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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDm-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

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

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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Save $300 on Internet Telephony

January 19, 2005

TalkFree Telecom Interview

January 19, 2005

Mike Scheele has started and raised capital four telecommunications companies in the past decade including RateXchange, New Global Telecom and IP Deliver. Most recently he started TalkFree Telecom and he is the co-founder and president of the company. I decided to interview him to get his perspective on why he started  a new VoIP company and how he plans on competing in this high-growth and highly competitive market

Tell me about the companies you started in the past. Give us a history of your past in telecom.

Empirix, Spirent and Westell

January 19, 2005

The testing market has been very active lately as Empirix the company that makes Hammer test equipment recently purchased CT Labs. Chris Bajorek, the head of CT Labs is well respected and will continue to run the labs according to Steve Gladstone the VP and General Manager of Empirix and is also well-respected in the VoIP testing market. CT Labs was initially tied to CMP's Computer Telephony magazine (thus the name of the labs) and performed their outside reviews. That magazine changed names to Communications Convergence and is no longer being published.

I would say this is a very smart move for Empirix as Chris and his lab have a bunch of strong relationships with vendors such as Genesys Labs and others.

Open Source Telephony With Sangoma's CEO

January 19, 2005

I recently had a chance to interview Sangoma's CEO David Mandelstam... His company makes boards for open source telephony systems. Open source PBXs are all the rage these days so I decided it would be useful to get the perspective on this market from a company that makes its living selling hardware that is intimately tied to Linux telephony. Here is the Interview with David Mandelstan:

Carnivore Loses Teeth?

January 19, 2005

Dashboard Light Longevity

January 19, 2005

This release does not belong in my blog but it reminded me of being in high school driving a used 1970's Cadillac with a broken dashboard light. At the time it cost hundreds of dollars to fix so I never fixed it. Hopefully my kids won’t go through this as well. And hopefully their car(s) will have air conditioning.

Data Connection Sells Megaco to Fujitsu

January 19, 2005

Loquendo Speech News

January 19, 2005

Big news in the speech space. I like the ability to have so many different languages supported: Argentinean, Brazilian, Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Chilean, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, Swedish, U.K. and U.S. English.

Lucent's Profit Slips

January 19, 2005

According to TheStreet.com Lucent increased revenue on a year-over-year basis by 3% to $2.34 billion. The problem is this number fell short of the $2.4 billion dollar analyst estimate. "While the wireline market remains a challenge in the near term, we continue to execute on a long-term strategy of investing in areas that are critical to our vision of convergence such as next-gen optical, VoIP, broadband access, and mobile high-speed data, as well as services, government and emerging markets," CEO Patricia Russo said.

It is amazing to hear optical is back.

Yahoo Earnings on Fire

January 18, 2005

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