Mitel has overcome one major hurdle holding back the completion of its planned acquisition of Polycom: The company received the official okay from the Federal Trade Commission late last week.
Unified communications vendor Mitel signed a definitive agreement on Friday to acquire communications and collaboration hardware and services provider Polycom. The $1.96 billion deal will result in the creation of an enterprise-focused unified communications powerhouse.
Unified communications provider Mitel and communications and collaboration technology vendor Polycom may be about to merge. If true, the announcement could be made as soon as early next week, according to a Bloomberg article.
Microsoft Skype for Business customers now have more choices when it comes to video collaboration. The company has teamed up with Polycom to connect Skype for Business Server and the RealPresence Group Series of in-room videoconferencing products.
Brother's OmniJoin division is trying to bring together various telepresence systems so they can more seamlessly work together. The company's new OmniJoin v7 Interoperability feature aims to connect the OmniJoin meeting service with other traditional videoconferencing systems.
Voice and telepresence are both suffering as vendor revenue in those areas continues to decline, but other enterprise infrastructure areas are growing. New research from Synergy Research Group shows that wireless LAN infrastructure products are growing the fastest – something that comes as little surprise as more enterprises roll out Wi-Fi deployments with the latest 802.11 technologies.
NATO is undergoing a modernization project and has decided to take the plunge into the unified communications pool.
Videoconferencing firm Polycom has plugged a vulnerability in its VVX VoIP desk phones used in its unified communications system.
Polycom is among the first out of the gate with support for Microsoft's cloud PBX capabilities for Office 365. A handful of Polycom VoIP and unified communications products now interoperate with the cloud PBX functions.
Cisco plans to buy London-based Acano early in the new year to beef up its videoconferencing and collaboration capabilities.