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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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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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FCC on Wireess Broadband

February 14, 2005

Microsoft and Pfizer

February 13, 2005

Teleo VoIP Splash

February 13, 2005

Teleo is a new VoIP company that wants to bridge the desktop with the tools mobile professionals use today. They will be announcing their strategy at demo this week. According to Peter Sisson, Teleo President & CEO, “Mobile professionals use cell phone, e-mail and web browsers. They shouldn’t have a new VoIP interface as well”.

What’s new At Demo?

February 13, 2005

Grammys

February 13, 2005

If you think society hasn’t been changed forever by the Internet you didn’t see the Grammys tonight. I just witnessed a montage of multitasked songs from Maroon 5 and other bands (I am so unhip, I didn’t know the others). The songs were actually interlaced, meaning a song went on for a minute and then another band started up and another band played in-between the spaces in the other bands singing and so on.

10 years ago everyone would have changed the channel. Today, probably most of the audience was on their laptops or reading or eating or conversing or whatever we all do now since we are so used to getting input from multiple sources at once.

This national ADD is contagious and it is going worldwide.



Microsoft to Produce Low-Cost Smartphones

February 13, 2005

Offshore Web Hosting

February 13, 2005

Qwest Tops Verizon Bid For MCI

February 13, 2005

SIPconnect

February 13, 2005

I’ve known Broadsoft’s Scott Wharton for years and after a good while discussing Broadsoft’s development of sophisticated hosting platforms, our conversations have transitioned from technology and applications to deployment. In the last few weeks for example the following customers were announced by Broadsoft:

Cbeyond, McLeodUSA, iiNET, and XO Communications.

These are some impressive wins. In addition to selling product the company has been busy trying to get the industry to rally around specs to interconnect CPE equipment with hosted services.



Evan Koblentz on TV

February 13, 2005

So I’m watching TV this morning and listening to the reporter talk about vintage computers and how they are going for at auction. Being the geek that I am I had to listen further. A few minutes into the BusinessWeek program they introduce none other than Evan Koblentz, the editor of a weekly newsletter on vintage computers.

Evan was the first ever TMC Labs Engineer Tom Keating, the Labs founder ever hired. TMC Labs was the first in-house testing lab in a publishing company focusing on communications.

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