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May 30, 2007

The voicemail transcription market otherwise known as voicemail to text is showing no signs of slowing down. I have written about this space a few times (Voicemail Transcription, Vonage Voicemail Transcription, SpinVox) in the past and I think it has tremendous potential for growth.   One of the companies in this space which I have been aware of for months but haven’t had a chance to cover is SimulScribe. I recently interviewed the company’s CEO James Siminoff who is 30 years old and has already launched a successful prepaid calling card business prior to launching SimulScribe.   As it turns out – a while back, he was having a casual conversation with his calling card business partner and the partner’s son and the topic of voicemail came up. The thought was, wouldn’t it be great if you read your voicemail instead of listening to it.   Shortly thereafter the company developed a system to handle this task and used it internally.

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.

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