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Will YouTube Have Any Files Left?

October 20, 2006

$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

October 19, 2006

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP equipment support services spending will reach $1.27 billion in 2010. this is a staggering number and one can imagine how much money will be spent on service and equipment based on the fact so much is being spent on the support services.

On a related note, here is an IP communications market research page that is a summary of research in the communications market.

The reason we put this page in place is to ensure we can track the reams of research news flowing across TMCnet on a regular basis.



Give me Back My Google

October 17, 2006

Remove Spam From Search Engines
If you are Googling for something but aren’t interested in seeing numerous affiliate sites focusing on purchasing products you may want to take a look at Give me Back My Google (GMBMG). The site was written by Oliver Humpage from the UK and proves fish and chips can be an extremely inspirational combination of protein and carbohydrates (I am sure the vinegar doesn’t hurt either).

Any site which is purely a comparison site, with no extra useful information gets removed from search results.
Now you can take this site as just a niche search engine companion but what if there are many others who decide to take search engine results and alter them in various ways to achieve desired results. You could have a filter that just gives you negative results – such as lawsuits and Better Business Bureau database entries. How about another filter for just good news – positive earnings, etc.
I smell a new API opportunity for Google in fact.




FCC: AT&T Now Guards the Cheese

October 9, 2006

Many people think one of the best things the FCC ever did was to put someone associated with COMPTEL on the commission. In my conversations at every level of the telecom industry, executives tell me consistently they think the FCC and government do whatever the LECs -- or more recently AT&T wants. If you are a CLEC you have felt the pain of having the government deregulate telecommunications so you could compete only to find out less than ten years later -- surprise -- you really can't compete -- go and find another thing to keep yourself busy. Oh and the billions you invested in your business -- you can just write it off.

Blogger Hacked

October 8, 2006

Today is the day of hacks (see Skype Clone) – it seems the post late last night about Google exiting from the click to call business was hoax. Someone hacked into Blogger and impersonated Google. This is not the first time this has happened according to an email I received from Andy (related post) and Om questions whether there is a wider problem afoot with Blogger as this is not the first time this has happened. Hats off to blogger Michael Arrington from TechCrunch who was quick to postulate this post was a hack early on.

But one has to wonder why a person would derive any sort of enjoyment by spreading the word that Google is cancelling their click to call program.

Google Click-to-Call Cancelled

October 7, 2006

Google and YouTube

October 7, 2006

VoIM is Voice over IM

October 7, 2006

VoIM is not an area I have written about too often but it is certainly a space I believe has tremendous opportunity for growth. Certainly this market is bigger than most realize. In fact in a recent article by Stéphane Marceau she pointed out a number of facts that may make you wonder why this area of technology hasn’t received more press.

For example:
  • The battle for VoIP supremacy has just begun
  • Microsoft enjoys a massive user base of some 185 million Instant Messaging users Yahoo! is at nearly 100 million
  • AOL has nearly 50 million users mainly in the .


New VoIP Services Coming

October 2, 2006

Having written about enhanced services in the telecom space for about a decade or so it is refreshing to see so many companies beginning to talk about them. You see it is obvious we are on our way to cheaper and cheaper phone rates so the more sticky services providers create the better off they are. In many cases developing enhanced services is not so difficult to do -- you just look to an idea that is working somewhere else and modify it to fit into your particular situation.

An example of this is the digg model that took elements from other websites to build a community of democratized news aggregation and dissemination. And just like that the founder of digg found himself owning the 91st most visited website in the world according to Alexa.

Comcast Knocks Out Google

September 27, 2006

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