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Podcast: Danny Windham, CEO Digium

April 17, 2008

How does a company go from being a leader in the open-source communications space while simultaneously looking to generate revenue? Even open-source purists realize that companies supporting this movement need a way to generate earnings.

Digium, the sponsor and maintainer of Asterisk is actually dealing with both ends of the spectrum as they look to boost their profits and grow. Danny Windham was brought in as CEO about a year ago in fact to ensure the company supports the developer community while simultaneously growing profits.

In a podcast interview, Windham shared many of this thoughts with me about how he runs the company and how Digium looks at the small business market, what sorts of alliances we may see going forward and where he believes open source is on the technology adoption curve.

An special area of interest to me is where Windham and company sees the intersection of open source and Web 2.0. In a mashed-up world the opportunities for developers grow exponentially and allow customers to enjoy breakthrough applications from programmers across the world looking to make communications more effective.





Ortiva Wireless Enables Mobile Streaming

April 16, 2008

Do you remember the past CEO of Cantata, Mark Zionts? He keynoted a past ITEXPO and was head of the company just before it sold to Dialogic. Since then he joined another company which he helped sell and now he is on to a new company called Ortiva Wireless -- where he is CEO.

Ortiva has found an interesting niche in the mobile video streaming market where they focus on optimizing the video experience for end users without requiring them to download anything onto the phone.

Callwave Fuze, Unified Communications Plus

April 16, 2008

In the race to provide the best Unified Communications solution, there are just so many approaches. The various ways to achieve UC are staggering in fact. Companies like Microsoft have partnered with many companies to achieve seamless UC - with special emphasis on Nortel and Aspect. IBM has partnered with virtually all UC players - including Aspect and Nortel while companies like Avaya are thriving by not only offering their own solutions but a bewildering assortment of integration options.

But is it fair for only the largest players to get a seat at the UC table?

Novarra's Better Mobile Browsing Experience

April 16, 2008

A shift has taken place in internet usage and now more than ever it seems people want web access on the go. A single device in fact - the iPhone shows that if we make it easy to surf on the go, people will not only surf, they will pay for the privilege to do so.

Logically, this means service providers need to find ways to get their customers to not only embrace internet on the go but demand it. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure customers can access the net on virtually any device - not just the state of the art gadgets that can cost a month's salary or more in some parts of the world.

A company called Novarra has tackled the difficult task of internet-enabling devices which are not designed to browse the web in a graphically appealing fashion. The way they do this is with a content transformation gateway.



New TMCnet Record and New Writer

April 15, 2008

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according to Webtrends, a company which measures web traffic.

As you might imagine, this is a staggering number of pages to be viewed in a month and after TMCnet, this number represents the most page views in a month out of all competitive sites worldwide. This is according to third party web measurement sites like Quantcast.

In other words a single community built on TMCnet outproduced any other single competitive site in total.

As I have promised before, as we grow we will ensure the quantity and quality of TMCnet articles and as such we recently added Rick Bye as a columnist. He wrote his first piece last week in fact.

Bye is a senior segment marketing manager with Zarlink and is responsible for leading the company’s residential gateway and consumer voice products development.







Dialogic Analyst/Media Day

April 15, 2008

iPhone Denial of Service Vulnerability

April 15, 2008



Radware today discovered the iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to denial of service attack. The specific model being tested was the Apple iPhone1.1.4.

In order to experience this problem a user must browse to a website containing malicious Javascript code. Once there, the code can trip up the browser and iPhone -- making it crash.

According to Radware, the Apple iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to DoS attacks due to a design flaw that may be triggered by a series of memory allocation operations on the dynamic memory pool, which in turn triggers a bug in the garbage collector. The security hole is currently unpatched, leaving iPhone owners vulnerable to potential attacks until Apple issues a security update.

Assuming virus writers decide to exploit such security holes we may run into a situation where handheld device makers will have to ensure their devices have enough memory to handle endless security patches.







Openwave Turns Service Providers into Internet Companies

April 14, 2008

For years, service providers could see their competitors coming head on. For example CLECs and VoIP providers are pretty easy to spot and entrenched telecom providers worldwide have adopted different strategies to battle these new entrants.

But that was the easy part of the game. After all, playing in your home stadium is often easier than playing on the road.

But this "on the road" analogy is perfectly accurate in describing what service providers will be dealing with as they enter new markets and come up against companies like Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

Recently I had a chance to see a demo of technology from Openwave Systems which helps service providers compete more effectively with the traditional web-based competitors.

I must say that I was beyond impressed with the demo I saw of a product named Openwave Mobile Client Suite, a set of products which help turn service providers into internet companies.

I also had a chance to see some of the company's network-based technology, the Openwave Rich Mail Solution, which does what Microsoft Exchange Server and Outlook clients do for the typical enterprise. The application is based on AJAX which means response times are more like software than web pages.

The look of the UI is impressive and not something you might expect your typical service provider to code themselves.

For example there are contextual menus which pop on a right-click, e-mail preview, drag-and-drop, voicemail/VoIP integration and more.













Ceragon Boosts Wireless Backhaul Throughput

April 14, 2008

As wireless service providers seem to be battling to see who can provide the lowest cost unlimited voice and data plans, a problem is emerging that needs to be dealt with quickly. The issue is simply, how to cost-effectively upgrade network capacity to keep up with all the growth in voice and data capacity.

Invariably much of the challenge carriers face is in wireless backhaul as so many base stations are not located near fiber loops.

Enter Ceragon Networks and the company's newest wireless mobile backhaul solutions, the IP-10 family. In a conversation with the company's CMO Aviv Ronai and Director of Communication, Yoel Knoll the pair explained to me how this new product line offers unparalleled capacity - up to 500 mbps over a single radio carrier using a single RF carrier in fact.

Ronai had this to say about the company's latest solution, "FibeAir IP-10 enables risk-free migration to IP/Ethernet while providing the highest possible capacities at any given radio-link budget. This is achieved without any need to replace infrastructure or change the size or quantity of licensed frequency channels.





Target Service Provider Marketing by Pontis

April 14, 2008

At the recent CTIA show in Las Vegas, much of the talk centered around how service providers need to focus on generating revenue from advertising as companies like Google will be giving away many of the services they hope to charge for.

A good example of such a service is Google Maps which utilizes cellular tower triangulation to approximate GPS. It doesn't stop there of course… With Google Gears for Mobile, Google is in the enviable position of allowing mobile devices to utilize hosted applications whether or not there is a live internet connection.

It isn't news that Google has a head start in delivering services and advertising… Now carriers need to catch up.

But service providers are terrible at getting into new business areas and they have little experience in advertising. You know, that reads a bit harsh. Allow me to rephrase… Let's say instead, that if wireless carriers learned to sell advertising as well as they spend money on their own ads, they will be in great shape.

What is the first step in becoming a better advertising company?







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