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Brighter Spots of Telecom

April 29, 2009

Adtran has nearly two thousand products in its catalog and is in a good position to tell us where the business hot spots are.

I just had a conversation with Chris Thompson and Tammie Dodson at the company regarding the bright spots in their business and they tell me the optical side is doing well, partially because of the broadband stimulus activity which carriers are seeing. They expect this to continue as more details come out regarding this initiative.

Also they say their VoIP gateway business is strong as a result of companies exploring the cost cutting benefits of SIP trunking.

Dilithium Networks Takes on Mobile Video

April 29, 2009

The mobile video opportunity grows by leaps and bounds and with bigger mobile screens and faster wireless broadband networks, we can expect larger amounts of revenue to be derived from mobile video by carriers and content providers.

Dilithium Networks (www.dilithiumnetworks.com), founded in Sydney, Australia, offers converged video solutions, with customers in 60 countries on five continents. The company grew out of the participation on the ITU-T H.324/H.324M workgroup by Dr. Marwan Jabri, a company founder and CTO. Jabri spent nearly 20 years developing intelligent signal processing multimedia coding and transcoding algorithms, as well as some early protocol stack implementations of the H.324/H.324M standard.

Bump for iPhone Extends Social Networking

April 28, 2009

TMCnet's Michael Dinan writes a great article about Bump, a new app (app store link) which you can use to send contact info you specify via WiFi by simply bumping fists with another iPhone or iPod touch user. For testing purposes, Michael used me and my iPhone as Guinea Pig and a few moments later we had shared info with one another. It was very compelling and it's worth mentioning the devices do not need to be in physical contact to interchange data. The software does need to be running though.

This app could become popular at trade shows and other gathering places and if it does become the standard for live information interchange it could become a natural extension of social networking in live gatherings.

Portfolio Magazine Closes

April 27, 2009

Although Portfolio was a truly fantastic magazine -- one of the best financial resources around, it was obvious to me that a startup magazine which had over $100 million invested in it would have a tough time weathering the dual storm of print advertising decline and  financial crisis. Sadly today is the day of the official demise of this publication and website. I was a happy subscriber to this publication which had a total of just under 450,000 subscribers according to Folio.

The similarities the media business is facing is very similar to what is happening in communications. Just as newspaper and magazine owners are trying to figure out how to make a living in a web dominated world of free information, many telecom companies are trying to figure out how to make a living in a world where VoIP can be had for free.

For media companies though the problem is one of timing.



Welcome Back Patrick Barnard

April 24, 2009



I would like to welcome back Patrick Barnard to the TMC editorial team. Patrick has covered a number of different editorial areas at TMC over the years and recently left TMC to work on Multichannel Merchant. He is now back and his return is just a continuing reinforcement of how TMC is continually investing in its editorial talent -- just as we are constantly evolving our web technology, graphics, analytics, reporting and more.

Thanks to influential readers like you TMC has been blessed with hundreds of advertisers and exhibitors each year who partner with TMC to grow -- even in the face of challenging economic conditions.

We take sponsor and reader loyalty seriously -- looking to constantly improve to provide you with the best products we can.





Hi Availability Unified Communications from AVST

April 18, 2009

For over a decade TMC has covered AVST and their wonderful unified messaging solutions - which in the nineties were the talk of the industry. But as is sometimes the case, when the industry talks about the next big thing, it doesn't always take off overnight. While UM was slow to catch on in the nineties, the last few years have seen an explosion of interest in both UM and UC. While you may think this is a long time to wait, remember some are still waiting for the glorious age of OS/2 to finally arrive.

Nectar Services Provides Hosted Avaya VoIP, SIP Trunking

April 18, 2009

Companies in the IP communications space have never been so laser-focused on ROI as they are today. Avaya for example makes sure to mention the cost savings benefits of IP communications every chance they get. According to David Giangano President of Global Channel for Nectar Services, today's corporations need his company to allow them to best-in-breed Avaya features on a hosted basis. And what's not to like about hosted solutions?

How Google Can Win The TV Wars

April 17, 2009

Last night I saw Seal in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and as I watched and heard some songs which I didn't like, I pictured myself clicking the thumbs down button on Pandora - the user-configurable online radio station which allows you to choose which songs you don't want to hear. The ability to choose what I listen to and watch - via DVR technology has transformed the way we want to consume content and this unprecedented flexibility continues to shatter media consumption habits.

The idea is not lost on Shiva Rajaraman, a senior product manager for YouTube who says, "We think the prime-time slot of the future is very much user-programmed." Shiva is absolutely right and this concept is a natural evolution of user-preferences blended with content delivery systems which will allow us to watch what we want, when we want.

I have discussed the idea of having Pandora become the conduit for video in the past and while the company obviously has technology which allows users to experience new music of a similar nature to other songs they like, it will take time and lots of money for Pandora to become the TV of the internet.

TMCnet for iPhone, Asia, Jobs, Cable, Satellite and More

April 15, 2009

As TMCnet has expanded I have to admit it is tough to keep track of all the sites we have which can help you in your job. To that end I decided to take a moment and list some of them which you may not be aware of. I thought this entry made sense as I have received some comments about how TMC should launch some of the sites listed below. This shows me there are just so many things we do that our 2-3 million unique visitors each month may not be aware of.

Skype IPO Coming

April 14, 2009

It seems that Skype will go IPO in the first half of 2010 and although some think this news is a ploy to get Skype founders to pony up more than the $1 billion they originally proposed, I think the IPO route makes more sense for a number of reasons. You see the company is a perfect play for this economy - it lowers long distance costs and also allows video, rich IM and social networking.

In addition, the world's largest internet telephony software company recently launched a SIP trunking plus service which shows it is serious about the business market... And there is growth here.

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