France: beroNet, a German manufacturer of cloud-managed VoIP and RNIS cards, gateways and appliances, has strengthened its distribution network through a distribution deal with Alliance Com network (comprising of regional distributors ACR Centre, ACR Distribution, Dream Tech, HBP Associés, Immotique Distribution, Indis Réseaux, Primo, Renest and Sodecpa). They join incumbent distributors Edox and Integrasys. According to beroNet, with the approaching end of the PSTN in the country, time has come for telecom integrators to find VoIP gateways to connect existing phone systems to IP links. Through this deal, beroNet will be able to reach more efficiently the market in province through Alliance Com 3500 regional customers, while Alliance-Com will get a full VoIP and ISDN offer to answer the upcoming growing demand. "We are excited about this new distribution partnership", said Christian Richter, CEO of beroNet. "This partnership with Alliance-Com will allow us to offer even more value and support around our solutions to telecom integrators." BeroNet has chosen Alliance Com as a new distributor because of its leading position in the local telecommunications market and its ability to provide technical and commercial support to all its customers. "We wanted to add to our offer a full range of cards and VoIP gateways. With reliable, simple and flexible products, BeroNet meet the needs of our customers", says Matthieu Chessari, marketing director for Alliance Com.
While it did not want to comment the impact of the acquisition of the video-conference division of HP over its distributor network, Polycom has unveiled its new partner program and another technology alliance.
Dubbed Choice Program, the new partner program aims to push its resellers to invest more in its technologies (A/V, industry specialization, Microsoft unified communications, VoIP, etc.). As a reward, its certified channel gets higher earnings. The goal is to strengthen the skills and commitment of its partners, to face more efficiently Cisco-Tandberg competition. This new partner program leans obviously on its distributors (organized by major specialties, such as network infrastructure, telephony or VoIP - that is Arrow ECS Network and Security, Itancia and Imago in France for example), which may become training centers if they wish.
Beside its POCN (Polycom Open Collaboration Network) alliance, launched last year ago with 8 partners around the Lync unified communications from Microsoft, Polycom plans to further simplify the interoperability of videoconferencing infrastructures with OVCC (Open Visual Communication Consortium). Like POCN, OVCC purpose is to be able to use any videoconferencing solution without having to worry about the infrastructure of the other users. A bit like the traditional telephony, since the dawn of time…
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