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Goodbye PSTN

June 24, 2008

The following was written yesterday and did not post. This is my final VPF Summer 2008 post.

Shrihari Pandit got on stage this morning to kick off day 2 of VPF Summer 2008 (1,2,3,4,5) and discussed how the VPF is a distributed Ethernet network which has grown in 9 cities in the US and London. He then explained a bit about the ENUM database and how it is useful in a multilateral architecture. This allows automated [voice] peering - you can send calls to any other network [as long as the number is in the ENUM database] for free.

Move Avatar Buzz

June 23, 2008

You have heard me go on and on about avatars in the past. Here are some of my recent blog posts in fact:

Mobile Virtual Worlds Emerge

There are so many communications companies pushing products and services revolving around virtual worlds, one wonders if we are about to see a new subset of communications break out and achieve mass appeal like VoIP, the iPhone or Blackberry. Do...

Posted on June 4, 2008 4:55 PM



The Importance of Communications

June 21, 2008

Do we realize the importance of what we do? I have been thinking about this question a great deal lately. I see the amazing technology being developed by the entire industry and I just can't help but wonder - do we realize how important we are to the world economy. I am far from an economist but I know that when productivity improves so does the standard of living.

SMS Advertising

June 18, 2008

Robby Benedyk Senior Manager Global
Product Marketing at Tekelec
For service providers on the cutting edge, you should be exploring placing ads in the text messages your subscribers send to one another. While there is a 160 character limit on SMS messages, most messages are far shorter and the opportunity to place ads in the unused character space can help service providers looking to be ahead of the curve and make more money.

While  is unclear what the best solution is to placing advertising in text messages -- one assumes that providers will make more money from the ads they sell and be able to offer lower cost text messaging plans which translates into more customers using SMS services on their network.

In a way, text messaging is the perfect mobile advertising vehicle because it doesn't rely on web browsers on the phone. In fact, every phone can receive such text ads and the possibilities here are limitless... For example, ads can link to a short code or web address.





Ditech Networks Update

June 18, 2008

The latest at Ditech Networks is that the company has hired Hossein Eslambolchi as a technical advisor. Generally, hiring a technical advisor is not big news but Eslambolchi is a bit of a celebrity having a distinguished career in engineering and his best-known role was perhaps his tenure at AT&T where he held multiple titles including CTO.

What this does for Ditech Networks is give them access to someone who lived deep in the trenches with intimate knowledge of all things telecom. The markets Ditech plays in specifically are transcoding, session border control and its more recent messaging has focused on voice quality improvements for wireless carriers.

The company has shown that increased voice quality leads to reduced carrier churn and they are obviously right.

In order to help get this message out and penetrate wireless carriers more effectively expect  Eslambolchi to open doors at carriers worldwide.

For the famous engineer, this move puts him back in the semi-spotlight and for Ditech, this move adds a prominent name to a company looking to lift sales.









CNBC Plus Sucks

June 14, 2008

I never ever thought I would be one of those bloggers who wrote a post with the word "sucks" in the title.  I am not sure why but I just didn't think I would get so upset about something that it would drive me to blog such an entry. I have my easygoing side I suppose but I have limits and some things apparently are important to me.

Case in point is having a service I pay for, work properly.

Yahoo Looks to Google

June 13, 2008

Yesterday's news regarding the talks breaking down again between Yahoo! and Microsoft leads very nicely into today's news that Yahoo will be displaying Google ads on select portions of its site. Yahoo estimates about $800 million in revenue from this deal and if the regulators bless it it will be good news for Google.

It is obvious Microsoft is threatened by Google and moreover they have suggested the search leader is a monopoly. This new agreement between the world's first search engine and most-popular search engine will just add to Microsoft's concern about Google. Although Yahoo shareholders are hurt in the short-term by Yahoo's decision not to sell to Microsoft, it would appear that Yahoo got the message and has taken a bold step to increase profits. This could be a good sign for the future but I continue to hear stories about how there is a culture of complacency at Yahoo and if this hasn't changed as a result of this ordeal, shareholders will be long-term losers as well.

Web Democratizes Auto Repairs

June 12, 2008

It is amazing to see how the internet has changed industry after industry. The latest to feel pressured by the power of a mouse, broadband connection and monitor is your local mechanic who now needs to worry that his/her prices are outrageous compared to other mechanics. As this article states, auto repair is one of those areas where the consumer is really at an informational disadvantage.

The new site focusing on democratizing auto repairs is called RepairPal and it is in beta at the moment and in some ways may even be a guide for mechanics who aren't charging enough for their repairs.

If the site helps you, be sure and comment or drop me a line as I am very interested in seeing how the web is changing business after business.



Yahoo/Microsoft Deal Off

June 12, 2008

It seems any chance of a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo! is over. The number of billionaire Yahoo investors who are likely furious about this state of affairs which is trashing Yahoo's stock can't be counted on a single hand.

The latest talks between the companies centered around Yahoo selling its search technology to Microsoft. As was expected by some, Yahoo did not want to part with technology it considers essential to its future.

What is perhaps most interesting about the talks breaking down is that it shows Microsoft places little value on display ads and page views as compared to search technology. This means Microsoft likely thinks search ads are really more valuable than display eyeballs.

It will be very interesting to see if the frenzy over search ads is not just a part of the natural change that comes into the advertising market from time to time.





Sipera Looks To The Channel

June 11, 2008

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