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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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Leaving CompTel

February 15, 2005

Buffet and Soros Like Cable

February 15, 2005

Two of the world’s richest people and most savvy investors are eying the cable industry. Is this a sign that video-on-demand and other such services will be highly profitable or that a wave of consolidation will make the big bigger and stronger?

Yesterday I wrote about Cablevision mulling a possible takeover bid and now this… It seems that consolidation fever is contagious.

The most important question may be why don’t these investors see Verizon and SBC as strong competition? If they did see a serious threat, would they be making these investments? Is it possible they see an acquisition in cable by SBC and Verizon?



MCI Shareholders Squabble over Verizon Offer

February 15, 2005

At least three MCI shareholders are not happy with the offer from Verizon and they suggest either doing nothing or looking at the Qwest offer. While this could be an attempt to raise the price Verizon pays, it could also present a roadblock to a deal that seemed like a sure thing

The three shareholders in question are John Paulson at Paulson & Co.; Bruce Berkowitz at Fairholme Capital Management LLC and Leon Cooperman at Omega Advisors Inc and represent three of the six largest shareholders.

Verizon is paying $20.75 a share for MCI, including $14.75 in stock, $1.50 in cash and $4.50 comprised of a special dividend and MCI's planned quarterly dividends, including a 40-cent dividend approved by the MCI board on Feb. 11.
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Qwest's $23 offer comprised $15.50 in stock and $7.50 in cash.



Verizon and MCI

February 14, 2005

I second Tom’s opinion on the Verizon, MCI deal while I understand fully why Verizon is almost forced to do this deal. The last thing Verizon wants is to be standing without a chair (read national carrier) when the music stops.

But the situation seems to get worse as time goes on as Cablevision , the provider in my own backyard seems to be mulling a merger as well. In a country where broadband is slower and more expensive than many parts of Asia and penetration rates are not in the top 10 in the world, we need more competition, not less.

Industry consolidation doesn’t seem to aid the consumer in any way I can ascertain but perhaps WiMAX or some other technology will come to the rescue and give us meaningful broadband competition in the future.



RADVISION Enables 3G Smartphone

February 14, 2005

RADVSION is making some great progress selling into the wireless space:

ASUSTEK CHOOSES RADVISION 3G-324M TOOLKIT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW 3G VIDEO SMARTPHONE

New Technology Leverages RADVISION Toolkit’s Support of Windows CE Operating System and Intel’s New Chipset for 3G Multimedia Services

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France (Hall 2, Stand E23) and Fair Lawn, New Jersey, February 14, 2005 -- RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN), a source of award winning, industry-standard products and technologies for real-time multimedia communications, today announced that its popular 3G-324M Developer Toolkit was chosen by ASUSTeK Ltd. to develop its upcoming line of 3G multifunction video phones, operating on the Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system and using Intel’s chipset.  

The choice of the RADVISION 3G-324M developer solution, including the industry’s first implementation of the ITU’s recently ratified version 10 of the H.245 call control, will enable ASUSTeK to develop a new breed of 3G visual communication devices that offer the best in quality, functionality, low power consumption, minimal call setup time and support of advanced multimedia services.  Powered by the RADVISION 3G Developer Toolkit, ASUSTeK’s new line of smartphones will enable users to experience video streaming and video portal-based services in addition to participating in high-quality one-to-one and multiparty visual communications with other users.

To enable equipment providers to create best-in-class products that leverage advanced features, RADVISION has ported its 3G-324M and SIP developer solutions to support a host of operating systems such as Windows CE, Symbian and Embedded Linux and multimedia chipsets including Intel, TI, Qualcomm, and others.  The 3G-324M toolkit is part of RADVISION’s 3G developer solution suite, a comprehensive architecture of developer toolkits and applications for the creation and testing of voice, video, and data collaboration services for mobile or fixed broadband communication. 

