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Public Policy Group Rings In On SBC/AT&T

January 31, 2005

I just received this Media Advisory from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Somewhere in between my cascading deadlines, I thought I'd share. Here goes:

SBC Buyout of AT&T Helps Consumers

Washington, D.C., January 31, 2005 — Statement of Braden Cox, Technology Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute:

SBC Communication Inc.’s offer to buy AT&T, announced today, is a pro-competitive development in a rapidly changing industry. In an environment where cable, telephone and wireless companies all compete against each other, the combination of these two providers is the natural progression of a communications market working for consumers.

Sylantro Fosters UNE-P To VoIP Migration

January 31, 2005

Sylantro Systems Corporation has announced that VoEx, Inc., a VoIP services and enhanced managed services provider based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and STS Telecom a South Florida-based telecommunications service provider have integrated Sylantro's applications feature server and hosted communications applications as part of their comprehensive new service strategies to deliver richer, differentiated alternatives to Unbundled Network Element Platform (UNE-P) service offerings. UNE-P has been the foundation for many competitive providers' offerings over much of the past decade; however, recent rulings have brought major changes to the UNE-P program.

Today’s announced deployments represent Sylantro's growing base of U.S. customers that are shedding the restrictions of UNE-P by offering highly scalable Voice over IP (VoIP) services for their consumer and business customers.

Enterprise VoIP Continues To Grow

January 28, 2005

Niagara Falls!

Slowly I turn… step by step… inch by inch….

VoIP!

Slowly I grow… step by step… inch by inch…

A newly published report from Dell'Oro Group reveals that IP PBX shipments will reach 28 million lines in 2006, surpassing TDM shipments.

Volo Sweeps In With Offer To Level 3 Customers

January 27, 2005

Speed. A hallmark of a truly successful competitive company is the speed with which it can innovate and take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.

Volo Communications, a carrier's carrier that offers wholesale broadband voice, advanced hosted application services, and a whole lot more, is stepping into the freshly created void formed by Level 3’s announcement this week that it is retreating from the hosted IP Telephony space.

Level 3 announced they were ceasing to offer their (3)Tone Business, its wholesale hosted-PBX service.

Dear John,

January 27, 2005

In a recent column, The Problem With VoIP Phones , PC Magazine’s resident ‘technopinionist’ John Dvorak has his way with VoIP. He points to the quality of service issues that still exist, and that one solution is the traditional “throw-bandwidth-at-it-and-it’ll-work” approach. I have no argument with Dvorak on this point: With a T1’s worth of bandwidth you can pretty much guarantee good quality voice. And you can keep the squirrels at bay.

Deloitte's Asmundson: Thoughts on VoIP, Michael Powell, and The Outlook for 2005

January 26, 2005

I recently had the chance to chat with Philip Asmundson, who was recently promoted to national managing partner of Deloitte’s U.S. Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry practice.

GG: Please describe the role of Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group.
PA: The TMT Group is composed of service professionals who have a wealth of experience serving technology, media and telecommunications companies throughout the world in areas including cable, communications providers, computers and peripherals, entertainment, media and publishing, networking, semiconductors, software, wireless, and related industries. These specialists understand the challenges that these companies face throughout all stages of their business growth cycle and are committed to helping them succeed.

VoIP Performance Management Goes Continental

January 25, 2005

In Moldova’s never-ending quest for truth, justice, and VoIP performance management solutions, today is a good day. You see, Brix Networks just announced an expansion of its international distribution channels with new value-added reseller agreements with BCT Group of Moscow and Schoeller Network Control (SNC) of Vienna.

Under the terms of the agreements, BCT Group and SNC are authorized to offer the Brix family of hardware and software products, collectively called the Brix System, to carriers and enterprises in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries and Austria and Hungary, respectively.

Nations in the CIS include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Merrill Lynch Lists Top 10 Telecom Surprises

January 24, 2005

This week’s Telecom update from Merrill Lynch features a list of potential surprises that the analyst firm thinks might potentially impact telecom services stocks. The report carries the usual disclaimers about investing based on this information, and frankly anyone risking their money in the markets has to realize that the key word there is “risk.”

The list is being billed as low probability/high impact, which I guess is a suitable and appropriate hedge. After all, who knows what lies around the bend?

Anyhow, here are the predictions.

Powell Out; VoIP Industry Reacts (Part 5)

January 21, 2005

CompTel/ASCENT CEO H. Russell Frisby Jr. had this to say on the occasion of Michael Powell's resignation:

“We wish Chairman Powell well in his future endeavors. The Chairman has been a strong advocate for the principles in which he believed.

"CompTel/ASCENT looks forward to working with Chairman Powell’s successor. The year ahead is filled with many critical issues that must be addressed promptly and appropriately to ensure that competition between all types of telecom service providers is allowed to flourish.

Powell Out; VoIP Industry Reacts (Part 4)

January 21, 2005

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