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Collaboration, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work – UC Expo 2017 May 24, 2017

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UC Expo in London last week was the perfect opportunity to catch up on the latest industry news and trends, meet existing and new customers and experience new products and technologies. Kicking off with a keynote talk from Red Bull on how their Formula 1 racing team uses collaboration tools to maximise performance on the track, hot topics included the Future of Work (encompassing discussions on work/life balance and the role of Artificial Intelligence) and the increasing importance of collaboration technologies such as Cisco Spark.

Using contact centres as an example, Noam Fine of i.am+ discussed the applications of AI in improving efficiency, agent turnover and increasing customer satisfaction. Within 3 years 85% of interactions between customer and company will be without human contact; replacing auto-attendants with AI that can answer questions using contextual information from the current call or background knowledge (location, purchasing history etc.) provides both a smoother customer experience and more fulfilling working environment, as agents are assigned based on experience and subject matter knowledge. On a more disconcerting note Ben Hammersley, Applied Futurist, explored the ‘AI Apocalypse’ and how AI threatens to disrupt the current workspace by computerising aspects of high paying knowledge-jobs, such as contract proofing in the legal profession. Nonetheless, he did provoke some thought about the benefits a business orientated Amazon Alexa could bring to the office environment. This was particularly interesting as Andrew Maher (Avaya) had earlier mentioned his belief that contextually powered AI solutions would be key throughout 2017/18.

Collaboration technology was also discussed frequently over the two day event. Using figures from KMPG, Snorre Kjesbu (Cisco) argued that 82% of CEOs do not know whether their products would still be relevant in 3 years’ time. The speed and innovation required to stay abreast of the rapid changes faced today was demonstrated by Cisco Spark and its accompany Board, which allows for wireless presenting, white boarding and of course video/audio conferencing. A panel discussion featuring speakers from 8×8, GCI, AT&T and Mitel covered UC Cloud Communications, discussing for example how long customers should commit to cloud for (answers ranged from 36-60 months) and the bundling of desk phones. How this affects continuously falling UC pricing will be interesting as providers seek to offer better service between soft- and hardware and offer financing options for equipment.

We greatly enjoyed the expo and are looking forward to seeing what next year’s topics will cover. In the meantime, our biannual research period has just launched, meaning we will be meeting Service Providers across the UK and Europe gathering information for our upcoming European market reports. If you wish to purchase last year’s reports or find out more about the topics covered in this post, please contact dominic.black@cavellgroup.com or francisca.dinga@cavellgroup.com.

The inaugural Channel Leaders Conference: a great success! April 27, 2017

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Monday was an exciting day; the London Channel Leaders Conference (#CLeaders17) successfully launched in collaboration with Comms Business Magazine. Delegates enjoyed a day of panel talks on highly relevant topics such as ‘How Can You Guide Your Customers Through the Digital Age?’ and ‘Building Compelling Solutions (Verticalisation & Integration),’ networking opportunities and keynote presentations by Matt Townend, Director of the Cavell Group, and Kristine Olson-Chapman, Managing Director of TalkTalk Business. Digital Disruption, the UK Telecoms Market (find out more in our reports here), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the changing role of the Channel were also among the key topics of discussion.

Of these several recurring themes, the most prominent were falling traditional market revenues and rapidly changing customer requirements. The first panel discussion of the day was ‘How Can You Guide Your Customers Through the Digital Age?’.

Chaired by David Dungay, Deputy Editor of Comms Business, Ralph Page (Director of Global Strategic Solutions at Genband), Mike Wilkinson (VP Marketing & Product Management at Lumeon), and Dan Cunliffe (Managing Director of Pangea) tackled points on identifying when a customer is struggling to adopt a digital strategy. This lead to an interesting anecdote on smart water drains on the Isle of Wight by Dan Cunliffe, prompting further discussion on the IoT. Another hotly discussed point on the panel was where Channels can find immediate success in a rapidly changing industry, be it focussing on CPaaS, M2M or elsewhere.

The liveliest panel discussion however, was represented by ‘Suppliers and Vendor Selection:  Which Horse Should I Back in the Future?’ between Steve Harris (MD of Siphon/EVP UC Nuvias), Richard Bligh (COO of Gamma), Mark Timmermans (Director of Portfolio Development at BT Wholesale), Gary Gould (MD EMEA at ShoreTel) and Russell Lux (CEO of TelcoSwitch).

The variety of vendor and service provider businesses present, passionate panellists and importance of the topic created some great discussion on the fragmentation of the traditional vendor and service provider markets, as well as what products/verticalisations/service areas the channel should embrace. This was particularly relevant with the recent news on companies like Avaya. Discussion also touched on competing with the services provided by the likes of Twilio, Microsoft and Amazon and how cloud services can transform industries like distribution and logistics.

