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CenturyLink to Buy Level 3 Communications for $25 Billion October 31, 2016

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CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that their Boards of Directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt. Upon the closing of the transaction, CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and Level 3 shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

The combined company will have the ability to offer CenturyLink’s larger enterprise customer base the benefits of Level 3’s global footprint with a combined presence in more than 60 countries. In addition, the combined company will be positioned to further invest in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers.

“The digital economy relies on broadband connectivity, and together with Level 3 we will have one of the most robust fiber network and high-speed data services companies in the world,” said Glen Post, CenturyLink Chief Executive Officer and President. “This transaction furthers our commitment to providing our customers with the network to improve their lives and strengthen their businesses. It is this focus on providing fiber connectivity that will continue to distinguish CenturyLink from our competitors. CenturyLink shareholders will benefit from the significant synergies and financial flexibility provided by the combined company’s revenue growth and strong cash flow. For employees, this combination will bring together two highly customer-focused organizations and provide employees growth and advancement opportunities the companies could not offer separately.”

“This is a compelling transaction for our customers, shareholders and employees,” said Jeff Storey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Level 3. “In addition to the substantial value delivered to shareholders, the combined company will be uniquely positioned to meet the evolving and global needs of enterprise customers.”

Read the full press release here

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Broadsoft boosts cloud revenue and capability with VoIPLogic acquisition October 31, 2016

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Broadsoft announced today the acquisition of VoIPLogic, the American based Broadsoft wholesaler. VoIPLogic brings Broadsoft strong cloud capability and will provide a much-needed  boost to cloud revenues. VoIPLogic has been providing its customer with a cloud-based Broadsoft offering, and a strong professional services and operational capability.

As vendors such as Broadsoft and others move into the cloud having strong operational capability and credibility is crucial, as often these companies may have been developing platforms for service providers but often do not have the experience of running them at scale like an operator.

Taher Behbehano Chief Digital and Marketing Officer commented:

“We see that a large percent of data consumed by today’s business is through cloud services, which is why BroadSoft has become the go-to cloud transformation partner for service providers seeking to rapidly shift their legacy telecom infrastructure to a network capable of delivering enterprise cloud applications for mobile unified communication, team collaboration and customer engagement, VoIP Logic further strengthens our BroadCloud UCaaS solution portfolio, and the ability for our service provider customers to fully benefit from the cloud.”

Matt Townend Research & Consulting Director of Cavell commented:  “I believe this looks like a good acquisition for Broadsoft, because it will help increase its  cloud revenues, and more importantly brings increased operational and cloud know how to Broadsoft. As we see competitors to Broadsoft offering integrated Global offerings, Broadsoft needs to synthesise its  current global Broadcloud story and VoIPLogic can help in that”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telcos missing out on Digital Disruption opportunity whilst CPaaS providers act October 27, 2016

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You cannot help but read about how digital disruption is helping revolutionise existing businesses and enable new businesses to establish and disrupt complex industries. I think most people would also agree that at the heart of most business models are communications of different types.

So why is it that we find that Traditional model and fixed Telecoms companies are in general leaving this market opportunity to the CPaaS and development market to address?

Today, Cavell launches a report co-authored by Matthew Townend, Research and Consulting Director at Cavell, and Mike Wilkinson, one of the most respected senior marketing figures in the Technology market, former VP Product Marketing at Broadsoft and a pioneer in the whole UC and VoIP marketplaces.

In the report “The Communications Platform as a Service Market – Market Opportunities for Service Providers”, Cavell are exploring why companies like UBER, AIRBNB & WhatsApp all have chosen CPaaS providers like Twilio to power the transformation we are witnessing.

The paper addresses why the longstanding traditional Service Providers have not been able to embrace this opportunity, and what they might have to do in the future to be relevant both to these large scale global players, but also to their traditional national Enterprise customers who seek to establish new business processes and value propositions.

Matthew Townend, commented:

“As we move into a period of Digital transformation, we want to have real-time communications embedded into all sorts of business and consumer applications, and users want communication delivered in the context of their business and personal lives, however, not in the way vendors and communications providers prescribe it. Communications providers are going to have to deliver CPaaS platforms and capabilities that enable this change. “

“We are already seeing Business customers who demand their communications be imbedded in their vertical applications, as in their business they spend their life in say a hospitality business process tool. They do not want to receive it in the PBX or Cloud vendors UC all singing all dancing portal.”

For more details on the report please click here.

Cavell are Co-Hosting an industry dinner with the Internet Telephony Service Provider Association (ITSPA) in London, where we will be exploring these issues with a group of different service providers whilst also enjoying a great dinner and networking opportunity. Matt and Mike will both be at the dinner. For more details and how to book tickets please visit our website.

Cavell’s European Research Shows VoIP Markets at Very Different Stages of Development October 12, 2016

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Amsterdam – 11th of October 2016 – Cavell Group today launched its European VoIP research which includes detailed studies of the French, German, Dutch, Belgian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese markets.

Cavell can see that the UK is the largest market in terms of number of customers, however, the Dutch market continues to be the most developed. The French and German markets are showing signs of growth and maturity with increasing numbers of Service Providers launching a service.

The research shows three groups of countries in terms of market maturity with Netherlands and the UK leading the way, followed by France, Germany and Spain, with Italy and Portugal being the least mature.

Cavell also has seen a particular focus in the French market which is likely to lead to strong growth in the coming year.

Dominic Black, Senior Analyst at Cavell Group, stated: “Each market operates with slightly different dynamics and we see different pricing approaches and platform choices by the market. It would be fair to say that no two countries are the same in terms of their development or their individual market dynamics.”

The research team is happy to share further comments and views on their findings, so should you have any queries, please contact Francisca Dinga, Marketing & Research Assistant at Cavell Group:

Email: francisca.dinga@cavellgroup.com

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1206 911393

European VoIP Summit Amsterdam: Last chance to book your seat with only 12 tickets left! October 3, 2016

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The European VoIP Summit is only one week away and over 100 delegates from around 35 service providers have already registered to join us on the 11th of October at Hotel Arena in Amsterdam.

This is our 3rd summit and the first in Amsterdam, and it brings together traditional telcos and innovative cloud companies and suppliers for a day of insightful panel discussions and keynote presentations on how the market is developing.

Top-level industry experts and market leaders such as Liberty GlobalKPNBluefaceDestinyFuzeNFON and Voiceworks will share their views and unique experiences in the European VoIP space.

The event is empowered by our Gold Sponsors, top vendors AudioCodesBroadsoft and Genband, and our exhibitors Panasonic BusinessSiphonPolycom and Yealink.

Last but certainly not least, Cavell will be launching its new European VoIP market reports, covering Benelux, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy. Our geographical expansion will offer you a more accurate overall picture of the market, so if you are interested in finding out more, please stay tuned.

All in all, we are witnessing history in the making, so book now to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions, please get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

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