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LG Viewty Crosses Threshold

February 6, 2008

Big Things, Small Packages

February 6, 2008

Voce Signals Failed MVNO Experiment

February 6, 2008

Is it safe to say that if Sprint itself can barely make it as a mobile carrier, then companies that have to pay Sprint and others for their network to resell their services will have an even harder time?

This seems to be the case as recently, Beverly Hills based Voce closed up shop with no warning to subscribers. All of a sudden it seems people's diamond-encrusted telephones became instant fashion accessories with no other function.

In addition to this problem it seems just before closing down the company tried to charge subscribers twice in a month for service. Well, at least we know most Voce users could probably afford to pay twice.

It seems that except for rare instances, the MVNO market makes no sense. There are just too many high-profile companies that tried and died in this game.

Like I opened with, if Sprint can't make it (or at least you might say they are barely holding on), how will these MVNOs stand a chance if they aren't either master marketers or in a niche the majors don't want to or can't touch?

Of course I would eat every one of these electronic words if Steve Jobs decided Apple was getting into the MVNO biz.

See this LA Times story for more.

Apple Doubles Capacity

February 5, 2008

Out of guilt -- I really don't think it is important news, I need to share with my readers that today Apple doubled the capacity of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new 16 GB iPhone will cost $499 and 32 GB iPod Touch is $499.

The iPod Touch 8 GB model still costs $299 and the 16 GB model is $399.

Why guilt? I don't know really. It seems that whatever Steve Jobs does must be blogged.

Undersea Cable Cuts

February 5, 2008

Podcast Interview: 8x8 VP Marketing Huw Rees

February 5, 2008

8x8, the company behind Packet8 service has been doing a terrific job running their company with positive financial results and new services which are innovative and unique. Some are video-based, some are mobile and others are in the call center market.

Two weeks ago I had a chance to speak with Huw Rees the VP of Sales & Marketing at the company onstage at ITEXPO in Miami, FL. The talk went very well and there was tremendous feedback from the audience so I decided it made sense to talk with Rees in a podcast format allowing listeners who couldn't make the keynote to hear what is happening at his company and the industry as a whole.

Some of the items discussed have to do with Gov. Schwarzenegger's recent California Broadband Task Force report, mobile services, the SMB, and a host of other issues.

One area worth mentioning is marketing as the company is competing against at least one competitor who has told Wall Street that they will buy market share at all costs. We also delved a bit into patents and how intellectual property can be used as a defense and offense.

Hope you enjoy the podcast.

Aretta's Hosted Asterisk Tastes Great

February 5, 2008

In the nineties when communications manufacturers gave the market few choices and there were many proprietary options, companies like Dialogic, NMS Aculab and others came on the scene and gave users choice by allowing them to purchase DSP resource boards which let computers become communications processors. For the first time you could build your own PBX, prepaid calling card system or anything else you could want.

Best of all, you could have it any way you wanted it… Not just the way the manufacturer of a product-line dictated.

At this time Marc Fribush was working at Dialogic and was selling DSP boards for a variety of the applications outlined above. More recently, Mark is the president of Aretta Communications and when he started his company he had a vision of leveraging open-source communications to change the market the way the DSP resource board changed communications in the nineties.

Fribush took hold of Asterisk and decided the market needed an embedded IP PBX that was dropped in on premise, eliminating the need for custom installation.

Just as they he was going to market with this idea, Digium decided to launch its own appliance. So the idea was then to push the Asterisk idea up into the cloud where it would benefit from diesel generated backup and a direct internet connection.

The next step was to use virtualization and to pack 50-70 instances of Asterisk on a single server.

This business model is awash in successful buzzwords.

Foundry Powers XM

February 5, 2008

Level3 Cuts

February 5, 2008

It seems that Level3 will have some more cuts as a result of a steep loss this quarter. Over 1,000 people or 16% of the company's workforce will be getting the axe according to I was a bit surprised by this news actually. I didn't think things were this bad for the company.

Part of the reason I was caught off guard is that I have been hearing that in many regions, the company has pursued an acquisition strategy which put them in the position of being one of a few fiber carriers and this resulted in increased pricing power.

My contacts in the carrier hotel space however predicted the company would continue to have problems.

ITEXPO East 2008 Videos

February 1, 2008

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