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Welcome to our Newest Contributors!

October 2, 2007

I’m very happy to welcome several new contributors to the extended TMCnet family today.   Tony Rybczynski is Director of Strategic Enterprise Technologies, Nortel, and he has been a long-time contributor to TMC’s print publications through his work as a columnist — first in Communications Solutions magazine, and currently in Internet Telephony magazine. Tony’s blog is entitled The Hyperconnected Enterprise. It’s great to welcome Tony to our online world!   Alan Percy, Director of Business Development at AudioCodes, is a thought leader who has contributed in many ways to TMC, be it via article contributions, opinions, conference content… indeed Alan was instrumental in helping TMC create the first ever VoIP Developer conference program back in 2004.

Microsoft Announces Response Point Availability, Pricing

October 2, 2007

Back in March, Microsoft announced a small business phone system named Response Point, and said the system would be generally available to manufacturing later this year.   Well, it’s now “later this year.”   Today, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of its Response Point phone system and has set this Friday, October 5, as the first day for customers to preorder systems from manufacturing partner Quanta Computer.   According to Microsoft, Quanta-based packages will cost approximately $2,500 for a base unit with built-in analog telephone adapter (ATA) and secure gateway, plus four phones. Additional phones can be purchased for $159 each.   In addition, Microsoft announced that systems from their partner D-Link would be available starting in Q4 2007. The D-Link VoiceCenter system will include a base unit, ATA and five phones for approximately $2,999. Additional phone lines will cost $149.   Also announced today was Microsoft’s newest hardware partner Aastra Technologies.

VoIP, Mobile Growth in North America

October 2, 2007

Paul Budde Communication has released a report entitled, 2007 North America — Telecoms, Broadband and Mobile Statistics providing information on North American telecommunications.   Below are several stats from the report’s executive summary focusing on Canada and the U.S.   Canada
  • During 2006, mobile subscribers increased by approximately 10%, compared with a 17% increase during 2005.
  • Broadband subscribers reached 7.7 million by end 2006, placing Canada ninth in the world in terms of broadband penetration.
  • Drivers include the rapidly increasing growth of VoIP services: Cable VoIP experienced significant subscriber growth in 2006, growing from around 270,000 to nearly 1.1 million subscribers.
  U.S.
  • Broadband continued to experience strong growth, with broadband penetration exceeding 50% of households.
  • At current growth rates, the number of DSL subscribers is expected to exceed the number of cable subscribers during 2008.
  • Verizon is leading the deployment of FttH networks, with the number of U.S. communities being connected by fiber growing at approximately 100% per annum.
  • VoIP continues to grow rapidly, reaching approximately 16 million subscribers by end 2006.
  For more info, check out Budde online.

Black Box To Sell ShoreTel VoIP Systems

August 21, 2007

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