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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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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.







Microsoft Goes Phish

April 2, 2005

Thank you Microsoft. I've been accused of being a Microsoft lover and a hater. I am neither... I am an objective observer. Still, I am proud to be living in the same country with a company trying to prosecute phishers via 117 separate civil lawsuits.

Microsoft didn't have to do this.

Big Brother Amazon

April 2, 2005

If you stop and think about it (something at the top of my to-do list), you realize that Amazon is the one online destination that may know more about you than your family and friends. Is there any better way to profile someone than to analyze the books they read and think about reading? How about their electronics, home accents, apparel, etc?

I started to think about this a lot when I read about Amazon and Privacy on the Call Center CRM blog. The entry discussed how Amazon also has a search engine A9 that can remember your past searches.

Storage Is Like Horsepower

April 2, 2005

Bridgeport Networks

April 2, 2005

BridgePort networks is demonstrating MobileVoIP Live! next week at The National Show 2005 otherwise known as NCTA. I am looking forward to the show as I am moderating a VoIP marketing panel this Monday. There will be a demo of BridgePort Networks and MobileIGNITE Alliance Members demonstrating roaming between Mobile and cable VoIP networks In CableLabs' Sponsored CableNET 2005

The technology enables cable operators to add mobile services to the triple play bundle of broadband Internet, video and VoIP services – creating a quad play bundle.

"MobileVoIP Live! shows the cable MSO a way to differentiate services and build a new source of revenue," said Mike Mulica, president and CEO, BridgePort Networks.



Media Gateways and Softswitch

April 1, 2005

Dittberner just sent me their 2004 Media Gateway & Softswitch report. Here are some excerpts.

Market size Analysis



a) 45.56 MILLION VOP PORTS SHIPPED
A total of 45.56 million VoP ports were shipped during the year 2004. The VoP
market exceeds US$ 1.25 billion.

b) VOIP MARKET EXCEED US$ 1 BILLION
A total of 38.92 million VoIP ports were shipped during the year 2004. The VoIP
market exceeds US$ 1 billion.

Over 85% of the ports shipped during 2004 were VoIP ports, 8.51% represented
ATM and the remaining 6% were TDM.

Here are the products that were included in the report:


















Vendors

Product Names

Alcatel

7510, 740 MSP, 7670 RSP, 7505, 7515

Cirpack

SuperNode, SuperNode-B, LEN, TN,

Cisco Systems

MGX 8850, MGX 8880, AS 5850, MGX 8230, 8830, 8250, AS 5350, 5400

Ericsson

AXD301

Huawei Technologies

TMG8010

Marconi

XCD5000 Media Gateway

NACT/Verso

IPAX

NEC

CX3200

Nortel Networks

Passport PVG 7480, 15000, Succession MG 4000, 9000

Nuera

ORCA GX-21, BTX-4K, ORCA GX-8

Quintum Technologies

CMS, DX x096, x120

Samsung

AceMap AGW

sentitO Networks

IVG

Siemens

SURPASS hiG 1200 Trunk Gateway, SUR-PASS hiG 1000, 1100 Trunk Gateway

Sonus Networks

GSX9000 Open Services Switch

Veraz Networks

I-Gate 4000 PRO, I-Gate 4000

Verso/Clarent

Clarent BGH 8000, Clarent BGH 1000, Gateway 400, 800, 1200

VocalTec

GW2000, VGW 480

ZTE Corporation

ZXSS10 M100, T200

Choked On My Sandwich

April 1, 2005

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.

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