Build Communities With Google's Help

Let's say your company plays in a few different spaces such as information technology, security and storage. And let's say your company has decided to build a community of interest which is dedicated to a specific subject area as you... continue reading...

Telephony Hardware Community

Be sure to visit TMC's newest Global Online Community (GOC), Telephony Hardware sponsored by Pika Technologies. Why would you visit? Simply because regularly visiting a TMC community is an ideal way to learn about a specific topic such as in this... continue reading...

Headed to Telx CBX 2008

Later this week I will be a video reporter at the Telx CBX (customer business exchange) event in New York. I always like the CBX events and am looking forward to meeting with the companies in the carrier hotel space... continue reading...

One More Reason To Vacation in the Bahamas

Recently the Bahamas Telecom Company (BTC) decided to migrate its existing countrywide wireline network to IP using Sonus and Calix gear. The move to IP will reduce the amount of equipment that needs managing and in addition, the Bahamian phone... continue reading...

Vocaltec Sells Patents to Karo Millennium

In a way, I must thank VocalTec because it was companies like them that helped me realize how IP would revolutionize communications and further help me decide to launch a magazine dedicated to the market in 1997. VocalTec was one... continue reading...

Communications Developer 2008

If you haven't been watching, you may have missed the fact that  TMC's Communications Developer event has been gaining some major top level sponsors and I have taken an early look at the registration database and there are a good... continue reading...

New WiMAX News Site

TMCnet grows daily with thousands of new news items and stories. As the site grows, we are always looking for ways to improve. One of these ways is to develop community pages which focus on a particular subject matter... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2008 Conference Announced

One of the areas we have been feverishly working on at TMC is our conference program for ITEXPO,September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We have truly strengthened this offering with the addition of new TMC University certifications.... continue reading...

Virtual Worlds, The Future of Communications

I am here at Nortel R&D headquarters in Ottawa, Canada where the Nortel incubation team is showing us a bunch of the latest technologies they are working on in the labs. This is the first day the media has... continue reading...

Digium Picks Integrics to Power Carrier Solutions

Perhaps one of the biggest misperceptions among those who dabble in communications is that Asterisk is only used in small business environments. The reality is that Asterisk is being used in service provider environments as well. Of course this doesn't... continue reading...

Nortel's Joel Hackney Discusses Earnings

Nortel announced earnings today and to get more detail on the news I had a chance to speak with Joel Hackney, President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at Nortel. Some details worth sharing... The company's net loss widened but revenue... continue reading...

New TMCnet Record and New Writer

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according... continue reading...

Podcast: Ken Lamneck - President The Americas, Tech Data

Ken Lamneck President The Americas Tech Data Distribution companies are in a great position to tell us what trends to look for in the market. What is hot? What is not and more. It is for this reason I was... continue reading...

Communications Developer Call for Papers

Be sure to submit your call for papers entries for the Communications Developer show which will be collocated with ITEXPO later this year in the Los Angeles, California Convention Center. The specific dates of the event will be September 16-18,... continue reading...

Bob Emmerson: TMC's European Editor

Bob Emmerson joins TMC as out European Editor. We are truly proud to have Bob join the team as he is a communications and technology veteran. Previously, Emmerson was a designer of digital control systems, a journalist, and a copywriter.... continue reading...

TMCnet Podcast Library

Sure you have an iPhone or iPod or even a PC where you like to listen to your music. But have you had a chance to listen to TMCnet's high quality podcasts as of yet? ;-) I know many... continue reading...

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

I am very happy to be the first to tell you TMCnet is in the midst of one of its largest graphical overhauls. We are very proud of our new look which emphasizes softer blue colors and shades. There are... continue reading...

TMC Growth Update

Congratulations to TMC's Kevin Kiley who was just promoted to VP of Finance. Great job Kevin. In addition I would like to thank TMC readers and our partners who have allowed us to continue our wave of growth. In the... continue reading...

Dan Miller New TMCnet Columnist

As I mentioned a while back, TMC is experiencing record growth and I promised we would maintain our high levels of quality as we grow. TMCnet currently has just under 50 worldwide columnists and most of them write daily or... continue reading...

Where is the TMC Team?

This week, we have a total of nine TMC team members traveling to industry events. Dave Rodriguez, Erik Linask and I are headed to VoiceCon while Greg Galitzine will be at VON. I am looking forward to an information packed... continue reading...

Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a... continue reading...

Peter Radizeski Joins TMCnet

TMCnet's latest blogger is Peter Radizeski. Peter is knowledgeable and not afraid to say what he thinks. He is direct and has a long history in telecom. He will will write things that ruffle feathers. His views many not always... continue reading...

AT&T's Bullish Investment

AT&T is making a major telecom investment in many areas of its business. The telecom giant cites the explosion of high-speed networks, data consuming devices and the move to IP as the reason for this investment. The money is... continue reading...

TMCnet's New Vertical Communities

Over the past decade, TMCnet has become the accepted resource for news, product research and analysis in communications and technology markets - including telecom, VoIP, and contact centers. Moreover, the site has become the defacto location online where companies build... continue reading...

TMCnet Services

In an effort to allow TMCnet readers easy access to the breadth of TMCnet services such as the personalized MyTMCnet and TMCnet Mobile, TMCnet has launched a new TMCnet Services page which will allow you to instantly access the... continue reading...

Some Webinars to Witness

If you aren't aware, it seems like my responsibility to at least mention some webinars worth attending. They happen to all be webinars that are hosted by TMC. I am going to try to attend them all. Some of the... continue reading...

TMCnet Continues to Grow

Thanks once again to our loyal TMCnet readers. Because of you, TMCnet has broken more online records. In January of 2008 TMCnet experienced 38,368,961 page views (meaning total number of web pages viewed on TMCnet in January alone. The total... continue reading...

Comparing Airline Fees

It should come as no surprise that airline travel costs are increasing. The bad news is that it is virtually impossible to figure out what airlines charge for their various new fees while you are buying tickets without spending... continue reading...

