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VoIP Developer: Alan Percy Keynote

August 3, 2005

Last night’s first keynote address at the 2005 VoIP Developer’s Conference was delivered by Alan Percy — AudioCodes’ director of business development.

Percy began by asking the audience the simplest of questions, “Why are you here?”
Essentially, the majority agreed that they were here to learn. Percy went on to define learning as the act of gaining knowledge, and pointed out that there are many ways of acquiring that knowledge. In a classroom environment; reading; learning from your peers by sharing perspectives; or attending trade shows like this one.

VoIP Developer Opens to Standing Room Only Crowd!

August 2, 2005

VoIP Developer Conference Starts Today

August 2, 2005

It’s very exciting to be here in the South San Francisco Conference Center. Workers are buzzing about, laying the finishing touches on what is gearing up to be an incredible three days of education and information aimed at the VoIP development community.


Alan Percy of AudioCodes and Rick Ringel of Inter-Tel will deliver the keynote addresses this afternoon, and I’ll be moderating a discussion on IMS & Wireline to Wireless convergence.

Top 10 VoIP Providers Named

July 19, 2005

I came across an entry from Russell Shaw today listing the Top 10 VoIP Providers by subscription count. The Top 10 is based on research provided by Point Topic.

  1. Skype - 5,300,000
  2. Yahoo! Japan - 4,517,000
  3. VoiceGlo - 605,000
  4. Free (France) - 600,000
  5. Vonage - 535,000.
  6. FastWeb (Italy) - 528,000
  7. Cox - 413,000
  8. Time Warner - 372,000
  9. Cablevision - 364,000
  10. Neuf (France) - 297,000

According to Point Topic, there were over 11 million people using retail VoIP service for at least some of their telephone calls at the end of March 2005.

Brightpoint Signs Reseller Agreement With Vonage

July 15, 2005

Vonage announced an agreement with Brightpoint today, whereby the latter's Brightpoint Activation Services LLC will become a Master Agent, offering its customers the opportunity to resell Vonage service plans and devices and also to activate new customer accounts.

Vonage continues to expand its distribution channel. Pretty soon, one might be able to drive up to a gas station and receive offers for free Vonage calling with every fill-up.  I don't think next-generation telecom services can ever replace promotional glasses as a primo giveaway, but heck... I'm always the last one to hop on a trend.

Merrill Lynch Releases Telecommunications Report

July 15, 2005

Merrill Lynch released a report today entitled, Telecommunications: US Telecom 2Q05 Preview.

 Among the findings released today, Merrill Lynch offers a series of expectations for the second quarter. Quoting directly from the report:

  • The seasonal trends in telecom for the second quarter period favor wireless over wireline, even more so than for other periods, due in part to demographic drivers. We expect this to be the case in 2Q 05.
  • We think that Verizon Wireless will gain share during 2Q 05, in another solid quarter of wireless results.

And now, the financial report....

July 14, 2005

I can just hear the old-style ticker in the background (deet deeet deetde deet...) this just in...!

Crown Castle International Corp. has made an additional investment of $55 million in FiberTower Corporation, a privately-held provider of backhaul services.

FiberTower was a recent recipient of TMC Labs’ 2005 Innovation Award. You can see the full write-up in the July issue of Internet Telephony magazine.

German Unit To Block VoIP Applications

July 14, 2005

Seems that VoIP is scaring the scheize out of some folks. According to a published report this morning, Vodafone’s German unit has made plans to disable calls from VoIP operators such as Skype and others beginning in July 2007.


The article quotes Vodafone Germany spokesman Heiko Witzke, who said that in the interim the company may yet reverse its policy. Witzke wouldn't comment about why the company was taking the step, but said that "2007 is a long ways to go; anything may happen until then."

Hmm… Established, legacy carriers, fearful of losing market share to VoIP… That can’t happen here, right?

TMC, CompTel/Ascent to Host Joint e911 Webinar

July 13, 2005

The question is no longer “When” but “How.”

How will service providers comply with the recent FCC order mandating that all VoIP service providers must provide 911 services within 120 days. The 120-day clock is now ticking and VoIP service providers are working diligently to meet the deadline.

CompTel/ALTS, in partnership with TMC, is pleased to present a Webinar on the FCC’s E911 Order and its impact on VoIP service providers.

The event is set to take place on Monday, July 18th at 1pm Eastern Time.

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