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Where's the Margin? (Part 1)

As much as I grumble often about the VoIP/UC providers and their lack of differentiation, SD-WAN is going to be just...

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First Hackproof Wi-Fi, then Grab Some IP Communications

While most of TMCnet blog readers want to monetize IP communications, most of the world just wants to be able to use...

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Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software...

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New Flowroute Customer Onboarding Platform Lubricates CSP Porting

Smoothly and effectively onboarding new enterprises is one of the most significant operational challenges for cloud communications providers. Flowroute is aiming squarely...

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CounterPath Bria-X Delivers Cost-Effective UCaaS Solution

In the 1990s Novell had a lock on servers in the enterprise. There was no Linux but SCO UNIX and IBM's AIX...

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Stupid Mistakes Lead to Kelihos Botnet Spam Lord Arrest

Russian Pyotr Levashov spread ransomware and other malicious software through the Kelihos botnet, possibly hacked the U.S. election and probably ran the...

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Is Cloud Infrastructure Swallowing Up NFV?

Service Providers want the infrastructure to be able to scale up (and down), they want to move CAPEX to OPEX, and they...

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Cognitronics Loss

May 12, 2005

I had to write this when I saw that Cognitronics lost money in its latest quarter. The company actually had a net loss of .8 million compared to 1.4 million a year earlier so they are slowly growing – or at least bleeding less money than a year ago.

The following statement from Brian Kelley in the Cognitronics release struck me:

"The telecommunications marketplace continues to make headlines in 2005 as two more of the largest telecommunications service providers announced their intentions to merge. In the absence of real growth, consolidation rules," said Brian J. Kelley, president and chief executive officer of Cognitronics. "After years of excess infrastructure build-out, these service providers, our customers, continue to maximize the capacity of their existing network infrastructure.



Packet8 Slams Vonage

May 12, 2005

OK perhaps the slam is indirect but the message is loud and clear… Ours works and yours doesn’t. Today Packet8 announced that their VoIP ser vice has 911 that works in 2,024 rate centers covering 43 states. The company put out a release today and in it they say:

Unlike "911" services marketed by some other VoIP providers, whereby a call to 911 is intercepted by the VoIP provider and forwarded to a regular, non-emergency telephone number, Packet8's E911 call is routed as 911 emergency traffic and is accompanied by caller information.  Packet8's E911 services enable emergency personnel to ensure that callers receive the exact same response that they receive from 911 services provided by landline incumbent telephone carriers.  The Packet8 E911 implementation routes a subscriber's call directly to a 911 operator and eliminates unnecessary dialog about callers' whereabouts, which is vital in cases where a caller may not be able to verbally communicate due to an emergency condition.


Boy, I wonder who they are talking about. As I wrote about today, Having the best product doesn’t mean anything, it is the best marketer than wins every battle.


I Can Hear You Now, Can You?

May 12, 2005

Verizon Wireless I love you, I hate you, I love you, I hate you. Why must you have the best wireless service? Extremely fast EVDO access? Calls that rarely drop and then put me through hell daily?

I used to use a GSM network phone and the service was terrible.

Dear Mr. VC

May 12, 2005

To be more politically corect: Dear Mr. or Mrs. VC

Many of my readers are in the VoIP community – you know who you are… You were doing VoIP in the late nineties – when it wasn’t fashionable and you used to call it IP telephony or Internet telephony. I am running into more and more of these people and they often ask me if this time the IP revolution is for real. The answer is absolutely.

As President of a leading publishing and trade show company having been involved in VoIP since its inception and having launched the first magazine in the space, I think I have a unique perspective on the market. I am seeing more optimism and sales than at any time before.



VoIP Quality Study

May 11, 2005

I have been deluged with requests about this study. The last time I wrote about it I told you that Packet8 was the quality leader so far. I haven’t had a chance to read this as I am on my way to visit a number of VoIP companies today and am running late. Enjoy the release.

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Interoute VoIP Peering

May 10, 2005

Interoute announced today the launch of ARENA, a commission-free voice trading web based exchange in North America and Europe for the telecommunications industry. Arena enables operators to enter the voice market quickly without the infrastructure investment. By logging-on to the Arena web portal, a community of global and national carriers, resellers and ISPs connected to Interoute's Virtual Voice Network (VVN) can seamlessly open routes to each other, regardless of their location or the protocol they are using. Interoute is located in New York, Washington, DC and Atlanta in the U.S.

More than 100 customers, ranging from large national carriers such as Indian telecommunications operator VSNL and Czech Telecom through to ISPs and VoIP operators such as Streamdoor, have been using Interoute's VVN since it originated in May last year.

FreeScale MSC8122 and MSC8126 DSPs

May 9, 2005

Here is the latest release from Freescale, new DSPs useful in many VoIP implementations.

MSC8122 and MSC8126 DSPs based on StarCore® technology lead in low power consumption and combined performance, scaling up to 2GHz.
               
AUSTIN, TEXAS – May. 10, 2005 – Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is leveraging its multi-core processor design expertise and advanced process technology to address customer needs for higher signal processing performance at lower power consumption. Freescale, the No. 2 supplier of programmable digital signal processors (DSPs), is the first to manufacture a multi-core programmable DSP on 90 nanometer (nm) process technology and bring it into volume production.

Freescale’s 90 nm MSC8122 and MSC8126 DSPs integrate four StarCore® DSP cores onto a single die. These second-generation multi-core devices are designed to deliver a high-performance, yet cost-effective solution that effectively quadruples performance over single-core DSP offerings.





Scansoft Buys Nuance

May 9, 2005

Who would have thought? These are two leaders in the space. Speech is an interesting business – The market will be huge and become the future of the contact center, used as an interface to speak with computers and more. There is no question the market will get bigger.

GM, Ford Junk Bonds

May 9, 2005

I received this release today and it details some of the reasons Detroit’s automakers are in trouble. It is difficult to disagree with any of this. Friends often tell me that domestic cars are cheaper and have better incentives but who wants a domestic car? Obviously this isn’t too positive for Detroit and they better wake up quickly if they want to be around to supply cars for the next generation.

40MPG.ORG: GM, FORD JUNK BONDS SHOULD BE CALLED “YAEGASHI BONDS” TO RECOGNIZE LAGGING U.S. AUTO LEADERSHIP

Why New Debt From Ford, GM Should Be Named for a Japanese Engineer;
Poll:  63% of Americans Already Worry About U.S/Japanese “Hybrid Tech Gap.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.///May 9, 2005///Now that the Standard & Poor’s rating agency has downgraded the General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Co. to junk bond status, Wall Street should take the next logical step and refer to any such new debt issued by the struggling U.S.






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