Increase Marketing Spend in a Recession

I just couldn't help but sharing this article about how companies who increase their marketing spend in a recession come out of it doing better than when they went into it. I am not advocating that there is a recession... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Video

If you missed ITEXPO this past month in Miami, you missed a great opportunity to meet with VARS, service providers and many companies looking to purchase IP communications products and services. I am truly humbled by the unsolicited comments... continue reading...

Is AT&T a Runaway Winner?

Is AT&T going to win the IP services wars? I get the feeling they are really doing a fine job in this regard and will only do better over time. Jon Arnold agrees and in a  recent article he talks... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Videos

There was in independent reporter at ITEXPO interviewing yours truly and some of the exhibitors from the show. There are two Quicktime files for your enjoyment... One is an interview with me discussing the consumer side of communications opportunities and... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Recap

You definitely want to check out Tom Keating's writeup of ITEXPO East 2008 where he talks about the great products he saw. Tom got to see more than I did at the show but one point I agree on is... continue reading...

TMC Welcomes Gary Kim

Please join me in welcoming Gary Kim to the TMC editorial team. As you no doubt have realized by now, TMC is doing its absolute best to provide the industry with the world's best writers and thought leaders. This news... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Interview

Recently TMC and Ingate teamed up to provide the fourth SIP Trunking educational sessions at an Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. I just saw that Greg Galitzine had a chance to interview Olle Westerberg the CEO of Ingate regarding his... continue reading...

Dell/Fonality Phone System

Russell Shaw has some analysis of the new Dell Fonality VoIP Phone System launched at ITEXPO this week and talks a bit more about the product and how it compares with the competition. Best of all, he has some screen... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Article in Sun-Sentinel

The Sun Sentinel had a great article on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo today and their spin was local. They mentioned companies in the Florida area who participate in the show. The article was written by Arlene Satchell and she... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Article in Sun-Sentinel

The Sun Sentinel had a great article on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo today and their spin was local. They mentioned companies in the Florida area who participate in the show. The article was written by Arlene Satchell and she... continue reading...

My Schedule Tonight

I am blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to meet with me at the very last second at this particular event. So many people want to meet... I wish the show was 2 weeks. :)... continue reading...

ITEXPO -- See You in Hall B

Good morning attendees, speakers, exhibitors and conferees... Just a reminder that we are thrilled to have you here in Miami this week for ITEXPO. Be sure to come to Hall B in the Miami Convention Center. If you enter from... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2008 Day One - Andy

We are looking forward to the best three days of IP communications excitement this year here at ITEXPO in Miami. I just saw Andy Abramson's post and it reminded me that he won't be able to make it to the... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2008 Day One - Andy

We are looking forward to the best three days of IP communications excitement this year here at ITEXPO in Miami. I just saw Andy Abramson's post and it reminded me that he won't be able to make it to the... continue reading...

Dell Chooses Fonality

Fonality has some huge news to share with us here at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. The company was just picked to be the small business communications offering by Dell. What is perhaps most amazing regarding this news is the... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Schedule

Here are some of the happenings this week at ITEXPO. My team is already down in Miami, making sure the new Mustang convertible is prepped and ready for the raffle Friday. I wish you luck in winning the car and... continue reading...

Have a Safe Trip to ITEXPO

I hope everyone has a safe trip down to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. The registration numbers are trending nicely above estimates and we expect a stellar event. As always, we have done our absolute best to assemble the most... continue reading...

ITEXPO Giveaways

Here are some of he giveaways from next week's ITEXPO in Miami, FL. Will you be one of the winners? Hope you will be there to find out. Remember, you have to be present to win these prizes. Tom Keating... continue reading...

White Space Internet Closer

Although we unfortunately will not be able to take advantage of new and exciting internet devices utilizing "white space" technology next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami... It does seem that at some point in the future,... continue reading...

Vonage to Follow SunRocket?

When asked for a surprising prediction for 2008, Blogger Russell Shaw answered among other things that Vonage could go the way of SunRocket or potentially get picked up by Sprint Nextel. Actually, with all the negative (rumor)coming out of this... continue reading...

California Broadband Task Force Recommendations

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the California Broadband Task Force (CBTF) to “remove barriers to broadband access, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable the creation and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.” The governor also requested that the... continue reading...

Outrageous Interactions

Normally I don't like to judge people but in this case -- I was asked by Interactive Intelligence if I would do just that --- judge people. You see, I will be a judge on a panel with Interactive Intelligence... continue reading...

Jon Arnold

TMC's newest contributor is Jon Arnold. Jon is is one of the most methodical and knowledgeable people I know in the IP communications space and I have always admired him a great deal. TMC has worked with Jon for many... continue reading...

ITEXPO - Huge International Draw

As Tom Keating mentioned earlier today we are proud to announce that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which will take place in just under a week in Miami Florida has registrations from 74 countries, a 15.6% increase over last year.... continue reading...

Important Interviews

Recently I was fortunate enough to be able to interview a number of thought leaders and others who have given me their perspectives on the communications market, the future, the entry of Google, Apple and Microsoft into the space and... continue reading...

Tech News 01/16/07

It has been a pretty big news day so far this early morning. Intel perhaps is responsible for the biggest portion of today's market movement as last night they announced earnings which were not all that bad but the stock... continue reading...

Quantcast Update 01/08

On November 6, 2007 I had a post (see bottom of post for chart) where I showed how TMC compares with other IP Communications sites. I did this by pulling numbers from Quantcast, a web service which tracks web traffic... continue reading...

Sipera Interview

Sipera Systems is on the leading edge of IP communications/VoIP security and it is worth pointing out the company was just interviewed by me and in the interview there is good information about the growth areas of IP communications as... continue reading...

Sangoma Interview

When you listen to David Mandelstam the President and CEO of Sangoma, you get the feeling you are speaking with a hybrid scientist/entrepreneur. Mandelstam's company is a pioneer in both open source and unified communications and he is a good... continue reading...

