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How a Savvy Service Provider can Survive and Grow – Part III August 23, 2017

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We have frequently heard that selling telephony services on features is simply emulating the old PBX sales approach and that hosted services benefits for a solution-based sale. Now we have figures to prove it. Cavell figures for 2016-17 confirm that where Service Providers in the channel are seeing success is in the SME where Service Providers are bundling a tight solution and with a very defined set of capabilities. The advantage of bundling is that it creates a solution-based proposition with a vertical or horizontal approach where the Channel understands their pricing, margin and the commercial and technical solution.

Vertical bundles are very strong, enabling the Service Provider to sell down a single vertical and targeting on features needed by that vertical. Cavell has seen a number of Service Providers target specific verticals by integrating into key business solutions that that vertical works with. It requires that the Service Provider understand the business processes of the customer and demonstrates this value to the customer.

Horizontal solutions can be equally strong with specialised CRM integration, or solutions with voicemail control options for road warrior use. Bundles can be commercial or technical, the secret is to tailor them to your target market and demonstrate an understanding of their requirements. A sound business approach for a Service Provider would be to start with commercial bundles and then develop into a technically integrated bundled solution as the customer requirements become clear. The approach for the Service Provider is to analyse your USPs, examine your customer base and products and then look at the rest of the market to determine your competition.

Bundling is more about how to do better with what you already have than about offering anything new.

Service Providers who embrace these opportunities and build solutions with specific value in mind are most likely to be the winners in the market.


If you wish to read more about how the market is changing, please get in touch for more information on Cavell’s market reports due to be released next week on Thursday, August 31st.

 

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Preparing for GDPR? Everything you need to know at the upcoming European VoIP Summit. August 16, 2017

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As the General Data Protection Regulation is due to be implemented on May 25th 2018, businesses in the communications space need to plan and prepare accordingly.
In order to get you up to speed, we have organised a special session on Regulation Changes: GDPR at our upcoming European VoIP Summit on the 10th of October at the Hotel Arena in Amsterdam, presented by:

ICTRecht

If you are a Service Provider and find yourself asking what you should do next to ensure your business complies with the new regulations, this session is for you.

Visit our website for the complete Agenda.

Register here today

Have you seen our short European VoIP Summit highlights video?

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam on the 10th of October!Gold_Sponsors_EVSAms17

How a Savvy Service Provider can Survive and Grow – Part I August 11, 2017

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Many businesses in the UK, small, medium and large are suffering. Pressures created by fears of what BREXIT may bring, austerity reducing the flow of money and challenging economic conditions, mean they are searching for efficiencies and cost saving opportunities to maintain and grow. These are requirements that the savvy Service Provider can meet to grow their own business. Services have become increasingly competitive and the number of Service Providers in the UK now exceeds 95, so business customers have choice, and this creates the need for Service Providers to increase the attractiveness of their offerings creating stickiness to maintain their current clients and to introduce new value-added services to increase their client base.

Value Added Services that Improve Customer Service

Good customer service is key to business success in every sector and the market research firm Cavell are reporting an increasing demand for call centre features for business telephone users beyond the contact centre. They surmise that this is a direct result of the drive to improve customer services.  The business goal is to collect data from communications that will provide information to help the business to make customer communications better and enable multiple communication channels to be utilised beyond voice, including social media and instant messaging. Call Recording and Analytics are the two key basic call centre offering in demand and large platform providers are increasingly developing these capabilities, or collaborating to be able to offer these services to SME and large enterprise businesses.

Call recording has been available for a while and is a mature product. The key applications have been MIFID II for financial Service tracking and PCI compliant call recording for where credit card details are collected over the phone. The recent change, is that there is an increasing use of Call Recording to provide the business with the data to target areas for improvement through staff training and to secure details of customer interactions for future reference and to improve customer service.

Analytics is the second growing offering. Businesses are increasingly using Analytics on every customer inbound channel to gather information to help them to sell better and to understand what media their customers are using to communicate with them. This data helps them to understand how their customer is interacting. Demand for these analytic products is very high. Service Providers such 8×8 have invested in building their own analytics solutions and others are collaborating with providers like Akixi, Dubber and Tollring to be able to offer analytics solutions. The data provided helps the business to understand how to manage calls effectively and to identify future possibilities for new products.

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts where we will be covering what else we have seen makes Service Providers successful in this ever-changing and highly-competitive market.

Also, if you wish to contribute to our market research (due to be released on August 31st), please follow the links below. All participants will receive one ticket at our upcoming European VoIP Summit and have the opportunity to join our webinar on September 7th where we will be communicating our top-level results and some of the main trends we have seen in the UK Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking market in the last six months.

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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.

There have been high levels of optimism about the German VoIP market at CeBIT this week; Deutsche Telekom launched their own BroadSoft solution and NFON have announced further expansion into new territories. March 22, 2017

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Since launching our German report last October, Cavell have seen Germany as a key growth market for Hosted VoIP services. Resulting from this, Cavell have invested in growing our team, with Adam Kowalski joining to focus on the DACH region.

Cavell attended CeBIT this week to catch up with our Service Provider customers and expand our knowledge of the developing German market. While there were not as many major telecoms vendors at the event as at other global conferences, with major PBX providers like Mitel, Shoretel and Avaya not attending, German VoIP providers were in strong attendance.

