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Breaking Rumor: Verizon to buy XO

Spectrum is the new beach front property according to Peter Radizeski @radinfo and he has a very reliable source which tells him...

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Momentum Trolls Windstream (Going Up-Market)

I received this email yesterday from Momentum with the letter attached (with far too much private info not blacked out.) "As...

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What to expect at MWC 2016

The biggest, baddest (and I mean that in the best way possible!) communications show on the planet, Mobile World Congress, is only...

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New Award Helps Attract Tech Workers in a Competitive Market

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...

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Monday Morning Thoughts on Sales and Strategy

This testimonial for ANPI by an RLEC is worth listening to just to understand the thinking behind moving to cloud comms....

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Channel Partner Take-aways from CVX

Channel Vision Expo is collocated with ITEXPO. This year MSP Expo was also collocated and Microcorp's Partner learning experience was down...

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The Case for a Real-Time Application Delivery Controller

As the telecom infrastructure world moves to software, there are still “anti-pundits” that question the ability of software to scale and be...

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Fonality – Asterisk IP PBX

June 21, 2005

Tom Keating just blogged about a new product from Fonality that just came out of stealth mode. The amazing thing about open-source software is that you can release something that is improved upon forever by the developer community. In this case the company took an Asterisk PBX and added 110,000 lines of code. This is an amazing amount of effort to put into another platform and I wonder how much better the product can be than Asterisk.

Siebel Slams Salesforce.com

June 21, 2005

Sometimes when you receive an e-mail, it is best to pass it along in you blog without much editing or rewriting. Such is the case with this e-mail from Siebel who basically blasted Salesforce.com in what I can say is perhaps the most strategic “dig” I have ever seen in this business. Even though Salesforce.com has had some significant customer wins recently, Siebel fought back in a way that doesn’t take Salesforce.com head on but instead it erodes their mindshare lead and creates a lot of doubt about using Salesforce.com in a large scale implementation where considerable customization is needed.

This single paragraph is perhapos the crux of the entire argument being made. I haven’t verified the facts but assume they are accurate (unless I hear otherwise – Salesforce – you reading??)

One of the primary reasons Siebel has been able to deliver innovative technology so rapidly is that we invested approximately $299 million in R&D last year -- 22% of our total revenues.



Vemail Instead of E-Mail

June 21, 2005

A while back I switched to Verizon Wireless from T-Mobile as I often had dropped calls on the T-Mobile’s GSM network. One thing I missed from being on GSM was the great devices the GSM networks supported such as SonyEricsson phones that have e-mail clients built into them. I often used the voice recording function of the phone to then e-mail a WAV file to others. It was such a great productivity booster.

Alas, when I switched to Verizon I ended up with a phone that supports bluetooth but is so handicapped in features and has such a terrible user interface that I feel deprived when I use it.

AT&T WiMAX Deployment

June 21, 2005

Vonage and Avaya

June 20, 2005

The old adage of eating  one’s dog food is what is referred to when a company uses its own products internally. This is exactly what I thought of when I saw the announcement from Avaya that Vonage will be using their IP contact center solutions that are based on SIP. Is there a more synergistic merging of a company’s business model and the technology they choose to deploy in their customer-facing applications? I don’t think so.

This is an amazing example of how Vonage will be able to take a giant leap forward in customer service.

Adelphia Founder Rigas Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

June 20, 2005

How much is enough? When you are a successful executive in the cable TV industry and you are making a nice healthy living, do you need to go out and defraud investors by using corporate money to purchase jet trips, cars and golf club memberships? Does it make sense to buy a $25 swath of land to protect the view from your house on the shareholder’s dime?

Well if your goal in life is to spend your remaining years behind bars then you should do all of the above and be just like John Rigas the founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. who just received 15 years in prison for doing all of the above.

We probably recall how this story ended – a company is bankrupt and sold off to others and shareholders – as they often do, lost out.
As seen in the LA Times.




Zennstrom Repeats Groundbreaking Keynote at ITEXPO

June 20, 2005

Last fall, Niklas Zennstrom honored TMC by choosing our show, Internet Telephony Conference & Expo to speak at via videoconference. This was his first-ever keynote in the US. His talk was very insightful and part of the buzz in the room when he was done was the SIP standard and how Skype doesn’t support it. There was also amazement as how many subscribers were on the network.

Here is Tom Keating’s take on the Skype - Zennstrom keynote.

We are very excited to be announcing that Niklas Zennstrom will once again be keynoting at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in LA via videoconference.



Dinosaur Discoveries

June 19, 2005

SEI Receives Power Over Ethernet License

June 19, 2005

The Power over Ethernet market seems to have a bit more "juice" in it recently (sorry about that). I am hearing more about this nascent market and have spoken to a few people that have used the technology and are happy with it. To me it is counter-intuitive that PoE will be easily adopted on a large-scale basis but many people thought the same of broadband over cable and I have had a number of letters from angry professional engineers who worked in cable plants in the mid -nineties telling me the cable industry would never figure out broadband. Here is the most recent release I have received on the topic:

Frederick, MD (PRWEB) June 19, 2005 -- SEI, Inc, a leader in inline telecommunications powering, has received a non-exclusive license to manufacture and market Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions under U.S. patent number 6,476,608 from PowerDsine.

Communications Mergers Full Committee Hearing POSTPONED

June 18, 2005

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