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SwitchRTC Announces WebRTC SFU Platform
SwitchRTC announced that it is delivering an SFU platform for a range of applications.
3/10/2017

The WebRTC Edge is Coming
Today, Microsoft announced that the preview availability of the WebRTC 1.0 API, and support for the H.264/AVC and VP8 video codecs for RTC in Microsoft Edge, enabling plugin-free, interoperable video …
2/3/2017

Vidyo.io CPaaS 2.0 Cloud Embedded Video Solution Announced by Vidyo
This week, Vidyo announced a new cloud delivery solution for embedded video, Vidyo.io. The new video solution is based on all the core capabilities of the routed Vidyo core for delivering high quality…
1/26/2017

Dive Into the World of WebRTC at ITEXPO
At the head of PKE is Phil Edholm. Phil is the organizer of the WebRTC World Conference & Expo, the global eco-system event for WebRTC. He also has over 30 years of experience across the development o…
1/10/2017

Delivering the Real-Time Web: Real Time Web Solutions China 2016
While Web 2.0 was all about social, groups, and crowd-whatever, it certainly appears that Web 3.0 is going to be about real time: real-time chat, real-time video, real-time audio, and real-time data.
10/5/2016

Voice4Net: 2017 Could See Real-Time Applications Tipping Point
Voice4Net, which supplies customer interactive telephony solutions, will be among the exhibitors and presenters at next month's Real Time Web Solutions event. In preparation for the gathering, which i…
7/20/2016

Frozen Mountain's Venema Emphasizes the Importance of Compatibility
Frozen Mountain Software delivers commercial software libraries for real-time applications. For example, its IceLink offering is a collection of libraries that enable developers to create reliable UDP…
7/20/2016

Vidyo Adds New WebRTC Functionality
Yet another indication of the continued growth of WebRTC is today's announcement by Vidyo of a new release, Vidyo Server for WebRTC 3.2, which expands the support of WebRTC. The new product enables gu…
4/14/2016

Bit6 Announces Commercial Media Relay Services
The Bit6 STUN and TURN Service utilizes a geo-distributed network of STUN and TURN servers around the world to deliver enterprise-class scalability, reliability and performance with simple, usage-base…
2/16/2016

Building AR Apps with WebRTC (and More)
While real-time browser-based communications like adding click-to-call to an instant messaging app has become a solid use case for the likes of WebRTC, some developers are working on more advanced far…
2/12/2016

WebRTC and the Real-Time Web - Alive and Well in China
In early January, the first Real Time Web and WebRTC event in China premiered in Beijing. This event was the first in the change from the WebRTC focus of WebRTC Conference and Expo to the larger focus…
1/14/2016

Cisco Successfully Adopts WebRTC
This week Cisco hosted their Collaboration Summit in San Francisco. The key part of the overall event was the focus on Cisco Spark as well as the cloud deployment model. While Spark has been announced…
12/11/2015

Real Time Web Solutions Conference 2015 Beijing: Day One
China has more Internet users and more mobile phones than any other country in the world. It would seem that WebRTC and the Real Time Web would be a natural for China and the turnout for the first Web…
11/10/2015

WebRTC Ready to Roar in Asia
If you are in Asia and can get to Beijing next week, there is still time to register for the Real Time Web Solutions event hosted by WebRTC World. This will be an exciting event, held in the Zhongguan…
11/6/2015

The Global Mobile-to-Mobile Challenge for WebRTC
This blog explores the challenges for standard WebRTC approaches in delivering reliable, consistent Quality of Experience (QoE) for truly global, truly mobile applications, and discusses a global opti…
10/12/2015

Real Time Web Solutions China 2015
WebRTC World is extending the popular WebRTC Conference and Expo into the Real Time Web Solutions Conference and Expo. Real Time Web Solutions will include the full range of solutions elements and int…
10/12/2015

Join Us in Beijing in November for Real Time on the Web China 2015
To further the exposure and penetration of WebRTC and the webification of communications, WebRTC World is proud to announce two events. The first will be held in Beijing, China, November 10-12, 2015. …
9/18/2015

