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News Article | November 1, 2016
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When we think of renewable transport, we usually think of electric vehicles (EVs); Elon Musk’s Tesla, The LEAF and The Zoe spring to mind, however the reality is that bioenergy is fuelling Europe’s renewable transport ambition. While EVs are gaining market traction in some Member States across Europe, the numbers are still low (although Norway has the largest share of EVs in the world*). Around 79,000 electric vehicles[1] were newly registered in the EU in 2014, up by 40 % compared to 2013 with more than 17,200 vehicles in France. Nevertheless, electric vehicles continue to constitute only a very small fraction of new registrations (0.7 %) and Europe’s ambition to achieve 10% renewable energy in transport (RES-T) by 2020 is turning out to be one of the toughest targets to meet. Let’s look at the background and see why: The decarbonisation of transport presents a huge challenge for Europe. EU transport is responsible for about one third of final energy consumption (353 Mtoe), 23% of total EU emissions (excluding international maritime) and relies on oil for 94% of its energy needs. Transport also represents a big environmental concern in terms of air pollution. Road transport represented the largest source of NOx emissions in 2013 and one of the main sources of particulate matter PM2.5 emissions. So what are the EU’s plans for RES-T? The policy drivers to enable renewable transport are set out in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive which sets a binding target of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources for Member States by 2020 but also requires Member States to have at least 10% of their transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020 (weightings are allowed to be applied to certain biofuels, and only biofuels that meet specific sustainability criteria can be included). Today liquid biofuels in road transport make the largest contribution to the 10% RES-T target. Progress on the 10% RES-T target has been challenging, reaching a 5.7% share in 2014 with a number of Member States expected not to meet their RES-T targets[2] (the map above shows current gaps to target by Member State). Part of the reason for the slow progress to the targets is political uncertainty and discussions around the environmental effectiveness of certain biofuel pathways when emissions from indirect land use change are taken into account.  While the production of biofuels originally received strong encouragement from the Commission, current debates at both a European and national level have begun to identify their limitations.  Also, when the 2020 RES-T targets were defined it was assumed that there would be significant developments in the area of second generation biofuels and that these fuels would make a substantial contribution towards the targets, however this has not materialized. Nevertheless, the role of bioenergy in transport is often overlooked and bioenergy from wastes, residues, and low indirect land use feedstocks (bio-liquids and biogas) will have an important role to play in renewable transport. For example, research from UCC’s biofuels group shows how 1.1% of grassland in Ireland can allow 10% renewable energy supply in transport[3]. Bioenergy is especially relevant for the areas of transport which are difficult to electrify such as heavy transport, vans, public transport, aviation, and shipping. In all, these modes represented 42% of energy demand in the EU in 2015. Another part of the challenge that face EVs is that current internal combustion engines (ICE) are improving in efficiency and, in effect, EV technology has to run fast just to stand still. European CO2 targets for vehicles are 95gCO2/km for cars as of 2021 and 147gCO2/km for vans as of 2020. The average level of emissions of a new car sold in Europe in 2014 was 121.6 gCO2/km[4], outperforming the 2015 target of 130 gCO2/km. This means that for EVs the carbon intensity of the supplied electricity should be less than about 480 g/kWh to achieve direct CO2 emission reductions (over a new ICE car) in 2020.  While recent events such as Volkswagen’s deliberate cheating of the emissions tests has led us to question the reliability of emissions estimates from cars, total emissions from road transport are estimated based on total fuel sold and are therefore robust. Taxation can be used to help displace fossil fuel in transport and encourage renewable fuels. Transport in Europe is predominantly diesel based (54%) and most EU Member States, except the UK, tax diesel at a lower rate than petrol per litre. Given that the energy and carbon content of a litre of diesel is higher, petrol attracts a higher tax per unit of energy or carbon emissions. From a decarbonisation of transport perspective, the lower tax rate on diesel fuel is hard to justify, especially given the higher emissions of carbon and of harmful air pollutants, notably particulate matter and NOx, per litre of fuel used. Post 2020 the policy landscape for renewable transport is uncertain. There will be no binding renewable energy EU targets at Member State level after 2020, however Member States will have binding emissions reduction targets for transport/heat/agriculture in the so called Non-ETS sectors, as discussed here.  [Note that EVs move transport emissions from the Non-ETS into the ETS]. This will force Member States to have a closer look at emissions in transport but will more than likely encourage a focus on efficiency due to lower marginal abatement costs. The Commission has bounced around the idea of a blending obligation to promote the development of advanced renewable fuels which are not based on food crops[5] and time will tell whether this has will be accepted politically. EVs are sure to play a big part in the decarbonisation of transport, however costs need to come down  and widespread deployment (in the absence of very generous subsidies as in Norway) is unlikely in the short to medium term. Modelling by the Commission under the recent EU reference scenario shows electricity in road transport reaching only 1% (of energy in transport) by 2030….EVs will have their day but it may be further down the road than we hoped. Thanks to Eamonn Mulholland for edits. *In 2015, electric vehicles had a 22 % market share in Norway. This is first and foremost due to a substantial package of incentives developed to promote zero emission cars. [1] According to a JRC study based on EEA data. Includes battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric M1 and N1 vehicles [2] Pye, S., Deane, P., and Ó Gallachóir, B (2014). Europe’s renewable energy policies: Too much focus on renewable electricity? www.insightenergy.org/system/publication_files/files/000/000/006/original/HET_4_Final.pdf?1438176276 [3] Wall, D; O’Kiely, P; Murphy, JD (2013). ‘The potential for biomethane from grass and slurry to satisfy renewable energy targets.’ Bioresource Technology (149) 425-431 [4]European Environment Agency, “Monitoring CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and vans in 2014,” EEA, Luxembourg, 2015.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fuze, the leading cloud-based communications solution for the modern global enterprise, today announced its ranking as a Leader in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Unified Communications and Collaboration, 2017* report. The Aragon Research Globe™ for Unified Communications and Collaboration is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research’s evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. Aragon Research completed a rigorous analysis of each vendor using three dimensions – strategy, performance, and reach – to evaluate 20 major providers and segment into four sectors. As a Leader, Fuze is among providers that have demonstrated comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand, and effectively perform against those strategies. “Today’s modern work environment is marked by constant change and lots of variability, which can have a big impact on employees’ ability to perform and communicate across internal teams and externally with customers and partners,” said Steve Kokinos, Fuze Executive Chairman. “Using Fuze’s modern cloud communications platform, people can collaborate instantly, whether in the office or working remotely, across any device. Our approach gives people the mobility to collaborate over voice, video, or messaging, on their own terms, wherever or whenever they get work done. We are thrilled to be named a Leader by Aragon Research recognizing Fuze’s success in redefining business processes and workflows that help people do their best work.” In the report, lead analyst Jim Lundy references Fuze’s unified communications and collaboration platform, integration with cloud PBX capabilities, its voice and video quality, webcasting services, and the ability to use video conferencing across desktop, mobile, and rooms environments as main strengths. “Fuze is a complete UCC provider that focuses as much on cloud-based voice as it does on HD Video Conferencing, providing a seamless experience in mobile environments. [It] has continued to push the envelope on ease of use and has also expanded its video conferencing capabilities.”* A global UCaaS platform, Fuze empowers productivity and delivers insights across enterprises with modern cloud-based voice, video, and messaging solutions for business communications. By seamlessly integrating voice, video, messaging, and collaboration into a simple, elegant experience, Fuze is designed to power every conversation at work with the enterprise-grade strength that leading businesses require to make a successful move to UCaaS. In 2016, Aragon Research named Fuze a Hot Vendor for Unified Communications and Collaboration** for its focus on combining global voice with HD video conferencing capabilities. Click here to learn more about Aragon Research. To get access to the report courtesy of Fuze, click here. Aragon Research Disclaimer Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them "AS IS," without warranty of any kind. About Fuze Fuze is a global, cloud-based unified communications platform that empowers productivity and delivers insights across the enterprise by enabling simplified business voice communications, flexible video conferencing, and always-on collaboration. Formerly ThinkingPhones, Fuze allows the modern, mobile workforce to seamlessly communicate anytime, anywhere, across any device. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Fuze has additional locations including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, Aveiro (Portugal), Paris, Munich, Zurich, Madrid, Copenhagen, and Sydney. For more information, visit www.fuze.com.


