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July 2007

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ShoreTel/Mitel Patent Lawsuit

July 31, 2007

Aastra Intecom/BroadSoft

July 30, 2007

The IP communications market gets more and more exciting by the day and if you aren’t paying attention it even may get confusing. Today’s big news comes in the form of a partnership between two companies who you may not think would work together.   Broadsoft is a company providing applications platforms enabling such services as IP Centrex to be provided. The company typically targets service providers who in turn target businesses.   AAstra Intecom sells call center and PBX systems to large enterprises that typically have 2,500-3,000 seats.   One would imagine these companies have little in common but the two have just come together to provide large enterprises with an IP communications phone system with the power of BroadSoft and Aastra Intecom in a single solution. Service provider solutions are always more reliable and robust than their counterparts in the enterprise so I can only imagine combining the best products from these two companies means an even better solution than either can provide by itself.   Other products which will be sold as part of this solution are IBM blade servers, EdgeWater Networks for remote access solutions, AudioCodes gateways, Extreme Networks for LAN infrastructure and Covergence for SBCs.   Aastra’s all IP solution is called Clearspan and if you want a hybrid solution you can go with their Pointspan product line.   Aastra Intecom now has a broad range of solutions for virtually every large enterprise need.

Microvision

July 30, 2007

ActionTec

July 29, 2007

Many of us are familiar with VoSky Technologies the company behind the business class Skype gateways allowing a company to leverage the myriad benefits of Skype within their corporate communications infrastructure. If you need to catch up, I invite you to read an article written on the topic of Skype trunking by yours truly about a month ago.   So while Skype and VoSky are likely familiar names, most people are likely not aware of the fact that the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Actiontec Electronics, a leading provider of broadband connectivity solutions for consumers and broadband service providers.   In a recent meeting with Lesley Kirchman Director of Marketing and Brian Henrichs VP of Business Development for the company I became aware the company’s tagline is “Solutions For a Digital Life.”   The company has been around since 1993 when it was in the analog modem business. Over time they evolved to do what a few companies have been successful at… Listening to telco needs, delivering on them and actually having the telcos buy.   The company has sold over five million devices and has roughly 300 people in their Sunnyvale, CA headquarters in the US. I think of the company as the Linksys of the service provider world as they sell gateways in countless DSL varieties, IPTV solutions and even FiOS solutions for Verizon.   Some of the more recent products allow you to transport data and entertainment within a house via wireless, HomePlug and numerous other technologies.   Another area of focus is technologies such as TR69 and WT140 which help can enhance the consumer experience.

Emerson Network Power

July 29, 2007

The embedded computing market is one on in which it is difficult to differentiate one’s self as the market is based on open interfaces and architectures. But still, vendors are not sitting still and a market where differentiation is difficult, companies continuously up the ante on performance for the proverbial buck.   Case is point is Emerson Network Power Embedded Computing who recently announced a new high-performance, quad-core AdvancedTCA blade for communications infrastructure applications. Known as the KAT6200, the new field replaceable ATCA server blade features a pair of dual-core, Intel Xeon processors, a high-speed ATCA switched fabric, a mid-size AdvancedMC expansion bay, redundant IPMI system management, and an optional 2.5-inch SAS hard drive.   In a conversation with Jeff Durst, program director for Emerson’s Embedded Computing business I had a chance to learn about the new blade and what makes it different. One area is persistent memory.

Ixia

July 29, 2007

As Ethernet gets more complicated, so must the test systems needed to accurately ensure carriers are providing the best quality of experience for their metro Ethernet solutions. A few weeks back I had a chance to sit down with the team at Ixia and discuss their Carrier Ethernet solutions based on Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) and Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB). The company’s Ixia’s test products for PBT/PBB, along with those for Ethernet OAM/CFM provide network equipment manufacturers and carriers with all the tools needed to test the latest Carrier Ethernet solutions.   Ixia announced the above functionality as well as Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) as part of it’s IxNetwork 5.30 release, which is part of its Aptixia test framework.   Many of the largest service providers have adopted PBT/PBB as it reduces the cost and complexity of Ethernet transport while providing mechanisms for enhanced QoS.   “PBT/PBB is an important new part of the Carrier Ethernet solution over switched Ethernet,” said Michael Howard, principal at Infonetics Research. “Many service providers are evaluating PBT/PBB as a cost effective mechanism to leverage their switched metro Ethernet network and offer back haul for access networks, extend L2/L3 VPNs, and point-to-point (ELINE) services.

