Windstream says that the consumer DSL business remains its second fastest growing revenue stream in its portfolio. It should with all the CAF + RUS funds it received. WIND has "penetrated 71 percent of its access lines with broadband. .. Windstream is getting about $10 a month from complementary services such as hosting and virus protection it sells to consumers." It's all about the upsell to increase ARPU.
Level3 rolled out Complete Voice, a new SIP trunk service. "The Voice Complete platform enables enterprises to securely connect more sites with greater operating and cost efficiency, incorporating a fully native PRI (primary rate interface)-handoff capability and other new performance-enhancing features." Yeah. wow.
There’s a school of thought that says the established tools of enterprise communication - telephony, instant messaging, email and video - don’t cut the mustard even when glued together with presence and presented as unified communications and collaboration. What’s needed to make a business really hum along, the argument goes, is enterprise social networking. [source]
"It takes a great deal of network infrastructure to enable unified communications and collaboration, but many IT professionals are now focusing on the application-layer issues of UCC." [source] It's all about INTEGRATION.