Multicore Processors in 3G

As 3G applications and services become more complex, it becomes essential that service providers address the challenge by ensuring they user the proper processors to take advantage of increased device load. One way to tackle the problems of power and... continue reading...

Good Bye Jeff Raikes

Good bye Jeff Raikes. Raikes did a great job at Microsoft and in the unified communications space he should be commended for rolling out a slew of strong products and doing a fantastic PR and marketing job promoting them. He... continue reading...

Service Provider Opportunities

Service providers are being extremely creative in using technology and ingenuity to launch new and enhanced services and products to keep customers and attract new ones. Some of the better ideas I have seen lately are the consumer electronics DECT... continue reading...

IP Fax Reliability

If you are concerned about the challenges with fax over G.711, you may be interested in a webinar which focuses on such topics and also focuses on how SIP and T.38 can improve the reliability of fax over IP. This... continue reading...

Latin America VoIP Conference

We are very excited to announce that at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami later this month, there will be a free session for resellers showing them how to best sell IP communications products and services to... continue reading...

IPitomy: Branica's Latest Creation

Nick Branica is one of the few living legends in telecom having been responsible for the voicemail vendor Key Voice Technologies. This company was purchased in the nineties by Comdial and is credited by many for allowing Comdial to stay... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Training

If you have attended any of TMC’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo’s in the past eighteen months you are no doubt aware that one of the very well attended workshops focuses on SIP trunking.   The reason for this is... continue reading...

OCS Training

It goes without saying that unified communications was one of the most exciting growth areas in the communications market this past quarter. Microsoft continues to be a major driver of this technology with its Office Communications Server (OCS) product. In... continue reading...

It’s Google Vs. the Carriers

This past week at the VPF Winter event in Manhattan on a panel dedicated to the intersection of the internet, media and telecom I made the prediction that the company with the biggest advertising network will win the media and... continue reading...

Telecom Growing Nicely

It’s a good time to be in telecom. With all the housing gloom and doom it is nice to see that at least the telecom market is doing exceedingly well. Of course you have to pick your battles… Consumer VoIP... continue reading...

Voice Peering Forum Winter 2007 Kicks Off

At the Voice Peering Forum Winter 2007 conference the attendance is very good which indicates tremendous interest in this burgeoning market. So far it seems clear that Stealth Communications, the company behind this event has yet another successful conference under... continue reading...

The Latest VoIP Security Threat

For years I have been covering VoIP security and throughout this time it has been a one-sided conversation as there have been few documented cases of VOIP security attacks. Companies are generally not too happy to discuss VoIP security... continue reading...

Voice Peering Forum Winter 2007

If you are going to go to one voice peering conference in 2007 it needs to be VPF or Voice Peering Forum Winter 2007, New York City at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Here are some of the speakers you can... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Brochure Available

I know my loyal readers have been waiting with baited breath to get a hold of the latest ITEXPO brochure. For those of you who have, consider this your very own early holiday season. Here it is… Please enjoy this... continue reading...

Quantcast

You are likely familiar with Alexa, a division of Amazon that measures website traffic. I have written about the site a number of times before. A while back I discovered a site called Quantcast which is becoming a well respected... continue reading...

Communication’s Biggest Week Ever

Tomorrow kicks off the biggest week in the history of communications. I have to be honest. After I wrote this statement I had to get up and take a walk and get some tea. I wanted a sanity check and... continue reading...

What eBay Should do with Skype

Please enjoy the unedited November 2007 Publisher’s Outlook column from Internet Telephony Magazine.   ---   OK, I was wrong. Really wrong. Over a billion dollars wrong in fact. Why? I believed eBay and Skype had a solid strategy to... continue reading...

RingCentral VoIP

The folks at RingCentral have had a great virtual PBX service for ages and it was almost a surprise to hear the company still didn’t have a VoIP module. Even if you weren't aware... Fear not as I've got your... continue reading...

Taqua and Broadsoft Partner

Taqua and Broadsoft just announced they are partnering to bring Class 5 switch replacement and advanced services to service providers in the US and Canada. Taqua will be reselling BroadWorks to MSOs, CLECs and ILECS. The combined products can... continue reading...

TMCnet Searches

I thought it would be interesting to see what people search on when they come to TMCnet. It should be noted these searches are on TMCnet proper which unfortunately at the moment does not include blogs.   These numbers should... continue reading...

Dialogic Buys Cantata

Dialogic has been gaining a great deal of momentum this past year and now this momentum has increased substantially as the company has just announced they will be acquiring Cantata. This deal gives Dialogic access to huge fax market share... continue reading...

Phil Hill

Welcome Phil Hill to TMCnet as a columnist. Phil’s column is titled Hosted Hearsay and his first article is titled Small Business VoIP: Is it an Elephant or Gorilla? Where he discusses the reason why all SMBs are lumped together.... continue reading...

HTC Phones

It is times like this I get jealous of the smartphones the Europeans get. HTC makes a pretty good device in the 6700 and these devices are likely better as they are newer and have better processors and in some... continue reading...

Ixia’s New President and COO

Loyal TMC readers and visitors are likely aware of Atul Bhatnagar who was a keynote speaker about two years back at ITEXPO in Los Angeles, CA. The year Atul spoke was the first time Internet Telephony Conference & Expo was... continue reading...

Hyperconnected

About a decade or so ago I ran across Tony Rybczynski (Tony Ryb to those who know him and/or cannot pronounce his last name) at the COMNET trade show in DC and was so blown away by him that I... continue reading...

Trixbox Training

If you are looking for open source communications training, Fonality Trixbox training is going worldwide and is likely coming to a city near you. If you are looking for a discount on this training, be sure to click on... continue reading...

Wes Hayden

Let’s congratulate Wes Hayden who was just appointed to the role of President, Nuance Enterprise Division. Hayden will report to Paul Ricci, Nuance's chairman and CEO.   As Nuance focuses more on selling integrated solutions I expect Hayden’s skill sets... continue reading...

