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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

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

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

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

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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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Multimedia Over Coax

April 4, 2005

A shot across the bow of the ILECS and Satellite providers was seen today. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is announcing the successful results of its large-scale field trial at the National Show. Conducted by MoCA's founders in 15 cities, the trial validates MoCA's capabilities as both the highest-speed technology for home networking and the only field-proven to be capable of transporting multiple HDTV streams. According to the group, large-scale tests validate performance of 100 Mbps in real world conditions.

Tests also showed that the core technology provides the level of performance necessary to deliver digital entertainment to every coax outlet in the home, with at least 100 Mbps throughput being delivered to 95% of coax jacks tested. The stringent level of testing makes sure that the high speeds delivered by a MoCA home network are consistently available throughout the home.

Metalink News

April 4, 2005

Here is some positive tech news worth sharing:


Metalink Updates Revenue Outlook For Q1 2005

Board of Directors Approves Plan to Repurchase up to $10 Million of Outstanding Common Stock

Yakum, Israel, April 4, 2005 - Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK), a provider of high performance wireline and wireless broadband communication silicon solutions, today announced revised first quarter revenue estimates.

Further to its release of March 24, 2005, Metalink expects its revenues for the first quarter of 2005 to be approximately $3.0 million. Final results for the quarter will be announced on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 and discussed during Metalink's conference call on that day.

Metalink also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to repurchase up to $10 million of its outstanding Common Stock, subject to approval by authorities as required under Israeli law.








JITC Response

April 4, 2005

Here is an e-mail I received in response to my Just In Time Communications editorial. Art Rosenberg is one of the most experienced communications analysts in the industry.

Rich,

I'm glad to see you taking up the battle to change our woefully inadequate terminology to describe how people should communicate with others or be contacted by automated application services in a converging multi-modal communications environment.

You are on the right track by starting to focus on the relative priorities of the contact initiator vs. those of the recipient. These priorities will realistically start to come into alignment with the power of SIP which can enable end-to-end presence, availability, and last, but not least, modality management.





Just In Time Communications

April 4, 2005

With all the progress we've made in the last two decades with respect to communications, including telecom deregulation, the fax machine, cellular phones, e-mail, chat and WiFi, communications is essentially more inefficient than it was at any time in the last ten years.

One may argue that the advent of the cellular phone was a boon for productivity and efficiency and e-mail further allows us to communicate more effectively. The reality is that the more devices and modes of communications we invent, the more inefficient we become. An inordinate amount of time is spent trying to find each other in this world where everyone is supposed to be connected 24x7.

In order to contact a person today it is necessary to call their office phone, cell phone, home phone, VoIP phone, send them an e-mail, an IM, call their secretary and so forth until you connect. Assuming you can't find them, you have left a trail of possibly incomplete e-mails, IM messages and voicemails in different mail boxes.



Inter-Tel Unified Communicator 3.0

April 4, 2005

Inter-Tel purchased conferencing and collaboration company Linktivity a while back and has now integrated much of the functionally in the Linktivity products into version 3.0 of their Unified Communicator product. With this release, you can have an ad-hoc web meeting and collaboration. You can share your desktop, take advantage of whiteboarding and stream video back and forth as well. Oh yes, you can send files as well.

IBM Shock Control

April 4, 2005

I have an IBM T42p laptop and it comes with a shock protection program. I wasn't sure why I needed such a utility as it is yet another application that takes memory and slows down my computer. I was on a bumpy flight to San Jose ysterday and I opened the application during turbulence to see what the program did. The application is called IBM Active Protection System and you can click on the Real-Time Status tab to see the laptop visibly shaking in a window.

WildPackets EtherPeek VX

April 4, 2005

I'll be honest, when I think of testing in the VoIP space, names like Spirent, Agilent and Empirix come to mind. So I was happily surprised to find a company in the testing space that is smaller and geared towards the needs of amateur testers. Well amateur isn't the right word but starting at $8,000 the affordable testing solutions sold by WildPackets are within the reach of many corporations and developers that want to see what is happening on the network but they don't want to break the bank to do so.

The EtherPeek VX is a product that allows accurate call playback with varying levels of degradation for subject quality assessment and has features such as an embedded jitter buffer consultant, statistics, reports and graphs. This is all done in a non-obtrusive fashion, meaning you don't need to flood the network with traffic to see what is happening.

I had a chance to play around with the GUI of the system and selected some packets and was able to identify jitter.



VoIP At NCTA

April 3, 2005

I am off to The National Show sponsored by NCTA where I am moderating a panel on Marketing VoIP services. The session is titled: VoIP Me! Marketing to the New Telephone Customer, and it takes place Monday, April 4, 2005 at 2:00 PM-3:15 PM in Esplanade 305/307.

I am honored to be moderating at the cable industry's premier event. I am looking forward to educating the cable market on how best to position VoIP services.

The panel will consist of the following industry experts:



  • Jonathon Askin, General Council, Pulver.com
  • Sam Howe, SVP Marketing VoIP, Time Warner Cable
  • David Pugliese, VP, Product Marketing & Management, Cox Communications, Inc.

True Sound Lounge

April 2, 2005

I just visited what may be the future of web sites. I am still reeling from how incredible the experience has been. A site called True Sound Lounge is sponsored by Sennheiser the company that makes a variety of headphones from noise canceling to wireless and headsets that are aimed at call centers.

Sennheiser also makes high-end audio equipment and the site shows off the array of products the company offers in a slick manner that really appeals to the consumer – especially the younger crowd. I think these interactive characters will find their way into more consumer and finally corporate websites in the future.

It is obvious that you lose search engine optimization points with a non-text based approach such as this so I envision these sorts of characters and interactive rooms as additions to text sites or as alternative site to reach a market in a different way or with a slightly different spin.



VoIP Tax Exemption Loses

April 2, 2005

VoIP received a blow this past Friday in Colorado when a bill to exempt VoIP service from being taxed narrowly missed being passed. As this article points out, taxing VoIP on an Internet connection that is already taxed is the equivalent of putting a stamp on every e-mail and worse is double-taxation.

Please see the following quotes from politicians who see why taxing VoIP is a bad idea.

Rep. Jim Sullivan, R-Larkspur, said businesses will notice if the bill fails and will be more reluctant to relocate to Colorado.

"It would be a very negative message to companies - that Colorado isn't pro-business," Sullivan said.

Rep. Mark Cloer, R-Colorado Springs, said the tax would especially hurt low-income people who can't afford both phone service and Internet access.







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