Aragon Research, a technology focused research and advisory firm committed to providing thought leading strategic research and trusted advisory services, introduced its first Globe™ Report for Unified Communications and Collaboration, 2017. The report evaluates fourteen providers in a market that is consolidating around voice, video, messaging, and collaboration. Although voice and email communications dominate interactions within the enterprise today, the shift to video and messaging-based UCC is already taking place. Aragon predicts that enterprises will be able to digitally transform their communications and collaboration experiences by leveraging cloud-based UCC platforms. “At its core, UCC is about enabling seamless Communications and Collaboration,” said Jim Lundy, Founder and CEO of Aragon Research. “The need to integrate Communications and Collaboration capabilities with other business applications is one of the ways that enterprises can transform themselves into a full-fledged digital business.” The Globe™ report identifies the new elements of UCC and how enterprises can plan for the shift to multi-modal communications, and ranks fourteen major UCC providers as either a Leader, Innovator, Contender, or Specialist. Organizations should use this report as a guide when researching potential Communications and Collaboration providers. Learn more by reading the Globe™ for Unified Communications and Collaboration, 2017. About Aragon Research Aragon Research is the newest technology research and advisory firm. Aragon delivers high impact interactive research and advisory services to provide enterprises the insight they need to help them make better technology and strategy decisions. Aragon Research serves business and IT leaders and has a proven team of veteran analysts. For more information, visit https://www.aragonresearch.com.


Tata Communications Transformation Services Delivers Network Assessment as a Service to Microsoft Channel Partners to Facilitate Digital Workspace Collaboration Partners deploying Office 365 and Skype for Business can gain a strategic advantage in white-labelling Tata Communications Transformation Services NAaaS offer and services built under the Skype Operations Framework to help enterprise customers improve employee productivity and operational excellence. Mumbai, India, March 01, 2017 --( TCTSL has packaged years of valuable telecommunications network management experience in its Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS). Since most of the performance issues that surround Universal Communication and Collaboration (UCC) initiatives are attributed to communication networks, early stage assessment from TCTSL will bring relief for operators and managed service providers embarking on UCC platform deployments. To provide the best user experience, NAaaS will help operators and managed service providers take the right first steps in the deployment of their UCC platforms by using TCTSL’s services that apply the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) to assess critical components across applications, networks and endpoints. Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Office Partner Marketing states, “TCTSL’s network assessment offering and support services built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) enables it to support Office 365 partners in delivering a multi-faceted approach for the successful deployment of Office 365 and Skype for Business to enterprise customers.” TCTSL will provide essential and advanced network assessment services using defined parameters within SOF and remediation services, including network infrastructure upgrade and security audit and compliance. TCTS will also offer network assessment as managed services and manage performance issues at a mutually agreed frequency for Office 365 partners. Sandeep Bhatnagar, CEO of TCTSL noted, “For a distributed and virtual workforce, there is ever-increasing dependency on collaboration platforms. Industry analysts estimate that more than 50% of the team coordination and communication will occur via mobile group’s collaboration apps by 2018. It is a business priority for all enterprises to provide consistent and seamless user experience to enhance employee productivity across devices and locations. Managing real-time communication relies on network quality; the expectations become even higher, when the network infrastructure is used for voice and video connectivity. Our NAaaS offer and support services can help Office 365 and Skype for Business providers leverage our years of experience in complex, carrier grade network management and best practices to maximize and deliver the best results on an enterprise customer’s network.” TCTSL’s Network Assessment as a Service is developed to address the most complex real world enterprise network issues around the UCC. It offers a best in class network assessment framework to accelerate Office 365 managed services for Telcos. TCTSL has a significant pool of Skype Operations Framework trained professionals and highly skilled technical consultants along with its NAaaS white-labeled service to partners to support ala-carte (site to the cloud, site to site, one time, managed services, etc.) deployment models. Mumbai, India, March 01, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL), a leading Telco transformation and managed services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications today announced it is delivering a Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS) offer and add-on services for Office 365 built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) to