Radisys

July 29, 2007

One of the hottest areas of telecom is the open standards building block area, especially the ATCA and more recently MicroTCA spaces. The reason for the growth in open standards components is obvious. As technology markets move more rapidly and become commoditized at the same time, many equipment manufacturers are realizing they would rather be in the software business and not hardware.   So a company who once spent millions developing proprietary transcoding hardware will likely decide it makes sense to write transcoding solutions which run on ATCA-based systems instead. Why?

Spirent’s Testing 2.0

July 29, 2007

There seems to be an evolution in the testing market as these companies focus on delivering products and services enabling network equipment providers and carriers to test more services in less time. As networks become more commoditized and the competition to provide services continues to increase, quality of service is becoming more important than ever.   In a recent conversation with the new President and COO of Spirent, Rob Piconi, I had a chance to get Rob’s take on the future of testing and moreover learn about the company’s new testing offerings.   Rob’s message to customers is you need to deliver products and services as rapidly as possible and his company is best positioned to allow you to test these products and services before they are rolled out. Spirent he says has the deepest and broadest [testing] portfolio.   He points out how critical it is to work with the leading testing company when deploying FMC. And he has a point as in the world of fixed mobile convergence; you are dealing with wireless, wireline and potentially IMS.

ECI Telecom

July 29, 2007

There is no doubt the broadband revolution is rolling right along and events like Live Earth where millions stream video simultaneously show how IP communications is doing it’s part to ensure broadband pipes are as clogged as possible. As this revolution of faster pipes takes place, companies like ECI Telecom are benefiting by rolling out new products in the areas of the market where there is a need for ever more fiber.   Specifically the company has enhanced its XDM Multi-Service Transport Platform allowing it to have the reach of long-haul DWDM systems. How? Well they use more powerful amplifiers and this means the tremendous expense required in adding transponders between cities 2,000 kilometers apart is no longer needed.   Part of the upgrade includes doubling channel capacity allowing 800 Gbps per a single fiber pair.   As you might expect emerging markets like Asia, India and Russia are at the top of the list of growth for the company and providing fiber solutions to wireless service providers – among other providers has proven to be a great business in these markets.   Anther area of growth is the ROADM space which company executives tell me is very hot in European metro markets.

Acision

July 29, 2007

When a single US phone company, Verizon reports that in one month, they were responsible for sending 10 billion text messages, you may want to stand up and take notice.   In order to learn more about the SMS space I decided to take a trip down to Plano, Texas where the UK-based Acision has one of it’s four US offices. The company was formerly named Logica CMG and is one of those companies most people never heard of but is responsible for providing technology many of us frequently use.   In short, the company is an enabler of various types of service provider messaging from SMS to voice and video. This month in fact the company celebrated it’s 15th anniversary of supplying the industry with Short Message Service Centers or SMSCs.   Thanks to Moore’s law and clever design, the capability of Acision’s SMSCs has dramatically increased over the years. In 1992 SMSC version 1.0 had a capacity of 10 messages per second.

Mavenir Systems

July 29, 2007

Instant IMS: No IMS Required   When I decided on the sub headline for this article I realized it might be viewed as potentially controversial. How, you may be asking can one have IMS without IMS? Well there is an answer to this question and it may or may not be what you are expecting.   You see the benefits of IMS are great. We all realize this fact and moreover service providers understand if they aren’t able to provide the benefits of IMS to their customers soon they risk losing revenue.