Switching to Optimum Voice

This was a big week for me personally as I switched service providers. I should mention I have free VoIP accounts coming out of my ears. I often test them but I haven’t switched to any of them because to... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 Scores Big in L.A.

Here is my Publisher’s Outlook from the October 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine. It is rough and needs some editing but should give you a good idea of why you should be subscribing and reading every issue of the magazine. :)... continue reading...

More Nice ITEXPO Comments

Thanks all for the nice comments on ITEXPO two weeks ago in Los Angeles. These are a few we have posted so far. Here is the testimonial page which will be updated over time.   Video cyLogistics, Inc. Packet8 Quintum... continue reading...

Packet8 Win

I have to admit, the press release (see bottom of page) I received this morning from Packet8/8x8 may be among the most unique I have ever received as it details how Packet8 is the service provider of choice for a... continue reading...

Latest ITEXPO West 2007 Photos

We have had amazing comments regarding the success of the last Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from many attendees and exhibitors. We just recently posted some more photos of the event so you can get a feel for it yourself.... continue reading...

Best of Show ITEXPO West 2007

Congratulations to the best of show winners at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Los Angeles, CA. A list follows below and here is the detailed press release.   Best Service Provider Solution Comverse (www.comverse.com) CTI Labs (www.ctigroup.com)... continue reading...

Pika Asterisk-Based Device

Pika Technologies has just released an Asterisk-based appliance which developers can use as a platform to get into the small phone system business. The system supports 100 trunks/ports and can allow a company to rapidly get into the private label... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 News

ITEXPO West 2007 News The staggering amount of news and analysis generated from last week’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is mind-boggling. Thanks to all the analysts, bloggers, members of the press and everyone else who covered ITEXPO.   Here... continue reading...

Thoughts on Alcatel-Lucent

Wow. It has been quite a week. I am sitting here in Norwalk, CT – TMC’s headquarters and feel a bit under the weather. This is not a surprise as I haven’t slept since last Friday due the super-busy schedule... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 Video

Please take a look at this video of ITEXPO. It is a good way to see what yesterday's attendance was like. Today is even better. Thanks for being here. Here are more photos and videos for your viewing pleasure.... continue reading...

ITEXPO and Green Technology World

This morning marks the second day on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and as I eat breakfast I can’t help but wonder if today will be an even better day than yesterday (photos and videos). What blew me away at... continue reading...

Make Money Selling VoIP

  The VAR is Dead and Partner is Born   In a session titled how to make Money selling VoIP Robert Messer spoke today about how resellers need to evolve to become successful. Robert who works for ABP Technology a... continue reading...

Apple, Google and ITEXPO

I was up pretty early today and had a chance to take in lots of news while listening to CNBC, Bloomberg, reading Barons and any website I could get my hands on. Perhaps the biggest news in the telecom space... continue reading...

PerformanceEdge

For many companies with thousands of call center agents the concept of optimizing contact center performance is akin to optimizing the US government. In either case you must ask yourself how you know when you are truly optimized and the... continue reading...

Broadband Speed at Wilshire Grand

I just ran a speed test on the broadband in the Wilshire Grand hotel – show hotel of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and I found the download speed is 315 kbps and the upload is 821 kbps. I expect... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 Coverage

Hats off to VoIP News for some great writing regarding Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Here is an accurate description of what the show is all about. Ken Camp also weighs in on the conference in his Realtime Community blog... continue reading...

Off to ITEXPO West 2007

I am sitting in the airport this morning on my way to LA and reading Russell Shaw’s coverage of new research which discusses how websites of telecom companies are no good. Russell says this is information we already know. Interestingly... continue reading...

Bloggers at ITEXPO

I have noticed this year more ITEXPO speakers have blogs than at any time in the past. We all know there are more and bloggers each day and I am excited to see how many of them are referencing their... continue reading...

Surf Communications

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ilan Weizman of Surf Communications Solutions about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Surf develops a suite of hardware and software products that drives... continue reading...

Quintum News

The number of new announcements being released at ITEXPO next week will likely be a show record if the early buzz is any indication. For example, today I learned Quintum; the Microsoft Certified VoIP gateway company will be making news... continue reading...

TeamQuest

I recently had the opportunity to speak with TeamQuest Corporation’s director of communications, Keith Hanna, about the IP communications space, SIP and the overall direction of the company.   TeamQuest Corporation is a provider of IT Service Optimization, specializing in... continue reading...

Nice Systems

Brian Spraetz, Senior Product Marketing Manager NICE Systems Inc., recently sat down with me (virtually over e-mail :) )to discuss IP communications and NICE’s upcoming presentation at ITEXPO.   NICE Systems is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions, offering... continue reading...

NeoPhonetics

I recently had the opportunity to ask NeoPhonetics executives about open source/open standards-based on IP communications, cost effective PBX platforms, and more.   NeoPhonetics designs, implements and supports custom VoIP telephone systems for enterprises with a specialty in open source... continue reading...

Business Solutions magazine

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jay McCall, VoIP and Wireless Editor with Business Solutions magazine, about the evolution of SIP-based communications, the future of the market and more.   Business Solutions magazine is a publication geared toward executives... continue reading...

Free Phone Numbers

DIDXchange will give away 500 free Ohio USA DID phone numbers (for 3 months) to one winner at 6:00 pm on the 11th of September. If you have a SIP solution and need this jumpstart for your business, leave your... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Overview

I am looking forward to listening to Alan Percy’s panel on SIP trunking which takes place next week at ITEXPO. Alan has been a fixture at many TMC events over the years and I am waiting semi-patiently to hear what... continue reading...

LiveVox

I recently had the opportunity to ask Louis Summe, CEO of LiveVox, about the company’s on-demand contact center solutions, their customers, and the IP communications space.   LiveVox provides on-demand, voice application solutions integrated with existing systems. The company is... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Course

SIP trunking is one of the most important growth areas in VoIP. It is something every company should be exploring as it reduces cost and complexity while allowing tremendous added flexibility.   If you are interested in learning about SIP... continue reading...

