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Messaging Predictions

December 31, 2005

Here's what Ferris Research thinks will be the main projects/issues that messaging managers will be concerned with in 2006. They are in rough order of priority for the typical organization. Ferris Research is an analyst firm specializing in messaging and collaboration--see www.ferris.com for details. This is a summary of the report, "Key Messaging & Collaboration Issues, 2006"

Implementing Email Archiving & Retention.

NTP Patents Rejected

December 31, 2005

RTI Patents

December 30, 2005

Thanks to TechDirt I decided to poke around in the actual RTI Patents that have caused the web outcry since RTI sued Google. Jerry Weinberger the man behind RTI patented least cost routing back in the late 1970s and this is basis along with another patent for the lawsuits against the various companies he sues and collects money from.

Least cost routing was the leading edge of technologies in the early 1980s as competition finally was allowed in the phone business. During those early days the rates for various phone calls to various destinations varied widely and it would make sense to use AT&T for calls to Canada, Sprint for calls to Iowa and MCI for calls to California.

The above is just a hypothetical case of course and it should be noted that rates use to vary by time of day as well. A human could not keep track of who was the best carrier per call but a computer could.

Remember now, these were the dark ages of telecom and technology where a box of index cards was the best contact management system and entry level computer cost hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Here are the abstracts of the two patents:

Patent 1

Least cost routing device for separate connection into phone line

Abstract

A device interconnects within the phone line coming from a first phone and routes telephone calls along a least cost route originating from the first telephone to a second telephone via the network.















VoIP Peering in 2006

December 30, 2005

I am getting more and more comments about my prediction that 2006 will be the year of VoIP peering. There is just more more day in 2005 after all. That is why I am so excited that CableLabs recently reported that over 30 companies responded to their VoIP peering RFI.

The following is what CableLabs sent me today:

Approximately 30 technology companies responded to the CableLabs®-issued request for information (RFI) for technologies to enable cable operators to share Voice-over-IP (VoIP) traffic directly over their IP networks. This ability is called VoIP Peering.

CableLabs was seeking to collect information from manufacturers and third-party service providers regarding the technologies, products and service solutions which could enable the development of a production-grade VoIP Peering infrastructure to allow this VoIP traffic exchange among MSOs, and between MSOs and other service providers.

Information was sought in several areas, including the architecture(s) for VoIP peering services, the set of Internet specifications and standards that can enable a scalable platform for interconnecting voice and other real-time communication services, and the associated operations and management requirements to develop a production-grade environment.







I can’t wait for the world’s third ever VoIP Peering Summit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in a few weeks!



RTI Sues Google for 5 Billion

December 29, 2005

Rates Technology Inc. (RTI) Articles

December 29, 2005

My blog entry on Rates Technology has been getting a great deal of traction. As you may recall the company is suing Google over the VoIP portion of its Google Talk program. I noticed Playfuls.com a site out of Romania referenced my interview with RTI. CNET had a brief story on the lawsuit where they referenced me and then referenced Google’s response to the lawsuit: "We believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously."

The National Business Review also had a great article where they talk about patent trolling, referencing my interview with the company.

ITEXPO: 200% Growth

December 28, 2005

Thank you readers of my blog as well as those who read TMC’s print and online offerings for making ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida such a success so far. It is much appreciated. Please have a Happy New Year and I hope to see you in about 26 days!

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INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2006 Registrations Up 200% over 2005

First VoIP Conference of 2006 in Florida Next Month Trending Toward 5th Consecutive Show with Record Attendance

Norwalk, CT, [December 27, 2005] - Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) today released pre-registered attendance figures for next month’s INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida showing 200% growth year-over-year from 2005. (www.itexpo.com)

The conference will be held January 24-27, 2006 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

According to TMC president and INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference Chairman, the growth in registrations for the educational programs at this year’s event proves that this the event people serious about deploying VoIP are choosing.

“It is now official...













SEO/SEM Journal Google/RTI Article

December 28, 2005

Microsoft, Softbank and Japan Telecom Oh My

December 28, 2005

Microsoft Co. Ltd., SOFTBANK BB Corp., and JAPAN TELECOM CO. LTD., announced that they are developing a security-enhanced, integrated communications service that combines VoIP, e-mail, Internet access, groupware, presence, instant messaging and desktop services with network infrastructure, and that they have formed a strategic business alliance to provide this service as a business-oriented solution.

I get the feeling this just may be the first step towards my dream of Just in Time Communications or JiTC. SOFTBANK is the largest VoIP provider in Japan and perhaps if this deployment is successful we will find it coming to the US and other parts of the world.

Microsoft has impressed me as of late with their JiTC initiatives. At the last ITEXPO, Microsoft demoed something very close to the perfect JiTC solution.



Rates Technology Sues Google

December 27, 2005

Many months back I wrote an article on Rates Technology Inc.– A company with a patent portfolio currently being used to persuade VoIP equipment and service vendors to pay a fee in exchange for protection from a patent infringement lawsuit. I wasn’t sure if people would care about my article because there were few references to Rates Technology on the Internet. Since Rates Technology has been around for years I certainly wasn’t discovering them but it does seem I was the first to take the time to explain how the company works.

Fast forward about eight months. Today I received an e-mail from Tom Keating telling me that Om Malik has linked to me in his blog regarding Rates Technology.

I was pretty blown away as I thought I would never hear about this company again.



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