This Week in Collaboration: Poly Rules Headset Market, Westelcom Nabs UC Provider Teo & More | July 20, 2020


Poly has the broadest portfolio of Microsoft Teams certified headsets, Westelcom buys Teo to expand managed UC solutions, and Intermedia gains 70,000+ new Microsoft Office 365 customers through a newly formed strategic partnership with Navisite.

Poly Gains More Distance on Rivals by Selling 17 Million Microsoft Devices

With the surge in virtual collaboration tools, Microsoft Teams usage swelled from 32 million users in March 2020 to 74 million in April 2020. Seizing this booming collaboration market is videoconferencing software and device vendor Poly that has now built a deep portfolio of Microsoft Teams certified devices for home and office environments.

Strengthening its 15 years partnership with Microsoft, Poly offers flexible and reliable communications with more than 20 Microsoft Teams certified headsets and personal speakerphones. Over the past three years, Poly has sold nearly 17 million Microsoft devices, ranging from wireless DECT, headset systems like Savi 8200 Office, Blackwire 3300 Series and UC Series, to premium Voyager 4200 Office Series Bluetooth® headsets to portable USB speakerphones like Calisto 5300.

Christine Roberts, SVP and General Manager of Enterprise Headsets at Poly, saysOpens a new window , “Customers and users need options when they’re determining which premium headset or USB audio device they need to get their work done – especially as we navigate new working environments like our kitchen tables. When it comes to high-quality options that seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Teams, no one else can give you as much choice and flexibility as Poly.”

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Westelcom Snags Teo to Reach Deeper Into UCaaS Market

New York-based telecommunications company, Westelcom is on a mission to deliver a suite of unified communication (UC) solutions to nationwide enterprise customers. The company has acquired its West Coast competitor, Teo Communications, to deliver Mission Critical Unified Communications Solutions and Advanced Communications Services over private Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN). With this strategic acquisition, Westelcomm will expand its national footprint and expand its portfolio of existing managed unified communications and hosted voice offerings.

Paul Barton, President of Westelcom, saysOpens a new window , “This transaction significantly enhances our ability to expand our vision of providing Mission Critical Unified Communications Solutions throughout the United States. The acquisition brings us a proprietary technology platform allowing us to provide solutions unmatched by our National Competition and, more importantly, a dedicated and talented national sales, marketing, engineering, and support team.

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Intermedia Adds 70,000+ Microsoft Office 365 Business Customers Via Partnership

Managed cloud service provider, Navisite announced a strategic partnership with cloud communications company Intermedia to deliver an unparalleled experience to its Microsoft Office 365 customers. This alliance strengthens Intermedia’s long term partnership with Microsoft, as the company will now cater more than 70,000 new Office 365 customers. The new customers will leverage Intermedia’s J.D. Power-certified 24/7 technical support, HostPilot® control panel to manage the services, and access Intermedia Unite, Intermedia Contact Center and AnyMeeting services.

Mark Clayman, CEO of Navisite, saysOpens a new window , “Intermedia has long been known as a company that places a premium on service reliability, security, and ease of use within the cloud space. This, combined with their commitment to delivering a powerful control panel, additional applications to enhance Microsoft 365 and a worry-free customer experience, made Intermedia the ideal choice to take care of our over 70,000 Microsoft 365 business users moving forward.”

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