“After looking at a number of 3G-324M developer solutions , we found RADVISION’s developer solution to be the ideal platform for building our upcoming line of advanced 3G multimedia devices due to its powerful functionality, robust developer APIs and its tight integration and support of both the Windows CE operating system and Intel’s multimedia chipset,” said HC Hung, Vice President of ASUSTeK  "The RADVISION solution will not only dramatically decrease our time to market but also, due to the availability of their SIP developer platform, provides us with an elegant upgrade path to a SIP-based IMS architecture.”   

Support for Windows CE
ASUSTeK will use the Windows CE version of the RADVISION 3G-324M Toolkit to develop a complete reference design for its new line of 3G Smartphones running the Windows CE operating system.  Windows CE, a market-leading flexible software platform for mobile devices and applications for devices, is licensed by many of the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers to provide advanced data and multimedia functionality in an integrated, intuitive user interface.  Windows CE provides a robust platform to developers to build applications in a familiar development environment for a new class of mobile devices, allowing them to be delivered to market quickly and inexpensively.

About the RADVISION 3G-324M Toolkit and Associated Solutions
The RADVISION 3G-324M Developer Toolkit enables the creation of wireless multimedia applications and services such as videoconferencing and video streaming for 3G mobile phones over existing circuit-switched networks. The toolkit complements RADVISION’s existing support for mobile networks, which includes its award-winning SIP Toolkit for 3G mobile application development and the viaIP 3G-324M Gateway for bridging 3G wireless mobile videophones to IP or ISDN based videoconferencing systems.

RADVISION’s 3G-324M toolkit enables vendors to develop and offer service providers differentiated delay-sensitive real-time multimedia (voice, video, data) applications and services, including:
·           Multimedia/video conferencing with other 3G mobiles, fixed or WiFi IP terminals using H.323/SIP
·           Video Portals
·           Multimedia/Multi-participant gaming

The 3G-324M Toolkit provides network equipment and mobile device manufacturers the ability to improve time-to-market by simplifying and accelerating the development process for high performance, standards-based 3G-324M wireless products. Based on RADVISION’s award-winning H.323 Protocol Toolkit, the 3G-324M Toolkit incorporates sophisticated call-control functionality (H.245 version 10) that allows developers to implement enhanced functionalities including advanced terminal capabilities exchange and rich conference control services such as multi-point, multimedia session handling.

This developer toolkit is complemented by RADVISION’s full line of developer solutions that address the needs of developers building servers and mobile devices for 3G and WiFi based services.  RADVISION provides its development partners with all the tools and complementary components to effectively design and bring to market solutions for virtually every point in the IP and 3G mobile network and supports the development of products based on the following protocols:
·         SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) according to RFC3261
·         SIP/SIMPLE (Presence and Instant Messaging)
·         3G-324M (for real-time multimedia over 3G)
·         RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol)
·         RTP/RTCP (Real Time Transport Protocol/Real Time Transport Control Protocol)
·         MEGACO/MGCP
·         IP Phone/Video Phone

About RADVISION
RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN) is the industry’s leading provider of high quality, scalable and easy-to-use products and technologies for videoconferencing, video telephony, and the development of converged voice, video and data over IP and 3G networks.  For more information please visit our website at www.radvision.com.




































New ITEXPO Speakers

February 14, 2005

A few new speakers I thought you might like to know about. Come see them all next week in Miami.



Time Warner Telecom

Mr. Michael A. Rouleau, Senior Vice President – Business Development and Strategy, has been with Time Warner Telecom since November, 1999. Mr. Rouleau’s extensive experience in the telecom and data communications industries has resulted in the successful implementation and delivery of many advanced and innovative products. In his current position, Mr. Rouleau is responsible for developing Time Warner Telecom’s strategic direction and integrating new services and technologies over the next several years.

FrontRange at ITEXPO

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Broadand on Planes

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FCC on Wireess Broadband

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Microsoft and Pfizer

February 13, 2005

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