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Talking Dog

January 31, 2006

Stop me if you've heard this one...

A guy is driving around the back woods and he sees a sign in front of a house:

“Talking Dog for Sale.”

He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a Labrador retriever sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

Google, VoIP INc. In Deal

January 30, 2006

Google just became a phone company. Or bought one. Or both... Or... In any event, check out what TMC's Robert Liu has to say on the matter.

Thursday morning keynote: Nortel's Richard Tworek

January 26, 2006


The Thursday morning keynote featured a presentation from Richard Tworek, vice president of Enterprise Communication Servers at Nortel.


Tworek addressed the assembly with a keynote entitled enhancing the human experience with enterprise real-time secure converged communications.

Wednesday Evening Keynote: Cisco's Brian Dal Bello

January 25, 2006

Wednesday evening’s keynotes kicked off with a presentation from Brian Dal Bello, Director, Product Marketing IP Communication Business Unit Voice Technology Group, Cisco Systems.


Dal Bello spoke to the crowd about the impact of VoIP in a keynote entitled Business Communications: The Challenge.


Wednesday Keynotes: Level 3's Myrle McNeal

January 25, 2006

The second keynoter of Wednesday’s lineup was Myrle McNeal, Senior Vice President of Local VoIP Services for Level 3 Communications. McNeal has responsibility for P&L, operations performance and marketing strategy for the company’s Voice over IP portfolio including (3)VoIP Enhanced Local, Local Inbound and E911 Direct services.


McNeal spoke about marketing VoIP services to consumers. He started with some background on what Level3 sees happening with the marketing of VoIP services and what we will need to do to accelerate the acceptance of VoIP services.


Wednesday Keynote: Avaya's Lawrence Byrd

January 25, 2006

Wednesday morning, and the cavalcade of compelling keynotes continues. This morning’s session began with Avaya’s Lawrence Byrd. Lawrence is Director of IP Telephony and Mobility Solutions, Avaya, and helps drive the definition and communication of Avaya’s solution strategy.

Byrd spoke of the ongoing Evolution in communications and how it affects everyone, be it vendors, developers, customers, consumers, etc… and how telecommunications has been a force for market transformation throughout history.

He gave some specific examples, such as:

XConnect Signs Up Dutch Cable Companies

January 25, 2006

A joint initiative comprised of UPC Netherlands, Casema, MultiKabel, Essent and CaiW, totaling more than 7 million subscribers with more than 450,000 telephony subscribers - today awarded the VoIP Peering contract to a partnership of XConnect, the world's largest provider of "Plug and Peer" Voice over IP (VoIP) interconnection services and Kayote Networks, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions for routing and peering. This landmark agreement enables all participating operators to share VoIP traffic directly over their IP networks, completely bypassing traditional phone networks and thereby eliminating PSTN interconnection fees.

Eli Katz, founder & CEO of Xconnect is speaking at Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO tomorrow during the VoIP Summit.

"This groundbreaking deal is a momentous event highlighting the tremendous impact VoIP is having on the paradigms and business models of today's telecommunications," said Katz. "With one of the most highly saturated cable marketplaces, providing services to almost 97% of Dutch homes, the Netherlands is an excellent pioneer for driving the world's first cable VoIP Exchange, and we are honored to have been selected to lead this esteemed group of operators in connecting their subscribers' calls."

VoIP Peering Visions

January 24, 2006

I'm dreaming of VoIP Peering. As I get set to turn in for the night, I get the sense that we may be hearing some big VoIP Peering news soon. For those of you who happen to stumble across my blog late this night, I wish you sweet dreams of VoIP and VoIP Peering.

This is Greg Galitzine saying good night.

Good night.

Tuesday Evening Keynotes: AT&T, Pingtel, General Motors

January 24, 2006

Tuesday evening’s keynoters represent a vast cross section of the industry. AT&T, arguably the most recognizable carrier in the world, Pingtel, a provider of open source SIP-based PBX technology, and General Motors, a behemoth enterprise consumer of telephony services.


As I sit here waiting for them to begin their discussions I am struck by the variety of keynoters and the variety of conference attendees.

Spencer Kicks Off IT EXPO

January 24, 2006


Mark Spencer kicked off the 13th Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO today with a keynote speech entitled “Digium Got Punk’d.”

Rich Tehrani, TMC president and Conference Chairman welcomed the crowd and introduced the show’s first keynoter. Spencer is founder and president of Huntsville, Alabama-based Digium, the creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the Open Source PBX.

Dressed in a bright orange Asterisk polo shirt — a nod to his developer roots — Mark spoke to the assembled crowd and told them a story about how Digium got “Punk’d” and was forced into using VoIP more than they had originally planned.

“Digium is an unconventional company,” he said, “yet even as an unconventional company, we actually use VoIP in rather conventional ways.” He explained how the Digium phone network is really a worst case ‘don’t-try-this-at-home’ (or at work) network running absolutely every latest, bleeding-edge technology utilizing every standard known to man ( and then some) and so on and so on… “Since we’re a company of engineers,” Mark said, “our network has no redundancy, no load balancing, etc… in order to truly test the network.

The Forecast Calls for VoIP

January 24, 2006

It's 34 degrees in New York.

It's 34 degrees in Boston.

It's 34 degrees in Chicago.

It's 73 degrees and sunny in Ft. Lauderdale.

If that's not enough of a reason to come down here, today is also the opening day of  INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East. Final preparations are underway as we get set for a week of VoIP at what promises to be the largest VoIP event ever.

Industry Veteran Michaud To Helm NetCentrex

January 4, 2006

NetCentrex, a leading player in the Triple Play space announced the appointment of industry veteran David Michaud as the new CEO of Netcentrex, Inc. effective today.

Mr. Michaud brings almost 25 years of telecommunications experience, a proven track record of establishing new telecom companies, and extensive experience accelerating their growth. In fact his resume reads like a who’s who of companies that have had an impact on the success of our industry: Carrius, NexTone Communications, Taqua Systems, Tekelec, Excel Communications, Lucent Technologies... His career also includes positions at DSC Communications, AT&T Bell Labs, Southwestern Bell, and IBM.

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