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Thought Leaders Descend Upon ITEXPO

October 2, 2010

Kind of a silly term- "thought leader" but in every market there are people involved in setting the conversation... Those whose thoughts and ideas permeate the web and industry conversations. "Did you hear what so and so said? Can you believe he thinks this company sells junk products and won't be around in a year?"

Well you get the idea.

It turns out a number of the people in the market who I have personally followed for some time have joined forces on a blog called Voyces.



ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide Available

October 1, 2010

The ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide is here and if you are flying to the show - you may want to download it to your Kindle/laptop/iPad/netbook/smartphone or print it. I am on the plane now and we have the equivalent of a 300 baud modem's worth of bandwidth so I can't download it but as I recall it is over 100 pages and gives you a solid overview of the dozen conferences taking place next week.

In addition it shows you the exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors and which sections correspond to which technology.

I have this dream that I will have enough time to go through the directory and point to some of the interesting highlights in a blog post.

We'll see how that works out.

Here is the PDF and it is fairly compressed down to 5 Megs as I recall - we may be getting a higher res one soon as well in case you have the bandwidth.







Dialogic Merger with Veraz Closes

October 1, 2010

Update - Oct 4th 12:18 PM EST. Below I reference the market cap of Dialogic to be around $60M as this was the number publicly available at the time. The company informs me the value is closer to $160M with the Dialogic shares combines. I apologize to my readers for the error.

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Dialogic's merger with Veraz has officially closed and and the new company will be called Dialogic and have the symbol the company used in the nineties before it was acquired by Intel - DLGC.



Latest on StartupCamp at ITEXPO West 2010

September 29, 2010

StartupCamp, Communications Edition which was one of the most exciting events at ITEXPO earlier this year in Miami has some exciting news. It has just named its final presenter - Cloud Telecomputers.

Here is an excerpt from the news release:

The organizers also announced a charity connection to StartupCamp that is sure to add intrigue to an already high-energy evening. Audience members will each receive up to $100,000 in play money, and with it instantly become "angel investors" for a night. Once all the companies have presented, attendees will be asked to "place their bets" by creating a portfolio of at least two of the startups.




Latest ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily

September 28, 2010



The latest show daily for ITEXPO in LA is out and here are some headlines you may find of interest:

ALOE Systems to Exhibit Carrier Grade Softswitch Solutions at ITEXPO'Meet the HD Handset Vendors' Loaded with Chances to Win an IP phoneHD Voice - U.S. vs.



TerreStar Networks AT&T Satellite Phone is Here

September 28, 2010

Last year I conducted an interview with TerreStar Networks CTO CTO Dennis Matteson and he showed off his company's exciting new smartphone which works on 3G and Satellite networks allowing customers to utilize the best network for the call depending on circumstances. The video interview below shows you how this impossibly small device looks a lot like a Blackberry or any other smartphone which has a keyboard. This gadget really sets a new standard for sat phones and unlike most satellite phones, you won't feel like you are from the Jurassic when you take it out in public.



As satellites are farther than cell towers, you can expect this world phone to go through battery fairly quickly when communicating with them. In addition there is bluetooth, WiFi and lots of other goodies as part of the package.

Cindy Waxer covers the details on this phone's delay and release on TMCnet.







What Verizon, Time Warner Think of Video Shift

September 27, 2010



As TV shifts to mobile phones and the web it is interesting to see Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Time Warner the entertainment company all think they will be OK as the evolution continues. Verizon thinks FiOS will help them differentiate through add-ons and services like 3D made possible by its higher capacity lines.

Time Warner Cable thinks they are shielded from any problems because they will be supplying broadband lines which will not be affected by the change. Time Warner – the entertainment company for its part thinks it’s in OK shape because it supplies content – regardless of distribution method.

Last May, I wrote about how TV disruption may happen more slowly than you think and while my past post deals with content providers who are in no hurry to give up billions of dollars of affiliate fees to stream content for free, we need to look at the situation from the perspective of the user.





RIM Enters Tablet Space with Playbook

September 27, 2010

At seven inches in size the new PlayBook tablet from RIM is a hybrid smartphone/tablet - smaller than the iPad but bigger than your favorite smartphone. With front and rear cameras and multitasking support the device leapfrogs the iPad in many ways. And let's not forget RIM's legendary enterprise support.

But RIM devices have never been as cool as Apple's but I would argue the back button on the device makes up for any of the challenges it has on the coolness front. Apple users understand how maddening it is to click on a link in an email, get a web browser then have to hit the home and email icons to get back to their original email.

After my Boston Trip, Boy do we Need 4G

September 27, 2010

After taking a train up to Boston's Back Bay Station and back from Connecticut I was able to witness first hand how bad 3G has gotten. I have taken the train for many years and have watched every wireless technology come out, work great and then become saturated with users and slow to a crawl. 1xRTT for example - when it came out it seemed so fast but over time it slowed as more laptops invaded the train.

Yes, there used to be a time when you got rapid access to the net for hours at a time.

But today, Verizon's network has many choke points. I was on an Acela train by the way which is fantastic way to travel and now includes free WiFI.



Metaswitch Forum 2010 Final Thoughts

September 25, 2010

I had a chance to eat breakfast this morning with Metaswitch CEO Kevin DeNuccio (pictured) and CTO Chris Mairs as well as some attendees and it was great to hear how much money is being spent by utilities to provide ultra-fast FTTH and smart grid applications. The good news is smart meters are slowly making their way to customer sites as the smart grid gets built out. In addition, DeNuccio told me after a time period with uncertainty the broadband stimulus dollars are starting to flow by the hundreds of millions to some of the carriers at the event.

The panel I spoke on Define Your Decade went pretty well from what I gathered - we talked about many of the future trends in the market such as cloud, social networking, UC and video.

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