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Deutsche Telekom Reinvests in VoIP

May 30, 2007

If you were watching the VoIP market in 1999 you would have witnessed the most forward-thinking service provider in the world, Deutsche Telecom who decided to not only roll out VoIP but also invest in the company that brought VoIP to the masses. I am talking about VocalTec of course.   1999 was the second year of Internet Telephony Magazine’s life and this investment brought a tremendous amount of confidence into the world of IP communications at the time.   Most if not all other service providers at the time were saying publicly that VoIP had no place in business or carrier networks. This investment was very refreshing.   In case you aren’t aware, VocalTec stumbled when the bubble burst and was eventually acquired by Tdsoft who kept the VocalTec name.   Now Deutsche Telekom is at it again and they have joined Intel in investing in JaJah a company providing a VoIP to PSTN solution.   The importance of this news is the first service provider responsible for accelerating the VoIP market is now reinvesting in the space. Who knows how far along VoIP would be without Deutsche Telekom helping fund the first startup in the space.

Broadcom Defeats Qualcomm

May 29, 2007

Touting Corporate Location

May 25, 2007

I came across this study which shows students don’t care what country a cellphone comes from and I think in an increasingly global world this trend will continue. In the US, players like Nortel (yes they are officially Canadian but may as well be American), Cisco and Avaya have no problem taking the majority of communications spending.   I wonder how much of this spend in the US is due to corporate decision-makers identifying these companies as domestic.   Just as this is the case in the US, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Siemens enjoy similarly dominant positions in their home communications markets.   As these students who have less national loyalty enter the job market one can imagine the competitive pressures will only increase causing manufacturers to have a more difficult time competing in their home markets.   Thankfully this is a global trend and domestic companies should be able to make up for any lost share at home with increased share abroad.   One final thought. Would tech companies be better off branding themselves as American when they sell here? I think so.   Toyota who is not an American company has billboards in the San Francisco Airport touting how many people they employ in the US.

CommPartners Update

May 22, 2007

It has been a few years since I wrote about CommPartners and I am surprised at how much their business has transformed. The company is one of the few CLECs who seem to have figured out a business model that works.   CommPartners is a CLEC focusing on business customers and the company also sells access to their network on a wholesale basis. They have some impressive customers and as is all too frequently the case I can't share the list with you due to confidentiality agreements. Suffice it to say it is a group of carrier’s carriers and consumer VoIP providers you may even be using at home.   In a conversation recently with David Clark the CEO and Co-Founder of the company and Mark Peterson the VP of Sales & Marketing I got a chance to get up to speed on what the company is up to lately.   A few years back as the company built out their network they realized the future was in providing applications but they knew the market was not quite there yet.

IP Phone Security Threats

May 20, 2007

Mesh Networks

May 19, 2007

Headed Back

May 18, 2007

Latest CommDev News

May 17, 2007

Here is some of the latest news from TMC’s Communications Developer Conference which so far has been a tremendous success from the standpoint of attendance quality and quantity. In addition the conferees have been extremely happy with all the sessions. As always one or two speakers was flagged as being too commercial and we will not allow such speakers to present at future TMC events.   A few speakers who have been complemented over and over are Alan Percy and Sharone Ben Levi of Audiocodes, Lawrence Byrd from Avaya (one person even complemented his great slides), Aculab’s Ian Colville (multiple Led Zeppelin references helped already good content) and Kerry Garrison from Fonality who gave a totally noncommercial presentation and presented the audience with opportunities to make money in open-source.  

Mihaylo Bids for Inter-Tel

May 16, 2007

There is a higher bid for Inter-Tel than what Mitel initially offered to pay. The bid is being led by Steve Mihaylo who is a major shareholder of Inter-Tel and the former founder. Rumor has it Steve who has been a keynote speaker at a prior Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has board members who can help direct the sale of the company back into his control.

Mihaylo had a former offer for the company rejected as you may recall.

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.
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