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February 08, 2013

Technologies in UC to Watch Out For

I’ll be the first to admit there are a lot of buzzwords in the realm of unified communications. I write about them daily, after all. It sometimes gets to the point where they just pass on by as another daily occurrence that doesn’t even register.

However, there are still some technologies and buzzwords for which one should remain vigilant, no matter how often they hear them.

Of course, WebRTC tops the list. It’s still an emerging standard, but it will allow for fully immersive, interoperable communication just over one’s Web browser.

There’s new news about WebRTC each day, with new vendors getting in on the market as soon as they can.

There’s also Rich Communication Services, or RCS. It’s basically an improvement on the current state of communication, allowing for transfers from voice to video calls, sending data, and multimedia communications far more easily and efficiently.

One can maintain their phone number and caller ID across all devices, while remaining connected to the phone.

Then we have Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE), also known as 4G wireless. This is what allows smartphones and tablets to connect to the Internet and communicate as quickly and efficiently as they do, with bandwidth of hundreds of Mbps each second.

Most mobile carriers and vendors are already in on VoLTE, with Apple as the only major holdout.

“So the battle lines are being drawn – WebRTC from the Internet world and VoLTE/RCS from the mobile world. However, there are some who say they both will come together,” said Phil Edholm of UCStrategies, who originally listed the three in his blog post. “For example, a WebRTC portal from your mobile operator would allow you to use the WebRTC-enabled browser in your television as a client with RCS capabilities.”

Will these three major trends become one? It’s hard to say, but it’s safe to bet they’ll be used together and individually in more and more impressive ways as time goes by. We can look forward to a lot from these technologies, so they are not to be ignored.

Edited by Braden Becker
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