HelloSoft

I recently had the opportunity to ask Allan Johnson, vice president of business development in the wireless group at HelloSoft, about the evolution of SIP communications, wireless mobility and the direction his company is taking.   HelloSoft is a provider... continue reading...

Allworx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sandra Gault, EVP of Marketing at the rapidly expanding communications product company Allworx about the evolution of IP communications in the SMB space, VoIP and the direction her company is taking.   Allworx... continue reading...

Fonality FtOCC Training

Great news. Fonality FtOCC (pronounced F-Talk) Technician Certification is sold out at next week’s ITEXPO in Los Angeles, CA. There is still limited seating for the Administrator Certification. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention what this acronym means. It stands... continue reading...

Nortel on Microsoft/Cisco

The following comments are from Nortel’s Tony Rybczynski regarding the new relationship between Microsoft and Cisco. I found them interesting and worth passing along.   ---   I was on holidays in Eastern Europe when the photo shoot took place.... continue reading...

MOBIVOX

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patricia Tessier, vice president of Product and Marketing at MOBIVOX, about deploying Skype, the IP communications space and more.   You may recall I mentioned the company in a post about about wireless... continue reading...

VoIP Supply Thanks TMC

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is working with smaller and newer companies and helping them become larger, more profitable and eventually large. I like to help large companies as well of course but the small... continue reading...

Skype, SIP and Asterisk

As the worlds of Skype, SIP and Asterisk become ever more popular, it was only a matter of time before a company started to converge the three. TMCnet’s Tom Keating has some analysis of a new gateway from Italy-based Skip2PBX…... continue reading...

Dan York Speaks

Accomplished VoIP blogger Dan York will be speaking at ITEXPO in about a week in Los Angeles.... continue reading...

Miss Teen South Carolina

It is all about the education. Miss Teen South Carolina hit the nail on the head when she said our education system in the United States needs to improve so as she says, US Americans can one day hope to... continue reading...

Inter-Tel

Inter-Tel executives Aron Aicard (Director of Product Marketing), Jon Young (Director, Softswitch Technology) and Rick Ringel (Strategic Solutions Engineer), gave me this exclusive interview. They talked to me about Inter-Tel’s new corporate initiatives, the impact of SIP technology, and the... continue reading...

Call Center Outage

A call center outage could be disastrous for your business. Some of the largest call centers sell millions of dollars worth of products and services each hour so an outage of minutes can be devastating to the bottom line. According... continue reading...

Virtual Customer Interactions

This is my next Customer Interaction Solutions High Priority column. If memory serves it will be the October, 2007 issue. As often happens this will be the unedited version. If this is of any interest be sure to subscribe digitally... continue reading...

VoEX

VoEX, Inc., is a VoIP managed-service provider offering global peering infrastructure, network interoperability, industry-leading quality of service, and advanced applications capabilities for top tier carriers, mobile operators, cable operators, voice service providers, academic institutions and enterprises. VoEX maps the world’s... continue reading...

Ixia on Skype Outage

You may have seen my recent blog post about what we learned from the Skype outage. I have had much feedback about this article and I found it important enough to publish in an upcoming TMC magazine. I won’t tell... continue reading...

Alcatel-Lucent Changes

There are some management changes at Alcatel-Lucent consisting of COO Frank D'Amelio and President Mike Quigley leaving. Patricia Russo will remain as CEO and Etienne Fouques, who had reported to Quigley, will now lead the company's tech and strategy unit... continue reading...

Oaisys Update

If you live vicariously through my travel schedule then you were with me in Arizona during that muggy and super-hot trip I took a while back to see Oaisys and learn about their Talkument voice appliance.   As you... continue reading...

Skype Outage Article

Jon Arnold and I were both quoted recently in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled Skype reveals outage source, tells customers it won't happen again. The article is extremely well-written, gets perspective from a number of people and weaves each... continue reading...

Acredo

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erin Bolton, marketing manager of Acredo Technologies Inc, about IP communications, the company’s customer base and the upcoming ITEXPO.   Acredo Technologies delivers hosted IP phone service to the small business market... continue reading...

Ingate

I recently had the opportunity to ask Olle Westerberg, chief executive officer Ingate Systems, about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   Ingate Systems produces a range of SIP-capable enterprise firewalls.   Please read the TMCnet... continue reading...

Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, connecting 180 markets in 18 countries. The company serves a broad range of wholesale, enterprise and content customers with a comprehensive suite... continue reading...

Arlinx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patrick Young of Arlinx about the company’s customer base, its IP communications strategy and the direction his company is taking.   The Arlinx IP Elite Security and Media Processing Platforms provide opportunities for... continue reading...

What We Learned From the Skype Outage

As organizations move to VoIP and other forms of IP communications it is imperative they realize the world of IP is far different from the PSTN and circuit-switched networks of yesterday. While Internet Protocol is the protocol of the Internet... continue reading...

IP Communications Education

Listen, I don’t want to overdo discussion of ITEXPO in my blog but the fact of the matter is this recent e-mail sent by my marketing team is a great document discussing what is important at the show. It is... continue reading...

Skype P2P Problems

By now it seems the whole world is aware Skype had major problems last week. For most people, Skype was down. Tom Keating speculated the cause was a Microsoft patch which rebooted massive numbers of machines. He has a point... continue reading...

Wireless Companies at ITEXPO

I happened upon a great article by Mae Kowalke discussing wireless company representation at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Companies discussed include a la Mobile, Airwide Solutions, Kineto Wireless, MobiTV and MOBIVOX.   The article reminds me just how big... continue reading...

Call Center CRM Stories August, 17 2007

While technology has a bewildering effect on the medical industry it seems one of the areas ripest for improvement and change is that of the interaction of patient and doctor. A recent article on TMCnet details how HD videoconferencing is... continue reading...

Junction Networks

I recently had the opportunity to ask Avery Glasser of Junction Networks about the evolution of the SMB IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Junction Networks provides business class VoIP service to companies without the... continue reading...

