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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Attention Deficit Trait

January 19, 2005

The birth of Attention Deficit Trait. Think being busy and working harder is working smarter? Maybe, maybe not. You may just have ADT. I would venture to say all regular bloggers have this and according to this ComputerWorld article it is addictive.

Philippines VoIP

January 19, 2005

So while we're sitting around in the US trying to figure out if VoIP providers need to be regulated, taxed, contribute to the Universal Service Fund, etc... We sometimes forget that other countries are going through similar regulatory debates. Case in point is the Philippines where the debate rages on how to legally define VoIP, etc.

Here is an excerpt of an article discussing the issue:

Quintum VoIP Contest

January 19, 2005

VoIP Report

January 19, 2005

D-Link VoIP Unlocked

January 19, 2005

China Vs. India Wireless War

January 19, 2005

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:

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