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700 MHz Auction Update

January 26, 2008

So far in the 700 MHz auction there have been bids totaling more that 2.4 billion and in about a month we should know who won. There were just under two thousand bids for this precious spectrum which could become a viable competitor to DSL and cable.

Five spectrum “blocks” are on the table: A (698-704 MHz and 728-234 MHz), B (704-710 MHz and 734-740 MHz), E (722-728 MHz), C (746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz), and D (758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz). Collectively, the entire 700 MHz spectrum covers the analog TV channel range 52-69.

It seems to me that Google absolutely needs to ensure some of this spectrum falls into friendly hands -- even if it has to purchase frequencies and lease them out to other companies.

Of course it isn't just Google who is in this position... Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon and others are similarly challenged.

Google's need to acquire some of this spectrum is in exact contrast to the incumbent providers who have to do their best to ensure the spectrum does not fall into the hands of companies which would reduce their negotiating power in generating more revenue from their existing broadband connections.

We should know who the winners and losers are in about a month and this TMCnet









Sprint Sues VoIP Firms

January 25, 2008

Many in the IP communications industry blame Vonage for going public, knowing full well that the way they run their business, they can never be profitable. They basically spent a fortune on customer acquisition and not enough time finding ways to generate enough revenue to be a healthy company.

Now, some in the IP communications industry blame the New Jersey-based VoIP provider for not effectively fighting the various patent suits it was involved in.

Many of the patents the telcos used against the company were based on technologies that existed before the patents were filed for according to many in the industry.

Now, the next chapter in this book unfolds as the telcos seem to be coming after others after winning their patent suits against Vonage.

The first telco to do so is Sprint, who now chasing Nuvox Communications, BroadVOX Holdings, Big River Telephone and Paetec Communications.

According to Sprint, the company has invested a great deal in its VoIP products and it cannot stand by while others take advantage of their innovations.

Of course this is all BS as hundreds of companies were years ahead of Sprint in rolling out VoIP.

It just so happens that many of these small but innovative companies didn't make it through the bubble bursting and aren't around to help Vonage win these suits. And it seems Vonage wasn't able to find any past employees of these companies to help their case.

Although I am not an attorney, it seems like it is time for the industry as a whole to come together and take on telcos who somehow believe they invented VoIP and a host of related technologies.

Anyone ever heard of VocalTec?

In a torrent of irony, these telcos are the same companies who tried to destroy VoIP for years before they started embracing it.



















ITEXPO: Article in Sun-Sentinel

January 25, 2008

The Sun Sentinel had a great article on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo today and their spin was local. They mentioned companies in the Florida area who participate in the show.

The article was written by Arlene Satchell and she did a wonderful job with it. Here is an excerpt:

South Florida businesses are tapping into the technology that allows people to make phone calls using high-speed Internet instead of regular phone lines.

Known as voice-over-Internet protocol, or VoIP, the technology is seen by some businesses as a cost-saving measure and a way to offer employees telecommuting flexibility.

Thirteen South Florida companies debuted their latest products and innovations this week at the Internet Telephony East Conference and Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is expected to attract 7,000 participants and ends today.







My Schedule Tonight

January 23, 2008

I am blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to meet with me at the very last second at this particular event. So many people want to meet... I wish the show was 2 weeks.

I suspect many were caught off guard as this show happened so early in the year.

I also think this is a great sign as so many people to date want to tell me about new products, new companies or new ventures.

So if you want to meet I will be at all the receptions throughout the week and the meals.

We have had standing room only sessions all day and the energy and excitement has been amazing.

As often as I can I have been checking e-mail on the laptop or phone to stay up to date.

I even took some photos of a packed reseller session I was moderating. There was a look of surprise on some of the attendees faces as I snapped shots of them.

I must confess I even answered a few e-mails up there.













Fujitsu F705i -- Slim and Waterproof

January 22, 2008

ITEXPO East 2008 Schedule

January 21, 2008

Here are some of the happenings this week at ITEXPO. My team is already down in Miami, making sure the new Mustang convertible is prepped and ready for the raffle Friday. I wish you luck in winning the car and either way you will end up with something of value -- a 3-day IP communications education available nowhere else.

See you soon!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008:
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9:00 am - Breakout sessions*
9:00 am - TMC University Training: Using SIP to Build Enhanced Services* 9:00 am - TMC University Training: Microsoft OCS* 9:00 am - trixbox Open Communication Training Courses* 10:00 am - Reseller Solutions Day Workshop 10:00 am - Ingate's SIP Trunking Workshop
4:15 pm - KEYNOTES by Broadvox, 8x8, Inc. (Packet8), and Fonality 6:00 pm - EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 6:00 pm - Welcome Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
  Sponsored by Aculab.

Thursday, January 24, 2008:
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8:00 am - Breakout sessions*
8:00 am - trixbox Open Communication Training Courses*
8:15 am - Voice Peering Fabric Workshop
8:30 am - Ingate SIP Trunking Seminars
9:45 am - KEYNOTES by Nortel, AudioCodes, and Mitel 11:30 am - EXHIBIT HALL OPEN (Hall closes at 5:00 pm) 4:00 pm - Networking reception in exhibit hall sponsored by Ontario Canada
4:45 pm - Bose SoundDock(R) and Apple iPod Giveaway -- see below (You must be present to win)

Friday, January 25, 2008:
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9:00 am - Breakout sessions*
9:00 am - trixbox Open Communication Training Courses* 11:00 am - EXHIBIT HALL OPEN (Hall closes at 2:30 pm) 2:30 pm - 2008 Mustang Convertible Giveaway -- see below (You must be present to win)

*Fees required to attend conference sessions & training courses.

I encourage you to visit the expo site now to review detailed descriptions of everything happening at the conference and to quickly and easily register.

I hope to see you down here in warm, sunny Miami for three great days of improving your business.




































Have a Safe Trip to ITEXPO

January 21, 2008

I hope everyone has a safe trip down to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. The registration numbers are trending nicely above estimates and we expect a stellar event. As always, we have done our absolute best to assemble the most knowledgeable speakers and diverse exhibitors and this show will provide the best IP communications education ever.

As a side benefit I figured I should remind you that flights to Miami are still very cheap and the weather in the US is getting colder. Here is a map of the current temps...

Unlocked goes Retail

January 21, 2008

It is not uncommon to read media reports which criticize domestic cell phone carriers who lock cell phones, preventing them from being used on other networks. While unlocked cellphones are not new, what I find interesting is that Sharper Image is trying to be the company to bring you unocked phones.

The Sharper Image 101TSI



There may be an opportunity for the company as currently if you want to buy an unlocked phone you have to search the Internet. Sharper Image could be come the "unlocked phone store" if they play their cards right.

The company offers a variety of phones and I haven't had a chance to try any of them yet. If successful, one wonders if other companies such as Brookstone will get into the act.







ITEXPO Giveaways

January 18, 2008

White Space Internet Closer

January 18, 2008

Although we unfortunately will not be able to take advantage of new and exciting internet devices utilizing "white space" technology next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami... It does seem that at some point in the future, these unused and unlicensed TV spectrum frequencies could make broadband more accessible and affordable.

Last year a coalition which includes Microsoft, Philips, Google Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and EarthLink Inc. submitted prototypes to the FCC for testing.

So far these devices have not proved to work properly in the real world but thankfully the FCC will resume testing soon and hopefully if these tests are successful, they will be more internet options on the market.

For more on this developing story check out this piece from the Associated Press.





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