The Best of the Machi Minute: 2020 Edition

Jim Machi
Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Sangoma

As readers of my blog know, I’m pretty good about getting a blog a week out on Tuesday mornings. But I’m taking 2 weeks off of blog writing this year and instead we’ll do a top 10 of sorts here. We’ve all been part of a very strange year, one that will spill over into 2021. But we also have hope of returning to normal in 2021, something that I’m sure we are all looking forward to. Have a great end of year and l’ll be back on January 5th, like normal.

1. Introducing Sangoma Meet
Unified Communications systems, as I’ve blogged about numerous times already, with their ability to offer softphones with your business number, conferencing, collaboration, presence, and mobile phones that also utilize your business phone number, are at the forefront for enabling this new work remote / work from home environment we’re all experiencing right now. Read More

2. Sangoma Welcomes .e4 to the Team
Sangoma today announced we have signed definitive agreements to purchase .e4, based in Traverse City, Michigan. .e4 is Sangoma’s leading valued added distributor focused on open source offerings and a vital part of both the FreePBX and Asterisk ecosytems. The completion of this deal is expected to occur within our quarter. Read More

3. Working from Home Now and Its Impact on the Future of Work
it’s almost mandatory to have a UC system to effectively work from home. That’s because you can have the same work phone number, you can access the same applications, you can be part of collaboration teams, your colleagues can dial you on a 3 or 4 digit extension, you can have instant messaging, etc. You’re basically at your desk at work, except the desk is now in your home. Read More

4. Support for Kari’s Law / Ray Baum’s Act
On Feb 16, 2020, the federal version of Kari’s law goes into effect. It’s a complex but important topic, and justifies a comprehensive treatment in this update, something Sangoma is uniquely qualified to offer. But it is indeed complicated, so after reading this, if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us! Read More

5. Why are there 5G Routers and Gateways?
First of all, the question is really why would anyone need a cellular router? They could be useful as a backup mechanism in case your landline internet goes down.

That’s why I first thought of this blog. Everyone on the street was WFH, kids were “going to school” on the internet, and, poof, the internet goes down. Sheer panic, right? What does everyone do? Read More

6. Wi-Fi 6 and Why It’s Important
There’s a lot going on now, and for this week at least, I didn’t want to write another remote work or WFH type of blog. So I figured I’d take a look at some new technology that we’d all be using someday soon in your house or your enterprise. So I zeroed in on Wi-Fi 6 as a good thing to write about. Read More

7. Working from Home, the Future of Work, and How UC Fits In
Many people today are thinking more about working from home, especially in the coming months. We’ll see how it all plays out, but it certainly is possible to work from home quite easily. Read More

8. Communications Trends for 2020
People ask sometimes what’s going to happen in our industry in 2020. And I typically say “I don’t know” because I really don’t know. The telecommunications industry will always surprise you. But, usually, there are hints of what’s going to happen because something is already brewing in the background, and it will just come to fore or become more of a force in the coming year. Read More

9. The Difference Between Retail and Wholesale SIP Trunking
SIP trunking is growing. According to the Eastern Management Group, the global SIP trunking market was approximately valued at $14.4 billion in 2018 and projected to grow 7.6% annually through 2020. The predominant reason for this is the growth of IP phone systems, which need to be connected to SIP Trunks.

But if you are a business, what types of SIP trunks should you buy – retail or wholesale? Read More

10. A Modern Approach to Wholesale SIP Trunking
SIP Trunking is important for any enterprise these days – this is the connection into your building that carries phone calls to an on-premise UC platform, or is the underpinning of any cloud communications service. It must be robust, be resilient, be able to offer a wide array of DIDs, and comply with local telephony laws such as location service. Read More

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