We would like to thank our Gold (Knight Corporate Finance, Strategic Imperatives, and TelcoSwitch) and Silver Sponsors for their contributions to making Channel Leaders a success, and also, Blabbermouth, whose drinks sponsorship fuelled a great networking opportunity at the end of the day.


If you did not manage to attend Channel Leaders 17 but are interested in the topics discussed, want to meet industry leaders and gain valuable insight into the European Telecoms industry, click here for our upcoming event in Amsterdam (10th October 2017), or use the email addresses below for more information regarding our next event in London (8th March 2018).

You can also contact francisca.dinga@cavellgroup.com or dominic.black@cavellgroup.com for further questions and sponsorship opportunities for both events.

For research into the European VoIP markets, click here for our website, or contact adam.kowalski@cavellgroup.com or dominic.black@cavellgroup.com

#CLeaders17: An unmissable day that will influence the strategy for your business going forward March 24, 2017

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We are currently undergoing some of the most fundamental changes to the ICT industry that anyone working within it has ever seen. That is why is it important for Channel Leaders to take a day out of their busy schedule to attend Channel Leaders 2017!

The conference combines practical knowledge with forward-thinking strategic advice and discussion. We believe that attendees will enjoy and benefit from an unmissable day that will influence their strategy for their business going forward. The content for the conference is a combination of expert analysis and thought-provoking views from respected analysts and commentators, delivered as keynote and panel sessions with input from some of the UK’s Channel leaders themselves.

We have over 20 speakers confirmed including: Russell Lux – CEO TelcoSwitch, Richard Bligh – COO Gamma, Steve Harris – CEO Siphon, Kristine Olson-Chapman – General Manager Talk Talk Business, John Whitty – CEO Solar Communications, Adam Zoldan Knight Corporate Finance. We also have a great lineup of sponsors.

View the agenda here.

Channel Leaders conference attendees will have a unique opportunity to network with their peers at this gathering of the senior management of the UK’s leading ICT Reseller businesses. Our agenda allows plenty of time for delegates to discuss business opportunities and build relationships.

To register, please click here.

#EVSLDN17: Who will run the Communications Platform of the future? January 31, 2017

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SONY DSCThe future is about providing a VoIP platform that people can integrate and develop on, to solve both specific and generic customer problems.

With an ever increasing number of Service Providers considering whether to buy or build their own platforms, there is a huge question of who will be running the Communications platform in the future. Service Providers, Vendors, System Integrators and Developers are all trying to work out what their role is going to be in this new world of communications and they may as well have to fight for their very future and relevance.

Find out more from the experts at the European VoIP Summit 2017
at the QEII Centre in London on 9th March:

  • Dean Elwood – CEO, Voxygen
  • Rob Pickering – MD, IPCortex
  • James Slaney – Co-founder, Dubber
  • Rob Cox – Commercial Director, Mondago
  • Prof. Matthew Wilson – CEO, Telecoms Cloud
  • Mike Wilkinson – VP Marketing & Product Management, Lumeon

These are just some of the experts who will be discussing the dynamics, providing input from all parts of the ecosystem and sharing their views on market opportunities for Service Providers.


With the Service Provider Pass you can bring your colleagues along to discover ideas on how to prepare for your future. It includes 3 tickets for £300+VAT offering you 20% off each ticket when bought together.

Book your ticket here

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We look forward to seeing you on the 9th of March!

The Fine Line of Trust in Customer Relationships #EVSLDN17 January 24, 2017

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Cavell are proud to announce the European VoIP Summit 2017 Guest Speaker: IBM’s Global Communications Industry Leader Rob van den Dam.

In a highly competitive market, telcos often struggle to differentiate their services and in their ongoing race to bring out new features and solutions they can find themselves at risk of losing focus on what remains constantly important: customer experience.

Join us for the European VoIP Summit 2017 on March 9th at the QEII Conference Centre, in London to discover the key to mastering:

The Fine Line of Trust in Customer Relationships

For customers, their ideal customer experience is prompt and effective response to queries, outstanding service and fair resolution to complaints, said van den Dam. But telcos are falling way short of that ideal. They generally rate average to good – but that’s not good enough. You really have to excel at customer experience if you’re going to be competitive.

Rob van den Dam’s Keynote Presentation touches on:

  • Findings from IBM’s global telecom consumer survey
  • Personal data to reshape customer experiences
  • Digital trust as the key factor in relationships between customers and providers
  • Telcos’ unique position in the personal data opportunity

Tickets are selling fast: register here today and be sure not to miss out on this unique opportunity!


About Rob van den Dam

SONY DSC Rob van den Dam leads strategic thought leadership in telecommunications and media & entertainment, developing future agendas, industry outlooks and business value realization studies.

He has over 25 years experience in the communications industry. Rob periodically presents at major industry conferences, such as ITU World, GSMA Mobile Asia, TMForum, CommunicAsia, Digiworld, Total Telecom and IBC.

