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Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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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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Open-Source Debate

February 24, 2005

What I really love about ITEXPO events is the networking opportunities and how much I can learn in a few minutes of relaxed conversations with colleagues. I had a chance to hang out with close friends and new ones in the industry last night. I got to see Mark Lyons from Vonage for example and noted he is one of the most passionate people in VoIP. He is the VP of Sales -- VAR Channel and was sharing stories of meetings he has had in China and more.

ITEXPO Day 2 Report

February 23, 2005

The exhibit hall was a mob scene tonight. Exhibitors told me this is the busiest show they have ever seen, beating the Internet World events of '99. Thanks to all of you that have made this show such a success and for those of you that told us you learned a great deal at the event.

These shows are all about you, the implementer of VoIP. This I the exact reason why all of my sessions took so many audience questions as your questions are always the best ones.

The Future of IP telephony session tonight was my favorite panel of the show because I got to learn where the industry's going and there was such a great exchange between the audience and the panel.

The audience interaction tonight has convinced me that this session is worth doing again and again.





Standing Room Only

February 23, 2005

Overwhelmed! That is the best word to describe my feeling as I walked through the conference sessions today. Virtually all conferences were standing room only. For example, Toshiba's David Fridley spoke in an IP PBX session that had over 150 people and at the same time there were 500 -- Yes, 500 resellers in the keynote room listening to a panel session I moderated on how to make money in VoIP.

I don't have final numbers but it seems like around 800 people in the conferences this first day so far.

BlackBerry Broken

February 23, 2005

WiFi Dreaming

February 22, 2005

ITEXPO: 5,000 Registered and Counting

February 22, 2005

I just checked the database of registrations and what an active database it is. People are registering faster than one per minute... They are pouring in. What is more interesting to me is the fact that these registrations are not only Florida based.

Popular Telephony News

February 22, 2005

Popular Telephony will be working with Commoca and TI to introduce a color, touch-screen phone with Popular Telephony's p2p technology embedded inside the device. I am looking forward to the seeing the Popular Telphony products in action at this week's Internet Telephony show in Miami. I have had many people asking me about Popular Telephony's Peerio technology and if I have seen it. I am looking forward to answering them once I get a demo this week at the show.

VoIP Peering Announcements

February 22, 2005

VoIP peering will be much bigger than I thought. There are some very big announcements brewing in this space… One will happen probably tomorrow and the other in the next week or so. I am sworn to secrecy so I will have to keep the details in confidence.

Simply stated, service providers are beginning to take notice of his market and are starting to consider interconnecting with companies that run VoIP peering networks. Service providers (read: large CLECS) are also looking at connecting to centralized ENUM repositories so they can transmit calls at no cost between members.

I can’t tell you who is making the announcement but I can tell you that I am hearing about more and more companies looking at VoIP peering as a way to take their phone costs and slash them so low they become inconsequential.

One of the comments at a dinner I was at tonight was that if Verizon can wait another few months to make its bid, MCI will be worth a few billion less!





UNE-P to VoIP Migration

February 21, 2005

Here is another ITEXPO release. UNE-P has been getting lots of press lately. I am looking forward to hearing Shawn Lewis speak on how service providers should migrate to VoIP.

Paris Hilton Black Book

February 21, 2005

A T-Mobile database break-in allowed hackers to steal many customer records and notably Paris Hilton, one of the highest profile T-Mobile customers was hacked. All her personal records were also posted on the internet. Paris uses a Sidekick and it seems is tech-savvy, meaning an entire legion of nerdy, introverted teens can now fantasize about IMing her. Hackers gained access to phone numbers, photos and private schedules of the blonde paparazzi princess.

Perhaps Paris can look to another New York jetsetter Donald Trump for sage advice.

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