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VoIP Institute

May 31, 2006

Peggy Gritt who worked for Interactive Intelligence and has spoken at a number of TMC events has gone off and founded VoIP Institute.

Here are some details from the new website which will be updated with new information frequently:

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The VoIP Institute is the first independent organization (not vendor-run) dedicated solely to the user experience. The purpose of the institute is to bring users together for sharing experiences, learning from each other, and advancing best practices.
 
Join the Voice over IP Institute to...
 
Meet - meet online and in person at local peer group meetings with other companies who are interested in or deploying voice over IP technology.
 
Advance - work with other users to develop best practices for implementation planning, system management, remote office deployments, and much more.
 
Learn - learn everything from the basics to advanced topics - from the technical to the business side of VoIP and SIP standards.
 
If you could easily find other users of voice over IP and SIP and learn how they are deploying it, applying it to their business, and managing their migrations - wouldn’t you jump at the chance to hear their best practices?
 
If you are struggling with advanced topics such as SIP standards for your IP-PBX and contact center don't you want to know if other users have saved money and how?
 
Whether you are looking at the technical aspects of specific devices or want to know how a business case is built - the VoIP Institute serves users and potential users, business and technical interests. Our regional peer groups serve as user groups for the SIP user and general VoIP user community.



















NexTone

May 31, 2006

I have recently met with the NexTone team and am impressed with many of the initiatives they are undertaking from their university to their extensive and ever-growing interoperability lab. In addition to these positive moves the company has recently appointed Larry Schessel – an ex-Cisco IP communications veteran to the helm of CTO office of CTO under Sridhar Ramachandran who remains CTO.

A bit on Larry… Prior to joining NexTone, he served as Senior Manager at Cisco Systems for both the Service Provider and Enterprise IP Communications Business Units, where he defined SIP and H.323 product roadmaps. Previously, he served in strategic and technical management roles at Siemens. In addition he was awarded several patents for his work in next generation call processing systems.

It is good to see so much positive news coming out of the SBC market and it is worth mentioning that NexTone’s products do so much more than session management.



Om on Vonage

May 31, 2006

Vonage Shares

May 31, 2006

Quoted in National Post

May 30, 2006

Latest News May 30th, 2006

May 30, 2006

I am on the road again this morning so since I wont have time to blog I thought I would give you lots of fun stuff to read in my absence.   For example here is a story about who is behind the Internet that has some pretty interesting points. Om has a story about Internet 2 worth reading. And it gets me thinking why if Internet 2 is so fast and was promised to be the future, why the talk of net neutrality an d having to get a second tier of internet service? Why can’t we all just have Internet 2?   Andy talks about shadow numbers, Aswath discusses Skype competing with iTunes.

Net Neutrality Politics

May 27, 2006

Can You Sue Me Now

May 27, 2006

Federal Excise Tax Ended

May 26, 2006

I am a bit late on the news here but am glad the federal excise tax is finally being ended. There has to be a better way to tax us than to micro tax everything different percentages. Hopefully ending this tax will start a chain reaction of ridiculous taxes being ended.

For example the gas guzzler tax is not one that makes sense. The tax is buying the gas and that is bad enough.

Verizon's Nancy Gofus

May 26, 2006

VoIP News This Week May 2006

May 26, 2006

There was a moderate amount of VoIP activity this week. AltiGen, Avaya (News - Alert), Verso, Yahoo! and Bell Canada are some of the notable companies.

Some specifics:

Avaya announced on Wednesday that it was selected to participate with nine other companies in a $4 billion U.S. Army project to upgrade voice and data communications infrastructures of the agency's bases worldwide.



Enron

May 26, 2006

Sunset Pics

May 25, 2006

Amtrak Back

May 25, 2006

Andy on Vonage

May 25, 2006

Here are Andy's thoughts on Vonage and the IPO. He is not a believer in Vonage in the long term. I am.

He thinks Jeff Pulver could have steered the company in a better direction but since he was pushed out of Vonage he wasn't able to offer guidance. My question on this is what was wrong with Jeff Citron's guidance?

Amtrak Service Interruption

May 25, 2006

Off to Amtrak

May 25, 2006

Beyond VoIP

May 24, 2006


World famous writer and thought leader Marc Robins has joined the family of TMC bloggers with a blog titled Beyond VoIP. Marc has written for TMC publications including Communications Solutions and Internet Telephony for years and had an illustrious career working for Harry Newton (remember him) and was an analyst and the VP of marketing at a company that was in the DSP resource board space.

