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Digium Acquires Sokol & Associates

July 11, 2007

Digium just acquired Sokol & Associates the company behind the successful Asterisk training program and the Astricon trade show. This further reconfirms the idea of Digium being “everything Asterisk,” a concept espoused in a recent interview with the company’s news CEO Danny Windham.   “We’ve been such an active part of the Asterisk community for years that joining Digium seemed like the logical next step for our group,” said Steve Sokol. “We look forward to continuing to work with Asterisk users around the world and to taking our knowledge of how people are using Asterisk every day and using it to impact future product development.”   “Asterisk is one of the most commonly used open source projects today, and as the community of users and contributors grows, we want to deepen our relationship with them,” said Mark Spencer, founder and chief technology officer of Digium. “Sokol & Associates has run Asterisk training classes around the world and has long been a central part of this community.

iPhone Without AT&T

July 8, 2007

VoIP News Week of July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Here is some of the recent news in the IP communications space this past week. The ShoreTel IPO is one of the more interesting stories. Also, check out the latest at JAHJAH and the others.   Truphone Now Has SMS-over-IP, Presence and Smart Log-On Capabilities PAETEC, Cedar Point, Sentri Team on Converged IP Net for Colleges What Teleconferencing Means to the SMB JAJAH Announces Mobile VoIP Alternative to AT&T Plan Enea and Kontron Help Drive IPTV Experience Initiative Voice Peering Fabric: The New 'Killer App' for Broadband Telephony ShoreTel Prices IPO Mobile VoIP Provider WiFiMobile Offers Wi-Fi Smartphones to US Consumers and Businesses IPTV Middleware Provider Espial Helping Telcos Lower TV Costs TMC Labs Honors Fonality Open Source VoIP Appliance XO Communications Joins the PAIX VoIP Exchange Interactive Intelligence SIP Interaction Gateway Connects VoIP, T1 Lines

Unwired Enterprise

July 6, 2007

Nortel is perfectly positioned to bring the world their Unwired Enterprise vision. The company is a strong player in the enterprise and service provider markets. For this reason it may even be surprising Nortel hasn’t gained more traction as they offer a great suite of products and services.   The leading Canadian communications company has been doing an impressive job of branding via it’s hyperconnectivity campaign and now it’s adding “unwired enterprise” to the mix. Personally I am not a fan of the term hyperconnectivity but I can't think of a better term and at the same time I admit I understand immediately and exactly what the term is meant to convey.

Nokia N800 The Real Story

July 6, 2007

What is the world’s toughest job at the moment? It has to be trying to compete head on with the iPhone. But as Om Malik points out, the Nokia N800 does a great deal of what the iPhone does not and did it sooner. A new upgrade enables Skype to run and has Flash support.

ShoreTel IPO

July 5, 2007

ShoreTel hit it big with an IPO which jumped 27.5% on it’s opening day. The IPO was derailed last week as a result of a lawsuit filed by Mitel. The company closed the day at $12.15, after the company priced 7.9 million shares at $9.50 a share.   Many comments circulated the blogosphere recently about how in the PBX space, Cisco owns the high-end and open-source owns the low end – with only scraps remaining for the companies in-between.   I agree with some of these comments but at the same time there is a massive opportunity to continue upgrading the world’s enterprise phone systems. Scraps could equate to billions of dollars each year.

TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

It seems like if you are under 18 you spend a good deal of time twittering on well – Twitter. Since my typical reader is above 18 you may not be aware that Twitter is a service allowing you to send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.

Google Acquires GrandCentral

July 3, 2007

Voice Peering Channel

July 2, 2007

iPhone Problems

July 2, 2007

  For the record, I do not have an iPhone. I may be the only techie who doesn’t have one at this point. I didn’t stand in line for hours or camp on a sidewalk waiting for this device to arrive.   However, I just spoke with Michael Khalilian of the IMS Forum and I apparently was the first caller on his new iPhone. He was telling me the level of complexity to get the device working is incredible.
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