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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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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TMC is Growing

March 13, 2005

The growth rate our company is experiencing is unlike anything I have ever seen in the last 35 years TMC has been in business. Advertising sales in Internet Telephony Magazine doubled last year. They could double again this year. Our most recent Internet Telephony Conference & Expo was an amazing hit...

Bloggers Buy iLawsuit

March 13, 2005

The ruling below is bad news for journalists and bloggers everywhere or just common sense? Is this the first step towards journalists losing their freedom to do their jobs effectively? An even worse scenario is one in which more people will be afraid to share important information with journalists for fear of legal action. The following came from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Court Crushes Online Journalists' Rights

EFF Asking California Appellate Court to Intervene
Santa Clara - Today Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that an online journalist's Internet service provider (ISP) can be required to reveal the identities of the reporter's confidential sources to attorneys from Apple Computer, Inc. The court rejected a request for an order to protect the confidentiality of these sources and other unpublished materials.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with co-counsel Thomas Moore III and Richard Wiebe, is representing the journalist, and will be asking the California Appellate Court to intervene.
"We're disappointed that the trial court ignored the Supreme Court's requirement that seeking a journalist's confidential sources be a 'last resort' in civil discovery," said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl.







George Ou on ITEXPO

March 12, 2005

ZDNET’s George Ou was nice enough to moderate one of the sessions at ITEXPO a few weeks back titled The Great Open Source VoIP Debate. His open source VoIP article details the session. The panel included Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and CEO of Digium; Bill Rich, CEO of Pingtel; and Alan Hawrylyshen, CTO of Jasomi Networks. As George points out, these are some of the key players in the industry.

I attended a dinner with Digium’s founder Mark Spencer where he mentioned IAX is a much simpler protocol than SIP allowing the signaling and payload in a single packet.

Verizon Wireless

March 12, 2005

Is it too much to ask for a Blackberry with bluetooth access? Today I read Tom's blog and I see that T-Mobile devices are improving at lightning speed. The new Blackberry 7290 in fact is an amazing device because it has a brighter screen, has bluetooth and works in 175 countries.

The best Verizon offers is the 7750 which is a good device but it is slow and has no bluetooth. It needs better battery life, a brighter screen and bluetooth that isn't crippled by Verizon. I recently switched to Verizon because their wireless network is superb.

Skype Hits One Million Paid Users

March 11, 2005

Amazingly Skype sets new records almost daily. Here is my recent interview with Skype’s Niklas Zennström. Now this… Skype hits one million paid users! More amazingly there are 155,000 users per day.

VoIP 2.0 is Happening

March 11, 2005

Having attended a whirlwind four tradeshows in six weeks I have never been more excited about the future of VoIP -- It's VoIP 2.0. The market is growing so quickly and there are dozens of new product categories and paradigms popping up all the time. Disruptive technologies like VoIP allow markets to go in new directions that aren’t always obvious. I am excited like never before about TMC conferences in general.

Conferees tell me TMC has the best conference offering show after show.

Adtran NetVanta

March 11, 2005

Adtran was synonymous with the CSU/DSU market and in fact they had a virtual monopoly on the space for years. As markets change however companies need to evolve and as the CSU/DSU market slowly eroded, Adtran looked to other areas in which to thrive.

One of these areas it turns out is VoIP. Adtran has a number of products that complement IP PBXes nicely -- their NetVanta series 1000 managed layer 2 Ethernet switches.

Teleo Crash

March 11, 2005

Powell Joins Aspen Institute

March 11, 2005

FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL K. POWELL TO JOIN ASPEN INSTITUTE

Washington, DC, March 11, 2005-The Aspen Institute announced today that Michael K. Powell, outgoing chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is to become senior fellow of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program for a three-month period effective upon his departure from the FCC. Powell, who was honored last year by the Institute with the Henry Crown Leadership Award, is the third consecutive FCC Chairman to join the Aspen Institute following his chairmanship. He will advise the Communications and Society Program on leadership, communications policy, and program activities and operations. Judith Mann will also move from the FCC to the Institute as Powell’s confidential assistant.

“Michael Powell exemplifies the type of leader that the Aspen Institute seeks to attract to our various program and leadership activities,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute in announcing the appointment.  “He will add an important perspective to planning our non-partisan forums in communications and information policy – and beyond.”

Shortly after announcing his departure from the FCC, Powell noted: “The Aspen Institute has been an important part of my life, both in its influential communications policy work and in the Crown leadership program.  I look forward to serving as an adviser to this distinguished organization.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to take some time to think about the future.”

Charles M. Firestone, executive director of the Institute’s Communications and Society Program, welcomed Powell’s appointment: “Michael Powell has been an excellent participant in Aspen Institute forums for many years, both as commissioner and as chairman of the FCC.  We are fortunate to have the benefit of his advice and insights in developing new activities and in reinvigorating our ongoing projects.”

Mr. Powell can be reached through his confidential assistant, Judy Mann at judy.mann@aspeninstitute.org or 202-736-1492.

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, one of 18 policy programs at the Institute, convenes non-partisan roundtable forums for leaders and experts to address the foremost policy challenges facing societies around the world as a result of the communications and information revolutions.











Website Slammed

March 11, 2005

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