Lifesize Delivers WebRTC-Based Conferencing on Cloud Video
The adoption of WebRTC in mainstream enterprise communications apps continues. Lifesize has delivered the integration of WebRTC-based video conferencing and Web conferencing integration into its cloud…
9/17/2015

Is WebRTC Ready to Go Mainstream?
Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) is seeing widespread adoption, albeit in a quiet revolution. In the next two or three years millions of people will be using communications tools and applications …
8/24/2015

Digium Delivers Mobile SDKs, Enables Rapid Real-time Development for Mobile Applications
Many of us have been waiting for the next wave of WebRTC to hit. While there are a number of WebRTC applications and a number of vendors have chosen WebRTC as part of their strategy, the explosive web…
8/19/2015

Bitphone: Enabling Global Calling with WebRTC and Bitcoin
What happens when you combine two hot new technologies? The team at SolidCloud has combined WebRTC and Bitcoin to build a new service, dubbed Bitphone. I spent some time talking with Michael Lauricell…
7/29/2015

WebRTC in the Enterprise: Coming Along
Often when I talk to enterprises about WebRTC, I find that they have either not heard of it or think it does not apply to them. However, WebRTC is rapidly making its way into the enterprise, not as a …
7/13/2015

Using WebRTC, Switch Closes $35 Million Funding Round
WebRTC based UC cloud provider Switch announced it is closing a $35 million C funding round today. Switch is known as the company making the Switch communications product for Google Apps and UberConfe…
5/19/2015

WebRTC World Miami Wrap Up and Review
Last week the WebRTC World Conference and Expo took place in Miami. Overall it was an exciting conference and a great view of where WebRTC is today and where it is going. While the conference did not …
5/18/2015

Free Continues to Improve the Experience
I had the chance to interview Chip Wilcox of Temasys about their announcement today. The announcement was about Citrix GoToMeeting Free licensing Temasys WebRTC plugin. The plugin enables WebRTC to be…
5/13/2015

'Free' Continues To Improve the Meeting Experience
With Citrix' GoToMeeting Free you are just browsing right off the bat. No payload, no adjunct software icons. It just works; Very Cool.
5/13/2015

Facebook Changes the WebRTC Game
This week Facebook announced the long expected video extensions to the Facebook Messenger, using WebRTC. The release of video calling in Facebook can be seen as both a simple change to the existing Sk…
4/28/2015

WebRTC Less Balkanized than the Web? Or Just Another SNAFU?
Just in case you do not know the acronym, Situation Normal All Fouled Up (SNAFU) explains a lot of situations we live with on a daily basis. Traffic, corporate communication, White House press briefin…
4/23/2015

How Temasys Solves The WebRTC Browser Interop Challenge
WebRTC is a huge step forward in allowing interoperable real-time communications between various web browsers, but as far as we've come as an industry, we still have more to go. Temasys is spearheadin…
4/8/2015

Sonus Enables WebRTC and SIP/PSTN/IMS Integration
Last week, Sonus announced a new strategy: the Sonus WebRTC Service Solution to enable WebRTC sessions is to be integrated into existing SIP and IMS based environments and the PSTN.
3/17/2015

Respoke: Time for a New Way to Talk
I recently spoke with Steve Sokol, friend to Asterisk users and Digium lead, about the new initiative, Respoke. Respoke is a Communications Platform As A Service [PAAS] suite of WebRTC with a browser …
3/10/2015

Mavenir Acquisition May be Just the Start of WebRTC Driven Acquisitions in 2015
Today, Mitel announced they were acquiring Mavenir, a leader in mobile systems with about $130M in annual revenue. While Mavenir has been focused on mobile technology, they have also been a leader in …
3/2/2015

AT&T Announces WebRTC Support
At the AT&T Developer Summit that precedes CES this year, AT&T announced a formal support of WebRTC as a new option for mobile users to make and receive calls using their identities and a WebRTC.
1/7/2015

