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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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The Fool on Google VoIP

April 9, 2005

There is nothing really new in this article but it is a good overview of some of the reasons why Google may enter the VoIP space. Here is an excerpt:

The big G may be planning more than just providing email and Web searches. At first glance, it may seem odd that Google would venture into this type of business, but a closer look reveals that there is a huge market to exploit. Services based on VoIP have seen rapid growth in the past year, thanks in part to rates that are typically below what traditional phone services charge.

Of the 113 million or so traditional landlines that still use the old circuit-switched technology, about 115,000 U.S. homes are switching to VoIP every month.



Nine Years For Convicted Spammer

April 9, 2005

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
philippinesvoipcalling.com








































































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.

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