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March 2009

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Shots From Tony Ryb Farewell Party

March 31, 2009

Today we said goodbye to Tony Rybczynski THE Nortel evangelist who has decided to spend more time with his grandkids as he retires. Over dinner we reminisced about the 37 years of service Tony devoted to the company. It was obviously a difficult time for Nortel employees who consider "Mr. Nortel" to be like family and a role model.At the table were many friends, analysts and coworkers. From a technological perspective Tony witnessed the transformation from rotary to touchtone to VoIP and telepresence and was an important part of getting the latest technologies to market. Goodbye Tony, we will miss you. Tony will continue to write on his Hyperconnected Enterprise Blog and I can't wait to see how retired Tony differs from the Tony of today.





















Goodbye Tony Ryb - Mr. Nortel

March 31, 2009

Tony Ryb is retiring from Nortel on Good Friday and I feel honored
that a person with his knowledge, dedication and experience chose TMC
publications and TMCnet as an outlet for his valuable thoughts.

I first met him at COMNET a show in DC around 1996 and asked him to
write for CTI Magazine when I realized what a valuable resource he
was. I always admired how he distilled complexity into simplicity to
the benefit of readers.


I am first here at his surprise farewell party and trust he won't read
this before he gets here.

Where On Earth is Rich Tehrani?

March 31, 2009

I have been in 30 minute meetings throughout the two days I have been at VoiceCon and will be doing the same at CTIA which I travel to tomorrow. In between meetings I scrambled to find nourishment and potentially a restroom. Why did I do this? Well dear readers, I do it for you...

Heading to the Airport

March 30, 2009

Jailbreaking iPhones More Legal?

March 28, 2009

Twitter to Save GM

March 27, 2009

It was bound to happen -- you can't keep a company down forever. The answer to GM's ailing sales and image problem can be solved with one simple new service which links Twitter to its safety enhancing OnStar system. Using speech recognition you can now keep in touch with your Twitter friends and leave your Blackberry in the house. All this is great to hear because even the cops are crashing because they are typing and driving.

This news has special importance to me as I am looking forward to reading the updates from my friends that relate to their traffic status and how they hate red lights.

I Love NY - Ice Skating

March 27, 2009

I Love NY - Concerts

March 27, 2009

Bryant Park in the Afternoon

March 27, 2009

Nice Crisp New York Morning

March 27, 2009

Skype coming to iPhone

March 27, 2009

TMC Builds You Online Communities

March 26, 2009

Many people in the communications space have asked me recently what TMC's secret is. After all, we are in the toughest media environment of our lifetimes and we produced our best show ever and have more paying customers online than at virtually any other time in our history.

The answer may lie in a bit of luck and some skill. The lucky part is we built our first online community for a customer about a decade ago.

How Google Handles Outages

March 26, 2009

One of the most challenging issues for companies which provide service over the net is keeping systems up and running 100% of the time. No company has been able to keep their services running constantly but certainly Google is one of the leaders in this area. Their virtualized architechture was actually developed with the idea that many of the servers in the company's data centers will fail. Still, outages happen and when they do, the company like all others has to react.

Twitter Killing Economy ;-)

March 25, 2009

Stories Rich Tehrani Finds Interesting

March 25, 2009

Will Your Company Survive this Slow Down?

March 25, 2009

 


In this slow economy, different companies have various strategies to help them get through. One I have noticed is to cut all the experienced, senior people in favor of replacing them with people who make and know less. This strategy could work if the next generation of hires is really good but in general this is a terrible move.

Another strategy is to cut outreach to customers - otherwise known as PR and marketing.

Twitter More Important than Jennifer Aniston?

March 23, 2009

New Edge Networks Providing MPLS Service over DSL, T1 and EVDO

March 23, 2009

I recently had a chance to sit down with Greg Griffiths the VP of Sales at New Edge Networks to learn more about how the company is helping customers by providing the latest MPLS technology over DSL, T1 and 3G wireless. One of the focus areas for the company is retail where this division of EarthLink has helped these companies transition from dial-up to broadband. One of the impressive parts of our discussion what the company does when it senses a problem with a company's connection. What they do is create a trouble ticket, update the web portal and send an email alerting the customer to the problem...

