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September 15, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Jacqueline Lee
Contributing Writer

Let’s take a moment to review the news from the Conferencing community this week.

Fontel (News - Alert) announced this week that it had appointed a new Account Development Manager. Sam Romanagno joins Fontel after 22 years of product distribution experience and 13 years of group management, including stints at Communitech and Konftel (News - Alert). He specializes in working with reseller channels, helping them to launch new products and to promote existing product lines to generate more revenue.

Also this week, Socialdial announced improvements in its mobile conferencing app called CrowdCall. Upgrades include audio controls, recording, archiving, calendar incorporation and participant administration. In total, CrowdCall handles 50,000 calls every day and 10 million minutes of conferencing per month.

Participants in conferences do not have to have the CrowdCall app installed on their mobile device. CrowdCall sends a text message with conference call details so that even non-users can join a call in progress. The app is available in the App Store and through GooglePlay.

Another conferencing service,, announced this week that its services will be available in Italy and Poland. Approximately 20 million callers around the globe use on a monthly basis, and teleconferences can have up to 96 participants for sessions of up to six hours.

In other news, Connexus announced that it will showcase Connexus-on-Demand, a cloud-based conferencing service powered by Vidyo. Connexus will exhibit the solution at the American Telemedicine Association (News - Alert) conference. The company is offering Connexus-on-Demand for no upfront capital cost to patients, physicians and hospitals. Telemedicine providers can utilize the service starting at $60 per month.

Finally, our weekly news wrap-up ends on a bit of a downer. Research from IDC (News - Alert) found that video conferencing growth has slowed along with the faltering economy. Q2 results indicated that video conferencing had dropped 10 percent from last year’s levels and 6.9 percent from Q1 levels. Reduced government expenditures on video conferencing accounted for a significant amount of the decline.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Conferencing community news on TMCnet. Stay tuned next week for up-to-date developments in the Conferencing sphere.

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