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Microsoft, China... continued

June 23, 2005

After posting this morning's comments about Microsoft being wrong for enabling censorship in China, I had a conversation with our CTO who agreed with me that censorship and/or enabling censorhip is bad, but why pick on Microsoft alone? Another colleague forwarded some more information to me as well a few moments ago, and that led me to an article that appeared on the Industry Standard in February of last year.

The text of the article is below for your convenience. The piece was written by Scarlett Pruitt of the IDG News Service and you can find it online here.

Microsoft, China... continued

June 23, 2005

After posting this morning's comments about Microsoft being wrong for enabling censorship in China, I had a conversation with our CTO who agreed with me that censorship and/or enabling censorhip is bad, but why pick on Microsoft alone? Another colleague forwarded some more information to me as well a few moments ago, and that led me to an article that appeared on the Industry Standard in February of last year.

The text of the article is below for your convenience. The piece was written by Scarlett Pruitt of the IDG News Service and you can find it online here.

Cisco, Microsoft, Chinese Goings On

June 23, 2005

Cisco Systems announced plans to boost China’s share of its outsourcing budget to 40 percent by the end of 2006.

The release quoted Jia-Bin Duh, president of Cisco’s China operations, who said it spent about $5 billion on outsourcing in China in 2004, or 25 percent of its global total. He declined to elaborate on how much the company plans to spend this year.

China is one of Cisco’s top five countries for revenue, together with the United States, Japan, Britain and Germany.

Report Hails Broadband Growth

June 22, 2005

A new report from In-Stat declares that broadband remains a bright spot  in an otherwise lagging telecom market.

According to the release announcing Common Cents: Consumer Telecom & Technology Spending, 2004-2009, although service revenues for US telcos are expected to decline through 2009, broadband generate significant revenue growth. The report posits that market penetration will grow from 28.6 percent of the population in 2004 to nearly 50 percent by the end of 2009.

"The migration from dial-up to broadband is good news for service providers, as the monthly fees for broadband will remain substantially higher than for dial-up," says Amy Cravens, In-Stat analyst. "With $13.7 billion in broadband revenues in 2004 versus $10.9 billion in dial-up revenues, broadband has already outpaced dial-up as a revenue-generating opportunity."  

The research tells us that:



  • Total consumer spending on communication services, including local voice, long distance, cable TV, dial-up, and broadband was $114.8 billion in 2004.

Up , Up and Huawei!

June 21, 2005

According to a report from  ABI Research, chinese telecom giant Huawei is growing faster than a speeding bullet, and is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Well, sort of...

The latest study from ABI Research's Asia bureau, "Huawei: On the Road to Becoming a Leading International Equipment Supplier", analyzes the firm's businesses, its culture and its major strategies, as well as providing an overview of the company's principal products, its financial data, business focus and target markets at different stages.

ABP Hosts Conference for VoIP Resellers

June 15, 2005

 

ABP is once again playing host at their VoIP Sizzles in Dallas VoIP VAR conference for open systems next month, from July 20–22. 

ABP is a national technology distributor that markets SIP-based VoIP solutions via Resellers. The Dallas, TX-based firm is actively growing a network of professional resellers seeking to integrate VoIP solutions using “Best of Breed” components as opposed to a single manufacturer’s solution.

ABP’s conference is open to data, networking, and telecom resellers that want to become professional players in the VoIP space. Last year this event drew about 100 resellers from across the United States, plus a significant number of Resellers from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sony, GlowPoint Announce IVE - Instant Video Everywhere

June 1, 2005

Sony in a continuing relationship with GlowPoint, announced earlier today the availability of the new IVE (pronounced "Ivy") or Instant Video Everywhere service. The announcement heralds the latest move in Sony's IP communications strategy, specifically focusing on video. In March, I had the chance to check out Sony's IPELA launch. Today's announcement had me excited as well.

Newport Expands Intop US, Releases New SBC Software

June 1, 2005

Newport Networks announced this morning it is expanding its organization with new offices in Frisco, Texas. Newport likewise announced the availability of Release 2.0 of its 1460 session border controller software.

 

Release 2.0 of its 1460 Session Border Controller adds geographic service resilience, link aggregation (802.3-2002) capabilities, and a series of enhancements designed to deliver carrier-class reliability, bandwidth utilization and profitability.

Speech-World Keynotes (Part II)

May 25, 2005

It was back to the keynote room for the second set of keynotes from Speech-World Conference.

 

First up was Inter-Tel’s Jeff Ford, that firm’s CTO and President, talking about speech technology and what enterprises might hope to gain from it. Ford echoed a point made in the morning’s keynotes, namely that we are at a critical juncture, an inflexion point in the growth of this industry.

Speech-World Keynotes (Part I)

May 25, 2005


I had the opportunity to take in this morning’s keynote speeches at Speech-World Conference in Dallas, TX. After a brief introduction from Rich Tehrani, TMC’s President, Cisco’s Vickie McGovern – director of Product and Technology Marketing – IP Communications – took the stage to share her vision for speech technology and how speech is redefining communications.

The core message of the keynote was that speech can reduce the complexity associated with business communications. She touched on a variety of key elements including
Virtualization, Rich Media (focusing on personalization preferences), Natural Language (for such applications as directory services, e-mail and voicemail access, password services, communications management, and calendar management), and
Modality, Presence, and Context (a good example of which is someone calling me when I’m on another call, I respond via IM, and the response is read back to them utilizing speech technology).

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