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ActionTec

July 29, 2007

Many of us are familiar with VoSky Technologies the company behind the business class Skype gateways allowing a company to leverage the myriad benefits of Skype within their corporate communications infrastructure. If you need to catch up, I invite you to read an article written on the topic of Skype trunking by yours truly about a month ago.   So while Skype and VoSky are likely familiar names, most people are likely not aware of the fact that the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Actiontec Electronics, a leading provider of broadband connectivity solutions for consumers and broadband service providers.   In a recent meeting with Lesley Kirchman Director of Marketing and Brian Henrichs VP of Business Development for the company I became aware the company’s tagline is “Solutions For a Digital Life.”   The company has been around since 1993 when it was in the analog modem business. Over time they evolved to do what a few companies have been successful at… Listening to telco needs, delivering on them and actually having the telcos buy.   The company has sold over five million devices and has roughly 300 people in their Sunnyvale, CA headquarters in the US. I think of the company as the Linksys of the service provider world as they sell gateways in countless DSL varieties, IPTV solutions and even FiOS solutions for Verizon.   Some of the more recent products allow you to transport data and entertainment within a house via wireless, HomePlug and numerous other technologies.   Another area of focus is technologies such as TR69 and WT140 which help can enhance the consumer experience.

Spirent’s Testing 2.0

July 29, 2007

There seems to be an evolution in the testing market as these companies focus on delivering products and services enabling network equipment providers and carriers to test more services in less time. As networks become more commoditized and the competition to provide services continues to increase, quality of service is becoming more important than ever.   In a recent conversation with the new President and COO of Spirent, Rob Piconi, I had a chance to get Rob’s take on the future of testing and moreover learn about the company’s new testing offerings.   Rob’s message to customers is you need to deliver products and services as rapidly as possible and his company is best positioned to allow you to test these products and services before they are rolled out. Spirent he says has the deepest and broadest [testing] portfolio.   He points out how critical it is to work with the leading testing company when deploying FMC. And he has a point as in the world of fixed mobile convergence; you are dealing with wireless, wireline and potentially IMS.

700 MHz

July 29, 2007

Joseph Nacchio

July 29, 2007

Ex-Qwest Chief Nacchio Gets 6 Years for Inside Trades   In case you missed it, Joseph Nacchio, former chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., was sentenced to six years in prison for trading $52 million in company shares based on inside information about falling revenue.   As you may recall, in a post titled SEC vs. Nacchio over two years ago I said the following:   The WSJ reports civil charges are about to be filed against Quest’s Joe Nacchio the former CEO. The charges are expected to be cooking the books otherwise known as fraud. The area of interest is “capacity sales,” that Nacchio has said in the past are legit while the SEC says they were “Sham transactions.” We’ll have to see who wins.   This case is actually a different one and Nacchio still faces a lawsuit from the U.S.

Lease a Phone for $2,917.20

July 29, 2007

This story is just too good not to share and it is far from unique. A man has been leasing a phone from AT&T since 1952 and has been paying $4.42 per month for it. Now I am not sure if this price has stayed the same over the years and I would imagine there is some additional tax on this figure. But for simplicities sake let’s do the basic math on this keeping the cost constant.   55 years = 660 months 660 months * $4.42 = $2,917.20   This is a pretty staggering amount.

Google Cell Phone

July 22, 2007

RNK Phone Number Bank

July 16, 2007

What Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, GrandCentral Founders did at GrandCentral is amazing. They came up with a great idea – one number for life. They started a company and sold it quite quickly to Google. The service is evolving even more rapidly now but while so many people marvel at how fast Google snapped up GrandCentral, one company thinks they have a better solution to the one number problem.   We can likely all agree the idea of having a single phone number makes a great deal of sense.

700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

More on Frontline

July 4, 2007

Here is another Frontline article worth reading by InfoWorld. 
Frontline and other supporters of an open-access broadband network say the 700MHz spectrum auctions represent the last chance for the U.S. to create a new broadband network to compete with cable modem and DSL (digital subscriber line) providers. In late 2005, the U.S.

TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

It seems like if you are under 18 you spend a good deal of time twittering on well – Twitter. Since my typical reader is above 18 you may not be aware that Twitter is a service allowing you to send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.
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