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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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Emergent Network Solutions

March 27, 2005

A complaint I get often from VoIP providers is that the complexity of deploying VoIP is more than meets the eye. Getting disparate equipment to work together seamlessly is a challenge. Sure there are bakeoffs and other ways to get companies to work together but when you get into network deployment mode it gets complex and expensive to get all sorts of equipment to work together in one seamless package.

Before I can tell you what the company does in detail I need to define the 3 acronyms necessary to help understand what they do.

E-REV: ENTICE Residential/Enterprise VoIP
ELICIT: Emergent Local Integrated Carrier Internet Telephony
ENTICE: Emergent Network Telecommunication Infrastructure Control Environment

A quick note, the products have to be simpler than the acronyms.

OK, where was I? Oh Yes, the company execs I met with seem like good people and aside from the acronym soup above, I think they are on to something here.









Brooktrout and IBM

March 27, 2005

If there is one thing that's important in VoIP deployment these days it's scalability. Now that VoIP is being deployed, I keep hearing huge customer number projections. Cable companies and Vonage are all in the hundreds of thousands of VoIP users already and AOL has the potential to be in the millions. These are staggering numbers and require a new breed of product to deal with massive roll out numbers that are potential in the world of VoIP.

I recently met with Brooktrout and IBM to discuss how Brooktrout's SnowShore division is working wit IBM to make shore they can sell a solution to allow service providers to scale quickly, inexpensively and reliably.

SnowShore's IP Media Server is in release 1.3 and comes prepackaged on IBM's BladeCenter.



For the Love of Patents

March 27, 2005

Either you love patents or you hate them. InformationWeek had a comprehensive story on patents in the March 21, 2005 edition. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake or have already been paid at companies like Ebay, Microsoft, RIM and Symbol. Microsoft, one of the companies who files a tremendous number of new patents a year is asking for reform.

"It's too easy for a litigant to manipulate the U.S.

ZigBee Creates Buzz

March 26, 2005

Zigbee (Zigbee news) is a technology you should keep an eye on as it fills a nice niche of low cost and low powered networking. ZigBee gets its name from the zig-zag pattern of a bumble bee that it emulates when transmitting data over its mesh network. Thankfully they didn't decide to call it IEEE 802.15.4, the existing radio standard it relies upon.

ZigBee has some advantages over bluetooth and WiFi as it is less complex and uses less power. It is perfectly suited for applications such as monitoring and control of things like temperature sensors in buildings.

VoIP Domain Names

March 26, 2005

Here are the latest VoIP URLs. This is just a single day's activity. There are more than usual on the list. A few of these are pretty interesting such as 800gotvoip.com, getvoipedonline.com, voip-911.biz, and voip-blogs.com.



028voip.com

800gotvoip.com

800gotvoip.net

auvergne-voip.com

championvoip.info

citywidevoip.com

companiesvoip.com

dutchvoipexchange.com

freevoip.biz

freevoipmobile.com

freevoipmobilephone.com

getavoip.com

getvoipedonline.com

getvoipservice.com

globalvoipinc.com

harmonyvoip.biz

internetvoipphone.com

intlvoipsvcs.com

kcvoip.com

modernvoip.com

packetvoip.com

preferredvoip.com

qi-voip.com

qi-voip.net

torrentvoip.com

ukvoip.org

uuvoip.net

voip-911.biz

voip-blogs.com

voip-internet-phone-service.com

voip121.com

voipassessment.net

voipconnecter.com

voipconnector.com

voipdcarea.com

voipfonet.com

voipheadphone.com

voipip.net

voiptime.net

voiptorrent.com

voipwifiphone.com

worldvoipinc.com

ezivoip.com

pilotvoip.com

seevoip.com

voipprice.com

voipprovider.net

 

 

Bloggers Lose Out

March 26, 2005

A wonderfully put together editorial graces the pages of BusinessWeek on March 28, 2005. The title of the story is The Apple Case Isn't just A Blow To Bloggers (paid article) and it details the Apple Vs. PowerPage.com case where bloggers were ruled to no be journalists -- their confidential sources were proclaimed not to be confidential when a court ordered an ISP to turn over e-mail records.

The story discusses the needs for courts to balance the rights of bloggers with the needs of the judicial system to have access to information. The potential of 50 million bloggers claiming journalistic privilege is a scary notion for obvious reasons.

I believe courts will have to eventually recognize bloggers as journalists. We break news, provide perspective and perform all the functions of traditional journalists.



VoIP 911: Same as Cell Phone?

March 25, 2005

XTEN Dynamo

March 25, 2005

Xten Networks wowed me recently by striking some impressive partnerships. The first was with GN Netcom, allowing you to purchase a headset, soft client VoIP bundle with a neat hardware gizmo that is quite useful.

At the opposite end of the spectrum they work with Belkin enabling them to roll out a tremendous VoIP offering from retail to wholesale with integrated DSL modem devices, WiFi access points, etc.

They have positioned themselves as an ideal "go to" partner to get you into the VoIP space in a hurry. This must account for Xten's amazing growth. I recently gave a keynote speech in Dallas at an Interactive Intelligence/Vonexus seminar and when I mentioned soft clients with PBX functionality to the audience, someone in the front row held up an IPAQ with a telephone pad on the screen.



Octasic News

March 25, 2005

It is funny when I get asked by people why the VoIP market is growing so fast. I often have to stop and think about just how broad the VoIP space is. You literally have products for the military, education, salesforce automation/mobility, softswitches, session border controllers, etc. The list is literally endless.

Intoto Happenings

March 25, 2005

I recently learned that Intoto is working on some reference designs with AT&T that are pretty intriguing. In case you aren't familiar with Intoto, they are an ODM or original design manufacturer supplying OEMs and service providers with designs. From a time to market standpoint Intoto allows you to get your products out more quickly than if you wanted to deal with software stacks and other building blocks yourself.

The company is in the VoIP and wireless spaces and they are specialists in security.

Intoto is intriguing to me because they are working with AT&T on a business class VoIP device. The device includes provisioning technology based on a protocol named TLS or transport layer security.



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