Will WebRTC Rival Social Media as the Connector between the Customer and the Organization?
Social media provides customers with a direct route to business for handling customer queries and understanding more about the organisation. In turn, organisations continue to use social media in a wa…
12/10/2014

Numbers & Carriers: the Bridge to Financial Survival, or Links to the Past?
The humble telephone number - so much a part of business and personal identity - has evolved considerably since digits were first used 125 years ago to help switchboard operators connect users on the …
12/8/2014

WebRTC in the Contact Center - Voice4Net Follows Unique Path
I spent some time this week with the Voice4Net team and had an opportunity to see how they are using WebRTC. Rich McFarlane, Vocie4Net CEO talked to where the company is coming from and where they are…
12/5/2014

WebRTC in the Contact Center - Voice4 Net Follows Unique Path
I spent some time this week with the Voice4Net team and had an opportunity to see how they are using WebRTC. Rich McFarlane, Vocie4Net CEO talked to where the company is coming from and where they are…
12/5/2014

WebRTC World Conference and Expo V Wrap Up
Finally, I was able to get the time to write up a bit about WebRTC World Conference and Expo that was held November 17-19th in San Jose, California. This event brought together the movers and shakers …
12/3/2014

Cisco H.264 Video Endpoint Calls Firefox Browser via WebRTC
Two companies are losing ground with the latest WebRTC announcements. Apple is on its usual slow-boat to support WebRTC some day, but by the time it gets around to it, Microsoft will once again have l…
11/20/2014

The Tell Tale Signs of WebRTC Banking
I was somewhat annoyed when my favorite local bank branch got rid of its tellers. They were replaced by two huge NCR terminals that featured a phone set, a screen, a camera, a credit card pad and ATM …
11/19/2014

Microsoft Finally (sort-of) Joins WebRTC Community
After a lot of speculation, Microsoft finally has jumped into WebRTC. Development has begun on the ORTC API for WebRTC, the company announced via blog. Let's see how long it takes for Microsoft to sta…
10/27/2014

Highfive: Almost WebRTC, but H.264 for Today
Highfive is a new video system out from some former Google and Apple employees that I was asked to look at from a WebRTC perspective. Last week, I met with Shan Sinha, CEO and Founder, and Dave King, …
10/13/2014

Are Browsers That Do Not Support WebRTC Holding Chrome Back?
Google appears to always be at the forefront of technology advancements and life changing concepts. WebRTC is also a revolutionary technology within the communications industry. The technology allows …
9/29/2014

Why UC Needs Mobile 'Unified Notifications'
Defining Unified Communications has always been difficult because it involves a complex variety of communication modes and user interfaces. You will therefore get a variety of answers, most of them ci…
9/26/2014

CallTower Implements WebRTC with Variable Options
Voxbone and CallTower announced this week that CallTower is using the Voxbone international Dial Network to extend CallTower Complete 2013 for Lync, to the PSTN. As part of the agreement, Voxbone will…
9/19/2014

GENBAND Launches Communications as a Platform Kandy with WebRTC Focus
With just a few clicks developers can connect customers, employees and even products (IoT) into their existing or new applications. Kandy gets them to market faster and more cost effectively. Clearly,…
9/16/2014

Seizing the WebRTC Opportunity
By supporting WebRTC endpoints (browsers running on PCs, laptops and even mobile phones), an operator could have access to millions of new end points through which consumers can use its services. Howe…
9/11/2014

Plantronics Announces Application Innovation Contest - Great for WebRTC
Plantronics has been focusing on an API set from their headset/earbuds that enables apps to interact with the headset. The APIs can be integrated into WebRTC apps, and can create some very interesting…
9/10/2014

UC And Clouds Brings HP And Avaya Together
As we at UC Strategies have long been saying, UC is not just about person-to-person communications, but also about interactions between people and business processes. Now that those business process a…
8/27/2014

Interoperability vs. Ubiquity: Why SIPsters are Miffed
SIP has suffered greatly in its efforts to make the IETF the place where telephone standards are managed. If it was not for SIP, in fact, the possibility of turning off the circuit switch network woul…
8/19/2014

