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Road Warrior Must Have

December 6, 2006

Meaningless Megapixels?

November 28, 2006

I learned about this article on megapixels from Tom Keating's blog. To sum it up the article says megapixels don't matter and there is proof this is the case. My cousin Terry says the quality of the lens limits the photo quality unless you have an SLR. Somehow I have trouble believing less megapixels are the same and yield indistinguishable results.

Cable Companies Vulnerable?

November 1, 2006

There are some very smart people in the telecom business who are betting on the cable companies as the winners in the service provider wars. Their logic goes something like this. The cable companies have relationships with content providers and have faster broadband connectivity and are taking away voice market share from the LECs. The phone companies aren’t even able to deliver TV yet.

There is some sound logic here. The LECs are behind and if they don’t catch up soon they can be in trouble over time.

The one ace up the sleeve of the phone companies is their relationships with businesses which are better than the cable companies.



$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

October 19, 2006

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP equipment support services spending will reach $1.27 billion in 2010. this is a staggering number and one can imagine how much money will be spent on service and equipment based on the fact so much is being spent on the support services.

On a related note, here is an IP communications market research page that is a summary of research in the communications market.

The reason we put this page in place is to ensure we can track the reams of research news flowing across TMCnet on a regular basis.



My Mobile Blogging From ITEXPO

October 18, 2006

Mobile Music in Asia: $9.3 Billion!

October 16, 2006

From almost nothing five years ago, the mobile music market in Asia/Pacific grew to US$3.3 billion in 2005, and will reach US$9.3 billion by 2010, reports In-Stat. The breakthrough years for mobile music in Asia/Pacific will be 2007 and 2008. Growth drivers include large markets like China and India reaching a critical mass of mobile subscribers and 3G services becoming prevalent regionwide.

"Ringtones have been the primary driver for mobile music growth in the past, but this will change as new mobile phones equipped with digital music file playback capability create a new market," says Bryan Wang, In-Stat director. "As consumer preferences change, the future growth of the mobile music industry rests on ringback tones and full music tracks."

What this tells us is for service providers, it is not always clear what the next revenue generator will be but is crucial to stay nimble so you can capitalize on emerging trends.



USB comes to AA batteries

October 7, 2006

iPod Vs. Zune

September 29, 2006

Is Apple scared of Zune? According to this article Apple has plenty of reasons to worry. What seems most innovative about the Zune device is its ability to support p2p WiFi as pointed out by Mike Elgan, this is the equivalent of MySpace in a handheld device.

The technology in the Zune is not revolutionary and one wonders why Apple didn’t come out with a p2p WiFi device. The answer in my opinion is the company’s obsession with form factor.

VoiPod is Coming

September 7, 2006

Taking Sirius Aim at iPod

September 7, 2006

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