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Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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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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IP Unity

April 7, 2005

Going Back To NYC

April 7, 2005

I am taking a red eye flight back home and look forward to getting to work. I met with a number of VoIP companies and they all seem to be doing well. I heard that Q1 was a bit slow in the enterprise VoIP space for some reason but there are a record number of deals on the table for many companies. In all I saw companies selling to OEMs, enterprise customers and service providers.

Traveling Again

April 6, 2005

Podcasting At TMCnet

April 6, 2005

NCTA VoIP Marketing Panel

April 6, 2005

AOL Brings VoIP To Germany

April 6, 2005

Bubb Leaves Intel

April 6, 2005

An industry Icon, Howard Bubb is stepping down from Intel. Bubb was the head of Dialogic during the roaring days of computer telephony/CTI where the market grew at an astronomical rate. Those of you at industry events remember Bubb speaking at events hosted by the likes of Harry Newton... In fact there was even a Howard Bubb show at suc events.

Dialogic was a leader in DSP resource boards and although Natural Microsystems really discovered the VoIP gateway market before Dialogic, Bubb's company powered back to lead the space and soon thereafter sold to Intel.

Many in the industry complained that Dialogic which sold for under a billion dollars to Intel was undervalued.



Lingo Mexican VoIP

April 5, 2005



Lingo Mexican VoIP

Lingo VoIP Phone Service Now Offers Universal Phone Numbers In Mexico Markets

Phone numbers in the following Mexico markets have been made available to new and existing Lingo VoIP customers:

  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey 
  • Guadalajara 

With this announcement, Lingo consumer and small business subscribers can now select phone numbers from over 300 major U.S. markets, and international phone numbers from over 25 cities in 15 foreign countries -- more domestic and international coverage offered by the major U.S. VoIP providers today.

Now U.S. Lingo customers who have relatives or colleagues residing in Mexico can select a phone number for use with their VoIP service that is “local” to a particular city in Mexico.

Airline Morale

April 5, 2005

Yesterday's USA today (April 4, 2005) has a letter to the editor from Patrick Lee titled Airline passengers get far more than they're paying for. The letter talks about how the price of an airline ticket for spring break is the same as it was 25 years ago and that is not even after adjusting for inflation!

The letter was in response to another letter title "Airlines once paid close attention to customer service," and it points out that most passengers pay more for parking than they do for airline tickets these days. According to Lee, most of the airline company employees have taken pay cuts so that jet service remains cheap. Furthermore, terminals have been upgraded at no charge to customers.

I have been writing about airlines for over half a decade (mostly complaining) and this letter addresses part of what is going on.



Be Careful on April Fool's Day

April 5, 2005

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