Skype Working

It seems Skype is indeed up and running once again. As you may recall, TMCnet’s Tom Keating broke the news of the outage last week when he heard many of the TMC team members were not able to communicate with... continue reading...

Voxbone

As you may recall, Voxbone had announced a developer contest a while back and in my blog post about the contest I mentioned the three winners will get:   Recognition as a Voxbone certified developer. Recommendation to customers and partners... continue reading...

Fonality

Here is a podcast interview of Chris Lyman the CEO of Fonality. Topics of interest? I asked Chris why he started Fonality, what pains his company solves for customers and we get into a discussion of trixbox Pro and trixnet.... continue reading...

TMC Gets Some Press

Having your cake and eating it too is how it think about this article in the San Francisco Chronicle with a quote from TMC’s Tom Keating and TMC friend Om Malik. Here is an excerpt:   Tom Keating, chief technology... continue reading...

Covergence

Ken Kuenzel, Founder, VP Engineering and CTO for Covergence recently chatted with me about the impact of wireless technology, and the way in which SIP has changed communications, among other topics.   Offering its customers “the edge in SIP”,... continue reading...

Reef Point

I recently had the opportunity to ask Woody Ritchey, CEO of Reef Point Systems, about the future of IP communications and the challenges his business will face over the next five years. Reef Point is a provider of IP-based fixed-mobile... continue reading...

Radisys

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ray Adensamer of RadiSys about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace, the company’s application-enabling platforms and more.   RadiSys specializes s in developing open standards building blocks, especially in the ATCA and... continue reading...

Packet Island

I recently had the opportunity to ask Packet Island President Praveen Kumar about VoIP, the IP Communications space and more.   Packet Island provides the a micro-appliance based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that enables service providers and VARs to deliver managed... continue reading...

Dialexia

I recently had the opportunity to ask Mohamed El Mohri, CTO at Dialexia Communications, about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace and the direction his company is taking.   Dialexia Communications is best known for its next generation communication software... continue reading...

Telrex

I recently got the chance to sit down with Bob Cordes, Vice President of Product Management for Telrex. We discussed his company’s business strategy, as well as the future of the IP telephony market in general.   Telrex is a... continue reading...

3CX

I recently had the opportunity to ask 3CX CEO Nick Galea about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace and the direction his company is taking.   3CX is well known for its SIP-based 3CX Phone System for Windows, a software-based... continue reading...

Smoothstone

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jeff Wellemeyer, chairman and CTO of Smoothstone, about the most recent call center solutions and the path Smoothstone is taking to create greater customer satisfaction.   Smoothstone is an IP communications provider... continue reading...

TMCnet New Traffic Record

Thanks to all our readers and visitors who have allowed TMCnet to achieve a new traffic record in July 2007.   Here are the numbers:   Page Views 30,977,147 Average Visit Length 35:45 Unique Visitors 3,078,409   Page Views refers... continue reading...

ITEXPO Call For Papers

Please be advised that if you are interested in speaking at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami this January the deadline to submit abstracts is tomorrow. Please be sure to forward the following letter immediately to all who are... continue reading...

Acme Packet

Kevin Mitchell, Director of Solutions Marketing for Acme Packet, gave me this exclusive interview. Take a look at what he told me about VoIP security, the impact of wireless technology, and a particularly surprising prediction on the future of communications.... continue reading...

Super Technologies

I recently had the opportunity to ask Super Technologies Vice President Suzanne Bowen about her business and the direction she is taking the company.   You may recall Suzanne was nice enough to post a video interview of me a... continue reading...

Touchstone Technologies

I recently had the opportunity to ask Touchstone Technologies CEO Mark Stacy about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   Touchstone is a Hatboro Pennsylvania based test and measurement company specializing in software-based solutions for active testing... continue reading...

AudioCodes Interview

Anyone in the IP communications business knows quite well that Alan Percy is one of the most well-connected and knowledgeable players in the space. Alan’s day job is Director of Business Development at AudioCodes and I swear his night... continue reading...

Hughes Systique Corp Interview

I recently had a chance to interview Arjun Roychowdhury, Director, IMS & Broadband Applications Hughes Systique Corp. Arjun will be a speaker at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in September and I thought it worth getting his thoughts on... continue reading...

Voice Peering Growth

Last year I proclaimed it the year of VoIP peering. 2007 is becoming the year of rapid VoIP peering growth. Case in point is the Voice Peering Fabric or VPF who recently stated they have reached a 200 billion minute... continue reading...

AudioCodes Has Good Quarter

Cisco made a big splash with their earnings news today and subsequently it may be worth pointing out Audiocodes too released great numbers with growth on a year over year of 15.5%.   “AudioCodes’ second quarter financial results were highlighted... continue reading...

TMC White Papers

I thought you may be interested in some of the latest white papers and research brought to you by TMC and its partners: ·        VoIP that Works! ·        Fax Solutions for Service Providers and Enterprise: Integrating SIP T.38 Fax... continue reading...

Unified Communications Magazine Debuts

Here is the unveiling of the first issue of Unified Communications Magazine (PDF). It has not been through final proofing but I have been so excited to share this new publication with the word I just had to post the... continue reading...

ITEXPO Weeks Away

I just can’t believe that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is five short weeks away. I just can’t wait for September 10-12th in Los Angeles. Boy is the summer going by fast. Thankfully I read Ken Kamp’s blog where he... continue reading...

SunRocket Switch to Packet8

Yesterday I blogged about the SunRocket bankruptcy and I mentioned how although pure-play VoIP is not easy, a company like 8x8/Packet8 is doing a good job. Today I came across an article on TMCnet discussing how Packet8 is the preferred... continue reading...

TMCnet Goes Twitter

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... continue reading...

Where the VoIP Resellers Are

Sometimes I read marketing pieces that really make me scratch my head. This morning, while catching up on industry news I may have missed while at NXTComm, I came across a competitive site promoting a new event that was going... continue reading...