700 MHz

July 29, 2007

Joseph Nacchio

July 29, 2007

Ex-Qwest Chief Nacchio Gets 6 Years for Inside Trades   In case you missed it, Joseph Nacchio, former chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., was sentenced to six years in prison for trading $52 million in company shares based on inside information about falling revenue.   As you may recall, in a post titled SEC vs. Nacchio over two years ago I said the following:   The WSJ reports civil charges are about to be filed against Quest’s Joe Nacchio the former CEO. The charges are expected to be cooking the books otherwise known as fraud. The area of interest is “capacity sales,” that Nacchio has said in the past are legit while the SEC says they were “Sham transactions.” We’ll have to see who wins.   This case is actually a different one and Nacchio still faces a lawsuit from the U.S.

Lease a Phone for $2,917.20

July 29, 2007

This story is just too good not to share and it is far from unique. A man has been leasing a phone from AT&T since 1952 and has been paying $4.42 per month for it. Now I am not sure if this price has stayed the same over the years and I would imagine there is some additional tax on this figure. But for simplicities sake let’s do the basic math on this keeping the cost constant.   55 years = 660 months 660 months * $4.42 = $2,917.20   This is a pretty staggering amount.

Accela Inc.

July 28, 2007

The hosting and VoIP services market continues to do well. Providing VoIP service to companies is a much easier proposition than the residential space as the pure-play market leader Vonage charges so little, even they struggle to make money.   Thankfully Vonage has not decided to aggressively pursue the business market with unsustainable prices. By not doing this, they have allowed a slew of companies to focus on the mom and pop business space by providing reasonable pricing and excellent service levels.   8x8’s Packet8 service is an example of a company having great success on the low end of the SMB space. More recently I met with Tom Keffer CEO of Accela Inc. whose company is targeting larger companies and call centers with a hosted IP communications solution.

Iwatsu

July 28, 2007

As part of a recent whirlwind Dallas, Texas tour I had a chance to catch up with Iwatsu’s Don Gant and discuss what his company is up to. He tells me sales of the company’s EMA Enhanced Messaging Application service are strong and have accelerated after the tragic Virginia Tech shooting. The system allows e-mails and calls to be made at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute in order to notify family members or workers in an emergency situation.   One of the benefits of the system is the ability to allow called parties to interact with the emergency notification system. For example if you receive an evacuation notice by phone you can set the system to allow the called party to press a button to get the best evacuation route from different parts of a campus.

Friendly Texans

July 26, 2007

EVDO Rev. A from Verizon

July 26, 2007

I was one of the first users of the Verizon 1xRTT network and again their EVDO network. I just took the plunge and am now an EVDO Revision A customer. I just got the card working in my laptop. I am pretty excited.

Tata Acquires Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford

July 26, 2007

A major passion of mine is automobiles but I rarely write about the subject. I a just learned India’s Tata will purchase Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford. This is pretty big news as it puts an Indian company behind a few important luxury brands.   Jaguar has been struggling a great deal lately and it will be interesting to see how this acquisition plays out. This could also be a great distribution move for Tata as with this acquisition it gets dealers around the world which could theoretically help the company sell other Indian car brands as well.

Update: Thanks to commenter “annoyed visitor” for pointing out this news is not confirmed by Tata. My source did indicate this was a done deal but further research shows this may not be the case.   My sincere apologies for any confusion this blog entry may have caused. However, it is worth pointing out this news may just be early, not inaccurate.

Another SunRocket Alternative

July 25, 2007

Recently I have reported on how Packet8, Nuvio and OneSuite are all looking to have SunRocket customers switch to them. Now there is another company looking to get in on the action… USA Telephone. I had a chance to interview the company’s CEO Bill Fogg today.   This is what he had to say:   Tell me about USA Telephone.

