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TMCnet Video: part 2

April 21, 2006

Here is the release on TMC video – I have had many questions on this today. We are very excited to get this rolling.

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Critical Mention Launches ClipSyndicate, a 'One Stop Shop' For Web Site Publishers to Syndicate Video News Segments From Respected Broadcasters  
Clear Channel, MultiVu, a PR Newswire company, and Other Leading Broadcast  News Providers, Ink Deals with ClipSyndicate to Drive Syndication Revenue and Brand Extension to Vertical Web Sites

NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Critical Mention, Inc., the leading Web-based television news search and broadcast monitoring service, today announced the formation of a new technology platform and business venture, ClipSyndicate, providing an exceptional value proposition for broadcasters, advertisers and Web site publishers in the "long tail" of the Internet. Broadcasters can extend the reach and value of their news clips, advertisers are able to get their video and banner ads in front of targeted "eyeballs" and Web site publishers are provided with the simplest way to syndicate and profit from timely and respected broadcast news segments that are relevant to their users/visitors.

ClipSyndicate enables broadcasters and other video content producers to easily monetize their content and extend their brands through an Internet distribution channel that syndicates video clips to thousands of vertical Web sites in need of content for their end-users, while providing advertisers new reach to an extremely targeted audience.








Alltel My Circle

April 21, 2006

The “Friends and Family" plan popularized by MCI more than a decade ago has come to wireless callers. Alltel will now allow anyone spending $59.95 or more on their calling plans to have a feature called “My Circle,” allowing the caller to make unlimited free calls to 10 phone numbers.

These calls will not be part of the allotment of minutes calculated in a calling plan.

Even though other carriers have plans that offer free calling at select times or within their respective networks this new initiative from the Nation’s number 5 wireless provider will allow callers to take advantage of calling at any time and to callers on any network.

I believe this plan will likely be successful as there are many callers that cannot control the phone networks of their friends and family members.

In addition this sort of plan makes sense to offer because customers perceive they are getting something for free – even though they are paying $59.95/month.

It is too soon to know if this sort of plan will have any impact on fixed line telephony as many VoIP providers already provide unlimited calling for a flat rate. Perhaps if VoIP rates continue to fall, a plan like this will be rolled out by popular VoIP providers as well.

In the end the phone businesses is becoming more and more commoditized and new service offerings and marketing ideas such as this are healthy. Customers will always spend more on service if service providers are able to find the right customer hot-buttons to push.











Inter-Tel 7000

April 20, 2006


Industry analyst and telecom veteran Mark Ricca says “Inter-Tel has done a masterful job in developing a platform that is being designed to successfully leverage advanced IP technology to provide a rich, intuitive feature set that can be an asset to any business” What is that has Mark so excited ?? The Inter-Tel 7000 of course.

Scaling up to 2,500 users per site, the Inter-Tel 7000 is designed to be a pure, standards-based communications platform utilizing SIP technology at its core. The platform also is designed to be redundant and secure, and to provide easy-to-use interfaces for remote management and configuration.

I can safely say I have never ever seen a release with so much analyst representation. It seems the analysts love Inter-Tel and especially the 7000.






Oracle and Asterisk

April 18, 2006

Sorry about that

April 17, 2006

Sorry about the whole not blogging thing today. I had meant to see the accountant and sign the tax documents a few weeks back but as luck would have it today was the day I saw him. In addition -- despite my best intentions to get in early -- I woke up before 6 am but somehow decided to close my eyes for a second.   Thankfully the kids woke me up a few hours later. I was straight into meetings for a whole day just trying to catch up with e-mail between the words being spoken in the meeting.

Vodafone Could Buy Vonage

April 14, 2006

Recent reports point to the fact that Vodafone may be targeting fixed line telephony as a way to allow it to offer bundled services. The wireless leader is a global powerhouse and needs to find a way to compete with other companies that are increasingly using bundling to attract and keep customers.   The natural expansion play for the company is to purchase cable companies in the US or to focus on WiMAX. Another option is to pick up Vonage or Packet8 so that it can become an overnight VoIP (and thus a fixed line phone) company.

Inter-Tel Power Struggle

April 12, 2006

There is a power struggle at Inter-Tel. I find this surprising as from where I stand the company is running better than ever. I haven’t been digging into the financials mind you but they are rolling out new products that are doing well and are doing a great PR job.

Still, it is possible that Inter-Tel will go private as a result of this struggle. It is also possible that it will be acquired. In my opinion going private will be good for the company as it will allow Inter-Tel the flexibility to focus on long-term growth and not short-term earnings.

TMC News Snapshots

February 25, 2006

Here is a new service from TMCnet – News Snapshots™ that will allow you to have a single page to go to keep track of important companies and topics in communications and technology. Bill Gates even gets a page. A snapshot of Nortel for example allows you to keep track of news and articles about the company as well as a stock chart.

The service is in beta and we hope that it helps you keep track of the companies and topics you have interest in. Let us know if you have suggestions for improvement.





3COM
3GSM
Adobe Systems
Agere Systems
Alcatel
Apple
Aspect Software
AT&T
AudioCodes
Avaya
BellSouth
Bill Gates
Broadcom
Cablevision Systems
Cingular
Cisco Systems
Comcast
Convergys
Covad
Dell
Earthlink
EMC
Ericsson





















Google Buys TellMe

February 1, 2006

One of the predictions The Deal made on CNBC today is that Google will buy voice portal pioneer Tellme. This is a logical acquisition as Tellme is a very strong player in voice portals and as a bonus is profitable. The acquisition would allow people to access Google's services from telephones almost as easily as they do on the web. As a bonus, their office is not too distant from Google's.

West Buys Intrado

January 30, 2006

TMC's Customer Interaction Solutions (CIS) Magazine has been ranking the teleservices outsourcers for more than two decades bestowing the coveted Top 50 award to these companies. Another of our business units is the Internet Telephony brand. Sometimes these two brands cross over. This happens in the case of IP contact centers or hosted contact center solutions or call centers dedicated to telecommunications carriers.

Now we have yet another example as West Corporation a world leader in teleservices outsourcing has purchased Intrado a world leader in 911 solutions.

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