It's been a busy PR morning for network operators - busy enough to bring on a 'roundup' post that I more commonly do on weekends.
Orange Business Services, the international services arm of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings) announced today it is enabling the unified communications (UC) strategy of NXP Semiconductors BV worldwide. Some 15,000 employees have been migrated to the Managed Microsoft Office Communications Server (Release 2) service hosted by Orange. According to NXP, the key features are more effective collaboration and reduced total cost of ownership. Can't argue with that logic. UC has been gaining strength, it's a subject I will need to pay closer attention to this year.
Competitive operator XO Holdings (news, filings) won a contract with Vitelity. They will be providing the VoIP provider with their first longhaul link between Denver and Los Angeles, as well as upgrading metro services in Denver - in both cases to 10Gbps. According to Vitelity, the VoIP market in Denver has grown by 800% in the past three years - ssshhh, don't tell Qwest. XO won the deal in a competitive bidding process, but their existing relationship with Vitelity certainly helped that along.
And finally, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) kept up its rather steady 2010 PR blitz with no less than three announcements this morning. First, they announced the availability of Invoice Management which is based on software and services from Globys and will provide more advanced and unified billing services for their enteprise portal. Second, they unveiled a collaborative effort with Solid State Networks for IP transit and CDN services to the gaming industry, a market that Level 3 has been seeing some success in. And finally, they have teamed up with SXSW the first streaming of the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator Program, both live and on-demand. The program is a two day contest during SXSW Interactive showcasing emerging technologies. Must have been a busy weekend for Level 3's PR group.