Now Marc, I thought VoIP was it… The end all, be all. What could possibly beyond VoIP? I guess I better check out the blog to find out!


Telx Event

May 24, 2006

Check out the massive exhibitor list for the Telx Cbx peering event on June 14th 2006.

151Front Street 
360 Networks
3U Telecom
AboveNet
Access Line Communications
ADVA Optical
AGL Networks
American Fiber Systems
American Telisis
A.M.S Voicecom
Ancotel (no cha)
Arbinet
Ascent Media
AT&T
Atlanta Inernet Exchange 
ATT DG
ATTelecom
BCT
Bell Nexxia
Big Apple Peering Exchnage
BIG PIPE
Brasil Telecom / Globenet
Broadview
Broadwing
Cable & Wireless
Cablevision Lightpath
Calltrade
Cantata
Capanis
Capital Internet
Cat Communications
Cbeyond
Charter Communications, Inc.
Cogent Communications
COLT
Comfluent  (no cha)
Comnet
COMPTEL
COMTek Communications
Con Edison Communications
connect.2.world
Covista Communications
Covaro Netowrks
Covista Communications
CRG West
CTC Communications
Cyber Wurx
Dain Communications
DaVinci Integration Inc.
Digital Realty Trust (no cha)
Digital Service Consultants
Direct Partner Telecom
DollarPhone
EasyNet
Eircom 
Entel Chile
Epsilon Telecommunications
Epsilon USA 
Exponential-e
Fiber Rail
Flex Data
Force 10
Gafachi
Gateway Communications
GDXC
Genesis Networks
Georgia Public Web 
GigaBeam
Global Crossing
GLOBAL NAPS
Global Net Access
Global Telecom Exchange
Globix Corp
Go2Call
Great Access
GS Miami
Hibernia Atlantic
HITN
HKCOLO Limited (no cha)
I Flex Soultions 
IBN
IceNet
ICG
IDT
Impsat USA
In Office Networks
InfiniRoute Networks
Instanet
Intermedia.Net
InterMetro Communications, Inc.
Internet Telephony
Interoute Communications
Interra Networks
Intra Global Comm., Inc.
Invision
inZon Corporation 
ION
IP Retail
IPgrade
Jaina Systems Network
Kancharla Corporation
Kayote Networks, Inc.
KeySpan Communications
Keywest Communications
KPN INS
Last Mile Connections
Level (3) Metro Services, Southeast Region
Looking Glass Networks
MarNoel
Matrix Resources
MCI
Moruda
Movaz Networks
Nationsline
NEON Communications
Net Access
Net One International 
NextCarrier
NextCarrier
NextGen
Nobel Communications
NuVox
NY6IX
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
One Ring Networks
OnFiber Communications
Open Access
Optical Communications Group
Orbitel
PAETEC Communications
Peer 1 Network
PPL Telecom
Primus Telecom
Qwest Communications
R&R Telecom
RADCOM,Inc.
Rainbow Broadband
RCN
Reynwood Communications
Rogers
RUSSTEL
sentitO Networks
Simple Network
Sirius Telecom
Stealth Communications
Storewiz
Swiftwill
TelCap
TelCove
Telecom Italia
Telecommunications Magazine
Telefonica USA
Telefyne
Telehouse America
Telemar
TeliaSonera
Telintel
Telstra Incorporated 
Terremark
The Spoken Hub
The Voice Peering Fabric
Think IP
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Telecom
Total Telecom International
Transaction Network Services
Triad Communications Group, Inc
TriMedia
T-Star Italy
T-Systems USA
TT Digital Communications
TuFone
Turin
TVI Connect
Unifi Communications
Universal Access
US Carrier
VeriSign
Verizon
Veroxity Technology Partners
VGM International
Viatel
VoEx
Voice.Sky 
VoIP Corporation
VoIP Logic
VOIPME
Voxbone
VSNL International
Waveleap Communications, LLC
WBS Connect
Westin Building
WilTel Communications
WLexchange LLC
WV Fiber
XO Communications
Xspedius Communications 
Xyrous Communications
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Internet Dark Ages

May 24, 2006

Globalcomm Party

May 24, 2006

Vonage News Page

May 24, 2006

Vonage Stock price Drops

May 24, 2006

I told a reporter yesterday that I wasn’t sure if I would invest in Vonage as it first goes public but I would if it dips a bit. I don’t know where the magic number is but I get the feeling this will be a volatile one.

