Daily Archives: March 7, 2017

Frost & Sullivan Survey: 90% Of Telecom Providers Believe Integrated Cloud-based Platforms Speed Time To Market

Research finds that cloud-based unified communications and collaboration platforms can enable telcos to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to a survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan in collaboration with BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:BSFT), 90% of telecom providers believe that integrated, cloud-based platforms speed time to market for the delivery of unified communications offerings to business customers. The survey results indicate that an integrated SaaS cloud-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform can enable telecom providers to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market through enhanced offerings, reduced sales cycles, and new revenue opportunities.

The findings of the SaaS revolution report conducted by Frost and Sullivan were based upon in-depth interviews with 20 senior executives at major global telecom providers during the fourth quarter of 2016. From the research, it is clear that the business priorities of telecom providers need to change with the rapidly evolving UCaaS market, as 90% of respondents indicate an integrated, cloud-based platform speeds time to market; 63% believe it reduces reliance on scarce resources; and more than half (52%) believe it enables them to transition from a CAPEX to a more profitable SaaS OPEX model.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/04267ec9-842a-4fbf-baf3-850b9fc93c01

Key Report Findings:

  • 90% of telecom providers said that turn-key cloud-based platforms would speed their time to market
  • 45% plan to deploy a turnkey solution hosted and operated by a third-party to improve their own ability to offer innovative solutions, with the majority expecting to make the switch in the next 12 months
  • 80% say theirs is a culture that encourages rapid innovation but only 40% agree that their internal processes make that a reality
  • 75% want to grow awareness of their solutions, but only 55% currently support online ordering
  • 55% view the integration of multiple vendor technologies to develop their cloud solution as a significant challenge

“The UCaaS market is witnessing accelerated adoption and intensified competition, and service providers are uniquely positioned to capitalize on and lead this transformation,” said Elka Popova, North American Program Director, Connected Work, Frost & Sullivan. “This survey afforded us an in-depth view of service provider priorities, challenges and strategies, with the conclusion that a managed platform simplifies and reduces the cost of service delivery while ensuring a comprehensive and continuously updated offering is always available to service provider customers.”

“Telecom providers recognize that rapid and cost effective product innovation is a key business driver in the dynamic and highly competitive UCaaS market, and are increasingly looking to vendors to offer flexible and innovative delivery options,” said Taher Behbehani, chief digital and marketing officer, BroadSoft. “To help telecom providers meet this market challenge, BroadSoft remains focused on developing and offering a complete range of delivery models, including BroadCloud, a PaaS offering and our Powered by BroadSoft go-to-market program.”

The report, “Service Providers: Are You Prepared for the SaaS Revolution?” is available for download here.

About Frost and Sullivan:

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion

About BroadSoft:

BroadSoft is the technology innovator in cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions for businesses and service providers across 80 countries. We are the market share leader for cloud unified communications with an open, mobile and secure platform trusted by 25 of the world’s top 30 service providers by revenue. Our BroadSoft Business application suite empowers users and teams to share ideas and work simply to achieve breakthrough performance.

For additional information, visit www.BroadSoft.com.

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For further information contact:

Investor Relations:
Chris Martin
+561-404-2130
[email protected]

Media Contacts:
Brian Lustig, Bluetext PR
+1 301.775.6203
[email protected]

Niaobh Levestam, BroadSoft
+447919605660
[email protected]

Frost & Sullivan Survey: 90% Of Telecom Providers Believe Integrated Cloud-based Platforms Speed Time To Market

Research finds that cloud-based unified communications and collaboration platforms can enable telcos to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to a survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan in collaboration with BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:BSFT), 90% of telecom providers believe that integrated, cloud-based platforms speed time to market for the delivery of unified communications offerings to business customers. The survey results indicate that an integrated SaaS cloud-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform can enable telecom providers to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market through enhanced offerings, reduced sales cycles, and new revenue opportunities.

The findings of the SaaS revolution report conducted by Frost and Sullivan were based upon in-depth interviews with 20 senior executives at major global telecom providers during the fourth quarter of 2016. From the research, it is clear that the business priorities of telecom providers need to change with the rapidly evolving UCaaS market, as 90% of respondents indicate an integrated, cloud-based platform speeds time to market; 63% believe it reduces reliance on scarce resources; and more than half (52%) believe it enables them to transition from a CAPEX to a more profitable SaaS OPEX model.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/04267ec9-842a-4fbf-baf3-850b9fc93c01

Key Report Findings:

  • 90% of telecom providers said that turn-key cloud-based platforms would speed their time to market
  • 45% plan to deploy a turnkey solution hosted and operated by a third-party to improve their own ability to offer innovative solutions, with the majority expecting to make the switch in the next 12 months
  • 80% say theirs is a culture that encourages rapid innovation but only 40% agree that their internal processes make that a reality
  • 75% want to grow awareness of their solutions, but only 55% currently support online ordering
  • 55% view the integration of multiple vendor technologies to develop their cloud solution as a significant challenge

“The UCaaS market is witnessing accelerated adoption and intensified competition, and service providers are uniquely positioned to capitalize on and lead this transformation,” said Elka Popova, North American Program Director, Connected Work, Frost & Sullivan. “This survey afforded us an in-depth view of service provider priorities, challenges and strategies, with the conclusion that a managed platform simplifies and reduces the cost of service delivery while ensuring a comprehensive and continuously updated offering is always available to service provider customers.”

“Telecom providers recognize that rapid and cost effective product innovation is a key business driver in the dynamic and highly competitive UCaaS market, and are increasingly looking to vendors to offer flexible and innovative delivery options,” said Taher Behbehani, chief digital and marketing officer, BroadSoft. “To help telecom providers meet this market challenge, BroadSoft remains focused on developing and offering a complete range of delivery models, including BroadCloud, a PaaS offering and our Powered by BroadSoft go-to-market program.”