Skype Does SIP Trunking

March 23, 2009

Skype announced today that it is getting into the SIP trunking business by allowing native SIP calls to be connected directly to its network allowing enterprise communications systems to communicate seamlessly with Skype's network of users. During the Beta period, calls are carried at current Skype rates.

What this news does is take out the middleman. There really is nothing new in this release as this exact functionality has been available from companies like VoSKY, Skip2PBX, Pika and even Digium/Asterisk.

MegaPath Focuses on MPLS and Security

March 22, 2009

As companies continue to embrace MPLS networks, companies like MegaPath Inc, look to become a trusted partner in deploying networks which are secure, reasonably priced and great at packet prioritization. The company recently released its Duet service with MPLS and managed security allowing customers to benefit from a single network and bill.
 

In a recent live conversation with Dan Foster the company's SVP of Sales, he told me the company's solution can be provided over an integrated access product and includes QoS, intrusion detection, VPN and more over SDSL or T1. The company further offers PRIs as well as SIP trunking solutions.

All Duet services include 50 email accounts, spam filtering, domain name management, inbound caller ID name and number, directory listing, 411 directory assistance and E911 emergency service.

Managing Telecom Expenses Becomes More Important

March 22, 2009

At a time when the world is tightening its belt but still using broadband and wireless services like they are going out of style, you might imagine an increasing portion of companies would be interested in managing telecom expenses. And if you think about it - with companies cutting travel budgets and utilizing technology to substitute for air and other forms of travel, it makes sense that broadband and telecom costs could increase while headcounts shrink.

During the recession of the early nineties telecom costs decreased

more or less in lockstep with business activity and headcount. Nowadays this is far from the case as companies further look to reduce costs with hosted solutions which they used to run locally. In addition, there is an increased focus on accessing information everywhere - via phones, netbooks and smartphones.

Hotel Broadband Issues

March 22, 2009

One of the most maddening parts of traveling for me has to be finding hotels which have adequate bandwidth. Generally you have to learn the good properties from bad via trial and error. For those of us used to continuous and fast broadband access, having to wait for a computer to respond due to poor hotel connectivity is frustrating beyond belief. In this economy, many of us need to be more productive than ever and often work efficiency is directly related to speed of information access.

Snowing in Spring

March 20, 2009

Nortel Asks for Executive Bonuses

March 20, 2009

A shot of the Ottawa River in Canada. Click to enlarge.


It is certainly a tough time for Nortel to be trying to get a court to approve senior level management bonuses as just south of Canada here in the US, the government is focusing on taxing bonuses to employees of TARP recipients to death. The good news here is these bonuses - unlike many on Wall Street seem to be tied to cost-reduction and reducing the company's focus - or selling off parts of the business.

House Passes 90% Bonus Tax

March 19, 2009

You may have heard the House of Representatives recently passed a punitive bonus tax bill for those working in companies which received TARP money. Specifically, The bill defines a new class of income, "TARP Bonus," that consists of any compensation payments in excess of a periodic wage and any income for such employees in excess of $250,000, or $125,000 for married individuals filing separate returns. Under the legislation, any "TARP Bonus" would be taxed at a 90 percent rate.

The bill now needs to be passed by the Senate and President.

I am in pain - two conflicting Rich Tehranis are killing each other in my brain.

Sangoma's S519 ADSL2+ Card Great for Inexpensive VoIP/Video

March 19, 2009

I had a chance to speak with David Mandelstam the CEO of Sangoma about his company's new ADSL 2+ networking card the S519 which provides an internal solution for people looking for DSL access sans modems. Asked why the card is needed, Mandelstam explained that one of the primary reasons for this product is its use in inverse multiplexing connections or being able to take disparate DSL lines and combining them together to become a single virtual broadband connection.