Five Things I See MIA from WebRTC Planning
I take some pride in our history with the changing of telephone networks from circuits to packets. My father was at the forefront of the change from stepper switches to electronic, and I consider the …
7/29/2014

Judge Microsoft's Change by Speed of WebRTC Adoption
Last week, Microsoft took pains to emphasize its cloud first, mobile first strategy. CEO Satya Nadella cites the virtues of connectivity, intelligence and ubiquity in today's networked world while the…
7/28/2014

A Few Lines of Code?
Is WebRTC easy to implement in a few lines of code, or not? The question may not have a simple answer but it helps us get to a deeper question that I recommend we take more time to consider. That is: …
7/16/2014

Is SIP Universal or Restricted with WebRTC?
Following the WebRTC SDK presentations at DevCon5, was the Q&A. Because explaining SIP to the Web world was akin to telling all the JavaScript folks that they had to stay and learn Real Java, a simple…
7/16/2014

OTT & UC VoIP Apps vs. WebRTC: Ignore, Adopt, or Die
Soon after WebRTC emerged -- well, merged into Firefox and Google Chrome -- I predicted that the forest of standalone unified communications (UC) and other over-the-top (OTT) apps were doomed. A lot o…
7/8/2014

Aculab, Enabling WebRTC with Dialects
As I continue to speak on the use of WebRTC with language, the Aculab announcement regarding their Text to Speech engine (which is part of their Aculab Cloud) caught my eye. In effect, the scripts in …
6/26/2014

WebRTC: Changing the Way Business Communicates
WebRTC is either changing, or about to change, the way you communicate. It first caught my attention two years ago. At the time, I realized a communications revolution was coming, but couldn't say whe…
6/25/2014

WebRTC Expo IV Final Thoughts
With WebRTC Expo IV having now wrapped up in Atlanta, a few thoughts come to mind regarding the state of WebRTC and its future.
6/20/2014

Intel Does Low-key Launch for its WebRTC Play
This week, Intel quietly jumped into the WebRTC arena with a SDK and server solution optimized for its hardware. Chip Shot: Intel Help Create High-Performance Communications Solutions, a company PR bl…
6/19/2014

It's a Wild, Wild, WebRTC World
I have been reviewing my moderator sessions for WebRTC World. For those who are not familiar with my style, I am a cross between Spaulding Gray and Jeff Black. The Spaulding Gray comes in when I find …
6/19/2014

Priologic Releases Open Source WebRTC Plugin for Internet Explorer
One of the biggest questions in the WebRTC and webification community has been the lack of support of both Microsoft and Apple for the emerging standards. While popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrom…
6/12/2014

The Way I Am Reading Apple, WebRTC is Behind Yosemite!
First of all, some names throw me off. Digium uses Penguin breeds to name their conference rooms, TMC uses event locations for naming things and now Apple uses the name of deserts for their browsers. …
6/11/2014

CafeX Communications Snags Further Honors With Frost & Sullivan Award
2014, so far, has been a pretty big year for CafeX Communications. Its product line is already winning some major awards, and now, the latest honor to grace CafeX Communications' trophy rack has arriv…
6/10/2014

How Fast Will WebRTC Show Up in the Mainstream?
WebRTC has started to make inroads into the video conferencing market via Google Hangouts and a bunch of startups wiring the technology into their offerings. London-based 3CX is the latest and perhaps…
6/9/2014

Save WebRTC from the Hype of Internet of Things
WebRTC is for people and live interactions. Voice, video, and file sharing in real time - the RTC is for Real Time Communications. You've got the Opus codec for high quality voice and audio and VP8 fo…
6/5/2014

Grandma, Nevermind the Codec -- Just Answer the Text!
I am on a cruise in the Adriatic and nothing is more frustrating than extreme asynchronous communication. Coworkers, lawyers, family and friends all want to be in touch, and while I was doing well on …
6/4/2014