The report, “Service Providers: Are You Prepared for the SaaS Revolution?” is available for download here.

About Frost and Sullivan:

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion

About BroadSoft:

BroadSoft is the technology innovator in cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions for businesses and service providers across 80 countries. We are the market share leader for cloud unified communications with an open, mobile and secure platform trusted by 25 of the world’s top 30 service providers by revenue. Our BroadSoft Business application suite empowers users and teams to share ideas and work simply to achieve breakthrough performance.

For additional information, visit www.BroadSoft.com.

Twitter | LinkedIn | Work It!

For further information contact:

Investor Relations:
Chris Martin
+561-404-2130
[email protected]

Media Contacts:
Brian Lustig, Bluetext PR
+1 301.775.6203
[email protected]

Niaobh Levestam, BroadSoft
+447919605660
[email protected]

Hungary: container camp bill is flagrant violation of international law

Responding to the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a set of amendments allowing for the automatic detention of all asylum seekers while their applications are processed, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said:

“Plans to automatically detain some of the world’s most vulnerable people in shipping containers behind razor wire fences, sometimes for months on end, are beyond the pale. This new border detention package is just the latest in Hungary’s aggressive crackdown on refugees and migrants.”

“These measures will even be applied to children, a flagrant violation of international and European law. It will also enable refugees to be forcibly returned to Serbia without due process. We are urging the EU to step up and show Hungary that such illegal and deeply inhumane measures have consequences. Dumping all refugees and migrants into containers isn’t a refugee policy – it’s avoiding one.”

Background

Under the new law, all current and future asylum seekers will be transferred to a “transit zone” near the border with Serbia, where they will be held in border camps made of containers for the duration of their asylum application process. This will apply to all adult asylum-seekers regardless of gender, age and vulnerability, as well as children travelling with adults and unaccompanied minors above the age of 14.

These measures are to be applied during a so-called “crisis situation due to mass immigration” which has been in place since September 2015 and will be in place at least until September 2017. The new measures lower the threshold for invoking a crisis situation.

Detention of asylum-seekers should always be a last measure and should not be applied arbitrarily and without judicial review and access to remedy. Children must never be detained solely on the grounds of their immigration status

Source: Amnesty International USA

Kokang Clashes With Myanmar Army Leave Six More Dead, Force Thousands to Flee

Ongoing hostilities between Kokang fighters and government forces in Myanmar’s volatile northern Shan state have left six more civilians dead and forced thousands of residents and migrant workers in the town of Laukkai to flee to safety, locals said on Tuesday.

Fighting broke out early Monday when 30 soldiers from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the formal name of the Kokang army, attacked police and military posts and civilian buildings, leaving about 30 people-police, civilians, and insurgents-dead.

On Tuesday, six people inside casinos in Laukkai died in the fighting, and government soldiers apprehended about 80 casino workers, locals said.

MNDAA soldiers told Agence France-Presse that civilians and some army officers died in clashes around Laukkai, but did not specify numbers.

Myanmar nationals from other parts of the country and Chinese who work in the city close to the border with China have been trying to return home to safety, they said.

About 10,000 workers from middle Myanmar are trying to go back home, but they cannot afford the 10,000-kyat (U.S. $7.30) bus fare and are waiting around on the streets, locals said.

The MNDAA are said to have initiated the assault on government troops and police in retaliation for Myanmar army troops attacking Kokang territory.

Brigadier General Nyo Tun Aung, an Arakan Army (AA) officer who is a spokesman of the Northern Alliance-a coalition of four ethnic armed groups including the MNDAA-told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the ethnic militias will not lay down their arms, but are open to political discussions to resolve their conflicts.

“The government military has been asking us to abandon our weapons for a long time, but we stand firm on resolving political conflicts through political means instead of abandoning our weapons,” he said.

“The government military has been launching offensive attacks on us since last December, and has used heavy weapons many times,” he said.

The MNDAA and government troops engaged in three separate clashes this morning, he said, adding that at about 2 a.m., the [Myanmar] military used heavy weapons and dropped bombs that exploded in China’s territory.

“We ethnic armed groups are not doing anything to harm our ethnic people,” Nyo Tun Aung said. “We always try to stay away from fighting in town and not to affect people, but this time we had to fight back in the town because they attacked us in the town.

“People have had to flee from the town,” he said. “Our group took about 300 workers to a safe place yesterday.”

Fighting to continue

Nyo Tun Aung believes the fighting will continue because the government military added about 50 trucks with troops.

“We ethnic armed groups have to fight back to protect our territories because the government army is making a war of aggression, he said. “We have been fighting off the military government as representatives of the Northern Alliance.”

The MNDAA and other three members of the Northern Alliance-the AA, Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)-have been fighting Myanmar forces in northern Shan and Kachin states. They carried out coordinated attacks on government and military targets in northern Shan state last November.

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief’s Office issued a statement on Monday saying that the government military had invited the MNDAA, TNLA, and AA to attend a national-level peace talks this month and participate in political dialogue without signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) if they abandoned their weapons.

The Northern Alliance responded in a statement issued Tuesday that it had to defend itself because government troops are using force against the group.

The four ethnic armies did not sign the government’s NCA that was reached with other militias in October 2015.

In the meantime, the Chinese government has called for an immediate cease-fire and restoration of order as thousands flee across the border from Myanmar, raising fears of another exodus like the one that occurred two years ago, AFP reported.

Fighting between ethnic armies and state soldiers in the same area in early 2015 drove tens of thousands of residents to flee, many of whom crossed the border into China, which accused Myanmar of dropping bombs on its territory.

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