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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.

Aculab Supports PCI Express

May 15, 2007

Some developer news of note is Aculab’s move to have the Prosody X DSP resource board support the PCI Express bus. This is not unexpected of course as this new bus is becoming more popular. Announced here in Santa Clara at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference there is also a promotional package being introduced which the company tells me consists of the following:   Product – Two Prosody X PCIe media processing cards, each supporting 300 voice channels and 2 E1/T1 trunks, with CSS/CAS/SS7 protocols.
Training – One delegate placement on a one day training course ‘Implementing VoIP applications with Prosody X’.  Courses will be onsite in Aculab’s offices in Milton Keynes, UK and Needham, USA.
Technical consultancy – Benefit from an Aculab consultant spending a day onsite in your office – sharing expertise on structuring solution architectures based on Prosody X and helping with the actual application development and testing.
Technical support – Free and unlimited access to Aculab’s technical support.

Functionality – Access to Aculab’s complete portfolio of media processing and signaling software, including SIP, H.323 and SS7, with an unrestricted number of channels.
Software updates – Free future software updates, including the planned roadmap functionality for IP and 3G mobile video support, wideband voice codecs, etc.   So the news here is a bit about the new bus support but perhaps most importantly the development package meant to sweeten the pot.





Pactolus and Cisco Workshops

May 14, 2007

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