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Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

August 9, 2006

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.

This is potentially good news for the entire communications space for the following reasons. This division of Intel had the massive resources of corporate behind them but the challenge was for such a large company to focus on so many things. There are obviously synergies that will be lost as a result of this division being sold but on the flipside if this newly freed division goes back to its super-aggressive Dialogic ways -- it could result in much more rapid growth for not only for them but the industry as a whole.

Catching up

June 21, 2006

With all my travel lately I have been neglecting my blogging. I figured I would get right back into the swing of things with some links to interesting articles.

You hear me discuss building communities all the time. Well Electronic Arts has decided to purchase Mythic a company devoted to massively multi-player games. The trend towards community building continues to grow across industries and boundaries.

In an effort to increase internet security levels, eBay (I am a shareholder btw) and others have begun to urge Congress for better privacy laws.



Stories of Interest

June 8, 2006



Here are recent stories of interest. My favorite has to be Survey: IPods More Popular Than Beer followed by QUALCOMM's VoIP news and of course how often do I get to talk about JFK. The VoiceGenie news is old but the deal is closed and Google's spreadsheet news is analyzed in some detail.

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Texas to Install Border Web Cameras
Tandberg Television Helps Japan's On Demand TV Upgrade its Networks to MPEG 4
TECH BRIEFS: AOL security, Ad subbing tech, `Wii' defense, Hurricane phones, Chancellor vidcast
Cincom Synchrony Included in ScionASP's Hosting Services
JFK Papers, Photos to Be Put on Internet
Directing Traffic to Your Website: You Built It, But Will They Come?
Rivermine Launches Software Powered TEM Services Suite
Intel's Viiv Expanding beyond Entertainment
TIA Presses U.S. Government for Federal Funding for Basic Telecommunications Research
China: Internet Cos. Must Obey Its Laws
Allegiance Improves Internal Service Quality of Dri Eaz
Konica Minolta Improves Business Process with AirClic
Manx Telecom Gains BABT Approval with Cerillion Billing
Ascom VoWiFi Solution Deployed by Virginia Healthcare System
Glenayre Messaging Introduces VoiceSMS
Cisco's CEO to Take on Chairman Duties
Genpact to Open New Business Processing Center in the Philippines
QUALCOMM Demonstrates VoIP Mobility across Multiple Test Environments
Envox Ships Latest Incarnation
Cisco Introduces Intelligent Services Gateway at GlobalComm 2006
VoiceGenie Acquired By Genesys
RFID News for 8 June: Microsoft BizTalk RFID, Intermec, Alien, G2
Cisco Introduces Intelligent Services Gateway (ISG) at GlobalComm
Soffront Releases CRM V8.6 to Offer Enhanced Capabilities
Net Promoter Industry Report Reveals Customers' True Feelings
Kapow Picks Maximizer (Not, Ahem, Salesforce.com) for CRM
Avaya Builds on one X Family; Launches New IP Phones
Employees Increasingly Getting Canned for Abusing Company Email
Frost & Sullivan Report Predicts 800 Million Mobile Users in Asia by Year End
South Korea's SK Telecom Seeks Stake in China Unicom
CRM News for 8 June: Avectra, Herbert, LexisNexis, CIsco, GATI
Company Results Announced: eOn Communications, Comtech, ViryaNet
Pitney Bowes Picks A3 SmartClient for Europe
NetSuite Offers Canadians Tax Help
Beijing says Internet companies in China must abide by its laws
NTT DoCoMo to sell RIM's BlackBerry portable devices
Miami Man Arrested for Theft of VoIP Calls
Yahoo Touches Up Photo Sharing Service
Survey: IPods More Popular Than Beer
Spammer, Partners Agree to $10M Settlement
For $4,995, Hurricane Phone Available
ZTE Helps Skytel Build World's First Commercial CDMA2000 EV DO Rev.A Network
Google Takes on Desktop Application Market with Web Based Spreadsheets
Microsoft Plans Better Disclosures of Tool
German Chancellor Starts Video Podcast
Hurricane Phone Available for $4,995
Networks Battle Ad Subbing Technology



















































Verizon's Nancy Gofus

May 26, 2006

Sonexis

May 22, 2006

The conferencing market is fascinating to me as it is an area of continuous high-growth. Many conferencing companies actually saw business conditions improve dramatically in the post-911 world where travel began to die off. Since 9/11 it seems companies are beginning to see more and more use for conferencing in their organizations. The conferencing growth charts I see are – off the charts.   You just can't talk about this market enough because it is growing so fast and as it does the technology allows more and more people to collaborate more effectively.

Aculab Ace Progress

May 10, 2006

Interop

May 4, 2006

I spent a full day at Interop and got to cover the whole show in less than a day which is always a plus. In addition I even got a chance to hit a few receptions and see two wedding parties casually strolling through the casino.

Who would have thought that a strip of desert would become one of the most popular destinations in the country based on gambling, weddings and bachelor parties. Of course there is more... Sports, great restaurants, shows, etc but it is tough to fathom how quickly this strip of sand has blossomed in the past 15 years alone.

But back to the show, there were a few booths towards the front of the hall that did well and some others had good traffic depending on the appeal of their offerings.



Back From Vegas

May 4, 2006

I just got back from Vegas and thankfully stayed on east coast time while I was out there so I am not feeling any jet-lag – yet anyway. I am still catching up on all the news I missed while away but was interested in the fact that the FCC has mandated CALEA compliance for VoIP. This makes good logical sense and I haven’t heard any grumbling from VoIP providers so I assume this will be relatively easy to implement for most carriers.

On a related security note, Fox News (why do they use that awful blue background on their stories?) reports that Moussaoui will receive life in prison instead of the death penalty. Apparently he yelled out “I won”, “I won” when the verdict was read.

Asia Telecom M&A

May 2, 2006

I while back I wrote about the M&A market in telecom and I didn't factor in the Asian players into my analysis. So in order to be balanced, I decided to get a perspective from someone who is intimately involved in the telecom market and who works for UT Starcom, a major Chinese telecom equipment provider. Farshid Mohammadi is a VoIP and IMS industry icon and couldn't be better positioned to tell us where the Chinese/Asian telecom players fit into the overall mix.

Here are his comments:

An interesting phenomena is happening. The Asian vendors who have been the beneficiary of more cost effective labor and manufacturing are finding that to succeed in international markets in any significant way, they would have to staff up in their beachhead markets.



TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

May 1, 2006

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.

I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this goal.

I have to thank you once again for visiting TMCnet and helping us achieve this goal. By the way the official number is 1,053,840.

We have two more goals. One is Alexa of 1,000 -- which would put TMCnet in the top 1,000 sites in the entire world. We are currently ranked 1,387 so we are close.





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