If I am right and it is volatile then the question is what is the low and high point for the stock. I would likely invest if it drops to $12 because I get the feeling that they will soon exceed numbers. I don’t have inside info so consider this pure conjecture and put as much value in this as me telling you to bed on red in roulette.

Here is an article on the stock dropping on early trading.



More On Inveneo

May 24, 2006

Over a year ago I wrote about a company called Inveneo – a nonprofit producing a bicycle/solar powered VoIP system that can be used in villages where electricity and cell phones are not available. The bike runs on Asterisk and I have had a chance since to pedal this bike.

About 13 months later, Time magazine has gotten into the game and has also written about Inveneo. Here is their excellent article.

Here is an excerpt:

Inveneo was launched in 2004 by three Silicon Valley veterans--Mark Summer, 36; Kristin Peterson, 45; and Bob Marsh, 59--who share a passion for high tech and an interest in the developing world. They had done enough volunteer work overseas to see how wireless communications might improve and save lives--through phone calls to health clinics, fast reporting of natural disasters, support for trading co-ops and better educational opportunities.

So they designed a solar-powered Internet network that is inexpensive, easy to install and nearly maintenance free.







Call Centers Changing Lives

May 24, 2006

I actually felt good writing this story. Like I was contributing to something bigger than anything I have written about previously. I hope you read it, it moves you and you find a way to have your corporation participate in this program.

Please enjoy my unedited High Priority column from the June, 2006 issue of Customer Interaction Solutions.

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I grew up in the call center business and couldn’t be more proud. Call centers have been used for such admirable activities as coordinating live-saving organ transplants to fundraising for virtually all the top charities.






Streaming

May 24, 2006

IMS Therefore I Am

May 23, 2006


Here is my IMS Publisher’s Outlook – unedited for the June 2006 issue of the publication. Enjoy! ------
"Cogito, ergo sum" (Latin: "I am thinking, therefore I exist", or traditionally "I think, therefore I am") is a philosophical statement by René Descartes, which became a foundational element of Western rationalism. "Cogito ergo sum" is a translation of Descartes' original French statement: "Je pense, donc je suis", which occurs in his Discourse on Method (1637).

The above entry is borrowed from Wikipedia and that smooth-looking European philosopher is responsible for helping define existence.

If we were to update this famous expression to the 21st century it would surely read IMS Therefore I am. In this case I am not arguing existence but perhaps more importantly identity.





BayPackets IMS News

May 23, 2006

100 Million Mobile VoIP Users

May 23, 2006

CNBC on Vonage IPO

May 23, 2006

Sonexis

May 22, 2006

The conferencing market is fascinating to me as it is an area of continuous high-growth. Many conferencing companies actually saw business conditions improve dramatically in the post-911 world where travel began to die off. Since 9/11 it seems companies are beginning to see more and more use for conferencing in their organizations. The conferencing growth charts I see are – off the charts.   You just can't talk about this market enough because it is growing so fast and as it does the technology allows more and more people to collaborate more effectively.

Google Pages Update

May 22, 2006

New Call Centers

May 22, 2006

Can Encrypted VoIP Be Bad For VoIP?

May 22, 2006

An article in the New York Times today titled Voice Encryption May Draw U.S. Scrutiny starts out with the following sentence:

Philip R. Zimmermann wants to protect online privacy. Who could object to that?


The answer of course is no one except law enforcement agents. While I admire what Phil Zimmerman is doing I hate the fact that he is associating VoIP with the ability to encrypt conversations.


Moby on Net Neutrality

May 20, 2006

VoIP URLs For May 2006

May 20, 2006

Here are some recent VoIP URLs that have been registered. My favorites are freeskypevoip.com (I wonder when they will get an e-mail from eBay’s lawyers), milliondollarvoipservice.com (Could this be Alex Tew?), voipcalll.com (nothing like a typo to get people to remember your URL), inflightvoip.com (nothing sarcastic to add, this is a very useful one) and last but not least voipvaluation.com (perhaps one day we can learn whether or not Vonage makes a good or bad investment!)

