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Yes, Fonality, I am Skeptical (of the VoIP Sector)

Apparently, one slightly snarky tweet and a single line item in Tidbits - "A head scratcher: Fonality got bought by Netfortis....

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Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post...

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Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to...

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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone...

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Downhill Sledding

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE). Price compression...

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Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions...

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How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar...

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Cyrillic Spam

June 4, 2005

We have some fairly advanced spam filtering at TMC but I am always cautious with spam, erring on the side of checking everything and not letting anything get deleted without checking it at least once. From time to time I miss an important message but I am getting a total of 1,000 messages a day when you sum it all up so checking this mess is time consuming. We have the option to delete items marked as spam and I don't do this unless the sender is on a blacklist. Blacklists are centrally maintained and this system is pretty accurate.

Get VoIP Points

June 4, 2005

Communications and Technology Podcast

June 4, 2005

Be sure to check out the TMC's latest communications and technology podcast. We talked about lots of important issues this week from Atkins to Vox and UT Starcom to VoIP Inc. and Volo. There is an interesting dialogue on implantable chips and bladder control. There is a Supercomm discussion -- we discuss the future of this event. There is talk about Alcatel and Aruba.

Good Supercomm Overview

June 4, 2005

iPod Sales Dip

June 3, 2005

Say it isnt so. Apple’s iPod sales are slowing. Is this possible? The once super-coveted music player may possibly be on the decline in sales growth. According to this iPod Article, sales are flat or declining for most models.

In my opinion a new model needs to be introduced.

Supercomm Happenings

June 3, 2005

I would love to have you come hear me speak at SuperComm Monday and even if you can’t make the session, stop by our Supercomm party on Tuesday night. Please RSVP. We expect to max the venue. So far we have a good deal of vendors, service providers, press and analysts signed up to attend.

I have only been to the Sears Tower once and remember having to take multiple elevators to get to the floor I needed to go to.

FCC Martin on Broadband

June 3, 2005

David Isenberg has a great post on the FCC and Kevin Martin’s priorities. Apparently Martin says that broadband is the number priority of the FCC.



Here are some key quotes:

Getting broadband rules right "will involve not only making sure we have the right regulatory framework for that infrastructure, but addressing issues like what are the services that ride over that infrastructure and what are the social obligations that go along with that like the expectation that people have to connect to local public safety officials."

"The free market is a better way for delivering innovation to consumers," he said. "The most important role of government in that sense is setting an environment in which the benefits of that free market can flow to consumers."






All I can say is thank you Chairman Martin.

Barrales For Open FCC Seat

June 3, 2005

Satellite Internet – It’s Back

June 3, 2005

I remember in the mid nineties – was it 1995? -- I was at an Internet World show in LA and I met with people from DirecPC, a division of DirecTV who extolled the virtues of browsing by satellite. I was intrigued but never tried the service. According to the WSJ a new effort is underway from a number of companies to provide us once again with satellite Internet service.

Veraz Maps IMS to its Softswitch

June 2, 2005

Veraz Networks new ControlSwitch modules map easily to the leading NGN groups. Groups such as ETSI TISPAN, MSF, ITU, ATIS are evaluating adoption of the core IMS within their reference architectures to provide mobility and simplify service delivery to any access network.

The ControlSwitch enables carriers to achieve a graceful migration path that exploits full network and subscriber service convergence across wireless and wireline networks. The advanced ControlSwitch architecture provides a path for service providers interested in enhanced business models, such as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). These networks will then leverage the power of the core IMS-ready softswitch to deliver voice and/or multimedia services to subscribers across any available access network, including over broadband access media such as DSL, cable, metro Ethernet or wireless broadband, in addition to mobile networks and existing narrowband digital loop systems.

“Carriers will deploy IMS in stages; initially wireline operators will use the technology in order to upgrade their switching architecture to facilitate value added voice services to curb decreasing voice revenues.



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