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TMC Partners with Ex-VON Execs, Launches 4G Event

October 30, 2008

Today the TMC team announced a new venture in partnership with Carl Ford, Scott Kargman, Joann Varello and others from the former VON team who currently work for Crossfire Media. The partnership includes web sites and events and will focus on the fourth generation or 4G wireless space.

 It goes without saying that Carl and Scott are very well known for the strong relationships and community the built in the fledgling days of IP communications. We entered this partnership with Crossfire Media to leverage these relationships.

Selling Communications in a Recession

October 29, 2008

Thoughts from Jon Arnold and a discussion regarding Nortel, Avaya and Cisco



How do companies navigate a slower economy? Well, you first need to show strength to ensure your potential customers are not scared off. As Jon Arnold points out today, this is a challenge companies like Vonage have struggled with. You also need to provide ROI.

Cox Goes Wireless

October 27, 2008

Look out world, the triple-play is becoming the quadruple-play. In all likelihood we are already at the quadruple play in many cases and heading to quintuple. OK -- we will call it X-play.

Cutting to  the chase, Cox is now reselling Sprint service -- this is not a surprise to many of you I am sure but it will be very interesting to see how customers warm up to using a cable service provider for their wireless communications needs.

Based on my experience, customers are most satisfied with Verizon service but they like AT&T because it offers perhaps the best GSM network in the US -- allowing easy roaming out of the country.

Sprint has a network which while not terrible is not great either. In addition, they have been plagued with customer service issues.





.tel Gaining Momentum

October 27, 2008

Over 100 registrars will sell the .tel domain name according to Telnic Limited. While it is too soon to know how successful .tel will be as a top level domain name, I am optimistic that it will make communicating easier.

Telnic unveiled the technology that powers .tel service at DEMOfall in San Diego in September. Since then, the domain name has been dubbed as "game-changing", "the white pages killer" and "the Google of online address books". A number of brand owners have already started the documentation process to apply for their trademarks with the registrars.

Strategy Change: Make Money

October 21, 2008

In my conversations with a number of CEOs of small tech and communications companies, one thing has become clear. The market for exiting businesses has become tougher. This is common sense and the added challenge is with today's stock market valuations, there are thousands of bargains out there. This just means the odds of a start-up or existing concern getting picked up at significant valuations has been considerably decreased.

There are a number of company heads who have recently come to the conclusion that while hoping for an acquisition by Google, Cisco and others they need to simultaneously work on getting customers.

Dialogic: Video is the New Voice

October 21, 2008

One of the more exciting conferences I have attended lately has to be the Dialogic One Event at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Rob Martinez, VP Sales Americas kicked off the event, speaking to global partners from over 125 companies who were in attendance at the kickoff session last night (see pictures throughout). Martinez thanked the enthusiastic crowd and sponsors and explained what we would see over the next few days. After a short intro, Martinez handed the microphone and stage over to Nick Jensen, the President and CEO of Dialogic.

Jensen was right at home on the stage and as always, was full of passion and enthusiasm.



Dialogic One -- Day Two

October 21, 2008

Aastra 57i and 57i CT Reviewed

October 17, 2008

Aastra is a great engineering company and they have a really interesting phone -- the 57i CT which has a DECT base-station built-in, allowing a second cordless phone to follow you around a 300,000 square foot (27,870 square meter) area, so you don't miss important phone calls. Lately I have been hearing more and more PBX companies touting Aastra phones and many in the open-source space seem to especially like them.

Tom Keating spent a long while reviewing this phone and the 57i which has no built-in DECT capability. He seems to like them both and gives them two thumbs up.



I should mention I also have had a chance to beat up (the technical term I use when I test a phone repeatedly -- in reality I think I am one of the best reviewers around because I seem to naturally find flaws in products without even trying -- Tom also seems to have this ability/talent/gift -- curse? ) a 57i CT for a number of months and it works very well.





Dialogic One 2008 San Diego

October 17, 2008

I will soon be heading out to the Dialogic One event in San Diego and hope to see my friends and colleagues there. Dialogic has been and continues to be a major communications infrastructure player. As the markets have evolved, the company has shifted its business model to respond to areas which require more DSP processing and along the way picked up a number of former competitors.

Now the company has a complex array of solutions which can be used to solve a variety of communications challenges.

I always like to hear what Nick Jensen has to say about the market and his perspective is always unique and generally optimistic. I am curious to hear how current economic variables are meshing with his outlook.

Aside from Dialogic, you can come to the show and meet with the company's partners.





Do Gadgets Cause Planes to Crash?

October 15, 2008



I have been fascinated with the concept of personal electronics and whether they cause planes to have any navigation problems. It seems to me the airlines and FAA have been quite erratic in their rules regarding gadgets on flights.

First you can use laptops on planes -- even during take off. Then you can't. Then you can -- but not after the aircraft door closes.



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