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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Communications and Technology Podcast

June 4, 2005

Be sure to check out the TMC's latest communications and technology podcast. We talked about lots of important issues this week from Atkins to Vox and UT Starcom to VoIP Inc. and Volo. There is an interesting dialogue on implantable chips and bladder control. There is a Supercomm discussion -- we discuss the future of this event. There is talk about Alcatel and Aruba.

Good Supercomm Overview

June 4, 2005

iPod Sales Dip

June 3, 2005

Say it isnt so. Apple’s iPod sales are slowing. Is this possible? The once super-coveted music player may possibly be on the decline in sales growth. According to this iPod Article, sales are flat or declining for most models.

In my opinion a new model needs to be introduced.

Supercomm Happenings

June 3, 2005

I would love to have you come hear me speak at SuperComm Monday and even if you can’t make the session, stop by our Supercomm party on Tuesday night. Please RSVP. We expect to max the venue. So far we have a good deal of vendors, service providers, press and analysts signed up to attend.

I have only been to the Sears Tower once and remember having to take multiple elevators to get to the floor I needed to go to.

FCC Martin on Broadband

June 3, 2005

David Isenberg has a great post on the FCC and Kevin Martin’s priorities. Apparently Martin says that broadband is the number priority of the FCC.



Here are some key quotes:

Getting broadband rules right "will involve not only making sure we have the right regulatory framework for that infrastructure, but addressing issues like what are the services that ride over that infrastructure and what are the social obligations that go along with that like the expectation that people have to connect to local public safety officials."

"The free market is a better way for delivering innovation to consumers," he said. "The most important role of government in that sense is setting an environment in which the benefits of that free market can flow to consumers."






All I can say is thank you Chairman Martin.

Barrales For Open FCC Seat

June 3, 2005

Satellite Internet – It’s Back

June 3, 2005

I remember in the mid nineties – was it 1995? -- I was at an Internet World show in LA and I met with people from DirecPC, a division of DirecTV who extolled the virtues of browsing by satellite. I was intrigued but never tried the service. According to the WSJ a new effort is underway from a number of companies to provide us once again with satellite Internet service.

Veraz Maps IMS to its Softswitch

June 2, 2005

Veraz Networks new ControlSwitch modules map easily to the leading NGN groups. Groups such as ETSI TISPAN, MSF, ITU, ATIS are evaluating adoption of the core IMS within their reference architectures to provide mobility and simplify service delivery to any access network.

The ControlSwitch enables carriers to achieve a graceful migration path that exploits full network and subscriber service convergence across wireless and wireline networks. The advanced ControlSwitch architecture provides a path for service providers interested in enhanced business models, such as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). These networks will then leverage the power of the core IMS-ready softswitch to deliver voice and/or multimedia services to subscribers across any available access network, including over broadband access media such as DSL, cable, metro Ethernet or wireless broadband, in addition to mobile networks and existing narrowband digital loop systems.

“Carriers will deploy IMS in stages; initially wireline operators will use the technology in order to upgrade their switching architecture to facilitate value added voice services to curb decreasing voice revenues.



Botaxes

June 1, 2005

A while back I received an e-mail or comment on my blog, I really cant remember where I saw it. The gist of fit was that the government will just basically tax everything it can. VoIP, luxury cars, whatever it can find. That is how they generate revenue and saving and slashing costs is not a popular concept in the government.

I was reminded about this comment today when I was reading a WSJ article titled The Nose-Job Tax where NJ has already instituted a cosmetic surgery tax last summer.

Covad Investment

June 1, 2005

I received this request about Covad today. This was in response to recent article. I feel like the Jim Cramer of VoIP Here is the question and answer:

Question:

Mr. Tehrani,

I just finished reading you article, “Best VoIP Investments of 2005“ (published in February 2005) and noticed you didn’t make mention of COVAD Communications. The article seemed to focus more on smaller companies that were marketing specific, niche-type capabilities, as well as peer-to-peer technology, and perhaps that’s why COVAD was not mentioned.





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