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WebRTC MCU Architecture - All For One And One For All

The conferencing market is huge. It was expected to be over $2B in size in 2016.  And with good reason – it fulfills...

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The Fight to Make a Living in Cloud

How many articles and keynotes have been about how channel partners aren't jumping into cloud? I find it funny that it...

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Raven Guru The "Just Right" Marketing Agency

Not too big, not too small. All the experience, none of the fat.David Byrd is one of the more experienced marketers in...

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Just 18% of Computer Science Degrees go to Women

It seems, there are subtle messages we send to girls in school which may keep them from pursuing STEM study and careers....

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Stay Away From Best Buy Geek Squad?

Best Buy Geek Squad has been in the middle of a storm of media criticism as it seems the FBI has paid...

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IoT + Real Time Communications = Internet of Real Time Communications

Over the summer, I wrote about how Internet of Things will sometimes need to merge with Real Time Communications.  Dialogic even created an infographic on this...

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T-Mobile Leapfrogs U.S. Carriers Again with Digits

It was actually over ten years ago when we wrote about Mobile Stick from Bridgeport Networks (now part of CounterPath), an innovative...

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VoIP Wiretaps

August 9, 2005

Here is a great article on VoIP wiretaps. Here are some excerpts:

According to a statement, the FCC stated that the order strikes a balance between fostering competition and innovation on one hand, and meeting the needs of law enforcement on the other.


"[I]t is critical to our nation's security that VoIP and broadband Internet access providers have CALEA obligations," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a prepared statement. "Although I believe that new technologies and services should operate free of economic regulation, I also believe that law enforcement agencies must have the ability to conduct lawful surveillance over these new technologies."

One commissioner, while pleased with addressing large-scale law enforcement concerns, believes that the FCC still needs to address other CALEA-related issues such as regarding enforcement and cost recovery.

"Because litigation is as inevitable as death and taxes, and because some might not read the statute to permit the extension of CALEA to the broadband Internet access and VoIP services at issue here, I have stated my concern that an approach like the one we adopt today is not without legal risk," Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy said in a prepared statement.




Andy on Canadian VoIP CALEA

August 9, 2005

Asterisk Scoop

August 9, 2005

That Tom Keating and his sources. He broke some big Asterisk news about the RedFone foneBRIDGEon his blog. Here is a teaser of what the blog entry is about:

Redfone Communications has a very interesting product coming to market - a solid state, virtual plug-and-play "appliance" used in conjunction with Asterisk which can be used instead of Digium or Sangoma cards. In addition, using the Redfone foneBRIDGE you can create a redundant deployment of Asterisk.

Streaming Media

August 9, 2005

Mike Ross Joins Esnatech

August 8, 2005

Industry legend Mike Ross is joining Esnatech. I have known Mike for years and also Mohammad Nezarati. I know they will make a great team and I look forward to seeing Esnatech grow more quickly in the years ahead.


Here is my last post about Mike Ross



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Esnatech Appoints Mike Ross as Chief Operating Officer
Company hires Aculab USA President to join executive leadership team


Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada, August 5, 2005 -- Esnatech, a leader in Unified Communications platforms, announced today that it has appointed Mr. Mike Ross as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective August 1, 2005. Mr. Ross brings to Esnatech more than 25 years of management and executive level experience in all facets of computer telephony.




Skype Not For Sale

August 8, 2005

More on the VoIP Developer Show

August 8, 2005

One of the more interesting statements I head at the VoIP Developer show was from Michael Stanford, Director, VoIP Strategy, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel who said "VoIP is old news," said Stanford. "Long Live SoIP, or Services over IP." He went on to explain that VoIP is merely the first drop in the coming deluge, the first significant application over IP, and that we have already moved beyond simply seeking to offer cheap minutes.

Stanford offered a veritable laundry list of promising numbers from a variety of research analysts. Cell phone lines are far outstripping fixed lines globally. Dual mode shipments are slated to grow beyond 100 million units shipped by 2010.

Mosquito Magnet 2005

August 7, 2005

I finally got the Mosquito Magnet up and running today. I was really concerned about it getting going as it is about as difficult to start as an old Italian sports car. After charging it for about 18 hours -- six less than I am supposed to, I connected it to the propane tank, first equalizing the pressure of course and pressed the on button. About 15 minutes later the green light came on indicating maximal operation.

VoIP Developer Wars

August 7, 2005

A while back I wrote about comments from fellow blogger Skibare and his theory that Google may purchase Skype and it would be just about game over for everyone else. I have been thinking about these comments subconsciously for a whole and I have to admit that whether or not Google decides to buy Skype it seems only a matter of time before they launch Gphone.

I can see it now:

What is Gphone?

As part of Google's mission to increase shareholder value (marketing: strike that out -- we need to make it sound warmer and fuzzier).

Take Two:

As part of Google's mission to make the web more useful we have decided to launch Gphone short for Google Phone. Gphone is a free PC to PC program that allows you to make unlimited calls to other Gphone users...

What happens next of course is that Microsoft needs to become a phone company and launches Mphone and of course then there is IBM, SUN, etc.

Interestingly I keep hearing how handset manufacturers are considering adding the Skype protocol to their devices. Skype has become that popular.













MCI Disbanding Conferencing

August 6, 2005

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