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Amtrak adds WiFi to Fight Disruptive Free Bus Internet

January 12, 2010


Years after
European train operators and the airlines, Amtrak has decided it was time to add WiFi to its trains. Bus companies have found a way to sell seats for as little as $1 between New York and Boston and provide free WiFi while the train generally sells seats which start in the $50 range and as you might imagine, this fierce competition has meant the union-operated trains are losing customers and they need to fight back.

So it is a bit surprising that the new WiFi service will initially be offered on the company's fastest and most expensive trains - the Acela Express.

One would suppose this is an initial trial of course and eventually even more competitive pressure will force the company to roll out wireless service across all seats at a low rate.

Tech Rock Star Jamie Siminoff Keynotes Startup Camp Telephony

January 11, 2010

Jamie Siminoff is someone I have great admiration for... He launched a company called SimulScribe which later became PhoneTag and what it did was transcribe your voicemails and send them via email. As far as I am concerned voicemail is useless without receiving it transcribed in an email with an attached MP3 file. You mean you still listen to your voicemails??

ITEXPO West 2010: Google, Avaya, Nortel, SIP, VARs, M2M, Smart Grid, 4G and Startups

January 8, 2010

Here is an important message I wanted to share with my readers -- it was sent as an email and lives online if you need the link. C U Soon!!!


From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

21st INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2010

TMC Moves to New Headquarters Next Month

January 8, 2010

I just got back from taking a tour of final construction at the new TMC headquarters we will be moving to in February. It has been an exhilarating experience to have been in the communications and tech markets these past decades. I can't imagine any industry seeing as much change as we have - at the nexus of communications, tech and media transformation.

Our company is 38 years-old this year and the change in our products and services and competitive set over the last four decades has been beyond incredible.

More on Avaya - Nortel Enterprise Event at ITEXPO

January 7, 2010

24 hours ago I excitedly shared the important news that Avaya will be at ITEXPO to discuss the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise assets. In one of the biggest communications deals in the market - two companies who were fierce competitors will be announcing their roadmap regarding how their merged product lines and staffs will look going forward.

Avaya will be at a special keynote lunch with analysts and yours truly who will speak with the company in a Q&A roundtable format in order to help the audience determine what the news means to them and how it will impact their business.

If you are a reseller, enterprise customer, SMB, partner and/or developer you cannot miss the event.

Asterisk Has Huge Presence at ITEXPO East 2010

January 7, 2010

A major area of communications growth is taking place in the open-source market and a tough economy only throws more fuel on an already raging open-source communications fire.

Asterisk is the major player in the space and the company behind Asterisk - Digium will be at ITEXPO with a collocated Digium Asterisk World January 20-22nd, 2010.

In order to help you plan for the event I wanted to share some important details. Hope to see you at the show.

Google, Apple set for Death Match

January 5, 2010

Like a Godzilla movie with award-winning special effects, this battle will open up new opportunities for players in the communications market deep into the decade.

Apple recently announced it has had over three billion applications downloaded on the iPhone and iPod Touch and has further purchased mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $300 bmillion. If you have followed Apple, you know this move is not surprising. Last November in fact I wrote about how Google is scaring Apple to death as evidenced by Apple filing a patent in the advertising space and reportedly bidding for Admob.

Mitel's IPO and the Future of Communications this Decade

January 4, 2010

2009 was a momentous year for Nortel - finally imploding under a combination of extreme debt, acquisition challenges, Asian competition and the remnants of a financial scandal from years past. Recently I analyzed the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise unit by Avaya and further reported how we can expect to hear the details of the merger and roadmap on January 19th, 2010, one day before ITEXPO kicks off in Miami.

While I am sure there will be vibrant discussion at the conference regarding Avaya's roadmap, it should be noted that Mitel too will be a major topic of discussion at the event as it plans an IPO this year. You may recall the IPO plans of the company were shelved in 2006 - many thought this was as a result of a poor showing in the public markets by Vonage - but company execs explained the reason for the pull back had more to do with the fact they were able to bid for and acquire Inter-Tel and didn't need the public markets to consummate the transaction.

Discounts for Communications and Technology Events at ITEXPO

December 31, 2009

To all my readers, Happy New Year. Please feel free to take advantage of these special conference & expo rates (check out these low travel rates as well) as my gift to you. I hope to see you at the show January 20-22, 2010 -- a few weeks from now.


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More Reasons to Attend ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

December 29, 2009

My marketing department sent out this wonderful letter on my behalf and I wanted to share it with my readers. BTW - note we are still giving away a car -- this year a Honda Element.

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From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

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