facilitate digital workspace collaboration. TCTSL will deliver and provide support for Skype for Business deployment models and offer network readiness and support services to Office 365 partners under a white-label agreement.TCTSL has packaged years of valuable telecommunications network management experience in its Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS). Since most of the performance issues that surround Universal Communication and Collaboration (UCC) initiatives are attributed to communication networks, early stage assessment from TCTSL will bring relief for operators and managed service providers embarking on UCC platform deployments. To provide the best user experience, NAaaS will help operators and managed service providers take the right first steps in the deployment of their UCC platforms by using TCTSL’s services that apply the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) to assess critical components across applications, networks and endpoints.Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Office Partner Marketing states, “TCTSL’s network assessment offering and support services built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) enables it to support Office 365 partners in delivering a multi-faceted approach for the successful deployment of Office 365 and Skype for Business to enterprise customers.”TCTSL will provide essential and advanced network assessment services using defined parameters within SOF and remediation services, including network infrastructure upgrade and security audit and compliance. TCTS will also offer network assessment as managed services and manage performance issues at a mutually agreed frequency for Office 365 partners.Sandeep Bhatnagar, CEO of TCTSL noted, “For a distributed and virtual workforce, there is ever-increasing dependency on collaboration platforms. Industry analysts estimate that more than 50% of the team coordination and communication will occur via mobile group’s collaboration apps by 2018. It is a business priority for all enterprises to provide consistent and seamless user experience to enhance employee productivity across devices and locations. Managing real-time communication relies on network quality; the expectations become even higher, when the network infrastructure is used for voice and video connectivity. Our NAaaS offer and support services can help Office 365 and Skype for Business providers leverage our years of experience in complex, carrier grade network management and best practices to maximize and deliver the best results on an enterprise customer’s network.”TCTSL’s Network Assessment as a Service is developed to address the most complex real world enterprise network issues around the UCC. It offers a best in class network assessment framework to accelerate Office 365 managed services for Telcos. TCTSL has a significant pool of Skype Operations Framework trained professionals and highly skilled technical consultants along with its NAaaS white-labeled service to partners to support ala-carte (site to the cloud, site to site, one time, managed services, etc.) deployment models. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)


This release is to announce all new toy products and licenses for 2017 from Zag Toys and its Original Minis toy line. Orangeburg, NY, February 19, 2017 --( Under the Original Minis® brand, Zag Toys® continues to add unique features and extend their line globally. Hitting the market in spring 2017 are Mini Pullback Racers featuring Psyonix’s® Rocket League®, one of the hottest interactive properties on the market today. Also launching are new entries in the fan-favorite Domez™ series: collectible characters that come in their own stackable, connectable display case, Rockerz™ stylized wobbling characters, and Mini Plush Clip-ons™ with pop-art styling. In April, look for Original Minis products featuring Disney’s Kingdom Hearts®, Toei Animation’s Digimon® Classics, Bandai’s Dragon Ball Z, and Psyonix’s Rocket League along with toys in support of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2®. With a range of affordable price points, from $4.99 to $9.99 (MSRP), Zag Toys Original Minis® branded products can be found in stores and online at Hot Topic, Wal-Mart, Target, FYE & Amazon. “We are building an iconic collectible toy brand and collectors are asking for Original Minis by name,” says Judd Karofsky, president of Zag Toys. “We want to keep our fans and collectors coming back for more, so we continue to add great licenses and products with innovative features.” Original Minis and the Zag Toys 2017/2018 line up can be seen at the International Toy Fair from February 18 – 21 at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC at UCC Distributing Booth #5447. For more information check out zagtoys.com, or contact Maxwell Lux at max@zagwear.com. About Zag Toys Headquartered in Orangeburg, NY, Zag Toys is a leading innovator and marketer of licensed-driven toys and collectibles. With turnkey operations and a consumer-centric approach, Zag Toys is focused on developing distinctive toy collectibles and connecting them with the hottest entertainment and pop-culture properties. Since 2012, Zag Toys has established itself in the global licensed toy market with a wide range of figure-based products under the Original Minis brand. This brand has become iconic with collectors along with its extensions including Rockerz wobbling figures, Domez displayable figures, Plush Clip-ons, and Pull-back Racers. Zag Toys is a division of Zagwear, a global product marketing agency that