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Trends in America

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking...

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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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ScanSoft SpeechPak

January 24, 2005

Packet8 VideoPhone

January 24, 2005

I got to thinking lately that one of the very suggestions I made to service providers has been successfully implemented and sold by Packet8 for over a year. I have been encouraging service providers to strive to provide consumer electronic devices such as cool new WiFi phones as differentiators. What an amazingly sticky way of providing service if these devices don’t work with other VoIP providers. Of course I am in no way discouraging SIP and open standards but I am a realist.

Sennheiser PXC 250

January 24, 2005

The people at Sennheiser were nice enough to send TMC a pair of their PXC 250 noise canceling headphones for review and I had the pleasure of using them on a trip out to Las Vegas. Quite simply I am not sure how I traveled without this nifty gadget before. Frequently throughout the trip I took the headphones off and marveled at how loud reality really is. In addition the headset is light and small, perhaps half the size or less than the bulkiest units on the market.

JFK in the Snow

January 24, 2005

I'm on my way to Las Vegas for the Vonexus connection keynote I am doing tomorrow and I can tell you JFK is the last place you want to be if like clean sidewalks and calm. It is pandemonium here. Thankfully, I found a quiet nook where I can type and spy on my gate as there is some sort of delay. I am not sure how much longer I will have to wait but I picked up some magazines and Jon Stewart's "America" for the flight.

Google VoIP

January 24, 2005

WSJ Poll: Powell a Failure

January 23, 2005

I think this is the harshest press Michael Powell has received and it comes via a Wall Street Journal poll that as of January 23, 2005 at 11:00 PM EST shows most people who took the poll gave him an F on an A-F scale. The grades are as follows:

A    18%

B    14%

VoIP Growth Areas

January 23, 2005

The demographics of VoIP adoption is something I have been giving great thought to as of late. This past Friday was the early-bird cutoff date for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and it was the biggest single day of registrations in the last 4 years of this event. I looked at the database this weekend and in the registrations from the past few days and noticed attendees from The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the UK and from every state. Aside from many enterprise customers, I was blown away to see a massive increase in the reseller audience, a larger government showing and as expected an absolutely huge number of service providers -- both Tier One and lots of CLECs and VoIP service providers, cable companies, etc.

Nuvio on FCC

January 23, 2005

I wanted to get some outside perspective on the FCC and Powell stepping down. I noticed Greg Galitzine had a bunch of interviews about Powell and they make for interesting reading. So I also decided to join the party. I asked Jason Talley, President and CEO of Nuvio Corporation, a VoIP service provider for his opinions about the industry and Michael Powell stepping down.

China Obstacles

January 22, 2005

Inter-Tel Buys Lake Communications

January 22, 2005

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