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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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New Enhanced Service

April 1, 2005

I thought of a new enhanced service this morning. I would like to be able to e-mail a WAV or MP3 file to a telephone number, SIP address, mobile phone e-mail address, etc and have the audio file become a voicemail message. I would want this functionality to be able to leave a message for someone on their phone without ringing it.

This is needed in a situation where you don’t want to wake someone up but you want them to get your message. In a hotel I often will ask to leave a message without ringing the phone and the service I described seems like the best way to get the same thing accomplished.

Now I could do this on a cell phone if I use the same provider as the person I am calling but I am not aware of a solution that gets this accomplished today.



Qwest Raises Bid

April 1, 2005

To a telecom journalist the MCI takeover saga is like Monica Lewinski was to late night comedians… the story that keeps on giving. If you think about it, you could replace Verizon and Qwest with actors in a soap opera fighting over a woman and the story would play out similarly. The rich and handsome lead asks the girl to marry him and the less well-off friend gets jealous and tells the girl he loves her. The saga thus begins… Who will get the girl?

This is exactly what I thought of when I read (free registration required) that MCI and Qwest have reopened merger talks after Qwest’s bid went up to 9 billion dollars.

Google Buys Microsoft

April 1, 2005

In a surprise move that caught Wall Street off-guard, the founders of Google announced today that they will purchase Microsoft. While they expect to have to spin off some core assets in the merger such as the company’s rapidly growing Gmail service, it is expected to be a smooth transaction. Google will pay 290 billion dollars for the Redmond giant making this the largest acquisition in history.

According to Bill Gates, the merger makes sense because it allows the companies to share best of breed desktop and server software with leading edge search technology. Microsoft Office will become Google Office as part of the deal and MSN search technology will be absorbed by Google.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison said that this deal is typical Microsoft.



SBC and Scientific Atlanta

April 1, 2005

Scientific-Atlanta recently announced it has signed an agreement with SBC Communications, Inc. to design, build and activate the IP video super hub offices (SHO), IP video hub offices (VHO) and IP video operations center (VOC) for its Project Lightspeed network. The network will be able to deliver video, voice and data services to 18 million households in the SBC 13-state service area.

It is obviously easier for cable companies to deliver voice than it is for ILECS to deliver TV but using IPTV, it is possible to do many things that can’t be done today such as easily piping TV to all computers in a house. How about being able to watch your favorite programs from any computer, just like using s soft client for VoIP? Just as IP has been a tremendous enabler for telephony, it will do the same for TV.

Vonage Canada LNP

April 1, 2005

HostRocket VoIP

April 1, 2005

M5 on Hosting

March 31, 2005

I recently blogged about the hosting market growing slowly. At least that is what IDC is says in a recent report. I decided to get the perspective of M5 Networks a successful company in the hosting business. I asked Dan Hoffman, the CEO for his take on the article.

Juniper Buys Kagoor

March 31, 2005

You may have heard about the Juniper and Kagoor acquisition (article) already but I have the inside scoop on the whys and hows and the future of Juniper now that Kagoor is part of the company. Juniper touts its mission as assuring and securing all traffic over an IP network and its customers, the large service providers are increasingly seeing the need for voice to be among the more important applications they need on their networks.

This led naturally to Juniper needing a session border controller product in its arsenal to allow them to supply the needs of their customers more effectively. In addition, Juniper’s VP of Marketing, Christine Heckart tells me that there are over 100 shared customers between the companies and Juniper wanted access to the company’s talent pool and development base in Israel.

I brought up the rumors I had heard of Juniper looking at other companies in the space such as Jasomi and Christine shared with me that Juniper generally does an analysis of all companies in a space before acquiring one. In the end they want to purchase best in class technology and Kagoor had the best technology hands down.



Nortel VoIP Contract

March 31, 2005

According to Federal Computer Week, Nortel just won a $20 million dollar contract to supply VoIP equipment to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

The contract, announced March 29, will also allow DISA officials to migrate voice traffic from a network managed by MCI to a private network under total Defense Department control, a DISA spokesperson said. Pentagon officials expect the new switches to save money by allowing DISA to use the Defense Department's Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion network to replace leased services.

Voice over IP "that meets military requirements has a clear, positive future as a result of this acquisition," the DISA spokesperson said.

Nortel officials will upgrade six of their SL 100 switches at Air Force bases nationwide to handle IP traffic, including IP trunking, management of PBX systems and voice-over-IP traffic, said Chuck Saffell, president of the company's federal solutions division.

Handling voice calls as IP traffic via DOD's high-capacity fiber-optic network should reduce DISA's costs, said Warren Suss, president of Suss Consulting. DISA's move toward voice over IP represents "a major technology milestone" for the agency, further cementing voice over IP as the preferred technology for voice traffic in government and industry, Suss said.

That the government is heavily deploying VoIP is no surprise to me. They have been exploring VoIp for quite some time now.









MSN Video Downloads

March 31, 2005

If you are Microsoft and you see what Apple has going on with the iTunes – some estimates say this service will generate billions in the next few years – you too will look for your cash cow. What if Microsoft were to one up Apple and come up with a video download service? But forget the per clip pricing you might expect from Apple… Microsoft has already taken that opportunity away by pricing its service a flat $19.95/year.

The MSN Video Downloads service draws on content from Microsoft partners such as CinemaNow, MSNBC.com, and TiVo, allowing subscribers to watch video on their smart phones, Pocket PCs, and Portable Media Centers reports PC Pro

Since the launch of the Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center last fall, more than 20 new content partners, including CinemaNow Inc., MLB.com, MSNBC.com, MSN Music, MTV Networks Music, Napster Inc., SnapStream Media Inc. and TiVo Inc., have agreed to make video available online specifically formatted for Windows Mobile-based multimedia devices.

The service requires Windows XP and Internet Explorer 5 or higher on the user's PC and Windows Media Player 10 and up. Users simply log onto the MSN download site, using a traditional laptop or desktop computer.





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