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The FCC Is Useless

As yet another FCC Chairman gets his job just to help out the Duopoly, I conclude that we can save about...

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Boingo, GigSky, XCom: Why my Europe Connectivity was Awesome

A while back, I had a chance to go to MWC (news and analysis) in Barcelona, Spain and like many of you...

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WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the uniting body of telecom standard development organizations, has taken notice of WebRTC. And that...

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This is How You Do Social Media!

I received a surprise package at my doorstep today from Bright House. It seems that my tweeting about the Tampa Bay...

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The Wearable Tech Futures

Amid all the noise about the growing Internet of Things market comes the announcement that Nike is disbanding its FuelBand team....

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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Parisian MP3 Piracy

February 3, 2005

Packet8 Interview

February 3, 2005

Packet8 has might a splash lately with rapid subscriber growth. They don't get as much press as Vonage and AT&T but they are growing quickly and I decided to interview Huw Rees,  the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at 8x8, the parent company of 8x8. He has some great comments and I am surprised about the WiFi telephony answer. Please enjoy the interview.

City WiFi Fails? Part 2

February 3, 2005

In case you missed the conference:

NMRC STUDY: CITY-RUN WI-FI HYPE DOESN’T PASS MUSTER, EXPERTS WARN OF “GRAVE FLAWS” THAT COULD WELL LEAVE TAXPAYERS WITH HEAVY FINANCIAL BURDEN

WASHINGTON, D.C.//February 3, 2005//City-run wireless broadband networks (Wi-Fi)– such as those now under discussion in Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco – are being hyped on the strength of dubious claims about benefits and have faced almost no hard-nosed feasibility studies, according to a major New Millennium Research Council (NMRC) report compiled by six leading scholars and telecommunications policy experts. The NMRC report authors warn that “beneath the positive media coverage and glowing press pronouncements are troubling signs that these publicly held networks can result in less than anticipated outcomes,” leaving taxpayers to fund outdated technology from already strained city budgets.

The NMRC report authors conclude: “… municipal Wi-Fi networks present a number of serious problems that are being overlooked as cities rush into committing millions in taxpayer dollars to pay for network development and expansion … [W]hile the intentions of city officials and administrators are admirable, the roll-out of municipally held Wi-Fi networks will likely have a detrimental affect on city budgets and on competition in the telecommunications industry, and fail to produce the economic growth and jobs promised by municipal leaders. … [C]ity ownership of Wi-Fi networks is not the solution for bridging the Digital Divide or encouraging competition in the broadband market.”

According to the NMRC contributing scholars, among the “grave flaws” in city-run Wi-Fi schemes are the following: potential major cost overruns that would draw more taxpayer dollars away from other city priorities; damage to legitimate commercial broadband competition resulting from taxpayer-subsidized municipal entry; a lack of evidence that economic development and jobs will result from publicly funded citywide wi-fi systems; the fact that nearly all previous municipal attempts to deploy broadband networks have failed; and a disturbing reliance by proponents on unsubstantiated “if you build it, they will come” assumptions that are at the heart of most city-run Wi-Fi scenarios.

City WiFi To Fail?

February 3, 2005

Interesting e-mail I received today tries to put public pressure on cities to not provide WiFi access. You think the ILECs might have something to do with this? Hopefully I will have time to catch some of it... Should be interesting.

Sprint Profit Rises

February 3, 2005

Pay-Per-Call Ads

February 2, 2005

A fairly new idea called pay-per-call advertising takes pay-per-click to the next level. According to Investor’s Business Daily, a company called Ingenio has partnered with AOL to provide advertisers with pay-per-call ads. Whereas a pay-per-click ad on Google can be purchased for as little as a few cents, $2.00 is the entry level fee for call-in leads via Ingenio’s new service.

When I hear of things like this I laugh because I remember many of the dotcom trailblazers telling me back in the nineties that the contact center was history because of the birth of the web.

VoIP on Fire

February 2, 2005

ITEXPO is still on fire regarding attendance. We are still up 100% year over year which is amazing to me. We are about 3 weeks out from the show. This is what people said about the ITEXPO attendance last year.

Day Trip To the Midwest

February 2, 2005

I've got a meeting today with a company in the Midwest and need to take a trip out there just for today. Amazingly, finding flights at reasonable hours is less and less viable. The flight leaves around 7:00 AM. I would have been happy with 8:30.

Netrake Leads Session Border Controller Market

February 1, 2005

According to Frost & Sullivan, Netrake has 29% market share in the session border controller market beating the nearest competitor who stands at under 24%.

Frost & Sullivan Report Finds Netrake’s nCite Has More Sessions Shipped than Competitors

Plano, TX – February 1, 2005 – Netrake, the premier provider of session controllers for Tier 1 and other leading service providers, leads all competitors in supplying session controllers to voice over IP (VoIP) carriers worldwide, according to a new report issued by industry analyst group Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan found that Netrake has garnered a 29-percent market share of session controller deployments worldwide, as measured by actual sessions shipped. Netrake’s nearest competitor lagged at under 24 percent, according the report.

“In terms of sessions shipped during the reporting period, Netrake leads all competitors in a segment crowded with multiple startup specialists as well as large, horizontally integrated manufacturers vying for share,” said Jon Arnold, VoIP program leader who authored the report, “2004 VoIP Equipment Market Update.”

Netrake’s nCite family of session controllers answer the emerging VoIP market’s accelerating demands for affordable and effective solutions to security and fraud prevention, legal intercept, end-to-end quality of service (QoS) assurance and residential call volume engineering challenges.

SBC, AT&T and the Competitive Enterprise Institute

February 1, 2005

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