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What's With the MSO Consolidation?

Charter was the first company to make a play for TWC. Now reports are in that Charter is chasing Bright House....

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Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology...

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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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Mesh Networks

January 29, 2005

Mesh networks make a great deal of sense to me. The ability to drop wireless nodes into any environment and set up a fully functioning network is something that seems so logical that  I can't imagine doing it any other way. Here is a release from a company that claims to have made a mesh networking breakthrough via the use of three radios.

Release:

USA Today Does VoIP

January 28, 2005

Gbrowser

January 28, 2005

Many of us have heard the rumors about the Google browser that is supposed to be delivered and it seems that now is the best time for Google to come out with such a software product. Other browsers such as FireFox are beginning to take share from IE and the worst part about all of this for Microsoft is that it isn't because of the features, it is because of the security. In fact if anything, people seem to be happy switching to a browser with less features as long as it is fast and more secure.

How does Microsoft compete with products that are gaining share by losing the feature war?

WiMAX Growth

January 28, 2005

Motorola has placed India amongst the four ‘top target markets’ along with the United States, China and Western Europe for setting up wireless broadband infrastructure for telecom operators according to the Indian web site Business Standard.

According to the article:

Motorola’s system can perform in high and low-density environments in the presence of external interference. Also, the sixty degree antennae beam delivers up to six plus Mbps of effective throughput with connectivity to a maximum of 200 subscribers per access point (AP), and it enables the delivery of broadband access to multiple locations from a single AP, Stipati said, adding that return of investment was possible in six to twelve months.

The company was offering the infrastructure to Indian operators at $8,000 per base tower and $250 per subscriber module, said Avinash Bector, regional channel manager, Asia Pacific Region, Motorola - canopy.

Government Grants

January 28, 2005

I just learned about this from Cybertelecom. May be of interest.

FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FY 2005

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Federal Agency Name: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP)

Announcement Type: Initial Announcement-Notice of Availability of Funds

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.550. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

Program Authority: 47 U.S.C.

Is Telecom Growing or Shrinking?

January 28, 2005

You wonder sometimes if telecom is growing, shrinking or doing neither. Yesterday I wrote about subscriber growth at Vonage and Packet8. I felt great after writing about how two service providers unheard of a year ago are doing so well with record subscriber growth. Today is a different story.

The Apprentice: Toilet Guy

January 28, 2005

Last night was the first episode I saw on the new season and "saw" might be a strong word as I was blogging and scanning news and responding to e-mail and trying to keep my baby daughter from banging on the keyboard of my laptop at the same time. From what I gathered, this person Brian who was fired, should not have been admitted on the show. How does the hiring process work over there anyway? I always thought the more resumes you got the better candidates you find. This guy was abrasive, arrogant and lacked common sense. He was busy spending a good percentage of the budget on unnecessary toilet changes at the expense of things like carpet and mattresses. As one of his former apprentice colleagues pointed out so eloquently (and I paraphrase) "He wasted all that money on toilets so people can #%$^* on them."

Volo Chases Level 3

January 27, 2005

Volo Communications has been making quite a splash lately. Most recently they announced they are going after Level 3 customers. Volo is a lot smaller than Level 3. They can't afford to advertise on TV like Level 3 can.

3 Cent Voice Broadcast

January 27, 2005

I got to meet the people from Simple Telecom this past week at the Vonexus Connection Conference. Here is an interesting release from the company. The voice broacasting market seems like it is growing quickly or at least many companies are jumping into the space.

Release:

SimpleCast Blows Open Voice Broadcasting Market

Challenges competition with no minimums and three cent calls

Reno, NV – (January 28, 2005) – SimpleTelecom announced today the public availability of SimpleCast. SimpleCast delivers no-hassle, three cent voice broadcast calls to telemarketers, non-profits, political campaigns, and schools.

Packet8 Earnings Record

January 27, 2005

Packet8 is on fire. Take a look at this release. They are up 54% quarter-over-quarter! Are you serious? This is amazing growth and the company doesn't even market that much.

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