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Femtocell Definition

October 20, 2006

According to Mae Kowalke, femtocells are small cellular base stations that provide enhanced coverage at the far edge of the network. They will enable wireless providers and others perhaps to provide services such as IPTV and definitely FMC.

Perhaps most importantly femtocells will allow service providers to shore up their coverage without the need for expensive towers. T-Mobile is rolling out this technology as we speak and there seems to be lots of opportunity for this market as ABI predicts that, by 2011, annual worldwide shipments of femtocell products will reach 19 million units.

Specifically, ABI predicted that “by 2011 there will be 102 million users of femtocell products on 32 million access points worldwide.”

My take? I have predicted for while that a new technology would come out soon that is better than WiFi and not quite WiMAX.





Zultys Bankruptcy

October 20, 2006

VoIP Planet on ITEXPO

October 19, 2006

Here is a great write up on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from Mark Miller over at VoIP Planet. What I like about Mark’s piece is that it is a great overview of many of the events that took place during the event.

There was truly a tremendous amount of activity at the show and as Jon Arnold mentioned earlier, one person couldn’t do justice to it all. Still, great job Mark. Thanks for the coverage.

Here is an excerpt:

Quintuple play?
We’ve all heard of double and triple plays in baseball, but now a VoIP organization is pitching ways to better manage and bill for the quintuple play of IP-based services, including broadband, mobile, VoIP, IPTV, and Emerging Content. The Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization (IPDR) is a consortium of service providers, software and equipment manufactures, system integrators, and billing vendors that are collaborating to facilitate the exchange of usage and control data between networking and hosting elements.






NetworkWorld Coverage of ITEXPO

October 19, 2006

$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

October 19, 2006

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP equipment support services spending will reach $1.27 billion in 2010. this is a staggering number and one can imagine how much money will be spent on service and equipment based on the fact so much is being spent on the support services.

On a related note, here is an IP communications market research page that is a summary of research in the communications market.

The reason we put this page in place is to ensure we can track the reams of research news flowing across TMCnet on a regular basis.



Carphone Warehouse VoIP Growth Problems

October 19, 2006

A Visit to the Ultimate IP Communications Experience

October 18, 2006

Please enjoy my Publisher's Outlook from the November 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.

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A Visit to the Ultimate IP Communications Experience

I just returned from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo where I was overwhelmed by all the activity over the course of the week. The show has grown over the years; from a humble event in the Hotel Del Coronado in 1999 it has become the Ultimate IP Communications Experience in the San Diego Convention Center.

One of the speakers at the show was Seamus Hourihan, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management at Acme Packet. I didn’t get a chance to speak with him for very long, but I noticed there was some noise about the Acme Packet IPO that took place during the show. Unlike the Vonage IPO that the whole world seemed to be intensely analyzing, this IPO was very quiet.







Why MVNOs Fail – The $300 Phone

October 17, 2006

Tim Moynihan at Envox

October 16, 2006

Macs Do IP PBX

October 16, 2006

My daughter Priscilla – almost 3 is about to get her first computer and it seems her friends have them already. I can’t believe that at 3 you can behind in computing but apparently it is so. I suppose she is Generation Z and unlike Generation Y who can IM with 15 people at a time, Gen Zers will be able to IM with 50 people at a time while speaking with 50 more over VoIP while taking in 5 TV shows and reading a newspaper (yeah, right like Gen Zers will read newspapers).

Anyway, we are trying to figure out the best computer for her and it seems her friends have Macs so she may get one too. Thankfully, according to Andy, she can use her Mac devices as a PBX if she likes.

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