He has published multiple articles in, amongst others, the Annual Review of Communications, Jnl of Telecommunications Management, European Communications, Total Telecom Magazine, Broadcast Engineering, Telecom Asia and Mobile Europe.

Join us for the 4th edition of the European VoIP Summit November 18, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that the 4th edition of the European VoIP Summit will be held on the 9th of March 2017 at the QEII Centre in London.

The European VoIP Summit has become the leading industry event where Service Providers meet to discuss the key issues in the market, so this time we have expanded to accommodate 300 delegates for a series of insightful panel discussions and presentations as well as Industry Keynotes from Cavell’s analysts Matt Townend & Dominic Black.

Knowledgeable, experienced thought-leaders will share their experiences and practices, and enlighten us with their controversial views. Key industry players such as Gamma, Kcom, Broadsoft, AudioCodes, Voxygen, NFON, Voztelecom, Telecoms Cloud, and QAdvisors, as well as the experienced CMO Lisa Hutt, and Mike Wilkinson, one of the most respected senior marketing figures in the Technology market, have already been confirmed as speakers. Click here to see the complete Agenda.

The day also includes ample time for you to connect with your peers, and lunch and networking drinks are all included in the ticket price.

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Also, we are proud to announce that Audiocodes, Broadsoft and Yealink have committed as our Gold Sponsors for the event, with Edgewater Networks and SIPHON joining as exhibition sponsors.

We have sold out all of our previous events, with over 220 attendees registered from 60 different Service Providers in London in March 2016 and we expect to do the same next year, so sign up now to secure your seat and avoid disappointment.

Also, this year we have introduced the Service Provider Pass, offering 3 tickets for £300+VAT which provides 20% off each ticket when bought together, so don’t miss out on this opportunity and bring your colleagues along.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you on the 9th of March!

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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Will Closed Telecoms environments survive the growth of application led communications? November 27, 2015

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Cavell attended the TADSummit in Lisbon this week which is one of the largest events in Europe for Telecoms Application Developers to come together and show off their new products, applications and integrations.

A large number of exhibitors and speakers were showing the next generation of applications for IOT devices and how they would be enabled in the future. The rise of M2M (Machine-to-Machine) and P2M (Person-to-Machine) communication is having a huge effect on how networks and communications is evolving and there is a lot of innovation in this space to make sure that platforms are open and have a flexible API layer to allow for applications to integrate to allow for M2M communication.

Many attendees at the summit were dismissive of the future of Voice services, especially in their current form as they are delivered from closed platforms. As Adam Kalsey from Tropo (Tropo is an application layer allowing developers to develop and integrate into Cisco services such as Jabber) made the point that the phone call hasn’t changed in 120 years since the first phone calls. Although this could be disputed with the rise in video calling, especially on the consumer side from services such as Skype, Fuze, Fring etc., in general he makes a valid point.

In the old days you would go to a traditional Telco provider for all you business communciation needs, as they would offer a full set of voice, messaging and sometimes email services. Now with the rise of focussed communcation application providers such as Whatsapp for messaging, Slack for collaboration and other application providers delivering a single service, Telco’s are no longer providing all a customer’s communications solutions.

The rise of communication providers who are not traditional Telcos and are running their services via applications has seen huge growth particularly in messaging. WhatsApp and other messaging services are used by a large portion of the population but are not typically integrated into Service Providers platforms. Many providers, if creating their own IM service cannot federate with other IM services delivered by other providers. This means that users looking to communicate outside their company cannot usually use messaging services and have to resort to traditional voice communications, or use a different service. IT and communications development is being driven more and more by consumers, not by Telco’s or by the decision makers in companies.

Service Providers need to make sure that they can give the tools to customers to communicate how they want, which may involve opening their platform and building API’s to integrate 3rd party applications into their service. Telco’s will be unable to deliver all forms of communication services to their users and need to understand what they are best at and focus on those services.

Contextual Communications was discussed at length at TADSummit as developers see applications being able to enable users to access and view all relevant information when interacting with another user. This form of communication will only be possible if platform allow themselves to interact with one another and not operate as separate islands of communications where voice traffic is the only way to bridge communications.

One example of this was Fone.do, an American and Israeli communications firm who have built a VoIP service built on a WebRTC platform. They are able to deliver a suite of Hosted VoIP features through a browser or smartphone application and then use their sister company to deliver breakout to the PSTN. They have enabled integrations with applications such as Linkedin and Google apps to bring up information on the person you are calling, for example if you were calling a customer based in Manchester, your desktop may show local news from the city as well as any contact information and data from your apps that you have integrated like Linkedin profile.

Application led communications will open up the traditional closed telecoms environments, enabling more way to communicate and more contextual conversations, over whatever device and service the user wants to use. Service Providers need to be aware of the potential threat from application developers as many have not come from a traditional telecoms background and are not bogged down by the same issues that established providers have, and can be quick to adapt their business models and force change. This is a space Cavell will be looking at with more interest in the next few years to see how applications start to influence service provider’s strategies.