develops and manufactures customized products for category-leading global corporation. Visit us at zagtoys.com, and follow Zag Toys and Original Minis on Twitter Instagram and Facebook. For more information, contact Maxwell Lux at MaxL@zagwear.com Orangeburg, NY, February 19, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Zag Toys®, a leader in the very hot collectible pop-culture toy category, continues to expand its Original Minis® toy brand with new entertainment properties and pop-culture icons. At the 2017 International Toy Fair in New York, the company will unveil its new line of Original Minis® licensed toys from partnerships with Disney®, Marvel®, Psyonix®, Toei Animation®, Warner Bros®, Cartoon Network®, Bandai®, Viacom® and Viz Media®. These toys are hitting the mass retail shelves throughout 2017 with new assortments in support of the collector market. Original Minis® are uniquely stylized, highly detailed, sculpted vinyl mini-figures that have capitalized on the collectible toy craze emerging as an in-demand brand in pop-culture collectibles.Under the Original Minis® brand, Zag Toys® continues to add unique features and extend their line globally. Hitting the market in spring 2017 are Mini Pullback Racers featuring Psyonix’s® Rocket League®, one of the hottest interactive properties on the market today. Also launching are new entries in the fan-favorite Domez™ series: collectible characters that come in their own stackable, connectable display case, Rockerz™ stylized wobbling characters, and Mini Plush Clip-ons™ with pop-art styling. In April, look for Original Minis products featuring Disney’s Kingdom Hearts®, Toei Animation’s Digimon® Classics, Bandai’s Dragon Ball Z, and Psyonix’s Rocket League along with toys in support of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2®. With a range of affordable price points, from $4.99 to $9.99 (MSRP), Zag Toys Original Minis® branded products can be found in stores and online at Hot Topic, Wal-Mart, Target, FYE & Amazon.“We are building an iconic collectible toy brand and collectors are asking for Original Minis by name,” says Judd Karofsky, president of Zag Toys. “We want to keep our fans and collectors coming back for more, so we continue to add great licenses and products with innovative features.” Original Minis and the Zag Toys 2017/2018 line up can be seen at the International Toy Fair from February 18 – 21 at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC at UCC Distributing Booth #5447. For more information check out zagtoys.com, or contact Maxwell Lux at max@zagwear.com.About Zag ToysHeadquartered in Orangeburg, NY, Zag Toys is a leading innovator and marketer of licensed-driven toys and collectibles. With turnkey operations and a consumer-centric approach, Zag Toys is focused on developing distinctive toy collectibles and connecting them with the hottest entertainment and pop-culture properties. Since 2012, Zag Toys has established itself in the global licensed toy market with a wide range of figure-based products under the Original Minis brand. This brand has become iconic with collectors along with its extensions including Rockerz wobbling figures, Domez displayable figures, Plush Clip-ons, and Pull-back Racers. Zag Toys is a division of Zagwear, a global product marketing agency that develops and manufactures customized products for category-leading global corporation. Visit us at zagtoys.com, and follow Zag Toys and Original Minis on Twitter Instagram and Facebook. For more information, contact Maxwell Lux at MaxL@zagwear.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Zag Toys


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in real-time business communications, today announced the completion of the sale of its Mobile Division announced on December 19, 2016 to the parent company of Xura, Inc. Cash proceeds from the sale will be used to pay down Mitel’s existing credit facility. The sale reflects Mitel’s strategy to focus the company on the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) market as digital transformation accelerates demand for cloud-based business communications solutions globally. Investor Analyst Day in New York on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Mitel will host a meeting for analysts and institutional investors at the LeParker Meridien Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Senior members of Mitel's management team will host a series of presentations and be available to answer analyst and investor questions.  Product demonstrations will also be a featured part of the presentation program.  The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET and conclude by approximately 11:30 a.m. ET.  A live audio webcast and replay of the event will be made available on the Investor Relations section of Mitel's website at www.mitel.com.             Analysts and institutional investors interested in attending should please contact Michael McCarthy, Vice President – Investor Relations for Mitel at michael.mccarthy@mitel.com to confirm their attendance. About Mitel A global market leader in enterprise communications powering more than 2 billion business connections every day, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) helps businesses and service providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 60 million business users in more than 100 countries.  For more information, go to www.mitel.com and follow us on Twitter @Mitel. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  MITL-F


