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Small Business VoIP at Costco

May 28, 2008

SIP Forum Expands Membership

May 28, 2008

The SIP Forum recently announced significantgrowth in membership since the beginning of 2008. Currently, the SIP Forum has 46 Full Member companies and more than 5,000 individual members from around the world.   Companies that have recently joined the SIP Forum as Full Members include AudioCodes Ltd.,, Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs), CGI Group Inc, Covergence, Dialogic Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Unified Solutions Inc., Sonus Networks, Tekelec, and Telsis Limited.   According to Marc Robins, SIP Forum Managing Director and President of SIP Forum LLC, “The recent surge in our membership ranks is a clear signal that the work of the Forum is resonating with equipment vendors, service providers and developers of SIP-based IP communications products and services. Indeed, one of the reasons for our recent growth is the expanding support and momentum behind the SIP Forum's SIP trunking initiative called SIPconnect, which provides an industry-approved set of rules and guidelines for accomplishing trouble-free, direct IP peering between SIP-enabled IP-PBXs and SIP-enabled VoIP service providers.”   The organization’s mission is “To advance the adoption of products and services based on SIP.”   The Forum promotes SIP as the technology of choice for the control of real-time multimedia communication sessions throughout the Internet, corporate networks, and wireless networks.   Visit them online at    

Vapps Rebranding Hi-Def Conferencing Service

May 19, 2008

Hoboken, NJ-based Vapps, Inc. has announced it is undergoing a bit of rebranding, and will use the term High-Definition Conferencing to describe the high-quality wideband audio fidelity of its audio conferences using Skype. High-Definition Conferencing replaces Vapps’ previous brand, High-Speed Conferencing, effective immediately.   By leveraging the wideband audio protocols available today, whether GIPS or wideband AMR codecs, Vapps believes they can offer the highest quality audio conferencing service available.   I caught up with Vapps at The Cable Show this week, and spoke with John Bennett, the company’s senior vice president who explained that the cable space is new territory for Vapps.   Bennett told me that business services such as the Vapps conferencing service can help cable providers offer their customers a wider variety of compelling applications.   The company also unveiled a brand-new Web site for users to gather more information on High-Definition Conferencing:   Vapps recently announced that automotive replacement parts retailer AutoZone selected Vapps’ Conferencing Enterprise service as the internal audio conferencing service for more than 4,000 retail AutoZone locations.

Rich Questions Shoretel

April 30, 2008

Rich Questions Shoretel

April 30, 2008

Rich on Skype

April 21, 2008

  Rich Tehrani spoke with Skype’s Don Albert, VP and GM of Skype North America, and came away with a slightly softened attitude regarding the need for eBay to sell Skype now, saying his "comments may have been premature."   According to Rich’s blog:   Skype earned $126 million in revenue (it’s fifth straight profitable quarter) and added another 33 million new registered users in the quarter (there are now 309 million registered Skype users around the world).   Rich also gets a jump on today’s announcement that Skype is now offering flat-rate international calling for the first time   The three subscriptions now available to consumers in the U.S. and Canada include the following:
  • Unlimited U.S. & Canada: Unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada.

RebTel Appeals to US Representatives

March 3, 2008

Taqua Announces New Customer - COI

January 23, 2008

Taqua has announced that Communications Options, Inc. (COI), has purchased two Taqua 7000s to support its growing voice services in Ohio. I got word of this news at ITEXPO in Miami Beach, which kicked off this morning.   Communications Options, Inc. (COI) is a 17-year old Westerville, Ohio-based service provider that provides a bundle of local, long distance, and Internet services to approximately 6,000 business and residential subscribers throughout Ohio. They purchased and deployed the first T7000 as a full-featured next-generation Class 5, operating with centralized call control at the edge of COI’s access network. The second T7000 is being used as an intelligent gateway at a different location within the COI network. The advanced features and call control are managed by a remote softswitch and the T7000 provides the PSTN interconnection.    

Skype 's PSP Plans Hit Speedbump

January 23, 2008

  Gizmodo is reporting that plans to deploy Skype on Sony’s PSP have stalled.   According to the site:  
We brought you the fantastic news that Skype would be coming to a PSP carrying pocket near you soon, but it seems the plans have been disrupted. Sony Japan has just released information detailing an indefinite delay, as they screwed up on the headsets that were required—Sony's microphone/speaker units failed to meet Skype certification standards. Don't be surprised when this announcement is replicated the world over.
  Some time ago I remember a company named Innomedia that planned to deploy its VoIP technology to gamers through Sega and their Dreamcall product. Actually it was back in 2000.

Rich on Skype, Apple TV Hack

January 18, 2008

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