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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Broadband Adoption Accelerates

April 9, 2005

According to the TIA, the U.S. broadband market is expected to reach an estimated 56.9 million subscribers by 2008, growing from 32.5 million subscribers in 2004. For details, check out the TIA's 2005 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast, an annual study of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The broadband market has grown substantially since 2001, when there were only 5.1 million subscribers.

According to the survey, in 2004, the number of high-speed subscribers in the United States grew by 35.4 percent to reach 32.5 million subscribers, consisting of the following access technologies: cable modem (17.0 million), DSL (12.6 million), fixed wireless (2.2 million), fiber-to-the-home (0.2 million), satellite (0.4 million), mobile wireless (3G) (0.1 million) and broadband over power line (less than 50,000).

Hertz is Expensive

April 9, 2005

Has anyone noticed that this company is charging a fortune? It is outrageous. I am paying about $80-$100 a day for a mid-size car with NeverLost. This is in every state from California to Indiana (where you would think you would pay less).

TMC Communications Podcast April 9, 2005

April 9, 2005

I think this past week's podcast went really well. Much thanks to Al Bredenberg, TMCnet Editorial Director and Michelle Pasquerello, Channels Editor for making this so much fun to produce. Our first podcast focused on The National Show sponsored by NCTA, where I moderated a session. We also discussed the VoIP initiatives from AOL and MSN.

More VoIP URLs

April 8, 2005

Here are some recent VoIP URLs that are interesting. The following service provider is buying up domains such as brazilvoipcalling.com, australiavoipcalling.com, argentinavoipcalling.com, etc.

Primus Telecommunications
25 Bridge St.
Red Bank, New Jersey
United States





I didn’t think it possible but the pace of URLs being registered with the word VoIP in them is still accelerating.

4kidsvoip.com
all-voip.info
argentinavoipcall.com
argentinavoipcalling.com
australiavoipcall.com
australiavoipcalling.com
bestratedvoip.com
bestratedvoipservice.com
brazilvoipcall.com
brazilvoipcalling.com
canadavoipcall.com
canadavoipcalling.com
chilevoipcall.com
chilevoipcalling.com
chinavoipcall.com
chinavoipcalling.com
colombiavoipcall.com
colombiavoipcalling.com
comparevoipphone.com
comparevoipphones.com
comparevoipservice.com
comparevoipservices.com
costaricavoipcall.com
costaricavoipcalling.com
cybercomvoip.com
dalevoip.com
egyptvoipcall.com
egyptvoipcalling.com
elsalvadorvoipcall.com
elsalvadorvoipcalling.com
eyeonvoip.com
francevoipcall.com
francevoipcalling.com
germanyvoipcall.com
germanyvoipcalling.com
globalvoipcommunications.com
globalvoipcommunications.info
globalvoipcommunications.net
globalvoipcommunications.org
guatemalavoipcall.com
guatemalavoipcalling.com
hawaiianvoip.com
hawaiianvoip.net
hongkongvoipcall.com
hongkongvoipcalling.com
horizonvoip.com
i2voip.com
indiavoipcall.com
indiavoipcalling.com
internationalvoipcall.com
internationalvoipcalling.com
iraqvoipcall.com
iraqvoipcalling.com
israelvoipcall.com
israelvoipcalling.com
italyvoipcall.com
italyvoipcalling.com
japanvoipcall.com
japanvoipcalling.com
lebanonvoipcall.com
lebanonvoipcalling.com
linkvoip.net
mexicovoipcall.com
mexicovoipcalling.com
myvoipitz.com
netzerovoip.net
netzerovoip.org
philippinesvoipcall.com
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Mike Ross Leaves Aculab

April 8, 2005

No sooner did I break the news that Howard Bubb was leaving Dialogic – I just found out that Mike Ross left Aculab a few days ago. Mike was another major player in the DSP resource board space. Mike worked as VP of Sales at Dialogic in the 1980s and was instrumental in their success.

He later left to found Rhetorex, a Dialogic competitor. Under his management Rhetorex grew to be a major force in the DSP resource board space.

Ditech Communications

April 8, 2005


Ditech Communications is a veteran in the telecom space and they have some high-tech solutions to many carrier problems. I spent some time discussing their VoIP solutions and their strategy boils down to making VoIP sound better. They are able to cancel acoustic echo (the noise from the microphone reflection), background noise and hybrid echo (the echo that results from converting 4 lines of voice into two) for example.

They are also very focused on helping carriers with VoIP peering. In the VoIP space, different carriers use different formats to carry their voice packets.


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

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