Partners deploying Office 365 and Skype for Business can gain a strategic advantage in white-labelling Tata Communications Transformation Services NAaaS offer and services built under the Skype Operations Framework to help enterprise customers improve employee productivity and operational excellence Mumbai, 27 February 2017 – Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL), a leading Telco transformation and managed services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications, today announced it is delivering a Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS) offer and add-on services for Office 365 built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) to facilitate digital workspace collaboration. TCTSL will deliver and provide support for Skype for Business deployment models and offer network readiness and support services to Office 365 partners under a white-label agreement. TCTSL has packaged years of valuable telecommunications network management experience in its Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS). Since most of the performance issues that surround Universal Communication and Collaboration (UCC) initiatives are attributed to communication networks, early stage assessment from TCTSL will bring relief for operators and managed service providers embarking on UCC platform deployments. To provide the best user experience, NAaaS will help operators and managed service providers take the right first steps in the deployment of their UCC platforms by using TCTSL’s services that apply the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) to assess critical components across applications, networks and endpoints. Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Office Partner Marketing states, “TCTSL’s network assessment offering and support services built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) enables it to support Office 365 partners in delivering a multi-faceted approach for the successful deployment of Office 365 and Skype for Business to enterprise customers.” TCTSL will provide essential and advanced network assessment services using defined parameters within SOF and remediation services, including network infrastructure upgrade and security audit and compliance. TCTS will also offer network assessment as managed services and manage performance issues at a mutually agreed frequency for Office 365 partners. Sandeep Bhatnagar, CEO of TCTSL noted, “For a distributed and virtual workforce, there is ever-increasing dependency on collaboration platforms. Industry analysts estimate that more than 50% of the team coordination and communication will occur via mobile group’s collaboration apps by 2018. It is a business priority for all enterprises to provide consistent and seamless user experience to enhance employee productivity across devices and locations. Managing real-time communication relies on network quality; the expectations become even higher, when the network infrastructure is used for voice and video connectivity. Our NAaaS offer and support services can help Office 365 and Skype for Business providers leverage our years of experience in complex, carrier grade network management and best practices to maximize and deliver the best results on an enterprise customer’s network.” TCTSL’s Network Assessment as a Service is developed to address the most complex real world enterprise network issues around the UCC. It offers a best in class network assessment framework to accelerate Office 365 managed services for Telcos. TCTSL has a significant pool of Skype Operations Framework trained professionals and highly skilled technical consultants along with its NAaaS white-labeled service to partners to support ala-carte (site to the cloud, site to site, one time, managed services, etc.) deployment models. About Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecom companies around the world. TCTSL delivers operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all the stages of the carrier process lifecycle, including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions. TCTSL offerings are predominantly targeted to Communication Services Providers (CSPs) globally and provides the much desired FREEDOM and CHOICE for CSPs to avoid vendor lock-ins by partnering with a neutral TRANSFORMATION SERVICES provider with multi-domain, multi-vendor skillset. TCTS is a part of the US$100+ billion Tata Group. TCTS is headquartered in Mumbai, India with global offices spread across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia. TCTS has two world class India delivery centres in Pune and Chennai. These facilities operate completely independently from its parent affiliate, preserving full confidentially in managing all customers' business processes and operations. About Tata Communications Tata Communications Limited (CIN no: L64200MH1986PLC039266) along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of Communications™. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers. The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 240 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide. Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services and leadership in global international voice. Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. Forward-looking and cautionary statements Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications’ operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company’s communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications’ industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications Limited’s Annual Reports. The Annual Reports of Tata Communications Limited are available at www.tatacommunications.com. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

