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Stimulus Could Reshape Broadband Tech Landscape

February 18, 2009

With all the talk of broadband stimulus, many of us in the more densely populated areas of the nation probably wonder just why this is such a big deal as we have cable and companies already competing for our business. For regions of the country where cable modems and DSL are not viable options, you have to make do with satellite and hope for WiMAX to give you higher speeds.

Another more viable option is being brought to market by IBM and International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc. (IBEC) -- an Internet Service Provider - who just announced they have begun to establish Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks for nearly 200,000 rural customers served by seven electrical cooperatives in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. TMC's Michael Dinan first reported on the story last November.

Would You Spend $5 For E911?

February 17, 2009

Verizon is thinking about offering a $5/month landline for incoming calls and E911 access. Another idea is a $10/month line for limited local calls. These offers would be available only to the company's broadband customers and the idea is to come up with price points below the $40/month mark that would retain customers. The idea of course is to push the fact that phone service over copper works in the event of emergency.

Count Cards With Your iPhone

February 16, 2009

Ng Connect's Broadband Industry Convergence Opportunity

February 16, 2009

In 1998 I was walking the halls of a prepaid calling card trade show in New York's Javits center and I mentioned to one of the vendors that the future for service providers was enhanced services. The reply from the vendor was blunt. "Service providers don't want to sell enhanced services," he exclaimed.

And it seems a decade later, this random exhibitor was right on.

iPhone Browsers Reviewed

February 14, 2009

You may have heard Apple is allowing third party browsers on the iPhone but which is right for you? The first thing you probably need to know is all the browsers allowed on the iPhone by Apple have to be based on Safari. For more on Apple's latest view on jailbreaking and their argument that the iPhone does not need to be more open, see my thoughts from yesterday.

I downloaded and tested five of these browsers and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Apple Jailbreaking, Twitter and Toshiba News

February 13, 2009

For those of you in the US - please enjoy the long weekend - everyone else - enjoy the weekend - and feel free to call in sick Monday.

Here are some news stories of interest:

First off there is Dan York who finally tells us why he hasn't blogged in a while. He has been quite busy as he explains.

ITEXPO Keynotes and Panel Videos Posted

February 13, 2009

Good news for those of you who have been asking me when the videos of the major sessions at ITEXPO will be posted. They now are. The video page is located here and I cut and pasted some of them below -- as well as some interviews for you to enjoy.

One of my favorites is this one by the way.

HD Voice What's the noise and are we ready? 02/12/2009 Unified Communications Shootout Watch as several vendors pitch their Unified Communications solutions and position their products against one another! 02/12/2009 Service Provider Roundtable Get perspective from leading service providers exploring next generation solutions 02/12/2009 digium Keynote Danny Windham, digium CEO keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Microsoft Keynote John Frederiksen, General Manager of Microsoft Response Point Keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Grandstream Interview Interview with Grandstream Sr. Director of Business
Development, Khris Kendrick 02/08/2009 Voxeo Interview Interview with Voxeo's Director of Emerging
Communications Technology, Dan York 02/08/2009 Xorcom Interview Interview with Xorcom's Vice President of
Marketing, Ruth Bridger 02/08/2009 Openine Networks Interview Interview with OpenLine Networks President, Dan Beckmann 02/08/2009 New World Brands Interview Interview with New World Brands CFO/Pre-Sales Engineer, Shehryar Wahid/Daniel Engelman 02/05/2009 Smart Network Solutions Interview Interview with Smart Network Solutions President, Sandra Diax-Hoyos 02/05/2009 ABP Interview Interview with ABP President and CEO, Robert Messer 02/05/2009 Polycom Interview Interview with Polycom Director of Product Marketing, Desktop and Conferencing Business, Tim Yankey 02/05/2009 TransNexus Interview Interview with TransNexus CEO, Jim Dalton 02/05/2009 Dialogic Interview Interview with Dialogic Sr. VP of Marketing, Jim Machi 02/05/2009 Fujitsu Interview Interview with Fujitsu Principal Product Marketing Manager, Joseph Mocerino 02/05/2009 Allworx Interview Interview with Allworx Director, Business Development, Thomas Elliott 02/04/2009 Ingate Interview Interview with Ingate President, Steven Johnson 02/04/2009 ININ Interview Interview with ININ Director of Product Management, Rachel Wentink 02/04/2009 Ipitomy Interview Interview with Ipitomy President/CEO, Nick Branica 02/04/2009 Orecx Interview Interview with Orecx VP of Sales and Channel Development, Craig McCue 02/04/2009 TelcoBridges Interview Interview with TelcoBridges Director of Sales Support, Marc St. Onge 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium CEO/CTO, Danny Windham/Mark Spencer 02/04/2009 VoltDelta Interview Interview with VoltDelta Vice President, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Craig DiAngelo 02/04/2009 Presence Technology Interview Interview with Presence Technology Technical Director, Todd Gould 02/04/2009 Microsoft Response Point Interview Interview with Microsoft Response Point General Manager, John Frederiksen 02/04/2009 Texas Instruments Interview Interview with Texas Instruments Director of Service Provider Marketing for TI's Communications Infrastructure and Voice Business, Debbie Greenstreet 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium Switchvox Product Line Director, Tristan Degenhardt 02/03/2009 CommuniGate Interview Interview with CommuniGate VP of Business Development, Jon Doyle 02/03/2009 Sangoma Interview Interview with Sangoma/Paraxip CEO, Serge Forest 02/03/2009 NET Quintum Interview Interview with NET Quintum Director of Business Development, Peter Nelsen 02/03/2009 AG Projects Interview Interview with AG Projects Founder and CEO, Adrian Georgescu 02/03/2009 InPhonex Interview Interview with InPhonex Chief Sales Officer, Matt Bramson 02/03/2009 Juniper Interview Interview with Juniper Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, Scott Heinlein 02/03/2009 8x8 Interview Interview with 8x8 VP Business & Channel Development, Huw Rees 02/03/2009 HighPoweredHelp Interview Interview with HighPoweredHelp President, Michael Munger 02/03/2009 Infradapt Interview Interview with Infradapt Managing Partner, Corey McFadden 02/03/2009 Alcatel-Lucent Interview Interview with Alcatel-Lucent Senior Director of Product Line Management for Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications, Peter Anderholm 02/03/2009 Broadvox Interview Interview with Broadvox VP of Marketing and Sales, David Byrd 02/02/2009 IntelePeer Interview Interview with IntelePeer Senior Vice President, Business Development, John Hart and Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Charles Studt 02/02/2009 Aastra Interview Interview with Aastra Vice President of Sales, John Drolet 02/02/2009 AudioCodes Interview Interview with AudioCodes Director of Business Development, Alan Percy 02/02/2009 Camrivox Interview Interview with Camrivox VP of Marketing, John Porter 02/02/2009 Interlink Interview Interview with Interlink VP of Product Marketing, Peter Weyant 02/02/2009


Microsoft to Open Stores, Needs to do More

February 13, 2009

Microsoft will be opening stores soon to showcase its products and it is still unknown if these locations will simply show products or sell them as well. While some think this is a bad idea I think it can be pulled off successfully.

The company has some great consumer products like the Xbox and a slew of mobile devices which run its operating systems. Then there is the Zune which has a long way to go before it gains any meaningful marketshare.

Four Signs IP Communications is Thriving

February 12, 2009

Is thriving too strong? Better than expected? Better than average. You choose the terms but you must admit things are better than many thought they would be.

In the toughest economy in my lifetime, IP communications including VoIP is doing well.

Mobile World Congress News

February 12, 2009

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