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3rdwavevoip.com
atl-voip.com
birminghambusinessvoip.com
birminghamvoipservice.com
bizvoips.com
broadvoicevoip.com
broadvoxdirectvoip.com
cheap-voip-phones.com
cheap-voip-products.com
dectvoip.com
developmentvoip.com
e-voip.info
freeskypevoip.com
globalvoipphones.net
inflightvoip.com
livescorevoipdiscount.com
milliondollarvoipservice.com
myvoipsaves.com
ofvoip.com
okanaganvoip.com
okanaganvoip.net
prodottivoip.com
productvoip.com
skypevoips.com
testingvoip.com
voiceglovoip.com
voip-de.net
voip-installations.com
voip-kostenlos-telefonieren.info
voip2006.info
voip2gether.com
voipcalll.com
voipcallss.com
voipcoupons.net
voipflyphone.com
voipforcheap.com
voipfyi.com
voiphow2.com
voipinalabama.com
voipinbirmingham.com
voipmarketdirect.com
voipmarketonline.com
voipmarketsite.com
voipmarketworld.com
voipmx.net
voiprecall.com
voipsptunt.com
voipure.biz
voipure.com
voipure.info
voipure.net
voipure.org
vst-voip.com
vvoipcall.com
vvoipcalls.com
worldvoipphones.com
wtnvoip.com
wwwvoipcall.com
wwwvoipcalls.com
yourvoipbusiness.com
cnbcvoip.com
creativevoip.com
goldentelecomvoip.com
lsuvoip.com
netflixvoip.com
offervoip.com
primetimevoip.com
providersolutionvoip.com
the-voip-store.com
unvoip.com
voip-solutions.us
voipblackberry.com
voipcreative.com
voiplogo.com
voipprimetime.com
voippvtltd.com
voipremier.com
voipremier.net
voipremium.com
voipremium.net
voipserver.info
voipthefuture.com
voipthestory.com
voiptrouble.com
voipvaluation.com
voipworldstore.com
ywvoip.net

























































































Jimmy Hoffa

May 19, 2006

Cavaliers/Pistons Photos

May 19, 2006

Verizon Convoy

May 19, 2006

Tekelec’s Frank Plastina

May 19, 2006

VoIP Tutorial

May 19, 2006

JOHN CLEESE'S LETTER TO AMERICA

May 19, 2006

A friend just sent me this. Not sure if John wrote this or not but it is funny.   ----

To the citizens of the United States of America:

In light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (excepting Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new prime minister, Tony Blair, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.





MPLS

May 19, 2006

Russell on Plantronics

May 19, 2006

AOL/Broadwing

May 19, 2006

Andy has some commentary here on why AOL would choose Broadwing over Level3. Here is an excerpt:   One of the knocks I regularly hear about Level3, despite their quality is that they don't price out versus others, so with bandwidth becoming a commodity, their are deals to be had. But Broadwing, not to be confused with Verizon's VoiceWing, is one of the networks that can best Level3 on what the network can do, and now they have beaten them with a big win.



I wonder if Broadwing will be a serious challenger to Level3 going forward. There is likely enough business for both but until recently Broadwing was very quiet.

Apple Store New York

May 19, 2006

Houston WiFi

May 19, 2006

  Houston has released a draft for city-wide WiFi according to Save Muni Wireless. Here are some interesting details from the blog entry:   The City's vision is to apply ubiquitous, low-cost wireless Internet access as a foundation for the City of Houston to become the most efficient, effective and responsive city government in the nation—while stimulating economic development and promoting digital inclusion for low-income and disadvantaged residents.   One remarkable part of this proposal is that it explicitly embraces the concept of "net neutrality". The City will require that the operator open up the network to wholesale service, which would allow any ISP to participate. Chalk that up to another exciting innovation that's being driven by muni networks.   It would seem that in the long run, service providers will see more and more competition from the cities.

AMD in Dell Servers

May 19, 2006

More Vonage IPO Analysis

May 18, 2006

Here is my June 2006 Publisher’s Outlook in Internet Telephony Magazine which is important because I discuss the Vonage IPO. Everyone from friends to relatives are asking me about what they should do. I hope this helps:

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Coming Soon: The VoIP IPO

Somewhere around 1998 or a stockbroker acquaintance called me to tell me about a great opportunity - and proceeded to tell me how it was a great time to purchase AT&T. I explained the whole concept of IP telephony to the broker.





What Happens Here Now Gets Out

May 18, 2006

To Akron, Atlanta and Back

May 18, 2006


I had a fun but tiring trip from LaGuardia Airport to Akron, Ohio to Atlanta, GA and back home. I got to fly on AirTran to Ohio and was dreading flying on this airline. For some reason I associate the airline with budget crappy service. Big mistake.

AMD 64 Bit Laptop Chips

May 18, 2006

EVDO in Akron Ohio

May 16, 2006

The one area Verizon Wireless might want to look into is Akron, OH where the EVDO speed rivals snail mail. The good news about my stay is that the University of Akron WiFi Access is ubiquitous throughout their campus. I spoke their today. The one challenge is how tight the WiFi security is.

