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Goodbye PSTN

June 24, 2008

The following was written yesterday and did not post. This is my final VPF Summer 2008 post.

Shrihari Pandit got on stage this morning to kick off day 2 of VPF Summer 2008 (1,2,3,4,5) and discussed how the VPF is a distributed Ethernet network which has grown in 9 cities in the US and London. He then explained a bit about the ENUM database and how it is useful in a multilateral architecture. This allows automated [voice] peering - you can send calls to any other network [as long as the number is in the ENUM database] for free.

Move Avatar Buzz

June 23, 2008

You have heard me go on and on about avatars in the past. Here are some of my recent blog posts in fact:

Mobile Virtual Worlds Emerge

There are so many communications companies pushing products and services revolving around virtual worlds, one wonders if we are about to see a new subset of communications break out and achieve mass appeal like VoIP, the iPhone or Blackberry. Do...

Posted on June 4, 2008 4:55 PM



VPF Summer 2008: Where Telecom is Headed Panel

June 23, 2008

This session is fairly interesting as it has to do with where telecom is headed. Gary Kim kicked it off and was followed by Claire Paponneau the excutive VP of Orange Business Services who handed it over to Pete Pattullo the President and CEO of NetworkIP, the company behind Jaduka.

Mario Rojas from Digicel, Dan MacNeil from XO and Mike Lee from Rogers rounded out the program.

This was an interesting panel with no single clear message but what it did was allow the audience to ask numerous questions which were answered by these telecom experts. Perhaps most interesting was question from the audience asking why broadband and triple play services in Europe cost so much less than they do in the US. Shortly after this question, Gary Kim asked the audience if they feel their broadband services are fairly priced.



AOL AIM For Windows Mobile

June 23, 2008

VPF Summer 2008 Kicking Off

June 23, 2008





Here are some shots of Shrihari Pandit the chairman of the VPF Summer 2008 conference here in San Francisco and Gary Kim who is keynoting. Shrihari who is standing at the podium thanked us all for coming and Kim explained to use that the service provider market is changing rapidly.

Video growth is happening at an exponential rate he says and for wireless carriers this is a huge deal. These carriers will need to figure out new ways to charge for providing this bandwidth he says. 

He further says service providers need to manage devices in homes (TVs and computers) and if they are too small, they will need to partner with other companies to make this happen. 





The Latest in Carrier Testing

June 22, 2008

Mu Dynamics Adam Stein
As service providers grapple with providing more complex individual services as well as converged services, the need to test these systems grows as well. Providers need to ensure their subscribers receive high levels of service quality as well as reliability. One of the companies addressing the reliability of service issue is Mu Dynamics. Adam Stein (pictured), the company's VP of Marketing recently sat down with me to explain how his company's Mu 4000 analysis platform is able to test for variations of service traffic, known vulnerabilities and DoS attacks.

A Possible Sea Change at the FCC

June 22, 2008

For the last eighteen months I felt as if the FCC thought the cable companies were too powerful as a result of many rulings which seemed to be in favor of the telcos. It seemed even when the telcos were in the wrong they wouldn't really get in trouble and the cable companies seemed to have to walk on egg shells.

Now it seems that cable companies are going to see something come out the FCC which is to their benefit. BusinessWeek reports that the FCC is backing the cable companies over Verizon in a alleged marketing scheme having to do with Verizon not porting numbers immediately to cable companies but instead reaching out to the switching customers and offering them gifts and discounts to stay with Verizon.

What is interesting is that Chairman Kevin Martin was the lone dissenter on a 4-1 vote meaning all other commissioners were for this ruling.

Here is an excerpt from the article worth reading:

In an unusual move, on Saturday morning FCC member Robert McDowell released his formal statement that will accompany the formal announcement of the vote.

"Consistent with Congress's intent and Commission precedent in the long-distance context, today we carry out Congress's unambiguous mandate to protect consumer privacy in local markets as well," he wrote.









Anda Networks News

June 22, 2008

You can never have too much performance or too much bandwidth it seems. Regardless of how fast our broadband connections get, we develop applications which need more. SaaS, Telepresence and other forms of video are just a few examples of applications which corporations are adopting which take up more and more bandwidth.

Service providers constantly work to ensure they can supply the bandwidth their customers need and most recently the jump has been from 1 Gbps connections to 10 Gbps. If you are Greg Gum (pictured), a Vice President at Anda Networks, you know about these issues firsthand as your company supplies the equipment which service providers use to power their networks.

Emerson Network Power News

June 21, 2008

Emerson Network Power picked up the Motorola Embedded Computing Group last September and since that time, the company has made great progress in rolling out new products. I recently had a chance to sit down with Brian Carr Strategic Marketing Manager Embedded Computing to learn more about the company's products.

Carr explained that Emerson got interested in the embedded computing market when they purchased Artesyn. Emerson is a very large company -- $22 billion dollars and the Network Power division is $5 billion dollars making it quite a substantial player in the market.

The Importance of Communications

June 21, 2008

Do we realize the importance of what we do? I have been thinking about this question a great deal lately. I see the amazing technology being developed by the entire industry and I just can't help but wonder - do we realize how important we are to the world economy. I am far from an economist but I know that when productivity improves so does the standard of living.
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