NEC Buys Sphere for $42 Million

NEC Corp. has bought unified communications provider Sphere Communications Inc. for $42 million. NEC has its own unified communications division but wanted Sphere for its promising growth and its technology for building new service-oriented software the next evolution in unified communications. Sphere will keep its headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill. It will be part of NECs […]

Sphere Builds Web Server Into IP PBX

Sphere Communications has built a Web server into its Sphericall IP PBX, and is showcasing the upgrade at the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The enhancement delivers unified communications, and video and Internet/intranet information to new micro-browser-based IP telephones from Polycom and Aastra, as well as integrated IP video phones from […]

NETXUSA Distributes Spheres Sphericall IP PBX

Sphere Communications Inc. recently announced the appointment of NETXUSA Inc. as a master distributor of its Sphericall IP PBX. NETXUSA will provide Sphere’s IP PBX and support services to its VARs and online partners. “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Sphere Communications,” said Tom Boone, CEO at NETXUSA. “Sphere’s powerful IP PBX combined […]

Sphere, Adtech Appoint Sphere Certified Partner

Sphere Communications and Adtech Global Solutions (AGS), providers of the Sphere Business Communications System (Sphere BCS), on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ambassador Technical Services Inc. (ATSI) as a Sphere Certified Partner. The announcement was made at CompTIA’s Breakaway event being held this week in Florida. Sphere BCS is based on the companys IP PBX […]

ReView Video Distributes Sphere IP PBX, Establishes Partner Programs

Sphere Communications Inc. has named ReView Video, a key partner for Polycom Inc., a master distributor for its Sphericall IP PBX. ReView Video will distribute Sphere’s IP PBX, as well as support services, to VARs throughout North America. The Sphericall IP PBX delivers VoIP, three-way desktop video conferencing, point-and-click call management, text messaging, presence, and […]

Taking Advantage of New Business Models

Google,Yahoo! and a host of other Internet powerhouses have begun to challenge the telephony status quo with their own free VoIP offerings. How will market dynamics change as these companies give away the very voice services that traditional telephone companies sell for profit? Are these VoIP offerings truly free? The Executive Viewpoint: A New Voice […]

Sphere Teams With Polycom, AGS

Software developer Sphere Communications Inc. this week at VON unveiled a new IP PBX for SMBs, which it created with the help of Polycom Inc. and Adtech Global Solutions (AGS). The new product, the Sphere Business Communications System, is based on Spheres Sphericall IP PBX Release 5 and integrates Polycom’s line of SoundPoint IP desktop […]

Lucent to Provide Sphere Communications Global Network Integration Services

Sphere Communications and Lucent Technologies on Monday announced an agreement that calls for Lucent Worldwide Services to provide global network integration services to Spheres large enterprise customers. The companies say the alliance allows Sphere customers to access Lucent Worldwide Services portfolio of network integration services, including professional services, deployment services, maintenance services and managed services. […]


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