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Packet8 Win

September 26, 2007

I have to admit, the press release (see bottom of page) I received this morning from Packet8/8x8 may be among the most unique I have ever received as it details how Packet8 is the service provider of choice for a VoIP service provider who is closing its doors. The question is who is this provider who has 12,000 subscribers who is exiting the space?   This news is not surprising however to those of you who read Russell Shaw’s take on Packet8 based on the conversation he had with 8x8 CEO Bryan Martin at ITEXPO.   Here is a salient quote from this article:   SunRocket is not the only company having problems. We know of about three or four major players in the space that have significant customer bases, they’re both into both business and residential applications, and we’ve heard rumors that they’re interesting in exiting the market as VoIP service providers.   TMCnet’s Richard Zippy Grigonis also has some thoughts on the Bryan Martin keynote at the show. Here is a quote from this article:   “Differentiating services is key because it contradicts all of the metrics that Wall Street is complaining about right now about why VoIP is a four-letter word.”   By the way, Bryan said specifically if someone on Wall Street steps in something they look down and say “Oh VoIP!”   This of course is in response the Vonage and just how poorly this company’s stock has performed over the years.

Vonage Loses to Sprint Nextel

September 25, 2007

These are mighty difficult times for Vonage as the incumbent providers have ganged up against them and have decided to compete on patents as opposed to technology. A federal jury has ruled that Vonage has to pay $69.5 million in damages to Sprint Nextel for using its patents. This is ultimately terrible news for consumers. I continue to be amazed at phone companies who say they have patents for VoIP and related technologies yet haven’t rolled the technology out to customers.

Latest ITEXPO West 2007 Photos

September 24, 2007

Sun Reenters Telecom

September 23, 2007

With all the fanfare surrounding Microsoft’s reentry into telecom, I thought it worth mentioning Sun is doing the same thing. Microsoft has integrated their applications into communications (or vice versa) and even designed new devices such as phones and even a state of the art videoconferencing device named Roundtable.   Back in March I wrote a bit about Sun’s entry into the call center space around the year 2000. What I didn’t mention is in the nineties the company really pushed their servers as ideal platforms for computer telephony integration. The company was not very successful in this endeavor and part of the reason may have been the vertical focus the company had.

Best of Show ITEXPO West 2007

September 21, 2007

Congratulations to the best of show winners at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Los Angeles, CA. A list follows below and here is the detailed press release.   Best Service Provider Solution

Best Large Enterprise Solution
  • BlueNote Networks  (www.bluenotenetworks.com)
  • Instant InfoSystems (www.instantinfo.com)
  Best SMB Solution
  • Intuitive Voice (www.intuitivevoice.com)
  • Vocalocity (www.vocalocity.com)
  • Zeacom (www.zeacom.com)
  Best Consumer Offering
  • 8x8 (www.8x8.com)
  • T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com)
  Best Development Tool
  • Aculab (www.aculab.com)
  • Sangoma (www.sangoma.com)
  Most Innovative Product
  • Sysmaster (www.sysmaster.com)
  • Telkonet (www.telkonet.com)
  Best Booth
  • Communicado (www.communicado-inc.com)
  • Fonality (www.fonality.com)
  Best Newcomer
  • 3CX (www.3cx.com)
  • Ixia (www.ixiacom.com)
  Best of Call Center 2.0
  • Contactual (www.contactual.com)
  • Oaisys (www.oaisys.com)
  • CosmoCom (www.cosmocom.com)
  Editors’ Choice

Call Center Quality

September 21, 2007

recently had a conversation with executives at TeleDirect International about how measuring call center quality is an important part of managing a successful call center operation. This is an important issue as IP communications has allowed contact centers to become truly distributed and subsequently more difficult to manage.   The first step in this move was distributed call centers and soon thereafter home agents allowed a more finely-tuned distribution of contact center resources. According to the company, implementing a proper quality monitoring solution can increase revenue by up to 15%. For this reason I invited the company to write an article on this topic to help educate those call center decision makers looking to make their contact centers more productive and ultimately successful.   ---   “An Integrated Application: Helping Your Contact Center Maximize its Investments” Written by, Rachel Sauerbrey, Marketing Manager at TeleDirect International   Businesses that have invested in contact centers have two fundamental areas they need to optimize- their sales and their people.

ITEXPO West 2007 News

September 18, 2007

ITEXPO West 2007 News The staggering amount of news and analysis generated from last week’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is mind-boggling. Thanks to all the analysts, bloggers, members of the press and everyone else who covered ITEXPO.   Here are some of the stories I found. I am sure there are more and I will update this page as I come across new stories. Please forward any stories I missed to my e-mail address.   Thanks and happy reading.   ---   Internet.com   News from ITC West 2007   Ken Camp Unified Communications   ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Todd Landry from Sphere Communications ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Serge Forest from Paraxip
ITExpo Highlight Pictures

Update: 9/20/07
ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Gurmeet Lamba from Clarus 
ZDnet
Russell Shaw   Packet8 CEO: in light of SunRocket’s demise, we’re hearing rumors of more VoIP market exits   Suzanne Bowen VoIP by Association   Internet Telephony West 2007 Witches' Brew Engineering Inc. (video included)
Update: 9/21/07

Businesses Receive Calls to a SIP Address, Tollfreeforwarding (video included)

Corporate Rat and Elusive Cheese   ITEXPO Presentation   The Gabby Geek   ITExpo Update   FierceVoIP   ITExpo extract   Current Analysis   INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo West 2007: Comverse Launches   PR LEAP   YIWA subsidiary Vitelity to make Big Splash at IT Expo Show in Los Angeles   Tom Keating     CNNMoney   Zarlink to Discuss Voice-over-IP Quality at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2007   Jon Arnold   TMC ITExpo - Show Highlights   Alan Percy/The SIP Invite   Recap and thoughts on Internet Telephony   Rich Tehrani (You think I’d leave myself off )     Dan York (passing mention)   Thoughts on some of the roles that I could fill...








Thoughts on Alcatel-Lucent

September 13, 2007

Wow. It has been quite a week. I am sitting here in Norwalk, CT – TMC’s headquarters and feel a bit under the weather. This is not a surprise as I haven’t slept since last Friday due the super-busy schedule at ITEXPO (photos and videos). It takes about 24 hours for the extra expo-related adrenaline to empty from your system which subsequently causes a bit of withdrawal.

ITEXPO and Green Technology World

September 11, 2007

This morning marks the second day on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and as I eat breakfast I can’t help but wonder if today will be an even better day than yesterday (photos and videos). What blew me away at this show so far was the buzz and amount of press in the press room. This year, our press list was the most impressive it has ever been. Still, we are working on getting even more members of the press for future events.   The conference sessions were virtually all packed (shot 1, 2, 3) and the buzz of buying in the exhibit hall was deafening.

Make Money Selling VoIP

September 10, 2007

  The VAR is Dead and Partner is Born   In a session titled how to make Money selling VoIP Robert Messer spoke today about how resellers need to evolve to become successful. Robert who works for ABP Technology a distributor of communications solutions mentioned resellers who embrace innovation are most successful. He says you must partner with your customers.   To be a reseller is the wrong paradigm he mentions. The most successful resellers reposition themselves as technology partners – not resellers.
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