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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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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.



Clearwire Blocks VoIP

March 25, 2005

In what has to be an April Fool's joke only a week early ClearWire, a wireless broadband service provider is telling its customers it has the right to block a bunch of their different bandwidth hungry apps. Sure enough, VoIP is among the top of the list.

Of course in case you think there is something fishy going on here, you are most likely right as just a few weeks ago ClearWire announced a VoIP Alliance with Bell Canada.

More interesting is the fact that the company plans on offering it own VoIP service in the near future as well. In my opinion consumers should run screaming from any service provider that wants to help us determine what applications are appropriate to run on a service we are paying for. See the story here.



Vibrant Media

March 25, 2005

You may have noticed a proliferation of underlined terms on websites around the web. I am referring to the double-underlined words that pop up ads when you mouse over them. These ads are called intelliTXT and supplied by a company called Vibrant Media. Perhaps others supply them as well but this company seems to be the only one supplying the ads to the sites I have visited.

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