Ken Camp

Be sure to sign up for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) now and be part of the world’s premiere IP communications event. World-famous blogger, journalist and author Ken Camp will be there as well (Ken is there anywhere you... continue reading...

Communications Optimism

Last week I had a chance to spend a good deal of time with Norman Stout the CEO of Inter-Tel. He told me he is more optimistic about the spend in the market than any time in the last 7-8... continue reading...

Mihaylo Bids for Inter-Tel

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... continue reading...

Dialogic Does Video

When it comes to the world of communications, the development world used to revolve around Dialogic. Ten years ago you virtually had to buy a DSP resource board from this company or one of its smaller competitors if you wanted... continue reading...

Cantata Gets New CEO

You may have seen the news about Cantata hiring a new CEO and could possibly be wondering why they would do such a thing. After all, Mark Zionts was involved in building Cantata into the company it is today with... continue reading...

Unified Communications Magazine

In case you missed my past blog entries regarding SIP Magazine becoming Unified Communications Magazine, consider it official… The change has begun and we are working on the look and feel of this new publication. It should be different than... continue reading...

DiamondWare in HD

I called Diamondware’s 3-D, stereo VoIP technology a killer application back in 2004 and even featured it on a stage at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo as a killer application. Unfortunately doing a demo of stereo VoIP to a room... continue reading...

Altigen News

Big news over at Altigen. Jerry Fleming who ran the Vonexus division of Interactive Intelligence is at Altigen now and will focus on building the US operations of the company. I haven’t had a chance to talk with Jerry yet... continue reading...

Asterisk Appliance

  Once of the more interesting areas of growth in the VoIP market has been that of open-source appliances. I had a chance to see the Asterisk Appliance from Digium which they deem is a full-featured and cost-effective way to... continue reading...

MyTMCnet

Thanks to readers like you, TMCnet has been blessed with 1-2 million unique visitors every month and last month over 20 million pages were viewed on this site. We are truly grateful to our readers, sponsors and advertisers who support this... continue reading...

TMCnet Sets Page View Record

This past February 2006, TMCnet passed the 20 million page view mark for the first time ever with a total of 20,554,331 page views from a total of 1,169,160 unique visitors. I am personally thrilled with this accomplishment because it shows... continue reading...

TMCnet Search

We are always trying to innovate here at TMC and recently we have been looking for a way to ensure TMCnet becomes even stickier than it currently is. Our goal is not only to be the primary destination for all... continue reading...

Explosive Small Business Communications Growth

Please enjoy my April 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook. ----    You would have to be asleep to not realize how fast small business communications is growing. The reason? Small businesses didn’t have so many telecom choices a... continue reading...

Dialogic Cruise

I am headed to downtown Miami now where I will be on a cruise with Dialogic partners and the Dialogic team. This will conclude the Dialogic One event. The weather is pretty nice here so I expect to have a... continue reading...

ITEXPO Logo Update

I am in the airport again this week experiencing flight delay blues. It seems mechanical problems with my aircraft prevent us from taking off with the original plane and we are now at a new gate and waiting to board.... continue reading...

TMCnet Mobile

If you are looking for the best communications and technology news on the go be sure to check out TMCnet Mobile which will display very well on most mobile devices. The service is in alpha at the moment but seems... continue reading...

The Real Unified Communications Relationship between Microsoft and Nortel

The Real Unified Communications Relationship between Microsoft and Nortel   With all the IP communications industry focus on ITEXPO last week it was difficult to get a chance to share my thoughts on happenings from the prior week –... continue reading...

ITEXPO Comments on Video

Since Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week – TMC has received a steady stream of testimonials unlike I have ever seen for any tech show ever. So many people have told me that ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale was the... continue reading...

ITEXPO Photos and More

Here is Ari Zoldan from Launch 3 based in Garfield, NJ. His company is in the investment business - they invest in communications companies worldwide.   On this day he walked away with a great education as well as a... continue reading...

New Digium CEO

Mark Spencer is a competitive weapon at Digium and is well-liked by many in the open source community. It was evident to anyone who knows Mark that he is spread thin as a coder, manager, chief strategy officer and company... continue reading...

Even More Photos

Here are some more photos from this past week’s ITEXPO. I tell you the show was like one massive week-long adrenaline rush. It was just absolutely great to be part of this show. I am looking forward to the... continue reading...

A Testimonial and Thanks

I received this e-mail testimonial today from Olle Westerberg, CEO of Ingate Systems AB and my first reaction was happiness, satisfaction and then pride followed by gratitude. I will explain each in order. Happiness: There is no better feeling in... continue reading...

Skype Pro

The rumors swirled at ITEXPO that Skype would be releasing a new version called Skype Pro which would allow a calling package for Europe for a fee. Here is the post that breaks the news and the web page that... continue reading...

ITEXPO East Day 4: Harley Davidson, Toyota, Skype, IMS

I woke up at 3:30 am this morning after about 4.5 hours of sleep or so. I prefer to get more but it was tough to sleep with all that is going on this week in Ft. Lauderdale. I woke... continue reading...

ITEXPO Show News Ft. Lauderdale

Please refer to this show news page this week and thereafter to make sure don’t miss any important news from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. To be honest I have been so busy preparing for this show the last few... continue reading...

ITEXPO Photos from Ft. Lauderdale

Here are some of the latest photos from the show. It is going very well so far as I mentioned and the event is a great way to start the 2007 year of IP communications. I walked through the exhibit... continue reading...

Marc Robins and Jon Arnold Join Forces

Two esteemed consultants in the IP communications space are Marc Robins and Jon Arnold. The two have known each other for years and toyed with the idea of joining forces. It seems the time has come for this to become... continue reading...

2007 a Banner IP Communications Year

It is still not too late to decide to come down to ITEXPO this week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I have been getting e-mails by the dozen from colleagues and others who are still getting very low airfares to the... continue reading...

