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What is TADS all about?

On November 12 and 13 TADS will happen.  TADS bills itself in the following way: “TADSummit (TADS) is focused on building...

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Will George Clooney's Wedding Popularize Burner Phones in Your Company?

This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of have leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to...

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Consumer Reports Confirms iPhone 6 Bendgate Overblown

// Consumer Reports used a three-point flexural test to determine how much force different large devices could...

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Finally Some Sanity at the FAA and EASA

For many years I have complained about FAA regulations that defied logic. In 2008 I said the following when pondering if gadgets...

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The Myth of the Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

I spent a good deal of time in the Apple Store today bending iPhone 6 Plus models. Guess what... None of them...

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How Apple Shattered this Startup's Plans

Over a year ago the web was abuzz with talk of a new mobile payments player Clinkle which was to have a...

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Will VoLTE and the iPhone6 Finally be the Vehicle to Monetize Mobile Video?

VoLTE doesn’t just mean Voice over LTE.  It also means Video over LTE.  IMS/LTE includes support for IR.94 which describes how...

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GMAIL Goes Public

February 18, 2005

As many of us waited with baited breath for months... Seems more like years, Gmail is now available to the common Joe and Jolene. The salutation "Hi there," reminds me of what you'd received from a spammer trying to play on the desperate housewives concept but overall, the letter is to the point and should help the company achieve another billion eyeballs a month or so. Just an estimate mind you.

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Hi there,

Thanks for signing up to be updated on the latest Gmail happenings. We hope it's been worth the wait, because we're excited to finally offer you an invitation to open a free Gmail account!





Nuvio's FCC Filing

February 17, 2005

Nuvio's FCC Filing Leads Charge Against Discriminatory Broadband Practices

-- Company Urges Use of Title I Authority to Preserve VoIP Competition --


KANSAS CITY, MO, Sept. 14, 2004 -- Nuvio Corporation, a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), today announced that the company has filed an ex-parte letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address and combat potential discriminatory practices by broadband Internet access providers and preserve competition in the VoIP market.

In the comments, Nuvio asserts that broadband Internet access providers, who also offer VoIP services, have economic incentives to discriminate against unaffiliated VoIP providers in favor of affiliated providers." If left unregulated, this discrimination will endanger the vibrant competition that currently exists in the VoIP market and ultimately harm consumers." In particular, Nuvio is concerned that rural ILECs will use discriminatory practices to artificially keep VoIP competition from reaching rural customers.

Broadband Internet access and the VoIP market are vertically related industries. VoIP services depend critically on the quality of the underlying broadband connection linking the customer to the Internet.






Alcatel Update

February 17, 2005

I had a chance recently to catch up with Alcatel to see how they are doing in general and to ask about their eDial acquisition. If you are familiar with the company's unified communications product line consisting of MySoftPhone, My Messaging, MyAssistant, the eDial product fits into this family as MyTeamwork, allowing conferencing and collaboration.

Alcatel is proud to tell me that they have decoupled this product from the PBX meaning they can use it to sell into non-Alcatel environments. One key advantage to this product is that it doesn't require a software install so rolling it out in a huge enterprise is fairly painless.

Interestingly the French telecom giant is still making TDM phones and investing in this technology as customers are still buying it. While developing TDM products is almost heretical in a legacy sort of way, Alcatel is also on the leading edge.



Airline Top Ten List

February 17, 2005

Another day another airplane and while frequent flyer miles are great to have, I prefer using them to receiving them. Business travel is a fact of life but I wonder if it could get better. Worse than the travel is the coinstant delay and on this flight we had to wait an extra hour on the tarmac for no apparent reason. When we finally took off, I decided to come up with the top things I want to hear the captain say while flying.

Make Money Selling VoIP

February 17, 2005

Ahh, the holy grail in any business. How can you make money doing it? The last few years at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has seem me field this question dozens of times from people worldwide trying to get in on what may be the most lucrative and important technology of this century (possible exaggeration alert – would you believe at least the decade?)

So rather that deal with these questions on a case by case basis, I decided to address it on a larger scale by inviting resellers (registration is on pace to potentially exceed 1,000 resellers signed up for this session) and industry experts for a healthy discussion on how to make money in this business.

Interconnects made a healthy living selling phone systems for years but now a new game is in town and you need to understand it to excel in it and you need to know what to sell, how to sell, how to position it and who else is selling it.

This is why resellers are flocking to Internet telephony Conference & Expo and hopefully we will have a full house in attendance to hear the presentation. There won't be any PowerPoints just a healthy dialogue on how to profit from selling voice over IP products and/or services.

The session will take place Wednesday February 23rd, 10:15 am - 12:00 PM in the Keynote ballroom.







DSL Grows Up

February 17, 2005

Somehow, don't ask me why, I am hooked on learning about 802.3ah, an IEEE standard for deploying broadband over copper. I have written about 802.3ah before but I never really had an in-depth understanding of it until recently. By the way, 802.3ah is also referred to as Ethernet in the First Mile or EFM (yes, we desperately needed another protocol, standard and especially another acronym in telecom!)

There are a few reasons why this standard makes sense for service providers to roll out. First of all Ethernet in my opinion is the future of broadband.

Qwest VoIP in Q2

February 16, 2005

Qwest will be rolling out their VoIP service to consumers in the second quarter. Qwest was a leading-edge service provider and touted their all fiber network for the first few years of their life. Then the bubble burst and we didn’t hear too much from them. Oh yeah, they purchased an RBOC along the way.

Philly Vs. Verizon

February 16, 2005

UK Railroad WiFi

February 16, 2005

If you thought the train was a place where you could catch up on your reading without intrusions from the rest of the world and especially your boss, think again. T-Mobile UK just announced they gave WiFi access on trains. In fact, Redline Communications is announcing that its AN-50e broadband wireless platform is being deployed by UK-based Nomad Digital for this high-speed Internet project for Southern Trains. Nomad Digital is a company formed in 2002 that provides WiFi services and hotspot deployments while Southern Trains provides service throughout the UK.

Here are the highlights of the announcement:



  • The pilot deployment features more than 30 Redline units installed on base stations at 3 km intervals along a 90 km corridor route between London and Brighton
  • With some links passing data to and from moving trains at 32 Mbps, this is the fastest data link to a train anywhere in the world
  • The new Wi-Fi service is part of a new offering for T-Mobile HotSpot customers
  • T-Mobile will offer a free trial of the high speed Internet service between early March and end of April
  • During this trial period the service will initially be available on a limited number of Southern trains on the London to Brighton route.

Rich Tehrani Vs. Mark Spencer

February 15, 2005

Tonight I have the most interesting assignment of all. I have to tear down open source telephony. Not literally mind you but next week I go on stage with Mark Spencer the guru of open source, founder of Digium and Asterisk and have to debate him one-on-one. He is taking the (no surprise here) pro-open source side of the argument and I am against it (or at least that's the role I play onstage).

If you can believe it, we couldn't find a PBX vendor to debate Mark and I thought my idea was great (I have my moments) and I wouldn’t let it die.

This is how the scenario worked out...



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