This new device compliments the current S518 ADSL card the company supplies but as you can imagine the new card allows greater broadband speeds. As Mandelstam emphasized to me the A in ADSL stands for asymmetrical and subsequently means that the upload and download speed of such service varies.

Blackberry Troubleshooting Webinar

March 19, 2009

Please excuse the self-promotional plug but I thought it worth mentioning that on March 31, 2009 there will be a TMCnet webinar focusing on the top 10 BlackBerry troubleshooting tips for enterprise activations. The growth of the RIM platform continues at an incredible pace and as companies look to become more efficient it makes sense to be as educated as possible on the various errors and problems you might encounter.

This particular webinar will focus on a slew of important topics from device issues to the server to integration with Exchange/Outlook and carrier issues. Here are the details and registration information:



RightNow Technologies Optimistic About Future

March 19, 2009

Last month I reached out to Greg Gianforte the CEO of RightNow

Technologies regarding how his company is doing. Why? Well the hosted communications/call center/CRM market seems to be doing better than others as a result of reduced CAPEX budgets and I know some others in the space are growing quickly. This was his response:

Cisco's Plans for Flip video

March 19, 2009

For a good look into what Cisco is trying to do with the new Flip line of video recording devices it announced it will acquire today, check out this great article written by TMC's Michael Dinan who recently interviewed Charles Carmel, Cisco's vice president of corporate business development. The company's Linksys division will be "headquarters" for this product line and there is already talk about how the best of current Linksys products can be combined with the best of Flip. Like I surmised earlier today, adding telephony to these popular devices may give the iPhone and other mobile devices a real run for their money.


One other quick thought - so many companies are trying to eke out a living in social networking  but massive traffic levels have equated to paltry ad revenues so far.

Who would have expected the hardware company supporting all these video addicts to be the actual money-maker? Although counter-intuitive, Apple more or less gave away songs to increase the sales of profitable music players.


Dell Adamo, a Smart Move Upmarket

March 19, 2009

 


For decades Dell took advantage of the commoditization of the PC market by being the low-cost leader but they need to do more if they want to increase their earnings. The PC and Laptop markets are under pressure from netbooks and PCs in general are getting real competition from Apple. And if you're Michael Dell, you have to kick yourself on a daily basis when you realize Apple, the company you once suggested should be shut down is not only taking marketshare from your company, it is doing it with products which do the same thing as yours but cost twice as much.

Cisco Moves in Opposite Directions

March 19, 2009

With all the opportunity to sell more products in the data center and the consumer electronics space, a company like Cisco can afford to simultaneously attack both markets. To that end, Cisco recently announced its entry into the blade server market and today purchased Pure Digital Technologies for $590 million, the company behind the Flip Video brand of pocket-sized video recorders.

Cisco's efforts in the consumer electronics space have not been nearly as successful as its accomplishments in the enterprise but the company seems to believe if it sells enough products in the connected home, sooner or later it will become a preferred provider in the consumer setting. They could be right but the problem for the industry today is the threat from Apple who will continue to own more and more of the home network and consumer electronics market.

How Apple Can Wreck Your Business

March 18, 2009

After $500,000 in development costs, FreedomVOICE has abandoned the Beta test of Newber, an application which blended the best of VoIP and location awareness to allow users to direct calls to various phones. The app even allows you to swap calls from phone to phone mid-conversation.

Newber was submitted to Apple on October 2, 2008 and after 165 days, Apple has not approved the application and worse it won't tell FreedomVoice anything. Interestingly Apple did approve the company's other application IQ Voicemail in about a month according to the company so there is something about the Newber app that Apple doesn't like.

Another Day in NY

March 18, 2009

SuperComm 2009 to Possibly Change Dates

March 17, 2009

SuperComm had been the nation's largest carrier event for decades and over the last seven years or so the show split into two and even three events. Some of the other names the show went by (or partially went by) were TelecomNxt, Globalcomm and NxtComm. Recently the two warring association factions the TIA and USTA made up and the show became SuperComm again which took place last June in Las Vegas.

