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Apple iPhone

August 7, 2007

I finally went to the AT&T store this past weekend and played around with the iPhone. Amazingly the store in Norwalk, CT had both models in stock. I was very surprised by this fact as the building is right next to Costco and the cost-conscious retailer has thousands of people streaming into the store daily.   I was surprised at how few people were in the AT&T store actually. It seemed the kiosk for Verizon and Sprint in Costco was busier than the AT&T store.   My impressions of the phone are exactly what I thought they would be.

Telephone System Channel

August 6, 2007

If you aren’t aware, TMC has built with its partners, the largest collection of business to business online communities in the communications and technology space. Channels are micro communities which live on the left navigation of TMCnet menus. Global Online Communities are in yellow and live in the top navigation area of TMCnet’s home and other pages.   The latest channel/micro community we have built is in partnership with IPitomy and is called obviously enough the Telephone System Channel. On this channel you will find all the information on telephone systems you could ever want.   For example, here is an article which discusses research firm ABI’s thoughts on SIP and how it is transforming telephone systems today.

WiFi not Secure – Clarified

August 6, 2007

I just received this e-mail from Francois Doremieux, Senior Program Manager, Product Group: Customer Experience in response  to my WiFi is Insecure post from last week. I thought it worth sharing.   ----   Hello Rich It was a pleasure meeting you in Redmond last month.   I just read your "WiFi is not secure" article and I wanted to add a brief comment.   As we discussed in Redmond, the notion of security and quality at the network layer is only one way to look at it. I agree that it’s possible to snoop and intercept the packets over WiFi. Therefore, one cannot trust the network layer alone for security (as we had discussed in Redmond that it is not possible to trust the network layer alone for management of quality). That is why the approach we have taken with Microsoft UC is to provide security at the application layer, with strong authentication, non repudiation, signaling and media encryption (in the same way we did it for quality with the adaptive media stack).   Transport is a very important element of the stack, but it can’t solve all issues (and its solutions tend to not have the flexibility software brings to the application layer).

700 MHz Setback

August 3, 2007

Just when youthought it was safe to jump into the 700 MHz frequency with your own device along comes the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) who says initial testing of the prototype devices showed they failed to swiftly track and avoid interference with other, licensed broadcasts.   The report stated the technology coalition behind the tests had hoped the use of so called white spaces - an unlicensed spectrum between TV channels -- would pass muster with regulators as early as October. The coalition effort is one of several efforts on the part of large companies offering Internet services and devices to expand options for consumer access to the Web.   The group includes companies such as Microsoft Philips, Google, Intel Corp., and Dell Inc. Members of the coalition want the ability to offer devices and services that don't have to be used on licensed networks operated by traditional telecom or cable companies.   But the OET’s test results put a damper on the group’s hopes, noting that "the sample prototype white space devices submitted to the commission for initial evaluation do not consistently sense or detect TV broadcast or wireless microphone signals."   Hopefully there will be a way to solve this dilemma. After all, the above companies represent some of the smartest technology minds in the world.

ITEXPO Weeks Away

August 3, 2007

I just can’t believe that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is five short weeks away. I just can’t wait for September 10-12th in Los Angeles. Boy is the summer going by fast. Thankfully I read Ken Kamp’s blog where he talks about the show and it reminded me about the timing of this event.   Tom Keating too reads Ken’s blog and he beat me to writing about Ken’s post.   I am very excited about the show… It is just amazing how much the communications market has evolved in a few short years.

iPhone, U-Phone, Everybody G-Phone

August 2, 2007

This year has been the absolutely most tumultuous ever in terms of wireless communications and these changes can and will have a dramatic effect on your business. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing Apple’s iPhone in action. Kids have them, Mac loyalists have them and most importantly, your coworkers have them.   The question is… How do you support them and what policies and procedures do you need in place to ensure you are ready for the onslaught of questions and interoperability issues this phone will bring to the market.   What about security? How will we deal with the potential for these devices to get lost without the ability to remotely wipe confidential corporate data?   If a single-industry changing phone wasn’t enough for telecom and IT managers to deal with, we now have Google’s G-Phone (or it could be called Google Phone… Time will tell) looming in the telecom wings just waiting to disrupt the service provider business model and potentially the way you plan and negotiate your wireless telecom contracts.   Then there is the 700 MHz spectrum with it’s potential to enable an army of devices on new wireless spectrum.

Google Phone

August 2, 2007

Behavioral Targeting at Google

August 1, 2007

Google has recently begun using behavioral targeting to help it display more relevant ads based on keywords.   According to Nick Fox, Google's group business product manager for ads quality. Fox said the new feature, aims to capture a more robust understanding of user intent and thereby deliver a better ad.   "The current query the user is issuing is pretty useful, but in some cases it misses the context of what the user is doing," said Fox. By studying the larger context of queries relating to a consumer's "overall task," he said, Google can boost relevance.   ClickZ has good analysis on the news.   None of this is unexpected to anyone who has read The Search, How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, a book by John Battle.   Behavioral targeting has the potential to really reshape how marketing is done. If you are looking to learn more about this space be sure to read my behavioral targeting entry from April of this year.   This is really interesting stuff and hopefully will result in more targeted marketing. The result?

Mavenir Systems

July 29, 2007

Instant IMS: No IMS Required   When I decided on the sub headline for this article I realized it might be viewed as potentially controversial. How, you may be asking can one have IMS without IMS? Well there is an answer to this question and it may or may not be what you are expecting.   You see the benefits of IMS are great. We all realize this fact and moreover service providers understand if they aren’t able to provide the benefits of IMS to their customers soon they risk losing revenue.

700 MHz

July 29, 2007

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