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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Spirit Conferencing

March 2, 2005

Conferencing is something that VoIP does with ease. CoIP or conferencing over IP will be a killer app, one of many in the VoIP world. The cost of doing conferencing using VoIP is so low that it makes no sense to conference any other way. We are already seeing conferencing proliferate in video games and soon we will see widespread use of conferencing in a myriad of apps aimed at teens as well as business people.

I have often said that "Ambient Telephony," is a part of VoIP 2.0 and is how families will communicate in the future.

Costa Rica VoIp

March 2, 2005

You want to go to jail? Try using VoIP in Costa Rica. At least that is what the future could hold. Here is a great article from TMCnet's David Sims titled Is VoIP Illegal in Latin America?

Yahoo! Free Ice Cream

March 2, 2005

If you are addicted to blogs like I am there is a chance you leave a somewhat sedentary life and like me the last thing need is a free scoop of Baskin-Robbins. Still, I am trying to serve the public interest here and as such I feel compelled to let you know that Yahoo! Is celebrating its ten year anniversary, which is pretty amazing if you stop and think about all the controversy this company helped create.

Ten years ago, Yahoo! was THE dotcom. We all talked about them They really helped shape the direction of the Internet over the years and showed that an Internet company with an advertising based revenue model could be very successful.

Video on Demand

March 2, 2005

There is still investment money to be had in the video market. Look closely at the investors below. Two of them are cable companies, which should tell you something about how cable companies view the success of the VOD market. The companies are Time Warner Investments and Comcast Interactive Capital.

Arroyo Closes $12 Million to Accelerate its Growth in Advanced Video Services

Funding Led by Matrix Partners, with all Prior Investors Participating Kim Kelly Steps Down as CEO, Remains on Board of Directors; Paul Sherer Named Interim CEO

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Leaving UNE-P

March 2, 2005

Dealing with UNE-P. This is how one CLEC is doing it:

Verizon and New Rochelle Telephone Sign Long-Term, Multi-State Commercial Agreement for Wholesale Services

Agreement Will Replace New Rochelle's Current UNE-P Leasing Arrangement With Verizon's Wholesale Advantage Program

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - March 2, 2005 - New Rochelle Telephone Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of eLEC Communications Corp. (OTCBB:ELEC), a CLEC and integrated packet communications service provider, today announced the signing of a long-term, multi-state wholesale service agreement with Verizon that will replace New Rochelle's existing wholesale network leasing arrangement known as the Unbundled Network Elements Platform (UNE-P). 

New Rochelle Telephone's wholesale advantage agreement with Verizon, which includes restructured pricing and a number of high-value services not offered under the previous government-mandated UNE-P plan, provides New Rochelle Telephone with the continued availability of wholesale services through at least December 2009. New Rochelle Telephone has been a purchaser of Verizon's wholesale services under the UNE-P service offering for more than three years.  New Rochelle Telephone has always served all of its customers under the UNE-P service offering and will now be able to continue to service its customers under the Wholesale Advantage Program with Verizon.

"We are extremely pleased with our new wholesale service agreement with Verizon," said Paul Riss, New Rochelle Telephone's CEO.  "This agreement removes the regulatory uncertainty of our core business and gives us the ability to continue our rapid growth in providing local access services.  We can now move forward without the distraction of UNE-P regulatory developments because our new agreement with Verizon provides us full access to the same features and functionalities that we have always relied on to provide service to our customers.









Back From Miami

March 2, 2005

I got to spend a few days in Miami after ITEXPO and got some much needed rest. Miami is becoming more like LA every time I visit. For example there is lots of money in Miami and the desire to showcase it seems to grow every time I head south. Driving through the streets at night, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis dot the street like spots on a Dalmatian.

CrystalVoice Customer

March 1, 2005

Here is a release that doesn't tell you who the customer is. Normally I would delete this sort of release as there isn't much news if you don' know the customer. I am only sharing because I have met with CrystalVoice and know them. Not too well, but well enough.

CallVantage Upgrades

March 1, 2005

Bullish Carrier Equipment Report

February 28, 2005

Carrier equipment growth will be a staggering 36% for the next five years according to the following report. The surge of carrier attendees at ITEXPO in Miami last week gives credence to such lofty predictions.

WORLDWIDE CARRIER VOIP EQUIPMENT UP 36% TO $1.7B IN 2005 North American Subscribers Grow 1M to 17M 2004 to 2008

LONDON, February 23, 2005--Worldwide service provider next gen voice product revenue totaled $1.71 billion in 2004, a healthy 36% gain over 2003, setting a new high, according to Infonetics Research's quarterly market share and forecast service, "Service Provider Next Gen Voice Equipment."

Infonetics projects revenue to reach $5.9 billion in 2008, a five-year CAGR of 36%.

"We're starting to see strong equipment sales translated into tangible services," said Infonetics Research's Kevin Mitchell, directing analyst and author of the report. "For instance, there were 1.1 million residential/SOHO voice over IP subscribers in North America in 2004--with almost half coming directly from MSOs--and we expect that number to soar to 17.4 million by 2008."

"North America was a hot spot in 2004 as carrier adoption moved into the big time, and we expect Europe to start taking shape this year," Mitchell continued.







Telchemy, NexTone News

February 28, 2005

A natural partnership between Telchemy, a VoIP performance management company and NexTone a session border controller maker has recently taken place.

Specifically, NexTone will feature VQmon/SA (Stream Analysis) call quality analysis algorithms in its MSC product for carriers and enterprises to use in monitoring, diagnosing, and managing network call and packet-related problems. NexTone's MSC enforces QoS policies across the network edge, thus enabling carriers and enterprises to route, manage, and control real-time traffic at minimal cost.

NexTone's MSC is deployed at the network edge and operates alone or in conjunction with a core call control engine such as the NexTone Multiprotocol Signaling Switch (MSW).  The MSC's FlexPeer capabilities, consisting of dynamic call admission control, SIP/H.323 interworking function, network address translation (NAT) and VoIP firewall functionality, provide IP carriers with flexible, secure interconnections to other IP-based carriers and enterprises.

Telchemy's VQmon/SA is used in mid-stream routers and switches and in VoIP test equipment, e.g., probes and analyzers, to support both non-intrusive monitoring of live calls and active test calls for on-demand troubleshooting. It further supports the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFC 3611 (RTCP XR) Protocol and the new QoS reporting protocols for International Telecommunications Union (ITU) H.323, H.248 and G.799.1 standards. VQmon/SA provides:

Listening and conversational quality metrics
MOS scores and R factors
Detailed packet/RTP statistics
Jitter buffer emulation
RTCP XR encoding/decoding with dynamic calibration

It should be a matter of time before other session border controller manufacturers make similar announcements.













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