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Mobile Learning in Universities: The Future of UK Education?

The Future of UK Education? Over recent years, the use of mobile devices in learning has risen significantly within UK universities. The modern-day sees a generation of young adults who have grown up surrounded by technology. They can relate to and easily use these mobile devices and many within this age group consider them essential…

Unified Communications in 2017: A Consultant’s Roundup

A Consultant’s Roundup A lot of unified communications activity has taken place in the year 2017 and, here at 4C Strategies, we believe there’s never been a more exciting time to be a unified communications consultant. Analysts are predicting that the unified communications market will triple in size in the coming years, reaching $96 billion…

Microsoft Teams Replaces Skype for Business in “Intelligent” Unified Communications

Microsoft’s “Intelligent” Unified Communications Strategy Microsoft recently announced that it plans to replace Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams. The announcement was made at Ignite, a Microsoft conference in Orlando, and comes as a result of the company’s new “intelligent communications vision” (ie. unified communications strategy). It has been anticipated since the initial launch of…

Cisco’s Acquisition of BroadSoft: A UC Consultant’s Perspective

It was announced last week that Cisco, the world’s largest networking gear manufacturer, is acquiring telecommunications software company BroadSoft. 4C Strategies is here to look at this acquisition from a unified communications consultant’s perspective and to break down exactly what the acquisition will mean for existing customers of both Cisco and BroadSoft. The story so…

Ask a Telecoms Consultant: What is VoIP?

What role does VoIP play in Telecommunications? VoIP has really taken off in the last decade and there are now so many offerings on the market that many choose to employ a designated telecoms consultant just to make sense of them all. But here’s a quick break down. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol”…

An Introduction to Unified Communications

What are unified communications? Unified communications refers to the integration of all aspects of enterprise communication. It refers, not to a single product, but to a set of products that, together, provide a consistent and unified user interface. What does it include? Instant messaging Presence information – the status indicator that conveys a user’s willingness…

Mitel Strengthens Market Share With Acquisition of ShoreTel

Mitel Strengthens Market Share With Acquisition of ShoreTel Mitel has recently announced a $430 million merger agreement to acquire fellow unified communications company ShoreTel. The merger will catapult Mitel to second place in the Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market and has almost doubled the company’s UCaaS revenue to $263 million. The company is…

Maintel acquires Intrinsic for £5.25 million

Maintel acquires Intrinsic for £5.25 million UK communications and network integrator Maintel has recently acquired Merseyside-based reseller Intrinsic Technologies for £5.25 million.  This is the most recent development in a trend of consolidation in the marketplace both globally and in the UK, which continues to affect many 4C Clients and the wider UK telecommunications industry.…

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