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Jon Shaprio: Larger Than Life

December 15, 2006

One comment I made in article a few months back has turned into a fun conversation in the industry. I called Jon Shapiro “Larger than Life.” Apparently this led to much ribbing of Jon and someone even designed a photo of Jon as larger than life. I have yet to see it but I promise to publish it if I get a hold of it.   So who is Jon? If you aren’t aware, he is the founder of Alliance Systems and throughout the explosion of PC-based telephony systems his company has been a dominant supplier of boards and industrial computer systems.

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

December 14, 2006

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so be sure to make your travel arrangements now as hotel prices will skyrocket soon. For many people there company foots the bill so this isn’t important. To us however, we would rather have you save some of that hard earned cash and spend it with one of the exhibitors at the show.

Verizon Shares Falling

December 14, 2006

Why are Verizon shares falling? Well it seems the massive costs of its FIOS initiative has investors wondering if the fiber to the home strategy makes the most sense or is AT&T’s cheaper plan to use copper in the last mile via its U-Verse initiative a better choice?.   A great concluding paragraph from a related article on TheStreet.com is worth sharing:   "People were OK with FiOS until they saw the cable companies were actually doing better, not worse," says one money manager with no Verizon positions. "Winning phone customers is always a lot easier for cable companies than winning TV customers is for phone companies."

My take on all this is AT&T is doing the right thing in the short term and Verizon is doing the right thing in the long run. What am I talking about?

Saw One Wilshire

December 12, 2006

Alcatel-Lucent

December 9, 2006

I like the new Alcatel-Lucent logo. It makes me think of a cross between an airline and an ecommerce company. I do really like the way the A and L come together as one. On a separate note the new company's credit rating was reduced to junk by Fitch ratings.

Huawei Logs $11 Billion in Sales in 2006

December 7, 2006

In the first half of 2006, Huawei recorded contract sales of USD 5.2 billion, an increase of 29 per cent compared to the same period last year. The value of contract sales from international markets reached USD 3.4 billion, an increase of 36 per cent over the same period in 2005. The international market represented 65 per cent of total contract sales generated in the first half of this year.   Huawei sees its future in IMS and FMC and they believe their growth rate will continue. The company is proud to say they have been granted over 2,500 to date.

AT&T/BellSouth FCC Vote to Take Place

December 7, 2006

The AT&T/BellSouth merger has been deliberated by the FCC for quite some time. On October 13 of this year reports circulated about how the FCC vote was to be pushed back. It is now almost two months later and there may be an end to the deadlock.   As you may recall Commissioner Robert McDowell was not voting due to a conflict of interest. As you may recall Robert McDowell worked for COMPTEL an association who was publicly against the merger.

Telx Sold

November 22, 2006

I had been hearing rumors of the sale of Telx for a while. Many I spoke with feared an incumbent provider would do the purchasing. As you may know Telx provides the physical location for much of the voice peering taking place in the US through their facilities in New York ad Atlanta. They own these facilities and with their association with the VPF, they have made it a no brainer for carriers and enterprises of all sizes to use their facilities as a location to peer with others.

Schools, Hotels and IP Communications

November 20, 2006

The Conclusion of the Zultys Saga – For Now

November 16, 2006

Here is part of my Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook December 2006. It is is in addition to Cisco Systems Rockets Ahead, Beats all Estimates" href="http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/rich-tehrani/ip-communications/cisco-systems-rockets-ahead-beats-all-estimates.html">Cisco Systems Rockets Ahead, Beats all Estimates which was posted earlier today:    ------   A few months back, TMC’s Greg Galitzine broke the story on his blog that Zultys had ceased day-to-day operations. From there I wrote about the company closing down on my blog and later updated the story when Zultys founder Iain Milnes told me the shut down was temporary. A few days later Iain told me and I reported that Zultys was back up and running.   It turns out that if the company was indeed back up and running this was only the case for a short while and a bankruptcy filing took place shortly thereafter with a bankruptcy auction in the works for the future.
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