< p>The event was very strong up until 2000 and since it split into two it has steadily decreased its attendance to the point where it is a shadow of its former self. The association wars took their toll on this event and some think the damage that was done cannot be repaired.

Speaking With The Conference Group

March 17, 2009

As companies reduce their travel budgets - they still have the challenge of conducting business without being face-to-face. Of course by now my readers have heard me discuss countless solutions to how you can conference using technology. One of my more recent encounters with companies in this space took place earlier this month in a meeting with Greg Plum of The Conference Group, a conferencing company specializing in audio and video and selling through wholesale and retail channels. Both agents and resellers are targets of the company's wholesale approach and they are currently servicing the US, Canada and have some partners in the UK.

Tango Networks Improves FMC and Corporate Texting

March 17, 2009

I scan over 1,000 news headlines a day when I am not traveling and without a doubt the most popular tech topic in the mainstream media these days is Twitter. David Pogue from the New York Times has even devoted TV airtime to the topic on CNBC and it seems everyone is experimenting with using the service. Then there is the talk of leading social network Facebook modifying its homepage to take on Twitter and Google purchasing Twitter to show ads on all those tweets people send regarding their hunger status and other innocent facts which you wouldn't imagine anyone would take the time to share or read about.

It makes you think long and hard about how companies are integrating consumer technologies like Twitter into their marketing.

Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Wows

March 17, 2009

While there likely isn't a smartphone on the planet that does not support cut and paste, Apple's iPhone users have been waiting patiently for years for something most consider entry level. The latest news out of Apple is that you will have to wait a little longer for this feature... This summer in fact when the iPhone 3.0 OS debuts with a host of great additions.

At that time you will not only get the addition of text copy/paste but also the ability to use the keyboard in landscape mode in all applications.

Transera, OneChip Photonics, Apture and JahJah Funding a Trend?

March 17, 2009

 



Today, I came across a number of funding announcements and it has been some time since I have seen four in the same day. The first big news is from Transera where they raised $17 million to grow their hosted contact center business. As I have mentioned before, the on-demand/hosted/cloud/SaaS market is gaining momentum because of reduced CAPEX budgets and the preference for pay-as-you-go solutions. This is a logical move for the investors, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Lighthouse Capital Partners, and Storm Ventures.

SpinVox Comments on Google Voice

March 17, 2009

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the impact of Google's entry into the voicemail transcription market with their new Google Voice initiative which is based on the Grand Central acquisition of almost two years. The major player in voicemail transcription is SpinVox and theirs is the first service I have ever tested. I have continually been impressed with the company because they have taken speech-to-text in many directions with services which can integrate into blogs, blasts, IM and social networks.

I asked the company for official comments on the news regrading the world's search leader entering their space and this was the response:

Nokia Cuts, HTC Gains New Androids

March 17, 2009

HTC Magic, Android-Based Phone

While Nokia layoffs mount with the news of 1,700 more being let go as well as other requested concessions, HTC acts bullish saying they will release three new Android phones. This on the heels of the fact that the Asian company exceeded its G1 target of one million devices sold so far. Here are some interesting excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article:

Acredo Technologies Update

March 16, 2009

You may have read that Acredo Technologies has closed down. This information is not exactly true. There are Twitter and blog reports regarding layoffs which I can confirm. Over the past six months we have seen many startups under pressure.

SimulScribe/PhoneTag Founder Sounds off on Google Voice

March 16, 2009

After a long 20 months, Google took its purchase of Grand Central and launched it at Google Voice and added a nifty feature, voicemail transcription. When I heard the news I was curious as to what Jamie Siminoff of SimulScribe/PhoneTag thought about the news.

Jamie did not disappoint and came out swinging, explaining that Google can't sustain the business of providing this free service which costs the company $60/year/customer. He argues that ads cannot pay for this service - no way, no how - it is just too much money.

