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Volume 12, Number 43, November 16, 2009

TelCentris Launches Nationwide CLEC

Google Buys VoIP Provider Gizmo5

HP Acquires 3Com for $2.7B

Video Provider Sezmi Launches Pilot

...And last but not least, our VOTW


TelCentris Launches Nationwide CLEC

TelCentris, the developer of VoIP and unified messaging client VoxOx, announced last week that it plans to launch a nationwide competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), and it has received regulatory approval in five states to date.

TelCentris is rolling out a nationwide infrastructure based largely on its proprietary unified communications service delivery platform, which bypasses some of the costs and complexities of leasing services from other local telecom providers. For instance, the company will be able to avoid the costs of reselling carrier services or buying a commercial softswitch/SDP from a vendor or other VoIP platform vendor.

TelCentris told Telephony Online that it plans to target residential and small business customers with its service, competing mainly on price but without pure Internet-based VoIP concerns about call quality.

The CLEC, which will operate under the name TelCentris Communications, has regulatory approval to operate as a facilities-based CLEC -- with the ability to offer telephone numbers, local and long-distance calling and data services -- in California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois. It is planning filings in other states as well.

"We've been working on our CLEC rollout for two years now and we are excited by our progress," said Bryan Hertz, CEO of TelCentris. "This will enable us to pass on significant savings to our many customers, as well as provide unparalleled levels of quality, service and reliability."

TelCentris is the creator of VoxOx, the desktop-based VoIP client launched last year. VoxOx was billed as a "Skype-killer" for its ability to unite a variety of VoIP, instant messaging and social networking services and sites in a single interface. The software has gained a niche following but has had trouble competing with the well-funded and marketed Google Voice and Skype.

Read the release.


Google Buys VoIP Provider Gizmo5

Google announced last Thursday that it has bought Gizmo5, an Internet VoIP provider which will greatly enhance the services offered by Google Voice.

Gizmo, which operates on open standards, enables free VoIP calls over the Internet and inexpensive calls to landlineand mobile phones, a feature Google Voice did not previously offer.

The acquisition and resultant integration with Google's current offerings could transform Google's Voice, Talk and Wave products into a true unified VoIP communications platform, a mighty service which analysts are pitting against Skype, cable companies and even traditional landline providers.

According to Google's Voice Blog, Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team, and while current Gizmo5 users are still able to use the service, they are not allowing new members to join at this time.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although TechCrunch which first broke the news reported the purchase price at $30 million. Gizmo5 had raised $6 million in a round of funding three years ago.

Wired has more.
PC World has an interesting analysis of the acquisition
Read the Google blog announcement.


HP Acquires 3Com for $2.7B

Hewlett Packard (HP) announced last week that it has reached an agreement to purchase 3Com, a provider of computer network equipment, for $2.7 billion. The companies hope their combined entity will give Cisco a run-for-the-money in data center networking and convergence.

HP agreed to pay $7.90 per share, a premium of about 39% over 3Com's closing price last Wednesday. The deal was announced after the market closed.

"Companies are looking for ways to break free from the business limitations imposed by a networking paradigm that has been dominated by a single vendor," said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers and Networking, HP.

"By acquiring 3Com, we are accelerating the execution of our Converged Infrastructure strategy and bringing disruptive change to the networking industry. By combining HP ProCurve offerings with 3Com’s extensive set of solutions, we will enable customers to build a next-generation network infrastructure that supports customer needs from the edge of the network to the heart of the data center."

The acquisition of 3Com will expand HP's Ethernet switching offerings, add routing solutions and strengthen the company's position in China -- one of the world’s fastest-growing markets -- via the H3C offerings.

The terms of the transaction have been approved by the HP and 3Com boards of directors, but the acquisition still is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of 3Com’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar 2010.

The New York Times has more.
Read the release.


Video Provider Sezmi Launches Pilot

Sezmi, the next-generation video provider, unveiled today a public pilot project in Los Angeles, and $25 million in additional financing from new and existing investors.

The Silicon Valley based start-up, which bills itself as delivering "the best of TV and the Internet on your terms," integrates traditional linear TV with on-demand and Internet video, DVR, social networking and advanced advertising in a single proprietary receiver. Sezmi plans to offer its service through broadband service providers, telcos and national retailers.

Dave Allred, Sezmi's SVP of marketing and product management, spoke to Video Nuze about the company's new pilot project. The pilot, which Allred noted will be open to about a thousand LA-area residents, is the first time Sezmi will go beyond friendly technical trials. The goal is to resolve any issues before a broader launch in early 2010.

Allred revealed to Video Nuze that Sezmi plans to offer two tiers of service. A $24.99/month "Supreme" option will include all local broadcast channels in the LA market, basic cable channels (including 23 channels, from Turner, NBCU, Discovery, Viacom and Rainbow), broadband programming from YouTube and others. Premium programming from networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz will be available on a subscription VoD basis. A "Select" tier for $4.99/month will offer just the broadcast channels. Subscribers to both tiers can either buy the equipment for $299, or lease it for $11-$12/month, per TV.

Sezmi has yet to acquire programming from all the major cable programmers. Most prominently missing from the current list are the channels owned by Disney-ABC, Fox, Scripps and A&E. But despite an ongoing battle to acquire content and sufficient spectrum, investors have high hopes for the company.

Sezmi announced today that it is receiving a $25 million cash infusion thanks to previous investors Morgenthaler Ventures, Omni Capital, TD Fund, Index Ventures and Legend Ventures, and a new strategic investor.

"We are in the midst of one of the most exciting times in television history," said Phil Wiser, co-founder and president of Sezmi. "With a deep understanding of the changing needs of television viewers, Sezmi created a completely new end-to-end offering to meet those evolving needs. We are thrilled to be in a position to deliver our service to the mass market."

Read more.
Visit Sezmi's Web site.


And, last but not least, our VOTW: Intel shows e-reader for visually impaired.

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Now, more than ever, communications providers are looking for ways to increase profitability while sustaining landline loss. One company, ITS Telecommunications System Inc., is revolutionizing the way in which communications providers can revalue the landline by servicing their communities. Hear from ITS CEO Jeff Leslie as he reveals how interlinking communications among businesses and the public sector has enabled ITS to add value to the landline, creating stickiness and brand loyalty. Attend this free eShowcase webcast, sponsored by CHR Solutions, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). This webcast is open to all members. There is no cost to participate and no pre-registration is required. You can join the webcast starting 30 minutes before the event. Learn more.

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