The Video Conundrum
You can't spend much time around WebRTC without hearing about the video issue. For most of us this is news, as we did not even know there were video issues. The issue of which codecs will dominate in …
6/3/2014

Apple's UC Moment Lacks WebRTC
Apple's WWDC 2014 turned into a unified communications coming out party. There's a lot to love about the approach, but there's no WebRTC support to be found, meaning businesses are once stuck with The…
6/3/2014

Apple's UC moment lacks WebRTC
Apple's WWDC 2014 turned into a unified communications coming out party. There's a lot to love about the approach, but there's no WebRTC support to be found, meaning businesses are once stuck with 'Th…
6/3/2014

Decision Point: To IMS or Not
For service providers with a major investment in IMS, the decision about how to implement WebRTC is a challenge. On one hand, integrating WebRTC with your existing IMS-based solution allows the use of…
5/21/2014

Does the Vision of LongBoard Come Back to Life with WebRTC?
Back in the days when SIP was new and not considered legacy, (yes, I know it's still not fully deployed) Bill Leslie and the team at LongBoard Technologies had a vision of making the phone and the com…
5/20/2014

Will Temasys Become the Adobe of WebRTC?
The conversations I have been having about WebRTC lately seem to be about the browser wars, which is not exactly exciting to me. I recognize that Google had reasons for laying this path and that Micro…
5/14/2014

Voxbone Offers Easy WebRTC Option
Today, Voxbone introduced WebRTC into its global SIP, IP and local number network. Voxbone delivers a global IP backbone and SIP infrastructure and dial in numbers in over 50 countries worldwide. Curr…
5/8/2014

Is Google Inadvertently Supporting SBCs?
For Internet purists, the goal of end-to-end is primary to their architecture models. Trapezoids are silly, since they should just be one of the look-up tables and not a controlling device in the midd…
5/7/2014

Kangatime: Not a WebRTC App...Yet
Last night I attended the Stamford (CT) Innovation Center's Meetup Hacker Night. To be candid, it was not a coding session. However, it was innovative and interesting. Mark Beaven, the CEO of Kangatim…
4/30/2014

US Homeland Security Recommends Not Using Internet Explorer
One of the big challenges for WebRTC is the lack of support in Internet Explorer. Even though it's less than 55 percent of browsers in PCs, many organizations have blocked the download of Chrome or Fi…
4/29/2014

WebRTC by It's Very Nature Makes You Social: An Interview with BCSocial and BrowseTel
I was fortunate enough to see the quite interesting demonstration of BCSocial and BrowseTel collaborating at Enterprise Connect, which I thought really brought home the theme of collaborative systems.…
4/23/2014

Video, All the Time
While we all focus on how WebRTC can transform communications, it is also interesting to think about how other technology innovations could be integrated with WebRTC to create completely new services …
4/16/2014

What's the Catch for Microsoft with WebRTC?
Andy Abramson posted a nice blog entry on the convergence happening at Google with regard to its Hangouts product. In effect, Google's previous purchases of Grand Central, Gizmo and the codecs already…
4/16/2014

WebRTC and the PSTN
Voxbone and Zingaya announced today that Zingaya's VoxImplant, a real-time communication platform for mobile and Web app developers, will integrate with Voxbone for PSTN access through the Voxbone acc…
4/8/2014

Where Are the Real WebRTC Apps?
One question I often hear is, Where are the WebRTC apps? On the surface, this is an interesting question, never mind that we are very early in the technology -- version 1 of the standards is not done …
4/7/2014

Keeping Business in Focus at WebRTC World Conference & Expo
A single-purpose event offers advantages for everyone involved. I have participated in more shows than I care to count, of course, but in this case I recall one in which I manned a booth offering whit…
4/3/2014

WebRTC Third Edition: Alan Johnston and Dan Burnett Continue to Deliver in Real-time
When with its first edition Alan Johnston and Dan Burnett committed to continually update their book, WebRTC API and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web, it felt like exuberance. With the seco…
3/25/2014

