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Real Time Communications Week in Review: GENBAND, ITEXPO, Cisco

February 06, 2016

Real time communications is a market that's still got a lot of room to run, especially as the mobile workforce grows. That means plenty of news about developments in this market, and this week brought a lot of new ground to cover. So settle in and put on that breakfast of champions because it's time to run down the high points in our Week in Review coverage!

First, GENBAND stepped in to help provide upgrades to Johnson Telephone Company. GENBAND brought its Network Transformation solution, along with its C15 Call Session Controller, to give Johnson access to a variety of new services, ranging from HD Voice connectivity to video calling to a slate of new IP services. Rural service providers, like Johnson, understand the value of bringing out new services and upgrading old networks to match, but that opportunity can only be pursued with the least disruption, making GENBAND's options a perfect fit.

Next, we had a look back at ITEXPO, and the IDEA Showcase which brought out a host of new disruptive innovations into the field. This year, the event offered space for seven startup firms, and delivered some exciting new potential. Companies from VoiceBase to to Rovy arrived, showing off developments in Web-based real time communications (WebRTC), smart LED lighting, healthcare and beyond. While these developments impressed, next year's show was already in the works, with a focus on application programming interfaces (APIs).

Unified communications (UC) systems took it on the chin in our next report, as we looked at how WebRTC was rendering many of these tools obsolete. A technology model that's rapidly aging governs much of UC today, and a shift in philosophy is necessary to keep the field aloft. The biggest such shift requires a look at UC as if it were one channel, usable at any time, without much setup, and that's really how WebRTC treats the field.

Then, Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) stepped in for the 10th year, showing us that the mobile device world was clearly mainstream and claiming many new participants. Huge growth in the space of the last 15 years has underscored this market, and by 2020, almost 70 percent of the planet will be a mobile device user. New infrastructure is stepping up to meet this challenge, but there are already plenty of mobile users—and mobile traffic—in the field.

Finally, Polycom stepped in to release its RealPresence Debut system on a more global basis. The system first launched in October 2015, and brought with it a combination camera and audio transmitter / receiver that offered an exciting slate of options. Now, the system is available throughout much of North America, as well as Asia, Australia and Europe, with more companies discovering the value of the “huddle room” and the much smaller infrastructure required to operate it.

That was the week that was in real time communications, and no shortage of developments could be found here this week. Our global online community was right in the thick of it all, and brought back all the best in news. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!

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