IMS Magazine Issue 2

May 16, 2006

Cavaliers vs. Pistons

May 16, 2006

Last Night I had floor seats to the Cleveland Cavaliers/Detroit Pistons game. It was a great experience and the crowd was amazing. It was deafening but exciting. I got to see many of the players close up.

Test Blog

May 16, 2006

President/CEO/Director of VoIP Company

May 15, 2006

GIPS Enabled Speakerphone

May 15, 2006

I am in the airport now (what else is new). I am speaking at a direct marketing event tomorrow in Akron, Ohio. I will be addressing how to build a superior website. The show organizers thought I would be the right person to discuss this topic after learning about all the traffic TMCnet is generating each month.   As many of you know w surpassed a million unique, filtered visitors (not to be confused with unfiltered that includes bots, spiders and junk). We also rank in the top 1,400 out of all sites in the world.   After that I am in Atlanta speaking to more resellers about how to get into and profit from VoIP and IP communications.   Anyway I recently learned about a new company called LifeSize which has a conference phone that is supposed to be of the highest quality.

Skype Goes Dialpad

May 15, 2006

MTV URGE

May 15, 2006

Now that MTV has decided it will compete with iTunes by offering downloads of music and eventually videos, one wonders how many potential competitors there will be in this space. How many can the market bear? Will content providers ever say enough is enough and stop new outlets from getting a hold of their songs and videos?

From where I stand this competition for the consumer will put content providers in a better and better position to negotiate lucrative deals. Then again do content providers even need a service like iTunes or Google?

Instat on IMS

May 13, 2006

This is worth reading for you IMS enthusiasts. Instat warns of putting all your eggs in the IMS basket. Here is a salient quote: (IMS)-based applications have lots of potential uses, but chances are, none of them will result in a windfall in consumer spending.

My take? Instat may be right or wrong.

Vonage IPO Views

May 12, 2006

I have had a few questions regarding the Vonage IPO recently. One question was at the Aculab Ace event and yet others are verbally or in an e-mail. I responded to one this morning and I believe it may be worth sharing. Again, I am not a certified investment planner but for what its worth, here are my views:

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Hi Rich,

I found many of your articles and blog commentary helpful and enlightening.  





NSA Recording

May 11, 2006

Restaurants in San Francisco

May 11, 2006

After my speech today I had a conference call and then we were off to dinner. Now San Francisco can be surprisingly hilly -- especially China Town which was a stone's throw from the conference. The people here must be in great shape because you have so many sharp inclines to navigate. By the time we left to go eat we were all starved.

Click Fraud

May 10, 2006

I was speaking with one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the call center and online advertising market. He has been spending tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Google. Recently he hired an analyst to go through where his clicks were coming from. They found a number of fraudulent "spam" sites sending traffic to them.

Triple Play Symposium

May 10, 2006

Aculab Ace Progress

May 10, 2006

Mitel IPO

May 10, 2006

Starbucks

May 9, 2006

DSP Board Vendor Consolidation

May 9, 2006

Vonage Shares For Customers

May 8, 2006

JFK Signage

May 8, 2006

Apple beats Apple

May 8, 2006

Aculab Ace

May 8, 2006

This week I am off to San Francisco for the Aculab ACE event. I can't wait to give my keynote address. On the plane I plan on adding lots of new material to my presentation. I also have to get through about 15 magazines.

Side Effect of Blogging

May 5, 2006

The more you blog, the more e-mail you get. Of course my fellow bloggers know this. I find it amazing how many people find blog entries from the past few years and send me e-mails on various topics. I get many requests about investment opportunities to helping people fix their VoIP or broadband problems.

Interop

May 4, 2006

I spent a full day at Interop and got to cover the whole show in less than a day which is always a plus. In addition I even got a chance to hit a few receptions and see two wedding parties casually strolling through the casino.

Who would have thought that a strip of desert would become one of the most popular destinations in the country based on gambling, weddings and bachelor parties. Of course there is more... Sports, great restaurants, shows, etc but it is tough to fathom how quickly this strip of sand has blossomed in the past 15 years alone.

But back to the show, there were a few booths towards the front of the hall that did well and some others had good traffic depending on the appeal of their offerings.



Worst Job Ever

May 4, 2006

Back From Vegas

May 4, 2006

I just got back from Vegas and thankfully stayed on east coast time while I was out there so I am not feeling any jet-lag – yet anyway. I am still catching up on all the news I missed while away but was interested in the fact that the FCC has mandated CALEA compliance for VoIP. This makes good logical sense and I haven’t heard any grumbling from VoIP providers so I assume this will be relatively easy to implement for most carriers.