Vonage Mall Marketing

July 25, 2007

Dallas Chemical Fire

July 25, 2007

VoIP News July 24, 2007

July 24, 2007

Recent news in the IP communications space has centered on SunRocket replacements from companies like Nuvio and OneSuite. At least in the case of OneSuite, I haven’t even heard of them and their PR/marketing is nonexistent… At least to me. I think switching from SunRocket to OneSuite may be a mistake as I have never heard of the company till now. They do have an ISO 9001:2000 certification but this means little to me as it doesn’t apply to VoIP quality or financial stability.

Still at IP Sizzles

July 24, 2007

Here I sit at IP Sizzles. The speakers are doing a great job. Digium founder
and Asterisk creator Mark Spencer really did a great job and devoted much of
his time to answering audience questions -- of which they are many. Some of
the service providers and other Fortune Class companies using Asterisk is
absolutely amazing.



IP Sizzles Kicks Off

July 24, 2007

Bluesocket buys Pingtel

July 24, 2007

One of the fastest growing spaces in communications is the wireless market and it is essential all communications equipment providers address this area. To that end, Bluesocket, a company known in the WLAN and security space has just picked up Pingtel the company behind one of the first open-source PBX projects.   Pingtel started life designing and selling state of the art IP phones. The company won a number of awards for their nice designs but they were way ahead of their time. No one anticipated the IP PBX space having such a market slowdown from 2001-2003.   As the IP phone market did lose traction, Pingtel changed gears and launched an IP PBX and soon thereafter decided to make it an open-source project.

Microsoft Pushes into Communications and Beyond

July 23, 2007

Here is my August 2007 Publisher’s Outlook for Internet Telephony Magazine. It may be one of the longest pieces I have written in a while and it was great fun to put together and hopefully is something you will appreciate.   ----   In 1997 or so I regularly met with Microsoft executives in charge of the company’s telephony initiatives. At the time Mitch Goldberg and Mark Lee were the top spokesmen the Redmond-based software giant offered up to discuss where the company’s products fit into the telephony ecosystem. If you have been in telecom longer than seven years you likely remember the industry was once dominated by computer telephony integration (CTI) technologies allowing PCs and servers to talk with telephone switches.

Headed to IP Sizzles

July 23, 2007

IP Sizzles 2007

July 23, 2007

Google Cell Phone

July 22, 2007

Om Goes Green

July 22, 2007

Vista Remote Desktop Problems

July 22, 2007

VoIP News July 20, 2007

July 20, 2007

Here is the VoIP/IP communications new of the week. We start with the terrible news of SunRocket closing down without notifying customers. Not well done at all. As you can see below Nuvio would love to get these customers.

Call Center Stories Week of July 20, 2007

July 20, 2007

Latest Zultys Update

July 20, 2007

Bee Problem Solved

July 20, 2007

Airline Window Shade

July 19, 2007

Ooma Hysteria

July 19, 2007

I received e-mails from a number of bloggers this morning linking to their stories about ooma, the latest p2p VoIP scheme promising free long distance to the masses. The difference between ooma and other p2p solutions like Skype is the ooma solution utilizes phone lines of existing customers to terminate calls in local areas.   A call placed on the ooma network from San Francisco to the 203 area code would be terminated on an ooma box in someone’s house in the 203 area code. The question worth asking (and I have not had a briefing from the company as of yet) is what security measures are used to ensure I am not listening in on other callers.   If that caller from San Francisco is calling their broker they most likely won’t be thrilled to have me listening to their phone call.   To be fair, this is pretty obvious and I imagine the company has a solution to this problem.

Zippy Near NY Explosion

July 19, 2007

TMC’s own Richard Zippy Grigonis missed the New York explosion by a few hours. Thankfully he is OK. Here is what happened from his perspective:   I'm fine. I had an 12:30 p.m.

