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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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ITW - Will There Ever Be A Return To The Good Ol' Days?

International Telecoms Week (ITW) is where all the interconnect carriers come to work out minutes exchange pricing and routes.   Dialogic has had a...

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Broadband Over Power Lines in Texas

July 23, 2005

It seems that Texas will be one of the leading states when it comes to Broadband Over Power Lines or BPL. The Texas Senate has in their recent bill SB 21 done a whole bunch of things to ensure that BPL gets a fair shake in their state.

The preamble to the bill shows the intention of the Texas lawmakers:

The "BPL deployment in Texas has the potential to extend broadband service to customers where broadband access is currently not available and may provide an additional option for existing broadband consumers in Texas, resulting in a more competitive market for broadband services."

Here are a few things that the bill says:


• Electric utilities may elect to allow an "affiliate" or an "unaffiliated entity" to own or operate a BPL system on the utilities' electric delivery system;

• Electric utilities may allow an "affiliate or unaffiliated entity to provide Internet service over a BPL system."

• Neither the state nor local governments can require their electric utilities to install a BPL system on their power lines.

• BPL installation, operation and use may not be regulated by the state, a municipality or local government.

Texas lawmakers should be commended for their efforts to encourage broadband competition. I have been a bit cynical about this technology because I am not seeing it being rolled out in enough volume to be called truly competitive with DSL or cable.
















Dave and Busters

July 22, 2005

I had a great time at VoIP Sizzles and am headed back today. Last night we went to Dave and Busters and I had a chance to play some video games with Mark Spencer of Digium and ABP's Robert Messer. TMC's Dave Rodriguez mentioned there are no Dave and Busters near us in Connecticut. I bet it would do well in White Plains, NY which is 15 minutes over the Connecticut border.

VoIP Sizzles Night 1

July 20, 2005

The opening night at VoIP Sizzles was great. We just had a Sip Margarita reception where we learned about --- Surprise --- SIP. There were some great speakers telling us about the standards issues that need to be worked out in the SIP community. There was some discussion of the telco/cable duopoly and what they will do to thwart competition and how this could hurt the industry.

There was further talk of IMS and how much promise it holds and how it could be used by service providers to provide poor service or no service to competing services.

The mood was positive overall as examples kept popping up regarding how the VoIP community continually innovates and stays one step ahead of those who try to thwart us.



Texas Rangers Vs the New York Yankees

July 20, 2005

Reasearh On E-Mail, Etc

July 20, 2005

Something about the Radicati Group's releases about their research reports makes me want to comment about them. Perhaps the little snippets of info they give out. My comments are in red:

Please find below The Radicati Group, Inc.'s "Radicati Market Stats & Industry Commentary". Here you will find some fast facts from our various reports and analyst quotes on recent industry news which you may feel free to use for citing in upcoming articles. 
 
Please note that these stats and quotes may only be used for press articles. They may not be used for company-sponsored whitepapers, press releases, or any other company-specific marketing material without the explicit written permission of The Radicati Group, Inc.
 
 ANTI-SPYWARE

The installed base of corporate anti-spyware will grow from 16 million users in 2005, to nearly 541 million users in 2009 - an average annual growth rate of 146%.

If this is true, we are in trouble.









Worth Reading 7/19/05

July 19, 2005

Key Logging

July 18, 2005

Tom Cross does some excellent work over at TECHtionary. Here is a recent entry into his extensive database on keylogging. To further the plug, advertising on his site or licensing his library are two ways to support his excellent efforts to educate many of us on technology via animation and simple to understand definitions.

TECHtionary Responds to ABC News Special Report – Key Loggers

The animated TECH-Tip tutorial is available at http://www.techtionary.com

Last night a special report on ABC News identified key loggers as "causing at least one-third of all online crime." This is a special TECHtionary report on this insidious crime. To begin with, keylogging, VoIP phone keypad trackers, keyboard sniffers, system monitors, loggers and trackers are programs that monitor every keystroke and data flow to and from the keyboard.





Off To VoIP Sizzles

July 18, 2005

New TMCnet is Coming

July 16, 2005

I was just checking out Alexa's home page and found that 45% of all web traffic is accounted for by the top 500 sites in the world. This by the way is out of 18 million total sites Alexa crawla. The top 100,000 sites in the world are responsible for 75% of all web traffic.

TMCnet was recently ranked in the top of 4,000 sites in the world by Alexa and on some days we rank just over 2,000.

Our ranking in this elite group of websites is due to loyal readers like you. We appreciate the millions of people a year that come to TMCnet for news and analysis in communications and technology.



July 15 2005 Podcast

July 15, 2005

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