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From potential to promise: high definition calling today and tomorrow

Call it wideband telephony. Call it HD Voice.

I doesn’t matter what you call it. It’s here and it’s here to stay.

But where did wideband telephony first emerge? Where are we really at with HD calling today? And most importantly, what does the future for High Definition calling hold for us?

And with Phone.com’s recent announcement of the first ever Hosted HD voice phone network, I thought who better to talk about the past, present and future of wideband telephony than their EVP and CTO Alon Cohen. And I mean that because Alon’s no slouch.

He co-founder VocalTec and is the inventor of the Audio Transceiver that enabled the creation of Voice Over Networks products and eventually the VoIP industry. Told you he’s no slouch :)

Without further…

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The Near Future of VoIP – Shai Berger, CEO Fonolo

When someone first described Fonolo to me I couldn’t fathom it.

I mean…it can’t be true. A voice service that is both useful AND easy to use?

But that’s just what Fonolo’s “Deep Dial” service delivers.

If you’re not familiar with Shai Berger and his company Fonolo – look out – their company enables you to take control of your calling by allowing you to “Deep Dial” into large companies phone menus, automatically building an intelligent call history along with recordings for those calls. Sounds like the sort of service that you’ve always wanted, right?

That’s why I am bringing you thoughts on the near future of VoIP from the guy who is “already” there. Grab a pop for this one!

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The Near Future of VoIP – Abdul Kasim, VP of Marketing Critical Links

For those of you out there who celebrated a holiday and enjoyed a few days away from it all, I hope you and yours enjoyed it. I know I did. For those of you still “away from it all” I wish I was there with you – continue to enjoy.After a few day break, I wanted to pick the series back up with Abdul Kasim of Critical Links. Critical Links makes a very exciting product called edgeBox. edgeBox is office-in-the-box IT solution that combines VoIP/IP-PBX, VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax server (fax over IP), web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage into one device.Despite the fact that it still won’t make your coffee – the edgeBox signals a new generation of small business technologies that look to harness the full capability of IP communications. That’s why Abdul is perfect to give us more insight into the future of VoIP…

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The Near Future of VoIP – Andy Abramson, CEO Comunicano

Over the last two weeks we have heard from almost every corner of the VoIP industry. The executives we have interviewed are pioneers, thought leaders and visionaries that are truly shaping the future of this industry.

Then there is Andy Abramson – a guy who is all three rolled into one. From his position as CEO of Comunicano, a boutique asymmetrical communications consultancy geared to providing clients with Senior Advising, Marketing Communications, Corporate Communications and Marketer-In-Residence services, Andy has/had his hands in some of the VoIP industry’s most influential – and successful – companies.

If hearing “what’s next” from the guy who has worked on the inside of companies like TalkPlus, Truphone, SightSpeed, Nokia, VAPPS amongst others doesn’t make your mouth water – then maybe a quick read of Andy’s award winning blog VoIP Watch might change your mind. Seriously – Andy knows what he’s talking about.

Let’s see what he has to say. Oh and there is no penalty for taking notes…

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The Near Future of VoIP – Nick Galea, CEO 3CX

The small medium business (SMB) and the IP PBX markets are two markets that are hotly contested these days. 3CX – purveyors of a software based Windows IP PBX for the SMB – sits at the intersection of both of these markets. Who better to discuss the Near Future of VoIP within each of these markets – then the guy leading the SMB IP PBX company?

Nick Galea is that guy. Nick founded 3CX in 2005 and as it’s CEO has grown it to be one of the companies leading the evolution of business phone systems. With experts touting both doom and boom in the coming months for the SMB and IP PBX spaces – lets get some straight talk from a straight shooter who lives and breathes these potentially volitile markets.

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