SunRocket Switch to Packet8

July 18, 2007

Yesterday I blogged about the SunRocket bankruptcy and I mentioned how although pure-play VoIP is not easy, a company like 8x8/Packet8 is doing a good job. Today I came across an article on TMCnet discussing how Packet8 is the preferred replacement service for SunRocket customers.   I queried the company’s VP of Marketing, Huw Rees about what this means and why customers should switch. Most importantly I asked whether a pure play VoIP provider can be successful. Huw has some good points which follow below.   ----   Packet8 is the preferred replacement service by SunRocket...

Fortune Cookie

July 18, 2007

Scenes from Seattle

July 18, 2007

Original Starbucks

July 18, 2007

iPhone Meets Asterisk

July 18, 2007

Rich is in Washington Today!

July 17, 2007

SunRocket Bankrupt

July 17, 2007

I am not really so surprised by the SunRocket bankruptcy news. The company was an innovator and had some great ideas early on but for the last few years they were extremely quiet. There was little press outreach and there was a lot of management trouble.   Russell Shaw will tell you this is an example of how difficult it is to be a pure-play VoIP provider in a triple-play world. While the triple play competition is obviously part of the problem with SunRocket… It seems having a lack of consistent management or business planning is a much bigger problem.   Yes, it is a tough business but I think SunRocket just stopped trying many years back.

No Room For Trash

July 17, 2007

When Will This Flight End?

July 16, 2007

Spotted some new clouds

July 16, 2007

Snow Covered Mountains

July 16, 2007

Airplane Window View

July 16, 2007

On the Road Again Today

July 16, 2007

RNK Phone Number Bank

July 16, 2007

What Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, GrandCentral Founders did at GrandCentral is amazing. They came up with a great idea – one number for life. They started a company and sold it quite quickly to Google. The service is evolving even more rapidly now but while so many people marvel at how fast Google snapped up GrandCentral, one company thinks they have a better solution to the one number problem.   We can likely all agree the idea of having a single phone number makes a great deal of sense.

Google Getting Reckless

July 15, 2007

Cablevision Customer Service

July 15, 2007

I have been consistently impressed with Cablevision customer service. I am having a problem with my network and it is potentially complicated. From time to time the network experiences packet loss for a few minute period.   I have also noticed that my Belkin UPS is making clicking noises. I wonder if these problems are related.

Mad at Hilary Clinton

July 14, 2007

Russell Shaw is mad at Hillary Clinton due to her support for increasing taxes.   Here are my stances. I can’t decide which one makes the most sense so I am throwing them both out there.   He is right   Russell is right to be mad. Our system works incredibly well now and the money flowing to the ultra-rich finds its way back into the hands of every day workers through myriad hedge and private equity funds which helps finance many new companies and grow existing ones.   While the ultra-rich are making obscene sums of cash, I would rather have this wealth concentrated in the US where it generally gets spent on nice houses, cars and lots of other expensive items which are great for the US economy.   Let’s be careful not to mess up an economic cycle which is seeing tremendous growth.

Samsung to Overtake Motorola

July 14, 2007

Delicious TMCnet Stories

July 13, 2007

Here is a smattering of home made TMCnet stories, just like mom used to make. Mom’s cookies can’t compare to the brand new Tadiran trailer featured below or Cantata’s fax solutions. And you know, even if mom was the best cook around, try connecting her savory linguini to Microsoft OCS or Microsoft Office Live. Dialogic and RingCentral can do this and their products don’t even need to be refrigerated and reheated overnight!   Everyone loves great cooking. Especially the small business.

At BagelZ

July 13, 2007

Packet8 Voice Recording

July 13, 2007

Packet8 is now offering professional voice recording for it’s Virtual Office Hosted iPBX Phone Services. These prompts can also be used for website narration and PowerPoint presentations.   I believe this is a great innovation from parent company 8x8. My definition of a VoIP innovation for the record is anything useful that we don’t have easy access to on the PSTN.   So my two cents on this news is, it is great for Packet8 customers. While this service may not be applicable for all small businesses, certainly professionally recorded voice prompts make a small business seem big.   For my fellow bloggers who are on the leading edge and who may say this is not an innovative service… The typical SMB is about 5-10 years behind the leading edge.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

Digium Fine Line

July 12, 2007

There is a fine line between competing with partners and ensuring your company can continue to grow so it is strong enough to keep the R&D going to ensure your partners do well. Microsoft, SalesForce.com, Intel and now Digium all have to walk this line. I got to thinking about this when I read Tom Keating’s recent blog on the matter.   IMHO the reality is that Digium recently received funding and a new CEO. Invariably this means the company needs to generate revenue even faster as investors tend to expect such behavior.

