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MessageBird acquires 2 companies The cloud messaging platform, MessageBird, has announced the acquisition of two companies that will increase its customer engagement portfolio. The goal of MessageBird is to improve communications between companies and their customers. Their multi-channel technology aims to give customers the opportunity to communicate with the business in a way they like, rather than limiting the business to the currently-preferred method. Buying 24sessions and Hull provides MessageBird with even more possibilities. The company believes that consumers prefer to use messaging rather than voice calls and are proposing that businesses use this method of communication to cater to customers. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/9nedkjns ETSI published TR 103 639 for timeslicing The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), known for its universally accepted standards such as UMTS, 4G and TETRA, has published TR 103 639. The technical report describes a system and metrics for timeslice measurement methodologies for assessing the…

Microsoft is expanding in the communications market with the introduction of their Azure Communication Services. This new service is a fully managed communication platform for integrating calls, chats and SMS into business organizations and their applications. Azure Communication Services allows users to develop new communication solutions or integrate them into existing applications, avoiding high costs, complexity, or time wastage. Voice and video calling, as well as chat services will be available immediately, while SMS and phone numbers will be released in October. Over the past few years, Microsoft has gained a wealth of experience in this area, thanks to the large success of their Teams service. Azure Communication Services also uses the same secure platform that runs Microsoft Teams and is built natively on Azure.  Scott Van Vliet, corporate vice president for Intelligent Communication at the company, commented: “Azure Communication Services is built natively on top of…

Paladin Technologies, Canada’s largest integrator of complex systems, has announced that it now offers inbound and outbound PSTN calling capabilities, including support for traditional PBX-based phone systems, in Microsoft Teams. It was decided to launch this new service for the purpose of supporting the rapidly rising number of active users due to Covid-19. Paladin’s new Voice in Teams feature expands its wide range of unified communications and telephony solutions to make it easier for Microsoft Teams users to reach customers on the phone without the need for any additional handsets. This advancement supports enterprise mobility and adaptation at a time when remote work has significantly increased. The end-to-end encrypted solution, which provides complete carrier, SIP and SBC services, is now available internationally in more than 78 countries, and fully supports toll-free and emergency services backed by enterprise-level SLAs. “This is an incredible product and we’re excited to offer…

SES Networks, a provider of global connectivity and managed data services through the only multi-orbit satellite-enabled network and wide-ranging infrastructure on the ground, has announced that it will deliver dedicated, private network connectivity from any vessel, airplane, enterprise, energy or government site in the world to Microsoft Azure using its satellite systems. According to the announcement, SES is able to provide connectivity services across its global fleet of 50 Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 20 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. The company’s 20 O3b MEO satellites are able to deliver MEF-certified data connectivity with low latency via Azure’s global gateway network and earth-bound network infrastructure, resulting in services that are suitable for edge computing. As the first Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute services partner with a cloud-scale satellite network, SES Networks will offer Azure customers the ability to leverage their satellite-enabled managed services to connect locations and sites in remote and…

According to the most recent report from Canalys Cloud Channels Analysis, the worldwide spending on cloud infrastructure services has increased by more than one third (37.6%) year-on-year, soaring to USD 26.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019. The ranking of the leading cloud service providers remains unchanged, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominating at 36.1 percent growth, with revenue of over USD 8.3 billion, and a total market share of 31.5 percent. Microsoft Azure comes second with its sales growing by 63.6 percent to just under USD 5 billion, increasing its marketing share to 18.1 percent. In third place is Google Cloud with a 9.5 percent market share, followed by Alibaba Cloud in the fourth position. In total, cloud infrastructure revenue grew by USD 7.2 billion compared to a year ago, and the current expansion marks “the biggest ever quarterly increase in terms of value, highlighting the continued robust…

One of the largest telecommunications providers in Europe, Deutsche Telekom has announced the initiative to strengthen its cloud partnership with Microsoft and expand its cloud services to Central and Eastern Europe. The company will provide cloud acceleration services for the publicly available Microsoft Azure cloud platform, rendering the new services across nine countries, from Poland to Greece. Ralf Nejedl, Senior Vice President B2B at Deutsche Telekom, Board Area Europe, said, “Microsoft cloud offerings support enterprises to run and grow their business more efficiently. In combination with our new standardized services we will enable our customers to leverage the potential of the Microsoft cloud in a much simpler and faster way.” According to the company, their automated services will facilitate cloud adoption within minutes and enable cost savings for IT operations from 30 to 50 percent, as compared to on-premise solutions. The cloud experts will offer standardized services based on Office 365, Microsoft…