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Trends in America

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking...

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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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More MCI Madness

April 24, 2005

I'll tell you; this saga has more twists and turns than a small intestine. After yesterday's podcast when we were pretty sure that MCI would tell Qwest to jump in a lake, it turns out MCI really does take Qwest seriously. They have decided to accept the 9.75 billion dollar takeover bid according to the AP.

Verizon now has five days to respond and can boost its offer again or walk away with a nice financial penalty.

MCI directors have repeatedly expressed concern about Qwest's $17 billion debt load and the long-term value of the Qwest shares MCI investors would receive as partial payment. The MCI board also has questioned whether Qwest can meet its forecast of nearly $3 billion a year in cost savings from the proposed merger.

Qwest's $30-per-share offer consists of $14 in Qwest stock and $16 in cash - an increase of $2.50 in cash compared with its prior offer.

The Verizon deal valued MCI at $23.10 per share, though two weeks ago it agreed to pay nearly $26 a share for a 13.4 percent stake in MCI from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. That gambit fueled speculation that Verizon would offer at least that much for the rest of MCI's stock.

I am just hoping this story will go away.









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April 23, 2005

New Alexa Record

April 23, 2005

I just noticed today the highest Alexa ranking TMCnet has ever had for a single day, 2,730. This means we were ranked in the top 2,730 sites in the world. For a communications and technology news site, this is pretty high and we are proud of the recognition by Alexa and thanks to all of our loyal readers that allow our rankings to increase so steadily.

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Voice Self-Service

April 23, 2005

Join me for a webinar that details how you can deploy voice self-service solutions your customers will love. What excites me about this webinar sponsored by Gold Systems is that AAA the famous motor-club company will be presenting a success story. I can't imagine a more difficult implementation than AAA since most callers are on cell phones, making for a demanding speech recognition environment. See the details below and I hope to see (well electronically anyway) you there on Wednesday.


Benchmarks for Creating Successful Speech Automation Solutions
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
10:00 -11:00 am (Pacific Time)

Join us to learn how AAA (Automobile Association of America), the world's largest automobile club with over 44 million members, has used voice automation solutions to delight its members.




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.

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