NTT America Channel Neutral Partner Program

March 15, 2009

NTT America, a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corp is being more aggressive in getting referral partners, agents and VARs to sell its entire suite of domestic and international IP and data solutions including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10 GigE in an effort to further bolster the company's Global IP Network (GIN) Solution Partners Program

The company is pushing the channel neutral nature of their offering meaning their own sales force is not supposed to compete with the partners/resellers. Instead the goal as the company explains it is to collaborate with solution partners. One partner, Mike Nguyen of Silent Partner explains, "Their method of collaboration is almost unheard of in the industry.

Selling SaaS is Hard to do

March 14, 2009

Vocal IP Networx a Big Apple Carrier

March 14, 2009

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Eugene Laykhtman the founder and president of Advanced Technology Group, Inc. (ATG), a company he founded in 1995 in the IT consulting space. Over the years, ATG got involved in IP communications and a new company Vocal IP Networx was spun off as a separate service provider of voice and data.

The company provides a variety of products such as T1s, fiber, DSL, wireless, security services and applications such as VoIP recording, web hosting, hosted MS Exchange, Sharepoint and backup services. Vocal IP Networx is powered by solutions from Broadvox, Allworx, Adtran and others and in a conversation with Eugene, I had a chance to ask what he feels is different about his company.

Arunas Chesonis the Secret Weapon at PAETEC

March 14, 2009

PAETEC like a slew of other voice and data providers is looking to differentiate itself but perhaps its biggest asset is CEO Arunas Chesonis (pictured) whose unique style allows him to impress you about the company's direction without coming off as boasting. In fact in a recent conversation with Arunas, he told me the company is still growing and hiring. He mentioned a large non-cash charge this last quarter which made the quarter look worse than it was. I researched a bit and in the company's recent conference call there is a discussion of a goodwill impairment charge which is related to the company's acquisition of McLeodUSA.

Cbeyond Rides the Hosted Wave

March 14, 2009

The most obvious trend in the tech space is that of outsourced services since companies need to boost productivity by deploying the latest in technology but in general don't have the budgets they used to for large capital expenditures.

Recently I spoke with hosted communications company Cbeyond's VP/GM of channel sales, Brad Linden and VP Marketing Steve Zimba in separate meetings to discuss how the company is doing. They reported solid revenue growth of just under 25% which is impressive for Q4 of 2008 when most companies saw sales decrease.  The good news keeps coming as their channel sales closed on target for January and over target in February.

Interview With Spanlink's Scott Christian

March 13, 2009

Are companies really cutting their investments in customer acquisition and retention in this economic climate?

 


I have known the management of Spanlink Communications for years but haven't covered them in a while. Today I got a chance to speak with the company's relatively new President and CEO, Scott Christian (pictured) and he walked me through what the company is up to and also engaged in a great dialogue regarding how the organization has really focused on adding value to Cisco solutions.

Grandstream GXV3140 IP Phone

March 12, 2009

 

One of the most feature-rich phones around has to be the Grandstream GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone. Grandstream was initially known as a low-cost provider of communications solutions but over time they have proven that they make low-cost solutions with solid quality.

This leads us to the end of this month when the company releases their new feature-rich videophone which has solid social networking features built-in.

Truphone Local Anywhere Makes Mobile Roaming Painless

March 12, 2009

Truphone Local Anywhere is likely one of the more revolutionary products/services you will see this year and consists of a single-SIM, multi-country mobile service that will make any mobile call within the set of supported countries a local call. It combines technology with roaming arbitrage and as company CEO Geraldine Wilson says is, "The ultimate phone service for people who have an international lifestyle."
 

If you find yourself in a situation where you are carrying around multiple SIM-cards or are getting charged high roaming fees, this service which will be available later this year is worth a look. Wilson tells me this service is about keeping you local and on one Truphone SIM.

