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Comms industry distribution pioneer Julian Niman passes away aged 64

Comms Dealer is deeply saddened to announce the death of Julian Niman on January 12th. Julian was the founder and driving force of Nimans and died at his Manchester home aged 64. Fellow Director and friend David Bennett said Julian regarded all his staff as family.

AV vendor Avocor seals distribution deal with Avitor

Audio visual vendor Avocor has signed a distribution agreement with Dublin-based Avitor. The distributor will focus on generating brand awareness and growing the Avocor reseller partner network.

Azzure IT secures Northern Powerhouse investment

Sheffield software vendor Azzure IT has secured the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund's biggest ever investment since the fund was launched last February - a £2m cash boost to strengthen its management team, recruit more implementation consultants and expand its sales and marketing operations.

Sangoma snaps up Dialogic's CCD in $5.7m cash deal

Sangoma has snapped up the Converged Communication Division (CCD) of Dialogic which provides gateways and interface boards in a $5.7m cash deal.

Bill Wignall, President and CEO of Sangoma, stated: "This acquisition is another step along the way as we seek to add scale by augmenting organic growth with acquisitions."

Chargifi kicks off MSP channel push with ITI link up

Intel-backed wireless charging solution provider Chargifi has secured its first managed service partnership with Sheffield-based ITI Network Services, a comms, wireless and infrastructure provider.

The deal signposts the emerging wireless charging sector and also points to the future role of the ICT channel in Chargifi's expansion strategy for the UK and Europe.

Nimans appoints Joe Casari as Head of Samsung UC

Samsung Unified Communications distributor Nimans has drafted in Joe Casari (pictured) to take the South Korean vendor's UK strategy to a 'new level'.

He joins Manchester-based Nimans as Head of Samsung, moving from Promethean where he was Head of International Alliances.

Avaya set to list on New York Stock Exchange

Avaya's common stock is to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker AVYA on January 16th and is expected to begin trading the following day.

"Our listing on the NYSE is an important milestone in Avaya's next chapter as a public company," said Jim Chirico, President and Chief Executive Officer.

TeleWare appoints product development whizz

TeleWare's product development capabilities have been boosted by the appointment of Paul Davison (pictured) as Head of Development.

He brings multiple sector experience including oil and gas and TeleWare says the appointment will aid plans to double turnover within three years, driven in part by new product launches.

Timico names Savage as Sales and Marketing Director

Lyceum Capital-backed Timico has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Ben Savage as Sales and Marketing Director.

Latest 3CX release brings simplicity, speed and add-ons

Software-based phone system developer 3CX has simplified and speeded up the implementation of its UC platform with V15.5.

The latest release also brings new capabilities that include the ability for users to configure 3CX on their Android or iOS devices by scanning a QR code.

This way workers can provision their 3CX smartphone app from anywhere on any device.

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