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Open Letter to LinkedIn

What started as a neat online rolodex evolved into a business networking site, but now is a lousy version of Facebook....

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API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to...

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ITW and the Importance of Services

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in...

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All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need....

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API of the Week: Use Flowroute to Access the Multibillion Dollar Telecom API Space

Flowroute is one of the companies in technology that “gets it” when it comes to APIs. Yes, I know APIs aren’t new…...

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API of the Week: Vidyo APIs Add Value All Around Us

If you want your company to have a tremendous valuation, make it an integral part of a platform which allows others to...

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The Growing Importance of VoWiFi Beyond VoLTE

Last week, I wrote about the importance of VoWiFi as an extension to the VoLTE strategy.  When you look at the chart...

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Andy on Shows

March 11, 2005

VoIP not Parasitic

March 11, 2005

I hear often that many of today’s VoIP providers are parasitic and I take offense at the term as I believe a parasite is an organism that feeds off a host and offers no benefit. Here is what the good people at Merriam-Webster have to say about the definition of a parasite:

Pronunciation: 'par-&-"sIt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Latin parasitus, from Greek parasitos, from para- + sitos grain, food

Something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return

Is this accurate? I know many people that have gotten broadband so they could use VoIP.

For those of you who are biology majors, don’t you agree that symbiotic is a better term for VoIP providers?

Here is what Webster says about the term symbiosis:

Pronunciation: "sim-bE-'O-s&s, -"bI-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural sym·bi·o·ses /-"sEz/
Etymology: New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbiOsis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life -- more at QUICK

1 : the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms
2 : the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship; especially : MUTUALISM
3 : a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups) <the symbiosis... between the resident population and the immigrants -- John Geipel>

Notice how in this term there is a relationship where both parties benefit.






















Vertical

March 11, 2005

I recently met with Vertical's Bill Tauscher recently. You may recall I interviewed Bill Tauscher a while back. He gave a great presentation as a keynoter at ITEXPO in Miami a few weeks back and I am always impressed with his passion for the business. Bill was telling me about how he purchased Vertical Networks and the process of talking with other PBX companies in the space before making the acquisition.

Aspect and Asterisk

March 11, 2005

Many of you have witnessed me debating Mark Spencer of Digium onstage at ITEXPOs over the years. It's always a fun debate/discussion and from what the audience shares with me, our sessions are very educational. Amazingly, Mark launched Asterisk, the open-source PBX but that wasn't his initial intent. He started his company to support Linux systems.

Merril Lynch on Wireless

March 11, 2005

Yet another Merrill Lynch research report. Hey, where were these guys in 2002? Either telecom is hot or covering oil companies is just plain boring

Telecomm: Conference Highlights - USA


On March 7-9, Merrill Lynch hosted its Communications Forum in Dallas, with over 40 telecom services and equipment companies. Key takeaways from the conference included: confirmation of our view that wireless growth remains solid, the equipment provider implications of FTTx and HSDPA rollouts, that handset inventory is above Qualcomm's desired level, and that the status quo remains likely for the telecom regulatory environment in the intermediate term.

First, we think that underlying wireless growth remains solid, within the context of an improving market structure.






Merril Lynch on Wireless

March 11, 2005

Yet another Merrill Lynch research report. Hey, where were these guys in 2002? Either telecom is hot or covering oil companies is just plain boring

Telecomm: Conference Highlights - USA


On March 7-9, Merrill Lynch hosted its Communications Forum in Dallas, with over 40 telecom services and equipment companies. Key takeaways from the conference included: confirmation of our view that wireless growth remains solid, the equipment provider implications of FTTx and HSDPA rollouts, that handset inventory is above Qualcomm's desired level, and that the status quo remains likely for the telecom regulatory environment in the intermediate term.

First, we think that underlying wireless growth remains solid, within the context of an improving market structure.






WiMAX in Japan

March 11, 2005

ITEXPO Criticism

March 11, 2005

Wireline Shakeup

March 11, 2005

Here are some excerpts from a Merrill Lynch report.

Telecom Equip-Wireline: Vendor Shakeup Likely in Next 12-18 Months

Verizon FTTP Evolution Could Challenge Tellabs, Ciena (Incumbents) in 2006

• Verizon outlined its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network evolution plans at the Merrill Lynch Communications Forum held earlier this week in Dallas. Similar to SBC and BellSouth, Verizon plans to adopt the IPTV standard to offer advanced video services in mid to late 2006. We believe the move to IPTV would require new equipment, thereby challenging the incumbency of current vendors, primarily Tellabs (AFC) and Ciena, who have ATM-based equipment.

Spirent Distributed Abacus

March 11, 2005

Testing Goes Virtual

Spirent Communications announced availability of the Distributed Abacus IP Telephony Rollout Platform designed to assess and validate signaling performance and call quality in pre-production networks. The single system links distributed, live network test devices and enables IP and Hybrid IP/PSTN call quality assessment before a VoIP service launches. Think of this as a “virtual” test platform based on the Abacus 5000.
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Spirent’s Distributed Abacus IP telephony Rollout Platform provides network statistics such as jitter, delay and packet loss; call measurements statistics such as call setup time, percent of call completions, and call termination reason; and voice quality metrics such as MOS, PESQ and R value. Spirent’s Distributed Abacus can be used to test end-to-end or at any combination of IP and PSTN points on the network.



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