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IoT News from Cisco, University of Missouri and a new IoT Certification Available

Lots of exciting news in the IoT and M2M spaces today. Cisco unveils six pillars for IoT development and lots of new...

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Broadsoft, Nimble Storage, Vodafone, Hibernia, Sonus and other video Interviews

Erik Linask of TMC interviews Hugh Shannon of AvotusMy video team has been at some of the latest shows in the telecom...

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VoWiFi Will Play a Critical Role in Extending Voice Coverage

Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi)...what’s the big deal?  For instance, I can already engage in VoWiFi with some VoIP clients that are downloaded...

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Why CSPs Will Retain a Strong Position in Video Services

By: Paula Bernier, TMC Executive Editor

Facilities-based service providers that own the access network are ideally positioned to distribute video both today and in the future, according to Chris Croupe, who works in strategic marketing at Alcatel-Lucent. Video comes in a variety of forms, its applications continue to expand, and this kind of content continues to multiply, Croupe notes in his recent TechZine posting, Future of video content: Evolution toward 2020.

Calls leveraging video have become widespread, he adds, noting that 59 percent of smartphone users under 35 years of age make at least one video call a month, and 37 percent of this group does so at least once a week.

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It's VoLTE Time

It’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE time). As we all know, the numbers of LTE networks and subscribers have been growing tremendously;...

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Why Google Blocking Revenge Porn is Significant

Amit Singhal SVP Google Search said on his blog today the company will soon offer a web form to allow people to...

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Video and Voice over LTE/ WiFi Requires a Media Server

With the LTE World Summit coming up next week, there will be much discussion about voice and video over LTE as...

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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.













Hyatt Hotel Tidbit

February 28, 2005

UN of VoIP

February 28, 2005

According to the Miami Herald, in an article titled Tangled Web Lines (free registration required) ITEXPO had lines of people five-deep at many of the more than 100 booths!

To take a direct quote from the article:

Crowds have exceeded seating at some sessions. And the exhibition hall of service providers, which is open free to the public through today, had lines five-deep at many of the more than 100 booths when they opened Wednesday evening.

I'm speechless and humbled by this awesome praise by the Miami Herald journalists!

As a barometer of our VoIP industry, ITEXPO has shown me that the world is embracing VoIP like never before.







Do Not Call List Hurts MCI

February 28, 2005

MCI (chart) sales recently fell 10% in the 4th quarter. Revenue from consumer and small business customers dropped a full 21%! Long-distance subscriber counts are the reason according to MCI. Perhaps every Vonage user was once using MCI?

Seriously, the company blames its inability to use telemarketing as a reason for their decrees in new customer acquisition.

MCI Selling Low?

February 28, 2005

Last Friday MCI CEO Capellas said in response to MCI shareholders against the Verizon deal, "In Verizon we see a partner that compliments our business," he continued, "We recognize the input of shareholders. We acknowledge receipt of Qwest's proposal and remain respectful to all parties."

Qwest is willing to set a third bid for MCI, even though their latest bid is a billion dollars greater than that of Verizon. The only thing Qwest wants is some respect. They want to talk with MCI.

ITEXPO Wrap Up

February 25, 2005

It has been an incredible week and I can tell you now that the excitement level in VoIP has never been so great. People from over 70 countries came to ITEXPO this week and the attendees were hungry for information. Exhibitors told me that many of these people weren't neophytes. Many had already implemented VoIP and were looking for other voice components such as QoS monitoring to put in their network.

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