On a related security note, Fox News (why do they use that awful blue background on their stories?) reports that Moussaoui will receive life in prison instead of the death penalty. Apparently he yelled out “I won”, “I won” when the verdict was read.

Skype 2.5

May 2, 2006

Skype just released the new addition of its software. As part of the new software enhancements, registration is simplified for new Skype customers, and dialing traditional phone numbers is more intuitive, making calls to landlines or cell phones anywhere in the world, easy and affordable.  Features such as improved conference calling offer better voice quality.

Simple prompts while Skyping allow users to adjust how they manage their internet connection to ensure they have the best possible call quality.   Other new functionality includes built-in, localized payment options, in over 15 currencies. 

Asia Telecom M&A

May 2, 2006

I while back I wrote about the M&A market in telecom and I didn't factor in the Asian players into my analysis. So in order to be balanced, I decided to get a perspective from someone who is intimately involved in the telecom market and who works for UT Starcom, a major Chinese telecom equipment provider. Farshid Mohammadi is a VoIP and IMS industry icon and couldn't be better positioned to tell us where the Chinese/Asian telecom players fit into the overall mix.

Here are his comments:

An interesting phenomena is happening. The Asian vendors who have been the beneficiary of more cost effective labor and manufacturing are finding that to succeed in international markets in any significant way, they would have to staff up in their beachhead markets.



Joe Sanscrainte

May 2, 2006

For companies who have call centers and were in any way affected by the do not call list, you may be familiar with a company called Call Compliance and its former general counsel and director of regulatory affairs, Joe Sanscrainte. Joe is one of the true thought leaders in the do not call regulatory market.

Joe has now joined international law firm Bryan Cave LLP in its New York office and should be a tremendous asset. Aside from do not call, Joe is also expert in the inbound side of the call center business and is intimately familiar with the potentially new legislation that will affect call centers. For example there is talk that politicians will force call centers to connect callers to a live agent if they press one.

One Night in Alexandria

May 2, 2006

I went to an Avaya media/analyst reception last night which was held at The miX Lounge in THEHotel, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. As one of the people at the party said it, "We have to thank Avaya because they normally wouldn't let people as old as us in here."

It was really a nice bar/lounge and there were some amazing appetizers. I decided to stay on east coast time so I had dinner before the reception which meant I had no room for the appetizers that looked amazing. I did have one truffle appetizer and some champagne but other than that primarily imbibed H2O.

I had a chance to talk with Avaya CEO Don Peterson who was telling me a bit about their new announcement focusing on the hosted market.



RIM Vs. Visto

May 1, 2006

Blackberry maker Research in Motion must have incorporated on Friday the 13th because they seem to continually be in the spotlight for patent infringement problems. This time it isn't NTP but Visto who wants (take a wild guess) an injunction and monetary damages.

Here is a quote from Tom Keating's blog.

"Friday's sweeping decision against Seven Networks validates our claims that Visto's intellectual property serves as the basis for this industry's birth," said Brian Bogosian, Visto's Chairman, President and CEO. "There was no ambiguity in the jury's decision.  Likewise we believe that RIM's infringement of Visto's technology will be halted. 



TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

May 1, 2006

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.

I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this goal.

I have to thank you once again for visiting TMCnet and helping us achieve this goal. By the way the official number is 1,053,840.

We have two more goals. One is Alexa of 1,000 -- which would put TMCnet in the top 1,000 sites in the entire world. We are currently ranked 1,387 so we are close.





Flying Record

May 1, 2006

I recently contacted the Guinness Book of World Records as I am off yet again to another show. This time -- Vegas -- Interop. They told me not to get my hopes up. I did tell them that the last two flights I had were on time and they said if I have two more flights on time in a row I may place for an on time record.

I have a few important meetings at Interop and am surprised at how few calls I got for meetings as my name is on the press list.

Triple-Play Symposium

May 1, 2006

Skype and Polycom

May 1, 2006


On the surface, it may not seem like big news... Polycom a leader in conferencing and Skype a leader in VoIP come together to make a new product -- a portable speakerphone that works with Skype. But, aside from allowing you to have conference calls with other Skype users the product is a harbinger of great things to come.

Initially this announcement will be a huge legitimizer for Skype in the enterprise. More enterprise customers will consider Skype since Polycom has indirectly put a seal of approval on its software.


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