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Emerson buys Motorola ECC

September 29, 2007

Emerson recently picked up the embedded computing division from Motorola. This is a good move for Motorola as the company can put more of their focus on handsets and other core areas of their business. Right now Nokia and Apple are major threats and one less distraction always helps.   I am very impressed with the Motorola embedded team and the Emerson team (although I haven’t known this group for very long). Here is an article I wrote about Emerson Network Power a few months back.   I always felt the embedded team was lost at Motorola -- a small division with lots of potential that couldn’t get the corporate parent’s attention.   If Emerson can continue their increased branding and awareness and stronger PR push while not losing their technological edge and great engineering team, this acquisition will be good for all parties involved.

Switching to Optimum Voice

September 28, 2007

This was a big week for me personally as I switched service providers. I should mention I have free VoIP accounts coming out of my ears. I often test them but I haven’t switched to any of them because to be quite honest, what I have works fine. I have been using AT&T CallVantage for years and the service has been great.

3COM Sold

September 28, 2007

The Wall Street Journal reported that 3COM will be acquired by Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies. TMC’s Greg Galitzine has a call into 3COM for comments but what we know so far is the transaction is at $5+/share meaning more than $2 billion. Huawei and 3COM have been business partners in the past and my impression was this relationship didn’t result in the sales progress either company hoped for.   Interestingly Huawei hasn’t made a huge dent in the US as of yet and this is surprising. Then again, I recently read an article discussing the idea that Chinese automakers will be slower to enter the US market in a serious way because their home market shows so much promise.

ITEXPO West 2007 Scores Big in L.A.

September 26, 2007

Here is my Publisher’s Outlook from the October 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine. It is rough and needs some editing but should give you a good idea of why you should be subscribing and reading every issue of the magazine.   ----   The most recent Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California demonstrated to me (and everyone in attendance) just how strong the IP communications market is. We had a tremendous number of resellers, enterprise customers and service providers at the show. What perhaps caught me off guard most was just how high the energy level at the show was.

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.

Blyke: Free Mobile Calling

September 25, 2007

I just can’t believe how much cheaper it gets over time to use communications services. When I was a teenager we paid somewhere around 25 cents per minute just to call one state away. Before we had fax machines we had to spend around ten dollars to get a document across the country. IP communications has changed all of this.   But things keep getting better and better in the telecom world.

Latest ITEXPO West 2007 Photos

September 24, 2007

Armani, Samsung, Google and Microsoft

September 24, 2007

I am traveling today – and most of this week in fact. As I get ready to go, there are a few stories that have caught my eye this morning and may be worth a read. The first is the collaboration between Armani and Samsung who together will design a credit card sized phone. Will this be an iPhone killer?

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
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