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Rich on Skype

April 21, 2008

  Rich Tehrani spoke with Skype’s Don Albert, VP and GM of Skype North America, and came away with a slightly softened attitude regarding the need for eBay to sell Skype now, saying his "comments may have been premature."   According to Rich’s blog:   Skype earned $126 million in revenue (it’s fifth straight profitable quarter) and added another 33 million new registered users in the quarter (there are now 309 million registered Skype users around the world).   Rich also gets a jump on today’s announcement that Skype is now offering flat-rate international calling for the first time   The three subscriptions now available to consumers in the U.S. and Canada include the following:
  • Unlimited U.S. & Canada: Unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada.

Brave New Google Earth

April 16, 2008

Peter Birch, Product Manager, Google Earth, writes about the launch of the latest version of Google Earth — version 4.3 — on the Official Google blog today.   The latest beta (of course) sets the goal of offering a “realistic, 3D model of the world by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience.”   Here are some of the new features:
  • New navigation — featuring improved zoom control.
  • 3D 3D 3D — The latest version of Google earth adds loads of new 3D content such as thousands of buildings contributed by people around the world, and photo-textured cities and towns.
  • Street View — You’ve used this and loved it in Google Maps.
  • Sunlight feature — Simulated lighting as the Sun passes overhead. Might be the only way I get to see the Sun set over the Great Wall…
  Google Earth 4.3 features a dozen new languages, including Danish,  UK English, Spanish (Latin American), Finnish, Hebrew, Indonesian, Norwegian, Portuguese (PT), Romanian, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish, so presumably you could stop and ask for directions…    

FCC Answers to Congress

April 15, 2008

FCC Answers to Congress

April 15, 2008

iPhone Nets Growing Share of Smartphone Market

April 15, 2008

As the smartphone market dissolves into a race between Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry device, it is becoming abundantly clear that the two manufacturers will have to differentiate themselves by offering a wealth of innovative applications on their respective platforms.   Current U.S. market analysis shows RIM’s Blackberry to be the leader with over 40% market share. Apple, which only has about nine percent market share is not only “up and coming,” it’s iPhone is fast becoming a fan favorite.   Apple’s iPhone may have a leg up when it comes to user satisfaction. The company has traditionally developed a rabid following across many of its product lines.

Dimension Data CTO Offers Perspectives

April 14, 2008

I had the occasion to visit with Dimension Data’s Mark Slaga this morning at that company’s Perspectives event at the Batterymarch Conference Center in Boston.   Slaga, the company’s chief technology officer as well as their chief information officer is certainly someone to chat with if you want to know what’s really going on in the market. You see last week Slaga and his team received a platinum phone from Cisco based on the fact that of the 17 million Cisco IP Phones out there, Dimension Data has deployed 1 million of them worldwide.   Dimension Data is a global IT solutions and systems integration firm, whose 11,000 employees plan, build, support and manage IT infrastructure solutions that help over 6,000 clients achieve their business goals.   According to Slaga, the company grew up on networking and has since moved into converged communications and contact centers, security, and data center technology.   The company maintains a consistent methodology and approach to planning building and supporting their customers IT solutions. The broad experience of thousands of customers has positioned Dimension Data to truly understand how unified communications (UC) is growing and where it’s going.   Slaga explained how VoIP is becoming commoditized, and how Dimension Data views applications such as UC and contact center as differentiators and thus a critically important part of their business.   Slaga’s role as CTO dictates that he spends time with clients and vendors, to listen and to gain an understanding of the market opportunities and challenges they’re facing.   His job as CIO is to take that understanding and make the solutions that he pitches to his customers, work internally at Dimension Data.   Of course, the nature of Dimension Data’s global footprint ensures that they face many of the same challenges that their large customers face.   Among the trends Slaga is seeing, is the continued growth of VoIP. Perhaps more important he sees the opportunity to help confused clients see the light.   As clients adopt applications such as VoIP, UC, instant messaging (IM) they’re starting to see what UC means.

VZW Offers Unlimited Web, E-Mail for Smartphone Users

April 14, 2008

Industry Players Agree on LTE Licenses

April 14, 2008

Juniper Unveils Mobile Backhaul Solution

April 14, 2008

Mobile operators are striving to improve operational efficiency of their networks and pursue cost control by raising the average revenue per user (ARPU) by offering new data services. This is no secret.   Tremendous growth in data traffic is being driven by increased use of video, music, photo sharing, and the like. This is not a secret.   A recent AT&T survey states that smartphone users double the ARPU. This I did not know.   Regardless of the infrastructure upgrades that occur in the core of the network, mobile carriers will never realize the full benefits of these upgrades so long as bottlenecks occur at various points along the way.

3D World Drives Minute Plans, Mobile Purchases

April 14, 2008

I recently met with Gemini Mobile Technologies at CTIA. Gemini Mobile recently made headlines with the release of its HyperScale Software Development Kit, which is designed to enable system integrators and partners worldwide to harness the power of Gemini’s powerful HyperScale technology to create products for a variety of industries.   Gemini’s HyperScale is the core technology behind its two products: a software messaging platform, HyperScale Messaging Center, and a community platform, eXplo.   While at CTIA, I got a thorough demo of S! Town, a 3D mobile community powered by eXplo. Based on Gemini’s HyperScale technology, eXplo unifies media, content and communication into a single platform offering end users a unique 3D mobile experience.

The service went live in Japan two years ago, with Softbank Mobile, and as of November it had 250,000 subscribers.   My first thought was, ok, so this is like Webkinz for mobile phones. Do a quarter of a million Japanese children really have their own mobile phones, with unlimited data plans?   Turns out the target demographic is not kids at all, but rather women from 20–29 years of age, a group that makes up 41% of the user base.

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