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Real Time Communications Week in Review: Avotus, Ultra Mobile, GENBAND

December 19, 2015

It's the last full week of the year for most people, as Christmas swings in next Friday and 2016 starts up a week after that. This didn't slow the news any for real time communications, though, and a host of developments emerged for us to consider. So with a weekend on hand, and the last of the year in sight, settle in and let's take a look at all these big new events with our Week in Review coverage!

First, Avotus' CEO stepped in to talk about unified communications (UC) as well as the company's advancements in the last year as well as his dream scenario for operations. With four new products out this year, Avotus had plenty to talk about. Huge new gains in UC adoption, as well as in voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) adoption both brought in some extra benefit for Avotus, and its ongoing restructuring plans seem to be bearing fruit. 2016 will be focused on capitalizing on those earlier gains.

Next came a look at the rise of collaboration tools and team chat. Part of ongoing development in the sector, collaboration tools have enjoyed a measured rise in popularity, and as technology improves in the telecom space, collaboration tools should likewise keep climbing. Though customer demands in this sector are likewise changing, many of the desired features remain sufficiently static that providers in this space should be able to deliver without much of an incident.

Ultra Mobile stepped in next as its CEO, David Glickman, offered predictions about 2016 in telecom, and what he had to say should excite a lot of telecom market followers. Glickman noted that Ultra Mobile was looking to make a greater push on the Hispanic market starting in the first quarter of 2016, and planned a new mobile brand for consumers more focused on digital. Tighter competition for customers will likely continue, and there may even changes to how content is delivered for mobile.

Then, news of a new target for GENBAND's Kandy system came in, as AsiaInfo picked Kandy to support its real time communications efforts. Kandy is itself just celebrating its one year anniversary, and over 15 million users worldwide are putting Kandy to work. That's a number that will climb with AsiaInfo's connection, however, as the company has over 50 percent of the current Chinese market share for billing, business intelligence, and customer relationship management (CRM) in China.

Finally, Ascom and STANLEY Healthcare got together, bringing in messaging and location tools to better drive healthcare operations. The arrangement makes the Ascom Unite Messaging Suite interoperable with the STANLEY AeroScout Real-Time Location System (RTLS), allowing for better, easier ways to track patients and assets alike. That tracking allows for smoother operations and reduced costs, so the combination should prove valuable in the end.

That was the week that was in real time communications, and it's been quite a week. Our global online community was busy as ever bringing back all the best in news. So be sure to come back next week for all the latest in the field, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!

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