NetSuite on iPhone

July 12, 2007

700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

Gartner on Customer Service

July 12, 2007

Latin America Unified Communications

July 12, 2007

Voicemail Transcriptions Analysis

July 11, 2007

Digium Acquires Sokol & Associates

July 11, 2007

Digium just acquired Sokol & Associates the company behind the successful Asterisk training program and the Astricon trade show. This further reconfirms the idea of Digium being “everything Asterisk,” a concept espoused in a recent interview with the company’s news CEO Danny Windham.   “We’ve been such an active part of the Asterisk community for years that joining Digium seemed like the logical next step for our group,” said Steve Sokol. “We look forward to continuing to work with Asterisk users around the world and to taking our knowledge of how people are using Asterisk every day and using it to impact future product development.”   “Asterisk is one of the most commonly used open source projects today, and as the community of users and contributors grows, we want to deepen our relationship with them,” said Mark Spencer, founder and chief technology officer of Digium. “Sokol & Associates has run Asterisk training classes around the world and has long been a central part of this community.

Nielsen/NetRatings Changes Measurements

July 10, 2007

The success of sites embodying AJAX has driven a need to change the way websites are measured. Generally, most sites are measured by “page views” or how many pages are viewed on a site. If you were to read 5 blog entries on TMCnet this week your views would be counted towards TMCnet’s page view number.   As more sites embody AJAX and video, there is no need for a page to refresh and as such a person could spend many minutes on a website and only view a single page. So the current system favors sites which refresh often such as a Google or Yahoo.   PC World reports that Nielsen/NetRatings will start measuring total time spent on a site as their primary metric and page views will be secondary.   "It is not that page views are irrelevant now, but they are a less accurate gauge of total site traffic and engagement," Scott Ross, director of product marketing at Nielsen/NetRatings said.

iPhone Skype

July 9, 2007

Don't Buy an iPhone

July 9, 2007

iPhone Without AT&T

July 8, 2007

Live Earth

July 8, 2007

You may have been reading some of the latest Live Earth posts from TMC’s Green Blog. As I sit here at my computer watching streaming concerts from around the globe I start to think about the massive quantity of data I am consuming. I noticed my wife too is streaming the concert on her computer. I wonder if this weekend will prove to be one of the most bandwidth-intensive in history.

Andy Abramson Gets Married

July 7, 2007

Call Center/CRM News July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Here is the latest in the contact center and CRM space. Interesting topics consist of call center trends in Mexico and New Zealand. I have always wanted to go to New Zealand by the way and just haven’t found the free 24 hours or so I would need just to fly their from the east cost of the US.   One other interesting item is the iPhone CRM link from CompanionLink.   Call Center Recording in the Hosted Environment NICE to Acquire Actimize What Teleconferencing Means to the SMB Mexican Contact Center Industry Shows Strong Growth Study Shows New Zealand Contact Centers Struggle with Turnover SugarCRM Announces Meet-Up Group Starting in Atlanta iPhone Gets CRM Sync Link from CompanionLink Air China Offers Enhanced Customer Service with Avaya's Solutions

