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Adding Value to Wireless VARs

March 12, 2008

In the communications space there has been accelerating progress these past decades. In the eighties we had IVR, voicemail and unified messaging. In the nineties, we had CTI (TAPI,TSAPI, etc), international callback, the PC-PBX and later the IP-PBX.

This decade we have open source, unified communications, communications as a service, communications enabled business processes and mobility as well as a host of other hot topics.

It seems the more I speak with resellers at conferences, the more I am amazed at how much growth there is still left in this space.

The innovation is not just on the business side of the house. In fact, some could easily argue that consumer telephony has leapfrogged its counterpart in business.

Yes, the world seems to have gone smart-phone crazy and now the initiative in company after company is finding ways to integrate these powerful handheld computing devices into a company's core communications infrastructure.







Paul Reynolds Joins XConnect Board

March 12, 2008

Sarah Hofstetter is a VoIP veteran as she was the head of PR for Net2Phone since the 1990s and has been in the IP communications space longer than just about anyone else out there. The reason I point this out is that Sarah now handles PR for XConnect, the global VoIP peering company. Recently, I just received some news from Sarah that she was able to frame nicely for all.

You see, XConnect has a new board member and this sort of thing does not generally constitute big news. But as Sarah points out, in this case the board member of this IP communications company is Dr. Paul Reynolds, the CEO of Telecom New Zealand and the former CEO of BT Wholesale.

Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian

March 10, 2008

Thanks to Bell Labs, the people behind the transistor, there is now a thriving a tech industry. Moreover, many innovations in telecom are due to the team at this world famous labs team. Having said that, Bell labs hasn't been in the news much lately.

Rest assured however that the good people at Bell labs are toiling away working for Alcatel-Lucent and they have just developed a product called the 9900 Wireless Network Guardian or WNG for short.

This new product allows wireless providers to track IP addresses across their wireless networks in a manner which allows these operators to more accurately track how much data such IP sessions use.



Ken Camp is Available

March 8, 2008

Regular readers of my blog and attendees of TMC expos no doubt know Ken Camp. Ken is very knowledgeable in the field of information technology with special expertise in communications and security. He has written books, articles, spoken at shows and is a recognized thought leader in the blogoshere and beyond.

Ken does all this and is also the State Enterprise Architect for the State of Washington -- with a special focus on security.

Ken has impressed me for a number of reasons and perhaps one of the most amazing things he does is travel to industry events on his own dime. He does this because he seems to truly love the industry, being involved with it and sharing his thoughts with others via his books, internet writings and speaking assignmets.

Having said that, Ken is looking to change roles and I can think of few people who are capable as he is.





Yes, Telecom is Broken

March 8, 2008

Yes Peter, telecom is broken in some areas you mention but in others it seems to be doing just fine. What scares me most about the points you mention is how our politicians and regulators don't seem to care about fairness in the markets. But this topic we will leave for another day.

You have some good and intriguing thoughts in your blog post which I excerpted from your On Rad's Radar? blog:

From an agent side of telecom, I do think it is broken.



Service Providers Get Into Home Security

March 7, 2008

Peter Radizeski Joins TMCnet

March 7, 2008

TMCnet's latest blogger is Peter Radizeski. Peter is knowledgeable and not afraid to say what he thinks. He is direct and has a long history in telecom. He will will write things that ruffle feathers.

Rumor: Deutsche Telecom to Acquire Sprint

March 7, 2008

I don't want to predict a disaster but having Deutsche Telecom acquire Sprint doesn't make sense from the perspective of all the different network types these companies use. Sprint uses CDMA, Deutsche Telecom's T-Mobile uses GSM and Nextel uses iDEN. Oh, don't forget to add WiMAX to this mix.

It is unclear how many of the Sprint/Nextel problems were do to management problems as opposed to having to deal with two disparate network types.

Adding yet another technology to the mix seems like something only a masochist would want to do.

Oh, did I mention Merrill Lynch predicted that Deutsche Telecom will acquire Sprint? Merrill has a point from a market share perspective.





Communications News March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

My editorial team has selected the following stories as some of the most important ones of the week. Hopefully some or all of these news items will be useful to my readers.

Some of my favorite ones are how green Sony-Ericsson is, new patents for i2 Telecom and 8x8/Packet8, RingCentral's $12 million funding and Broadvox and The Amanda Company partnering.





iPhone Gets ActiveSync

March 7, 2008



Last summer I wrote about by trip to Redmond to visit Microsoft and more specifically my thoughts on when the iPhone will get ActiveSync if ever. Here is an excerpt:

As part of the Redmond software giant’s mobility strategy, Jeff [Jeff Ressler, Director, Exchange Marketing] mentioned that ActiveSync has been licensed some device manufacturers which, of course, means the power of unified communications can be enjoyed on-the-go. I mentioned some rumors I heard about the iPhone supporting ActiveSync soon and Jeff told me he couldn’t comment. Perhaps this meant that there are serious talks with Apple in the works – he didn’t say they aren’t talking after all.




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