts across the organization and recognized the need to abandon the old, on-premises communication and contact center systems. It is not surprising that they made the decision to move away from the legacy connections given the elevated profile and visibility of cloud technology during the pandemic.   Steve Seger, Chief Revenue Officer at 8×8, Inc., commented: “Organizations of all sizes, including professional sports teams like the Anaheim Ducks, have…

The American multinational technology conglomerate, Cisco, has announced its intention to acquire IMImobile, a provider of cloud communications software and services that manages business-critical interoperability on a large scale. The deal is valued at nearly $730 million, assuming full dilution of the shares, net of cash and debt. The acquisition will be Cisco’s largest in the UK in about three years. The company will pay IMImobile shareholders £5.95 per share and the acquisition of the software vendor is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, following regulatory approval. The American company said the procurement will provide its consumers with an end-to-end customer interaction management solution and the ability to promote quicker and much improved communications and interactions through a selected customer channel. Cisco’s Webex Contact Center solution, along with IMImobile software and services, will offer a solution that leverages artificial intelligence throughout the customer’s…