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December 9, 2004
It's been another day of wheeling and dealing for Vonage Holdings Corp. Seeking to maintain its competitive edge in the voice over IP (VoIP) market, Vonage unveiled a pact with Viseon earlier today to develop a broadband videophone service together. The two companies said they will target the new service to both consumers and small businesses. Vonage and Viseon disclosed little about the planned videophones. But Vonage did say the development deal will allow it to provide video and "a set of features never before available to consumers." Vonage also noted that the proposed service will enable its small business customers to "benefit from corporate-quality videoconferencing." In a separate announcement today, Vonage inked a deal with Staples Business Depot/Bureau En Gros in Canada. Under this pact, the office-product chain will offer Vonage's VoIP service at more than 230 stores across Canada and online.
Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.
As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.
Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.
He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.
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