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End of Messaging?

Chetan Sharma has been discoursing on what he calls the “4th wave of mobile communications” for some time.  And I’ve commented on some...

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Robocalls Call for Service Provider Intervention

Robocalls have been getting quite a bit of ink lately in the United States.  Robocalls are those annoying auto-dialer calls you may...

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Talari Adds Firewall, Features to SD-WAN solution

SD-WAN is another one of those growth areas in tech which often goes unnoticed. Some time back I went to visit Talari...

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Silicon Valley Will Crush You!

The amount of PR generated by tech companies mostly in Silicon Valley like Google, Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Tesla and Amazon is staggering....

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HD Voice Finally Comes of Age

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about HD voice.  When HD voice was first coming to the market 7 or...

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Tech Culture Will Separate Winners from Losers in The Digital Economy

The 2016 Tech Culture Award winners have been announced The outlook for tech workers has perhaps never been brighter as top tech...

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Mobvoi and Your Life's Getting Better - Ticwatch and AI

Mobvoi is a Chinese Automated Intelligence startup that scored what many dream of... an investment from Google. In October 2015, the first...

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Top 10 Mobile World Congress Trends #MWC16

February 29, 2016

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind event for the telecom market known as Mobile World Congress and I’m still amazed by the amount of optimism I’ve just witnessed. It would not be an exaggeration to say this level of excitement about the future of telecom hasn’t been seen since 1998. Although it has great food, the city of Barcelona has a pretty poor economy.

SIP Forum and UNH Team on Seamless Enterprise Communications Deployment

February 19, 2016

The SIP Forum recently announced it’s continuing to do its part to ensure enterprise communications products fully interoperate with service provider networks. In fact, its new SIPconnect Certification Testing Program will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and is designed to help ensure adherence to the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation currently at Version 1.1.



In an interview with Marc Robins SIPNOC Program Chair and Robert Kinder of Cox Business who also serves as a director, they mentioned the SIPconnect 1.1 spec is about five years old and is currently included in many RFPs. The goal of this new initiative however, is to increase interoperability between IP-PBX providers and service providers.

The idea is to plug in the box to the carrier with less headaches, in less time, and see installation issues and challenges which could have lasted weeks, be reduced to mere hours.

Bolste Offers Your Company Workflow 2.0

February 10, 2016

The company says its developed a Business Operating System

There are a bewildering number of corporate solutions which are cloud-based and help boost productivity. Web conferencing, file storage, chat and project management are just a few of these. In each case, you pay a separate fee, have a different interface, added security issues and need to train users a new interface.

Bolste is a new company which believes they have become a business operating system – enabling you to run your business on their platform.

State of the IoT Market: Kore, Polaris, Cradlepoint

February 10, 2016

Cradlepoint talks scaling IoT at IoT Evolution Expo




At the most recent IoT Evolution Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we had a chance to interview a number of the companies shaping the future of the IoT space. Cradlepoint (below) for example had a lot of exciting news to share such as the company's recent SDN acquisition and how this relates to keeping IoT devices secure and scaling properly.



Gemalto too had some great news to share - their secure IoT solutions are doing well in the market thanks to mainstream hacking publicity. He went on to detail various threats companies need to keep in mind - after a risk assessment they work backwards from.



If there was a trend, it was optimism... Here is the complete list of IoT companies interviewed:

Azul Systems Clear2there Cradlepoint Droplit Encore Networks Exosite Gemalto Inmarsat Intertek Kore LocusTraxx My Devices Polaris Scriptr.io SECO Webee
















Dialogic Plunges into Apps with PowerVille

February 9, 2016

By technology standards, Dialogic is a veteran – having been established in 1983, the company has supplied communications infrastructure used by carriers, enterprises and developers for many, many decades. The New Jersey company enjoyed the benefit of providing solutions which could be paid for by arbitrage. In the late eighties and nineties, Dialogic boards allowed companies to build computer-telephony solutions which used off-the-shelf computers to compete with custom-built hardware solutions from manufacturers of telecom equipment. Even though Dialogic boards were not cheap, solutions based on their products cost far less than alternatives on the market thanks to the ability to leverage PCs and servers.

IPO-Killing Regs Reducing Employee Wealth

February 5, 2016

What if one of the largest problems facing the US economy isn't even being discussed by anyone? What if there is a solution, right under our noses that hasn't been thought about?

We tend to think of IPOs as something that happens in waves. the 1990s and the then in the past five years or so.

The challenge is, there just aren't as many IPOs lately as there have been in the past. Thanks to increased regulatory and other government-created issues, startups are opting to sell to larger companies instead of going public.

As a result, current, large public companies need to spend far less on R&D and can nab new companies with exciting technology, just when they start to get interesting.





Breaking Rumor: Verizon to buy XO

February 3, 2016


Spectrum is the new beach front property according to Peter Radizeski @radinfo and he has a very reliable source which tells him Verizon is in late-stage talks to purchase XO Communications.

More from Peter:

"XO is the largest owner of LMDS spectrum, currently [2007] worth $35.8 million, in the nation. NextLink, the wireless operation of XOHO, recently launched its broadband wireless services in Las Vegas and increased its wireless portfolio to 14 markets at the speed of covering 1 to 2 metro areas/month: Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, LA, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas - already more than its almost only competitor in LMDS fixed wireless services, FiberTower. The remaining large LMDS spectrum owner, Level 3, through its acquisition of Telecove." [seekingalpha] IDT also owned a chunk of this spectrum too.
We'll see if he is correct - I have a lot of trust in his scoops - he has been very accurate in the past. As a reminder, I told you about Verizon's Terremark spin off eight months before the Reuters exclusive.





New Award Helps Attract Tech Workers in a Competitive Market

February 1, 2016

Developers in Silicon Valley last a surprisingly short nine months 


It’s becoming clear that programmers are in short supply and demand is increasing rapidly, leaving small and medium companies struggling to compete in a space where giants rule. In order to be successful, an organization must differentiate their tech culture from others. “We allow pets.” “We have superior daycare.” “We offer flexible work hours.” These are just some of the basic benefits being offered to accommodate today's workforce 

There are many reasons for increased tech worker demand. As Om Malik points, out, in Silicon Valley, all sorts of monopolies have sprung up, meaning virtually unlimited resources at Google, Amazon, Facebook and others.

ITEXPO 2016 Overview Video

January 22, 2016

T-Mobile Combats Verizon Marketing Campaign

January 21, 2016

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