IT Outsourcing Research

July 6, 2007

VoIP News Week of July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Here is some of the recent news in the IP communications space this past week. The ShoreTel IPO is one of the more interesting stories. Also, check out the latest at JAHJAH and the others.   Truphone Now Has SMS-over-IP, Presence and Smart Log-On Capabilities PAETEC, Cedar Point, Sentri Team on Converged IP Net for Colleges What Teleconferencing Means to the SMB JAJAH Announces Mobile VoIP Alternative to AT&T Plan Enea and Kontron Help Drive IPTV Experience Initiative Voice Peering Fabric: The New 'Killer App' for Broadband Telephony ShoreTel Prices IPO Mobile VoIP Provider WiFiMobile Offers Wi-Fi Smartphones to US Consumers and Businesses IPTV Middleware Provider Espial Helping Telcos Lower TV Costs TMC Labs Honors Fonality Open Source VoIP Appliance XO Communications Joins the PAIX VoIP Exchange Interactive Intelligence SIP Interaction Gateway Connects VoIP, T1 Lines

Qualcomm Vs. Broadcom Take 2

July 6, 2007

Unwired Enterprise

July 6, 2007

Nortel is perfectly positioned to bring the world their Unwired Enterprise vision. The company is a strong player in the enterprise and service provider markets. For this reason it may even be surprising Nortel hasn’t gained more traction as they offer a great suite of products and services.   The leading Canadian communications company has been doing an impressive job of branding via it’s hyperconnectivity campaign and now it’s adding “unwired enterprise” to the mix. Personally I am not a fan of the term hyperconnectivity but I can't think of a better term and at the same time I admit I understand immediately and exactly what the term is meant to convey.

One Hot iPhone

July 6, 2007

Nokia N800 The Real Story

July 6, 2007

What is the world’s toughest job at the moment? It has to be trying to compete head on with the iPhone. But as Om Malik points out, the Nokia N800 does a great deal of what the iPhone does not and did it sooner. A new upgrade enables Skype to run and has Flash support.

ShoreTel IPO

July 5, 2007

ShoreTel hit it big with an IPO which jumped 27.5% on it’s opening day. The IPO was derailed last week as a result of a lawsuit filed by Mitel. The company closed the day at $12.15, after the company priced 7.9 million shares at $9.50 a share.   Many comments circulated the blogosphere recently about how in the PBX space, Cisco owns the high-end and open-source owns the low end – with only scraps remaining for the companies in-between.   I agree with some of these comments but at the same time there is a massive opportunity to continue upgrading the world’s enterprise phone systems. Scraps could equate to billions of dollars each year.

Travel Day

July 5, 2007

More on Frontline

July 4, 2007

Here is another Frontline article worth reading by InfoWorld. 
Frontline and other supporters of an open-access broadband network say the 700MHz spectrum auctions represent the last chance for the U.S. to create a new broadband network to compete with cable modem and DSL (digital subscriber line) providers. In late 2005, the U.S.

Frontline

July 4, 2007

It is Frontline Wireless LLC Vs. AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming 700 MHZ spectrum auction and Frontline co-founder Reed Hundt, a former FCC chairman is aggressively courting public opinion and the current FCC to ensure his small company gets an opportunity to win a portion of the new spectrum allotment.   At the heart of the argument is surprisingly the iPhone which Hundt says is like driving a Ferrari on dirt roads. Hundt’s argument continues by saying consumers want the iPhone but they are forced to use the Slower 2.5G AT&T Wireless network and further, they are forced into a two-year contract which costs three times more than the phone itself.   For a fascinating recap, check out this story.

TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

It seems like if you are under 18 you spend a good deal of time twittering on well – Twitter. Since my typical reader is above 18 you may not be aware that Twitter is a service allowing you to send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.

Happy 4th of July

July 3, 2007

Google Acquires GrandCentral

July 3, 2007

Voice Peering Channel

July 2, 2007

iPhone Problems

July 2, 2007

  For the record, I do not have an iPhone. I may be the only techie who doesn’t have one at this point. I didn’t stand in line for hours or camp on a sidewalk waiting for this device to arrive.   However, I just spoke with Michael Khalilian of the IMS Forum and I apparently was the first caller on his new iPhone. He was telling me the level of complexity to get the device working is incredible.
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