phoenixNAP Shifts to Operate-from-Anywhere Cloud Communications Platform with 8×8

CAMPBELL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, today announced that phoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, is using the 8×8 Open Communications PlatformTM to enable employees and contact center agents to operate from anywhere, and stay connected with colleagues, customers and partners around the world.

Founded in 2009, phoenixNAP’s mission has always been to provide outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology, to remove the stress from IT management and maintain an incredibly responsive experience for customers so they can focus on their core business. While the company provided organizations and businesses of all sizes with cutting-edge IT infrastructure solutions and services, its legacy on-premises communications and contact center systems were hindering global growth as they were costly to maintain, difficult to administer, and unreliable. phoenixNAP needed a cloud

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Zoom unveils new features as it pushes to be the ‘future of communications’

Virgin Media record biggest ever demand for internet



Video conferencing tool Zoom has unveiled a range of new features, including quick in-call access to other apps such as Dropbox and an events platform, as the service looks to establish itself as the “future of communications”.

The video calling app shot to prominence at the start of the coronavirus pandemic as millions of people turned to Zoom in order to work from home and stay in touch with friends and family.

Although the platform faced a number of security issues, a 90-day programme to overhaul privacy settings has seen a number of new measures introduced to better secure the app, and now senior figures are keen to push Zoom further forward.

At its Zoomtopia conference, the company unveiled OnZoom, a new events space where users can organise and host online conferences and other events.

The platform

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Tenth Annual Spok Survey Reveals the State of Healthcare Communications in 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPOK) and a global leader in healthcare communications, today released the results of its tenth annual survey on communications in healthcare. Respondents included more than 600 healthcare professionals from hospitals and health systems across the country.

Designed to help identify the importance of enterprise, or hospital-wide, communication solutions, the survey revealed that approximately 92% of healthcare professionals think enterprise communication technology is “very important” or “extremely important” in improving clinical outcomes. Similarly, 80% reported it is important to expand communications across multiple hospitals.

The survey findings also revealed that the majority (82%) of respondents are concerned that patient information and proprietary health system data are being communicated via unsecure or personal communication tools, like consumer texting apps or personal email. When asked to select the top two obstacles to advancing hospital communications, respondents most often

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Lowell Beckner Named GM at CP Communications

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—CP Communications has appointed Lowell Beckner as general manager. He will focus on growing CP Communications’ in-house production business for broadcast and AV projects at the company’s headquarters, anchored by its soon-to-launch Red House Streaming Studios. He will report to CEO Kurt Heitmann.


Beckner joins CP Communications with more than two decades of engineering, sales, and management in the broadcast industry. His experience in broadcast engineering and military communications provides him with extensive knowledge of RF and IP technologies and systems, the latter of which is a core part of the Red House Streaming Studios workflow and infrastructure. He will also oversee all general St. Petersburg functions, and serve as the primary interface for CP Communications’ executives across sales, engineering, IT and operations.

 In a statement announcing the appointment Beckner said, “The opportunity to lead the company’s new in-house production initiatives and general business operations is an

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Moon to Earth: WA to host space communications station


IMAGE: An artist’s impression of Artemis astronauts on the Moon.
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An optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space is set to be built in Western Australia.

The advanced communications ground station will be able to receive data from spacecraft anywhere between low-Earth orbit and the surface of the Moon.

It has the potential to support ground-breaking space projects, including NASA’s Artemis mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

The station will be installed at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

It is a joint initiative of UWA’s Astrophotonics Group, which is part of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), as well as the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station.

ICRAR-UWA Astrophotonics Group leader Dr Sascha Schediwy said optical communications is an emerging

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US Space Force’s next communications satellite clears milestone

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force has completed preliminary design review of its new Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, bringing the program one step closer to beginning production.

“This engineering design review is a key milestone because it means we are one step closer to delivering this groundbreaking satellite to the wa rfighter in record timing, significantly improving capacity and coverage to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.” said Col. John Dukes, chief of the Geosynchronous/Polar Division, which falls under the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Production Corps.

Slated for delivery by prime contractor Boeing in 2023, Wideband Global SATCOM 11 is expected to provide a massive capability boost to the 10 WGS satellites currently on orbit. The advanced communications satellite will also be more flexible than prior satellites in the series, with the ability to create more coverage beams than the entire existing constellation. Since each individual beam can be custom

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Communications co-ops connect students without internet | Farm Forum

On March 13, school districts across South Dakota went remote to slow the spread of COVID-19. Instantly, Wessington Springs (S.D.) Superintendent Pandi Pittman was helping 63 staff and the families of 265 students navigate learning from home.

“It was a very shocking situation. You’re sitting there thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m alone,’” Pittman recalled. “I was making moment-by-moment decisions. I had no idea if I was doing the right thing. It was nice to have resources suddenly step in to help.”

Local communications cooperatives were among the resources Pittman says played a vital role in ensuring Wessington Springs students were able to continue learning. Right away, Santel Communications Cooperative Inc. and Venture Communications Cooperative reached out to Pittman offering to connect students without internet to their broadband services.

“We have this fiber-to-the-home network that has a limitless supply of bandwidth, and because that is what educators needed to continue teaching,

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Tibaldo: Communications technology and the need for media education

SINCE the time of the early scribes and medieval town criers, painters, caricaturists, publicists and early reporters has played an important role in chronicling events that happened in the past. From clay tablets, hieroglyphs, ancient cave paintings and the Gutenberg press, the constant development of communications technology has also changed the way we live and interact with others. The introduction of various forms of media from print, radio and television broadcast during the last century was also responsible for making people aware of every happenings around the world from political unrest of nations, the melting of the ice cap at North Pole and discovery of new things or breakthroughs in science. While many question the role of the media as providers of doomsday stories and sometimes unproven conjectures, many praise them for their worthy news and information that they provide to guide and help people in their day-to-day living.

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Mint Communications Adopts Fusionex’s Virtual Event Platform to Take Its School Fair Online

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Malaysia-based international school marketing provider and fair organizer Mint Communications has selected multi-award-winning AI and Big Data technology leader Fusionex as its Technology Partner to take their Private & International School Fair (PISF) on its maiden digital voyage into the virtual realm.

In an effort to meet the demands of international and private schools as well as cater to the needs of parents during a time of restricted physical events and social distancing, Mint Communications has decided to embark on a journey of digital transformation. By moving the fair online, Mint was now able to offer a platform for schools to reach out to and engage with parents while allowing online ‘attendees’ to search for suitable schools from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

“In spite of the pandemic, parents still prioritize education for their children. Therefore, by offering them the ability to

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TurkNet Selects Zyxel Communications for GPON-FTTH Expansion

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

Zyxel Communications announced TurkNet implemented its GPON-FTTH equipment and Fibre Access Solution to connect subscribers with more bandwidth and faster speeds.

“Zyxel’s Fibre Access Solution offers a variety of different connectivity options. This gives us the flexibility to easily deploy services on GPON, Active Fibre solutions with OLT, ONU/ONT and active fibre gateways included in our roadmap,” said Mustafa Uçar, Chief Technology Officer at TurkNet. “We did not face any problems in the implementation process, and Zyxel’s technical teams were very helpful and easy to work with throughout. We recommend Zyxel to our worldwide ISP colleagues without hesitation.”

Founded in 1996, TurkNet is one of Turkey’s 100 largest IT companies and an innovative, next-generation telecom operator. TurkNet’s robust, high-capacity network and widespread backup system connects

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