Interviews With Taqua, Neustar, Genband, Mera, Dash, Covad, Actelis, Stratus Telecom, TW Telecom, Sprint, Profitec and More

March 12, 2009

The TMC Newsroom has been bustling with activity and lately we have had a chance to interview a number of the leaders in the communications space. Check out the TMC Video News Room home page for the latest and some of the recent interviews are below.

One thought - many of you in the communications space should ensure your CFOs listen to how well some companies in our space are doing in the interviews below. Why?

Cable Companies to be Big in SIP Trunking

March 12, 2009

Speakeasy Rolls Out SIP Trunks and More

March 12, 2009

According to Bruce Chatterley the President and CEO of Speakeasy, his company is a full service broadband communications company building solution for the SMB space. The company focuses on the smaller end of this group at under 100 employees and in fact 75% of customers have 25 or less employees.

Speakeasy offers T1 and Ethernet broadband as well as hosted VoIP solutions, SIP trunking and more. SIP trunking is a new addition and to date it is certified with solutions from IP PBX companies, Digium, Fonality and Adtran.

Google Voice Arrives

March 12, 2009

It took a full 20 months since the Grand Central acquisition but perhaps the wait has been worth it. Google just rolled out Google Voice, a service which expands on the one number for life idea.

I spent a few minutes trying to logon to Google Voice and finally realized the company will let me know when my Grand Central account has been upgraded. If you don't have a Grand Central account you need to wait for the company to allow you to become a free Google Voice subscriber but you can add your email address to a list now to expedite the process.

Cablevision Optimum WiFi a True Differentiator

March 11, 2009

One of the smartest and underreported moves in the communications space is Cablevision's decision to roll out its Optimum WiFi service for free in metropolitan areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. I should mention it is free if you are a current Cablevision customer. The service has come in handy for me in many instances and ensures customer loyalty. Researchers believe this subsidized offering is the reason Cablevision has had more than 70 percent sequential growth in net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter of 2008...

In-Flight WiFi: Know Before You Go

March 11, 2009

Plantronics Redefines Unified Communications Endpoints

March 10, 2009

Company looks to differentiate itself from other headset vendors through software and innovation

Historically the headset was not an area of the communications space where people expected tremendous amounts of new technology. Certainly wireless standards like DECT and Bluetooth have brought headsets into the tech space but for Plantronics these were a stepping stone for tighter integration into the world of unified communications.

After 40 years of making industry-leading headsets, the company has now upped the ante by announcing a suite of new products which are designed to add intelligence, flexibility and ease-of-use to communications endpoints.

Why We Needed This Economic Reboot

March 9, 2009

It is impossible to watch the news or read the paper these days without feeling a sense of fear. Will I keep my job? My house? My investments? My car?

Boring Flight, Need TV and Internet

March 6, 2009

Do Not Call AMEX Unless You Want a Call Back

March 6, 2009

American Express is about to change its terms of service agreement allowing them to call or SMS you on ANY number you call them from. What this means is if you borrow a friend's phone, use a pay phone or a hotel phone to call the company, they can call that number back in reference to your account for any reason. This is not to imply AMEX would divulge your confidential information but the problem here is the lack of respect for customers American Express is displaying with this move.

Moreover the utter stupidity of this change from a CRM perspective makes you wonder as an investor or customer whether you want to be associated with the company at all.

Suing Google for Fun and Money Owed

March 6, 2009

Stuck at DFW

March 6, 2009

Sipera Tackles IP Video Security

March 6, 2009

Just Give it Away (at first)

March 6, 2009

I am sitting here at the DFW airport, looking forward to getting home but not thrilled about the 50 degree temperature drop I will be experiencing. While at the food court furiously checking email and blogging, a McDonald's representative walked around with free samples of ice coffee.

You don't think of McDonalds as a company which would engage in guerilla marketing but they are - and when you consider they are the underdog to Starbucks, it explains the move.

What can we learn from this?

