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GTT Communications just acquired UNSi for $40 million. GTT is an interesting company. Interesting in how they put makeup on. There...

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Benefits of Standardization in the Internet of Things

By: Tim Carey, Industry Standards Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Customer Experience Division

The world of M2M is changing as solutions move from single purpose devices that transmit data to and receive commands from an application in the network to an Internet of Things where solutions permit devices to be multi-purpose and applications to be collaborative.

The Internet of Things can benefit from global standardization efforts that:

  • Enable deployment of standards compliant devices and applications with no or minimal customization thereby expanding the applicable device ecosystem and reducing deployment time
  • Provide an ecosystem that readily allow applications to share information and experiences
  • Provide an environment where communication occurs securely and the privacy and confidentiality of the user is maintained

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Successful Communications Services Have Six Features in Common

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Large enterprises increasingly resemble public network service providers as they manage access, transport and network routing while controlling devices and sessions. Whether businesses build their own or buy their communications services through a public provider, the IP communications architectures are looking remarkably similar.

“I’ve noticed that both private service operators (CIOs of large enterprises) and public service providers are implementing very similar solutions around the globe,” wrote Oliver Krahn in a recent TechZine article, 6 Steps that Improve Communications Services.
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Most Mobile Traffic Happens In-Building, and Operators Need to Beef Up Their Support

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Most mobile traffic is consumed indoors, and operators need to get a better grip on serving this market since it is a huge one.

Roughly 80 percent of mobile traffic is now consumed in-building, according to a recent Gartner study, whether mobile bandwidth is consumed in a public space, a shopping mall, or at the office. The total market for in-building services is estimated to be $4.3 billion currently, according to ABI research, and it is expected to grow to $8.5 billion by 2019.

Business leaders recognize the need, too; 72 percent of businesses are interested in enterprise cells that can boost performance on their premises. An Alcatel-Lucent infographic tells the tale.

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Most Mobile Traffic Happens In-Building, and Operators Need to Beef Up Their Support

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Most mobile traffic is consumed indoors, and operators need to get a better grip on serving this market since it is a huge one.

Roughly 80 percent of mobile traffic is now consumed in-building, according to a recent Gartner study, whether mobile bandwidth is consumed in a public space, a shopping mall, or at the office. The total market for in-building services is estimated to be $4.3 billion currently, according to ABI research, and it is expected to grow to $8.5 billion by 2019.

Business leaders recognize the need, too; 72 percent of businesses are interested in enterprise cells that can boost performance on their premises. An Alcatel-Lucent infographic tells the tale.

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What is TADS all about?

On November 12 and 13 TADS will happen.  TADS bills itself in the following way: “TADSummit (TADS) is focused on building...

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Will George Clooney's Wedding Popularize Burner Phones in Your Company?

This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of have leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to...

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Sprint Profit Rises

February 3, 2005

Pay-Per-Call Ads

February 2, 2005

A fairly new idea called pay-per-call advertising takes pay-per-click to the next level. According to Investor’s Business Daily, a company called Ingenio has partnered with AOL to provide advertisers with pay-per-call ads. Whereas a pay-per-click ad on Google can be purchased for as little as a few cents, $2.00 is the entry level fee for call-in leads via Ingenio’s new service.

When I hear of things like this I laugh because I remember many of the dotcom trailblazers telling me back in the nineties that the contact center was history because of the birth of the web.

VoIP on Fire

February 2, 2005

ITEXPO is still on fire regarding attendance. We are still up 100% year over year which is amazing to me. We are about 3 weeks out from the show. This is what people said about the ITEXPO attendance last year.

Day Trip To the Midwest

February 2, 2005

I've got a meeting today with a company in the Midwest and need to take a trip out there just for today. Amazingly, finding flights at reasonable hours is less and less viable. The flight leaves around 7:00 AM. I would have been happy with 8:30.

Netrake Leads Session Border Controller Market

February 1, 2005

According to Frost & Sullivan, Netrake has 29% market share in the session border controller market beating the nearest competitor who stands at under 24%.

Frost & Sullivan Report Finds Netrake’s nCite Has More Sessions Shipped than Competitors

Plano, TX – February 1, 2005 – Netrake, the premier provider of session controllers for Tier 1 and other leading service providers, leads all competitors in supplying session controllers to voice over IP (VoIP) carriers worldwide, according to a new report issued by industry analyst group Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan found that Netrake has garnered a 29-percent market share of session controller deployments worldwide, as measured by actual sessions shipped. Netrake’s nearest competitor lagged at under 24 percent, according the report.

“In terms of sessions shipped during the reporting period, Netrake leads all competitors in a segment crowded with multiple startup specialists as well as large, horizontally integrated manufacturers vying for share,” said Jon Arnold, VoIP program leader who authored the report, “2004 VoIP Equipment Market Update.”

Netrake’s nCite family of session controllers answer the emerging VoIP market’s accelerating demands for affordable and effective solutions to security and fraud prevention, legal intercept, end-to-end quality of service (QoS) assurance and residential call volume engineering challenges.

SBC, AT&T and the Competitive Enterprise Institute

February 1, 2005

Skype For Mac and Linux

February 1, 2005

Until the Mac Mini came out buying a Mac was like buying a VCR... Akin to investing in a technology that is losing market share rapidly and relevance even more quickly. It seems going forward that Apple has enough momentum in its consumer electronics business to leverage it by selling cool new computers that people actually want. Is it any wonder developers are now taking the platform more seriously?

infoUSA Buys @Once

February 1, 2005

Vin Gupta, the Chairman and CEO of infoUSA has been on a tear lately as his company infoUSA grows and grows. Even during the post-bubble era, when times were tough, his company was marketing and promoting itself and has become a stronger and stronger provider of databases for the direct mail and e-mail marketing crowd. infoUSA's purchase of @Once gives infoUSA access to technology allowing for automated polling, rich media distribution, coupon services and more. @Once will be a good addition to infoUSA and as Vin says in the release, "We believe that the email marketing industry is extremely fragmented and ripe for consolidation, and we plan to acquire more companies in this industry.

Quintum VoIP Giveaway

January 31, 2005

VoIP Equipment gets expensive so when you can win $25,000 worth of it it makes sense to slow down and pay attention. TMC teamed up with Quintum to sponsor this giveaway. We sent this e-mail today on how you can win:

This is your last chance to have Quintum Technologies, Inc. and TMC's INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine make your VoIP project a $25,000 reality!

The possibilities are endless - imagine how many offices, call centers or Internet cafes you can VoIP-enable with $25,000 worth of Tenor MultiPath switches!

All entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2005.



Nuvio Chases Level3

January 31, 2005

Recently I discussed Volo Communications going after Level 3's old customers. Now Nuvio is using this approach:

NUVIO ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HOSTED IP-PBX OFFERING FOR LEVEL 3 PARTNERS

Overland Park, Kan., January 31, 2005 -- Nuvio Corporation, a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), today announced an offering specifically for Level 3 partners that were selling the company’s (3)Tone Business product, its wholesale hosted-PBX service, which will be phased out in June.  Nuvio is providing a package that allows Level 3’s partners to switch to its NuvioCentrex service, the company’s full-featured hosted IP-PBX solution, offering the same terms and conditions granted by Level 3, along with one month’s free service. 

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