The Service Providers we caught up with were really excited about the opportunities in the German market, and are all starting to see strong growth in Hosted VoIP services. Although numbers of international competitors entering the market are increasing, there doesn’t seem to be much concern amongst local providers. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see the how the increased number of competitors affects the dynamics of the German market.

CeBIT 2017, 20. - 24. März

Deutsche Telekom introduces DeutschlandLAN CloudPBX Native UC, Powered by BroadSoft

Several Service Providers have made some interesting announcements at CeBIT, especially by Deutsche Telekom, who launched their partnership with BroadSoft. Deutsche Telekom are also launched the first product that they both manage and own (they already offer Swyx and NFON solutions), which they see as “a significant game changer for businesses of all sizes in the German market.”

The service, named DeutschlandLAN CloudPBX, is based on a Broadworks platform and integrated with bMobile to be able to offer a fully integrated mobile and fixed solution to their entire customer base. By combining deep mobile network integration and fixed capabilities, Deutsche Telekom hope that this will be a key differentiator in the German market.

Deutsche Telekom are still planning on continuing sales of their Swyx and NFON solutions alongside the DeutschlandLAN CloudPBX service, but will it be interesting to see how the relationship evolves in the future. It is also interesting to note that Deutsche Telekom have taken a Broadworks platform instead of a BroadCloud solution, noting that ownership of the platform was important for them when making the platform choice.

Expansion, SIP Trunk & Wholesale: NFON

Other key announcements came from NFON, who launched their NFON SIP Trunk product at the event. This not only fills a gap in their portfolio, but will also enable them to take advantage of the All IP strategy in Germany, which is set to end the ISDN network by 2018. The SIP Trunking service also offers full access to the potential of carrier management in 12 European countries and telephone number management, as well as meeting regulatory requirements. This may disrupt the international SIP Trunking market.

NFON continued their expansion into two new European countries with NFON Iberia covering Portugal (launching in May) and expansion into the Italian market forecast for September. This will put them in 14 countries by the end of 2017, which will establish them as one of only a few Pan-European Service Providers.

NFON have also launched a wholesale model, partnering with ScanSource Communications in the UK and T-Systems in Germany, to target large SMEs and large enterprises. NFON will allow the services to be integrated by their wholesale partners into full products or sold alone as single services to their customers.

Read more: https://www.broadsoft.com/press-releases/deutsche-telekom-introduces-deutschlandlan-cloudpbx-native-uc-powered-by-broadsoft

Read more (DE): https://www.nfon.com/de/unternehmen/presse/presse-mitteilungen/?tx_nfonpress_release%5BpressRelease%5D=93&tx_nfonpress_release%5Baction%5D=show&tx_nfonpress_release%5Bcontroller%5D=PressRelease&cHash=91fdbd4c67c4c32dbfc6e6be89ad80f8

Read more (EN): http://www.lfchannel.com/expansion-sip-trunk-wholesale-nfon-news-at-cebit-2017/

#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.

Broadsoft keen to highlight its market position at Connection last week November 24, 2016

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Cavell were in San Antonio last week for Broadsoft Connections, their annual customer event. The event was 20% larger than last year with over 1000 attendees from Service Providers around the world gathering to hear from the Broadsoft team about their new products and meet other Broadsoft providers from other markets.

Broadsoft are very keen to highlight their market leadership position and credentials, announcing at the conference that their installed base of customer had reached 15m deployed seats, up from 12m in 2015, a growth of 25%. This announcement comes hot on the heels of other Service Providers and platforms all keen to reinforce their cloud credentials. Clearly this figure encompasses all of Broadsoft service providers end customers, whether they are sitting on Broadsoft’s own BroadCloud environment or end customers of Service providers using Broadsoft Broadworks software, which still makes up the large majority.

Broadsoft was also keen to highlight the success off its own cloud solution “BroadCloud” highlighting new customers including; Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone Germany, Deutsche Telekom, Nexteria-One, Rogers and Digicell. It would be fair to say although these are encouraging signs, BroadCloud has yet to gain large momentum amongst existing customers in Europe.

Building on its growing market presence and position Broadsoft also launched it’s ‘Powered by Broadsoft’ brand into the market at Connections.  Broadsoft will allow Service Providers using Broadsoft platforms to include the ‘Powered by Broadsoft’ logo alongside their solution. In return, Broadsoft will offer their Service Providers a range of Go To Market support; including digital marketing, product information and data sheets, white papers (themes including mobile/fixed strategy, PBX replacement, UC advantages) and tailored go to market strategies.  It appears initially there will be a mixed reaction from Service Providers, with some who spoke to Cavell believing that their own brand was in fact stronger then the Broadsoft brand and seeing little value, whilst other potentially smaller providers saw some clear benefits.  Broadsoft believe that IT managers want to know the platform behind the solution and that the ‘Powered by Broadsoft’ brand will assure them that the solution is market leading.

For most market insiders the size and scale of Broadsoft is well known, but with lots of new competition and existing PBX providers moving into the cloud space it is clear that Broadsoft wish to highlight their position more clearly to its Service Provider and stakeholder audiences.

 

 

 

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