From Bad GM News to Good Tektronix News

March 5, 2009

I woke this morning to hear GM may face bankruptcy, even though the taxpayers have loaned the company tens of billions of dollars. Later in the day I traveled to Genband where they tell me business is good. I then went to Nortel who is going through a difficult restructuring. I met with the carrier division and the good news is the company is closing deals - post Chapter 11 restructuring announcement.

Visiting Nortel While in Dallas

March 5, 2009

Genband Femtocell Capacity

March 5, 2009

Despite Economy, Communications Doing Surprisingly Well

March 4, 2009

I have just completed a whirlwind tour of the Channel Partners show in Las Vegas, Comptel in Dallas and I have had many meetings in the Dallas area and what I have found from the 50+ people I have met with this week is the communications space is doing very very well.

Everyone at the companies I have met with are cautiously optimistic. The cautious part is because they aren't sure if we are going into depression 2.0.

But overall the trend is companies are more likely to reevaluate their equipment and service providers and cut costs by going to companies providing the best value.

BlackBerry App World - It's Alive

March 4, 2009

RCR Wireless News Shuts Down

March 4, 2009

TMC Communications Offers Comprehensive Services for Agents and Customers

March 4, 2009

The telecom agent market is alive and well as evidenced by a number of meetings I have had recently with execs at communications providers who use agents to help them sell service. As you can imagine the challenge for smaller telecom providers is to come up with ways to differentiate themselves from one another as minutes become increasingly commoditized. To stand out, some providers choose price, others focus on service and commissions while others bundle more services to offer a compelling and unique value proposition.

One company doing all three is TMC Communications.

Skype Gives Away HD VoIP Codec

March 4, 2009

There is no question in my mind that HD voice is the future of communications. The PSTN and associated codecs, microphones and speakers are all designed to transmit telephony based on technology a half-century old. Few other industries have such legacy standards. Today's smartphones have the power of a supercomputer from the nineties in them yet they transmit voice of inferior quality based on state of the art voice compression technology our grandparents invented.

Dallas Sunset Shots

March 3, 2009

Hanging With Carl Ford

March 3, 2009

Julius Genachowski Named as FCC Chairman

March 3, 2009

5 Minutes Outside Vegas

March 3, 2009

Headed to Dallas

March 3, 2009

Harris Stratex Makes Minor WiMAX Purchase

March 2, 2009

Buddy, can you spare a million bucks a month?

Harris Stratex just picked up Telsima Networks for a low $1 million/month for 12 months. The potential reason was the relationship the two companies had where Harris Stratex resold equipment from Telsima. Who is Telsima? A little-known WiMAX products provider who has received at least $81 million in investment in the past.

Panoramic Vegas Shot

March 2, 2009

Shot of Vegas From The Palms Hotel

March 2, 2009

SimpleSignal Adds Voice to the Cloud

March 1, 2009

"If it doesn't support FMC it isn't truly unified communications," says David Gilbert whose business card reads "The Big Cheese" at Broadsoft-powered hosted communications company SimpleSignal. Gilbert skipped handing me the lengthy press kits which are customary in our profession and instead gave me a single napkin (back of the napkin -- get it?) which elucidates the unique attributes of the company's solution.

David Gilbert, The Big Cheese at SimpleSignal

 

What pain does SimpleSignal take away for customers? According to Gilbert, "The management of a PBX - the value of a hosted PBX - the ability to unify communications.

On Virgin America to Vegas

March 1, 2009

I am on a Virgin America flight again and sadly there is no WiFi. There is power however the the AC outlet (that is right, no fancy devices needed to get power on a Virgin America flight) didn't work at first and the flight attendant suggested I reinsert the plug with "authority." That did the trick and even though there is no WiFi I have hundreds of emails to go through and a number of interviews which I am hoping to turn into articles. So far it's been a productive flight, read many tech magazines and an issue of Consumer Reports which rated treadmills and phone plans. I even read through a Merrill Lynch magazine which gave lots of investment advice.

Off to Vegas via JFK

March 1, 2009

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