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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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Speaking With The Alarm Guy about VoIP

April 23, 2005

The alarm technician was over today and I was speaking t him about our phone service and how one of our phone lines goes over the Internet so perhaps we need to switch the alarm's phone input to be on our other non-Internet line. I was tying not to use technical terms as I didn't expect the technician to be an expert is packetized telephony. He also told me it was his sixtieth birthday soon so I didn't expect him to tell me about his Sony PSP usage.

All of a sudden he started to tell me that I am using a technology called voice over IP and most people don't realize that when the power goes down that the electronics aren't powered and the line dies and no phone calls can be placed at all. I smiled.

Jib Jab Matzah Video

April 23, 2005

SMB VoIP

April 22, 2005

Update: Be sure to check out the newly released VoIP For SMB site that details the latest news and features in the world of small business voice over IP.

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I am seeing lots of new devices coming onto the market. Converged firewall, SIP, WiFi, VoIP devices that will let about 50-60 people use VoIP in their offices. The holy grail of VoIP for many of these companies is the SMB space which will be huge adopters of VoIP in the coming months.

Tom Keating Vents On Speeding

April 22, 2005

Having just done a whirlwind tour of Massachusetts I can tell you that the police are out in force. On the way up from Connecticut, we say about 5 speed traps or an average or one every forty miles or so. Devices used varied between laser and radar and a number of cars were in the process of having tickets issued as I passed by.

I didn’t think much of it until I returned and read Tom Keating’s blog about the Undetectable Speed Detector which basically uses a camera and a computer to determine speed. No laser and no radar means nothing to detect which means speeders are screwed.

SIPquest Gets Funding

April 20, 2005

Boston Roads

April 20, 2005

Boston is an enigma to me. You can't find your way around the city as the streets are constantly changing. Internet mapping services are useless and automobile based GPS doesn't really work either.

It's the Big Dig which cost billions and some residents tell me has only slightly improved the traffic situation in Boston. For a fun exercise try finding the airport from downtown.

Rates Technology Inc.

April 19, 2005

I have been hearing more and more rumblings in the VoIP industry regarding Jerry Weinberger of Rates Technology Inc. (RTI). I don't get too many people coming to me about patent issues so when I heard about this company, I decided to delve into this potential story a bit more. What intrigued me is that apparently RTI has no products... They exist to collect revenue from other companies.

I did some research and found that Rates Technologies has sued Nortel, Sharp Electronics and others.

Linked In

April 19, 2005

I must admit, I have never used Linked In for anything useful. I keep getting e-mail invites to join others in their networks. So far I have joined with many people and am not sure what the end-game is. I have heard of others using such social-networking products to get things accomplished.

Empirix Tests Siebel

April 19, 2005

Empirix has integrated Hammer Service Assurance for Siebel and e-Load with Siebel 7.7 Business Applications. Empirix's Hammer Service Assurance for Siebel ensures end-to-end contact center application performance under real-world conditions. Empirix's e-Load is an automated performance testing solution for Web-based applications. Siebel Systems' multichannel offerings allow organizations to intelligently manage and coordinate all customer interactions across the Web, contact center, field sales/service force, branch/retail network and indirect and partner distribution channels.

VoIP Funding Picks Up

April 18, 2005

I was under the impression that VoIP funding had slowed until I received this. The company is focusing on the high-end of the service provider market according to this release. At a certain point I was concerned about the funding level VoIP companies were receiving. I as concerned about overfunding and a new bubble being formed.

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