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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…

Illegal robocalls have been a major source of consumer complaints at the FCC. Hence, as of June 30, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations require that all inbound and outbound voice service providers operating in the United States implement STIR/SHAKEN standards in the Internet Protocol (IP) portions of their network in order to combat the plague that robocalls and spoofed calls have become.   Therefore, in order to comply with these FCC requirements and to maintain customers’ trust, DIDWW, a global telecommunications operator and provider of premium quality VoIP services, has announced the successful implementation of Caller ID authentication through the STIR/SHAKEN set of standards.   The industry-standard caller ID authentication framework STIR/SHAKEN is a set of technical standards and protocols that allow the authentication and confirmation of caller ID information when calling over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.   Caller ID authentication technology allows people to trust the caller…

Snom, the top brand for modern IP telephony, has become the first end device manufacturer to integrate its own provisioning app into the new innovaphone PBX dashboard.   Configuration data for any Snom device docked at the innovaphone PBX can now be synchronised directly with Snom’s SRAPS (Secure Redirection and Provisioning Service) via a secure interface. Auto-provisioning files from the innovaphone PBX are stored there and made available for each port. This enables innovaphone’s administrators to operate Snom phones at a locally installed innovaphone PBX in ‘zero-touch’ mode using an app.   Innovaphone launched its new app store following the release of Version 13r2 of its internationally known PBX system. The store gives partners and customers direct access to useful apps and functions that are part of the communications platform – and is setting new standards for the integration of IP end devices like Snom’s.              In the sense of personalising…

PiPcall, a provider of hosted telephony services and solutions for businesses, has released the UK’s first mobile-only business phone system in an application optimized to be used on the personal mobile phones of employees.   The PiPoffice app allows users to work from anywhere, be that in an office, their home or even on the go. The telephone system frees the user from their work desk but keeps all the features of a traditional desk phone system. These features include call recording, conference calling, corporate voicemail, IVR, call groups, call tracking and call logging.   PiPoffice calls are made over mobile networks only. This technology separates business and personal activities on the device and ensures that call expenses are charged according to the organization’s service plan. When using the PiPoffice mobile app, the user does not incur any charges on its personal calling plan. In addition, PiPoffice states that its…

It is imperative for every business to develop a marketing strategy that enables organizations to build long-term relationships with their customers. Developing and executing such a marketing strategy is not an easy task, especially in the ever-changing telecommunications industry. There are a myriad of  ways to create and design a marketing campaign, and even more ways to manage your entire marketing strategy.   To help you wade through the complex world of telecom marketing, we have searched far and wide to gather the top telecom professionals’ marketing ideas that will hopefully inspire everyone in their marketing path.Yaniv Masjedi, CMO of Nextiva, says being your own biggest competitor is the greatest motivation. “Being in such a competitive industry is a roller coaster, and at the same time, we like to see ourselves as our own biggest competitor. We aren’t striving to be like the other companies in our space because Nextiva…

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is not a new technology, and there are thousands of articles written about it. Still, there are many myths surrounding VoIP. Is it the awkward acronym? Maybe it sounds super technical?   On a basic level, VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is simply an Internet-based replacement for traditional telephone systems, offering significant cost savings and advanced technologies that provide improved convenience and productivity.   In our humble opinion, myths should not detract from you using one of the industry’s leading and most affordable means of business communications that can provide businesses with a tremendous competitive advantage. Therefore, let us dispel some of the most common misconceptions and give you the truth about VoIP phone systems. Actually, VoIP is more economical than legacy phone and on-premises PBX systems. With a hosted VoIP or Cloud PBX, the costs are limited to service charges and not operating,…

Snom, the globally established brand for modern IP telephony, has enhanced the quality and performance of its C520-WiMi conference system, offering businesses of all sizes a more powerful, cost-effective solution for audio conferencing. First launched in 2019, the C520’s features quickly made it a key component of corporate communications during the pandemic – enabling employees to maintain social distancing in large meeting rooms without losing transmission quality. Snom’s customers are now facing new communication demands due to hybrid working and require solutions that can be used both at home and in the workplace. This has prompted Snom to further enhance the already superior technology of its C520-WiMi. The manufacturer runs its own audio laboratory in Berlin, equipped with the world’s most advanced tools for sound optimisation. And the fine tuning of the C520-WiMi has paid off:often, the performance and audio quality of the conferencing system exceeds that of more expensive solutions offered by competitors* and…

VCC Live partners with DIDWW VCC Live, a provider of innovative cloud-based contact center software for inbound, outbound and cross-channel contact centers, has announced a strategic partnership with global telecommunications operator DIDWW, which provides high quality VoIP and SIP trunking services to businesses and telecommunications operators around the world. As part of the partnership, VCC Live will take advantage of DIDWW’s extensive virtual telephone number coverage, which will allow VCC Lives’s contact center business to grow effectively in all geographic areas. DIDWW’s vast inventory of virtual phone numbers allows VCC Live to continue the rapid growth of their global business. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/xhu9xheb Microsoft collaborates with O2 UK  Microsoft and O2 are developing a proof-of-concept investigation to determine the benefits of on-premises Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) inside a private 5G network, focusing on security and low latency. The possible benefits of this proposed architecture are noteworthy,  combining secure, high-bandwidth…

Orange considers buying infrastructure assets it sold almost two decades ago Orange is considering a probable purchase of the former telecommunications infrastructure unit TDF. The company sold TDF nearly two decades ago to lessen its debt. Orange is considering combining TDF with the recently established European mast company TOTEM, as infrastructure appraisals have recently increased with interest from investors such as the US private equity firm KKR and Spain’s Cellnex. TDF, previously known as Télédiffusion de France, operates TV and radio towers, mobile sites, as well as fiber infrastructure and related services through around 19,000 sites, of which 7,300 are active. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2etpjpjn AT&T to modernize U.S. DOT’s network AT&T and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) have signed a 12-year, $175 million deal to assist DOT in upgrading its IP and voice infrastructure. AT&T will supply DOT with virtual private networking and secure cloud technology, together…

Telinta, a global leader in hosted switching and billing for VoIP service providers, and TransNexus, a leader in developing innovative software for telecommunications networks, jointly announced today a solution to help VoIP service providers comply with STIR/SHAKEN call authentication and robocall mitigation regulations.   TransNexus has made groundbreaking innovations in robocall mitigation with its ClearIP software platform. Telinta has integrated ClearIP into its cloud-based softswitch. Together the two leaders can help VoIP service providers meet their STIR/SHAKEN and robocall mitigation requirements, helping customers to avoid having their traffic blocked.   TransNexus offers services for Telinta customers based both inside and outside the U.S.  When a U.S.-based Telinta customer signs up with TransNexus, Telinta will send a request to TransNexus to create a digital signature and Telinta will include that signature on subsequent calls as they are routed through Telinta’s platform.   For Telinta customers based outside the U.S., TransNexus can…