Discussing WebRTC with Svein Willassen, CTO of appear.in
In this week's column, I share the fruit of a discussion I had this past week with Svein Willassen, founder and CTO of WebRTC-based video conferencing service appear.in.
3/12/2014

Look Who's Talking WebRTC
As usual though, the goal was to explore all opportunities and I went through the various shows that I support in one way or another. When it came to WebRTC, I heard Ian tell me this was an important …
3/5/2014

No Need to joyn WebRTC
joyn is a service concept that was promoted by the GSMA a few years back as a way for carriers to compete with over-the-top (OTT) solutions. More compelling at that time (and also, perhaps, today) was…
2/26/2014

An Open WebRTC Letter to Satya Nadella and Microsoft
Congratulations to Satya Nadella on your new role as CEO and the Microsoft team for having a new CEO who is focused on change and reinvigoration. Microsoft is a strong team with a reputation for innov…
2/24/2014

If You Start at the Wrong Point Your Signals Can Get Crossed
If you are building a system and want to understand the pluses and minuses of signaling, look no further than Tsahi Levent-Levi's well-thought out piece on signaling protocols and which strategy to us…
2/18/2014

Video Conferencing Reality Check: WebRTC is Nowhere in Sight
A family friend who works for Cenero serves as my reality check on where the markets are today. Over the years, I have often felt like a foreigner speaking Japanese to a native when talking with this …
2/12/2014

Google+ Hangouts Gets A Legacy Gateway
This week, Vidyo announced VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts. It is a gateway from existing SIP, H.323, and IP PBX based video systems using H.264 into the Hangout environment that uses VP8. The gateway f…
2/7/2014

Asymmetrical Carriers for PSTN
At ITEXPO today I met with Hugh Goldstein of Voxbone to discuss their business and directions. As we talked an interesting fact emerged, Voxbone provides primarily INBOUND dialing from a large number …
1/29/2014

WebRTC and the Call Center
In connection with ITEXPO, tomorrow Phil Edholm and Chris Vitek will be leading the WebRTC Enterprise Pavilion with a focus on Call Centers.
1/29/2014

Genband Smart Office 2.0 WebRTC UC Solution Demonstrates Open User Experience
Today Genband announced a new enterprise initiative to focus on the enterprise market for UC with a new platform that has WebRTC support integrated as a core part of the solution. The product offering…
1/28/2014

'Net Bias' Charging for WebRTC
My presentation reviewed the difference in the importance of QoE (Quality of Experience) between free consumer OTT-based type of communication vs. B2B (business to business) and B2C (business to consu…
1/28/2014

Are WebRTC and Porn Good for Each Other?
A friend paid me a visit the other day to have me help try to figure out the market for a WebRTC video testing product. Sounds pretty dry, yes? Not so fast. Historically, one of the earliest adopters …
1/22/2014

WebRTC is in The ZOEN
As a child, musical lessons were about the schlep. Either the instructor or the student had to go to one another, and sometimes the lesson was based on where the instrument was located. In today's wor…
1/15/2014

The Impact of Net Neutrality Ruling on WebRTC
The U.S. Appeals Court struck down the 2011 FCC rules that all Internet traffic must be treated equally by Internet service providers. Verizon challenged the regulations based on the FCC not having a …
1/15/2014

Happy New Year! Over 6.2B WebRTC Devices Forecast by 2018
In my holiday greeting this year, I said Let 2014 be the WebRTC Year, the year WebRTC turns the corner, bringing new applications, enterprise adoption, and significant growth across markets. I'd like …
1/10/2014

Asymmetrical Communications with WebRTC
The entire WebRTC Eco-system needs to begin to think about communications events as integrated to the process or function, and not a stand-alone cookie cutter implementation. As this becomes clear, th…
1/9/2014

Devices - A 2013 Review & 2014 Outlook
Finally, in the other gadgets category, Google Chromecast is identified as the winner. Congratulations to Google, however, it seems unfortunate that the fact that Chromecast uses WebRTC is not well pu…
1/9/2014

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