BizStanding, the complete business directory, now offers business credit reports on nearly every company in the country. These detailed reports give greater insight to the corporate records, financial stability and legal filings of both public and private companies. This allows business owners and lenders to research any business’ credit data and corporate history easier than ever before. Many business owners verify the history of their clients and potential partners to evaluate the potential risk of doing business with them. Before agreements can be signed and credit accounts established, these owners perform due diligence on the organizations they are considering. The owners also research their competition to understand where those companies are making investments and what may be working for them. Additionally, many small business owners use these reports to monitor their own company’s credit scores. On BizStanding.com, the public records on millions of small, local businesses and national organizations are linked to these proprietary credit reports. The public records, which come from dozens of verified sources, combine information to form a business profile that cannot be found in any other public resource. These profiles include address history, phone numbers, email addresses, a list of current and past employees and their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. The business credit reports available on BizStanding.com can include credit risk scores along with detailed risk factors, past liens, judgments, bankruptcies, business registrations, banking, trade and collection history, comprehensive financial records and uniform commercial code (UCC) filings. For more information on the new business background reports and to research the credit history of any company, visit https://bizstanding.com/ About BizStanding BizStanding (https://bizstanding.com/) is a complete business directory that includes nearly every large and small business in the country. It is the largest free business listing in the world. This directory gives detailed contact information for all the businesses near you or across the country. It can even help you find company information you didn't know existed - like local home contractors without retail storefronts, growing regional companies without big advertising budgets, and contact information for large corporations that may hide their corporate details. © 2017 BizStanding America, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


News Article | June 29, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

The Facebook privacy notice hoax is back and ready to trap willing victims. A word to the wise — don't waste your time copy pasting the privacy message on your status. The fake message in question that has gone viral uses legal jargon and claims to safeguard the user's content, as Facebook is supposedly going to make private posts public. Do not fall for this scam, as it has surfaced on the social media site earlier as well — 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Rome Statute hoax privacy notice message seems to have gotten a new lease of life on the social media site and follows pretty much the same format. The declaration (which you may have seen plenty of people on your friend list on Facebook share) in its new avatar is as follows: This is essentially a recycled version of the fake privacy notice message that surfaced in 2015 and read as follows: "I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and the Rome Statute)." While the disclaimer is being posted as a status update by many people (yet again) in a bid to protect themselves, Facebook has addressed the copyright meme post via a statement in the past. At the time, the site affirmed that the rumor is false. Interestingly, this is not the only privacy notice hoax that has been hounding the social networking sites' users. Another scam that is looking to trick Facebook users is the "price grid" message, which previously surfaced in 2012 and has now made a comeback on the social networking site. The scam leads people into believing that Facebook will be charging a fee from its users for using the social networking platform. The hoax message goes something like this: "Facebook just released their price grid for membership. $9.99 per month for gold member services, $6.99 per month for silver member services, $3.99 per month for bronze member services, free if you copy and paste this message before midnight tonight. When you sign on tomorrow morning you will be ... prompted for payment info." The message goes on to say that the wall icon will turn blue, and Facebook will become free. What if you don't spread the word? The account will be deleted if you do not make a payment! We suggest you do not fall for any of these scams, and if paranoid, it is better to go to the privacy settings on Facebook and turn it to the "only me" option. This would be more effective than sharing the fake privacy protection notice for sure. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "UCC Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry" report to their offering. As organizations around the world embrace digital transformation, the hospitality industry is following suit, adopting advanced communications and collaboration technologies to gain operational efficiencies and improve the customer experience. This Publisher's market insight identifies key UCC opportunities in the hospitality vertical and disc

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