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Obviously VoIP is Alive and Well

January 3, 2009

 

A Phoenix rising from the ashes -- not sure this is the appropriate image but it sure is colorful


A few people have asked me recently to throw my hat in the ring about the health of VoIP. Many bloggers have been eulogizing the technology while I was on vacation - ironically using more VoIP than I ever have.

TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

TMCnet For iPhone on Apple's Site

December 24, 2008

We're No Shrinking Violet Says Nortel's Carrier Chief

December 20, 2008

Nortel is an interesting company from the perspective that they have an inherent advantage in their product development as they cater to two separate markets - enterprise and carrier, which need similar products. The company can afford to easily sell carrier-class products to enterprise customers making them more reliable than what many competitors offer.

But all the advantages in the world don't mask the company's recent earnings which were below expectations with carrier revenue down 24% and they certainly can't easily offset the billions of dollars of debt the company has.

I said this in a recent post:

One in Six Households Wireless Only

December 18, 2008



Consumers are cutting the cord, making it more important than ever to have a wireless strategy which is solid. As it continues, the cable companies are at the biggest disadvantage.

Over the past years it seems the FCC went out of its way to penaliize the cable companies while giving the phone companies a free ride -- you know -- killing the CLECs, encouraging mergers, etc.

I kind of understood the thinking of the FCC (not the killing the CELCs part) as the triple-play was becoming popular and cable companies were far ahead of the telcos.

Now however the phone companies have the advanatage -- as consumers move to wireless networks and give up landlines.

One wonders if the FCC will change its stance now that the balance of power is shifting rapidly towards the telcos. We will see what happens next year when Kevin Martin moves on.









You Just Thought of Making Profit Now?

December 13, 2008

More calls, more CEOs, more problems. There seem to be more and more companies coming out of the woodwork who now realize they need to focus on sales and marketing in 2009 for their survival. It seems these companies founded themselves for the sole purpose of being sold to Cisco and other solid companies and now those dreams have slowed or in some cases vanished.

Yes, the big tech companies are still purchasing but if they don't pick you up now, there are limited opportunities for future funding.

I get these calls and all I can think is "You're waiting until the middle of the recession to start thinking about how you get customers?" I could say more but the sheer lunacy of the whole situation doesn't allow me to articulate without peppering my writing with obscenities.

TMCnet Visitors Cautiously Optimistic About 2009

December 13, 2008

For those of us in telecom and tech, there is obvious concern about where the economy is headed - just like any other industry. The difference for us is we have seen a recent bubble burst and don't have the excess in our markets which other markets do. In fact in 2000, the dotcom bubble burst in March and the telecom bubble in November.

Most CEOs I speak with in our industry tell me tech and communications are among the best industries to be in for 2009 and beyond.

Dialogic Officially Acquires NMS

December 8, 2008

Dialogic has officially acquired the communications platforms division of NMS as of Friday evening and I had the opportunity to speak with Dialogic's Senior Vice President of Marketing Jim Machi about the acquisition and the future of the company. You may recall, I first reported on the news back on September 12th.

Before I get into the conversation with Machi, it is worth pointing out that the major competition in the CTI space between Dialogic, NMS and Brooktrout has finally come to an end this past weekend.

These companies were at each other's throats in decades past but as they competed, the industry thrived. More importantly, this rivalry caused the communications market to open to the point where a high school kid can develop telephony apps in the cloud with no knowledge of underlying telephony networks. CTI was a huge step towards openness in telecom and as these building blocks which were used for computer telephony integration began to be applied to IP communications and more specifically, VoIP - the world changed.

The opportunity for companies like Dialogic is changing and while VoIP is a big part of the company's business, video is a strong part of the future.





He Killed Careers and Brands and Now Ebbers Wants a Pardon

December 4, 2008

Last I checked if you go to jail for accounting fraud in the billions of dollars where you were directly responsible for the loss of thousands of jobs and the destruction of some of the best telecom and tech brands, you should stay there and serve out your sentence. The mere fact that Ebbers is asking for a pardon by Bush before he leaves office and one is being considered should be disgusting to anyone involved in tech and telecom that plays by the rules.

Not only did Ebbers wreak havoc on the lives of thousands as he rolled up telecom companies and laid people off... Customers saw service levels decrease during the transition and in the end, fraud killed the company and made the entire telecom industry toxic to investors for many months.

Even worse, Ebber's fraudulent accounting practices forced competitors like AT&T to waste billions as it changed strategy to compete with Worldcom more effectively.

Sangoma Explains Launch of B600 Line of Analog Voice Cards

December 3, 2008

Sangoma recently unveiled a new line of analog voice cards dubbed B600 and I was curious how the company sees these cards helping the industry. As you may know, Sangoma is a well-known quality Asterisk-compatible board maker. More recently the company has expanded into the UC space.

To learn more about this line of cards and what Sangoma sees in its future, I interviewed company VP Sales and Marketing Doug Vilim via email and this is the result.

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