Microsoft and Nortel Stop the Messaging Madness

The average employee gets more than 50 messages every day on up to seven devices and today Microsoft and Nortel came together under the banner of the Innovative Communications Alliance to announce to the world that new software will help... continue reading...

Innovative Communications Alliance

I am in New York today with Greg Galitzine on my way to the Innovative Communications Alliance meeting which is the new (since this past summer anyway) initiative between Microsoft and Nortel. I haven’t covered this topic too extensively and... continue reading...

ID Needed for ITEXPO

Please make sure to bring a valid ID – passport, driver’s license, etc to ITEXPO next week. The expo takes place at the port. Yes that is where the convention center is. Homeland Security requires valid identification to get into... continue reading...

Communications in 2007

Any look at the future of any industry would not be complete without analysis of recent events. In the case of communications, 2006 seems like the transitional year of all time for a number of reasons. Next week, Jan 23-26... continue reading...

First ITEXPO East ’07 News

It look likes 2007 is in full swing with the first announcements coming from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo already. Aculab will be demonstrating their new HMP software allowing developers to take advantage of IVR, fax, conferencing and other functions... continue reading...

Business Continuity and VoIP

This past year’s mild hurricane season is something many in the Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana are certainly very happy about. But if you are a business in any area of the world, now is not the time to let your... continue reading...

Florida is on Sale for ITEXPO!

  It is not too late to book your flights to ITEXPO   I just went to Expedia and checked the airfares for the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo coming up in a few weeks. Boy was I surprised.... continue reading...

VoIP Changes the Lives of Disabled Veterans

Many people know how VoIP has changed lives and how it has allowed communications to take place among people who previously could not afford to communicate. Voice over IP is obviously disruptive but at the same time it has changed... continue reading...

Channels

One of the fastest growing areas of TMCnet is the channels program which are micro-communities of interest. These channels focus on so many topics I can’t list them all but a few of the more recent ones are here for... continue reading...

TMCnet Redesign

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million... continue reading...

Bring a Map

I'd like to start this blog entry off by saying Happy New Year :) and wishing all my readers a tremendous 2007. I hope you are healthy and happy and that your family and all loved ones are as well.... continue reading...

Net Neutrality Safe For Two Years

Yesterday I wrote about ensuring net neutrality and just to show you how fluid the telecom market is, today AT&T may have ensured net neutrality for all of us last night. Well at least for 24 months. The company... continue reading...

Lotus Elise

It's times like this I wish I wasn't on the naughty list. ;) Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Back at the Eden Roc today

I am back at the Eden Roc today but only because all other gyms in the area are closed. The bar at the hotel has Starbucks coffee and the best bar staff around. The gym staff is hit or... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Conference

Ingate received rave reviews from their SIP trunking session at the last ITEXPO in San iego. They are at it again and will hold a free conference titled  “The SIP Trunking Series: Everything you Need to Know” at ITEXPO in... continue reading...

Happy Holidays and Thanks!

I would like to take a moment and thank all my readers and wish you all a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. In addition I want to specifically thank you all for visiting TMCnet so frequently as... continue reading...

International VoIP Growth

Is international VoIP growing or shrinking? On the one hand the market is twice the size of last year but on the other the growth rate has slowed for two quarters.   From my perspective there is a tremendous amount... continue reading...

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

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... continue reading...

That's Two from flight %$#@&) 32

That's two bags in about an hour or so. Anyone at American Airlines aware of customer service? Hello?? Thankfully I have a blog and can vent. Other passengers are just cursing the airline. There are no airline representitives in... continue reading...

Voice Peering Forum Photos

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Whoops

Imagine my surprise when a man came to the bar and asked the bartender to unplug his laptop. Thankfully I didn't PhotoShop anyone. ;-) It always pays to be patient. Anyway I am on a cramped plane and couldn't... continue reading...

Customs is Closed

Well this is a fine way to start a trip. Customs in Canada is closed and it is just before 10:00 am. Thankfully fellow passengers are in a good mood and cracking some great jokes. One coworker suggested we... continue reading...

Asterisk Developer

A friend of mine is looking for the following. If you want the job send me a note and I will forward. ----- Can you recommend a developer that is really strong using Asterisk / VOIP and can help... continue reading...

Rain in Miami

I am back in Miami and on this rainy and windy day we decided to go shopping in the Bal Harbor shops. If you come down here, be careful - you could max out your credit cards. Even your... continue reading...

Miami Ink

I am still in south Florida today the home of ITEXPO next month. I walked by Miami Ink while they were filming their series. I don't have any photos but maybe I'll take one later. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Miami Herald

I am on the elliptical machine as you can see. The news from Miami is that an armed gunman stormed the Miami Herald building. It seems he is a former employee and may have hostages. Blogged via wireless handheldclick... continue reading...

In The Sky

After a delay of just under an hour, we are under way. The plane to Florida has a few empty seats and I am in an exit row and am lucky enough to have no one next to me.... continue reading...

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Although it is delayed already and you may not be able to see it clearly; soon I hope to be leaving on a jet plane. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Happy Thanksgiving

There is some traffic on the highway as I head to the airport. I have flown 5 times in 5 days on the same airline and am getting sick and tired of seeing the same old airline magazine. Thankfully... continue reading...

Endless Fields of Clouds

There is something absolutely serene about clouds. On this particular flight the heating system seems limited and you actually feel like you are outside. Did I mention it is around 40 degrees out? And that's on the ground. As... continue reading...

Flying to the Midwest Today

Here I am in the Westchester airport in New York waiting for my flight. No coffee yet this morning so I wonder if my grammar will be OK. This airport is the best as parking to check in is... continue reading...

Mike Tribolet of Vonage Speaking at ITEXPO

You know I have been meaning to blog about Mike Tribolet speaking at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo for a while but got sidetracked with a million things. As luck would have it I am going to be on the... continue reading...

Inter-Tel Buyout Withdrawal

Vector Capital and former Inter-Tel CEO Steven Mihaylo said they withdraw their bid for Inter-Tel. Recently Inter-Tel shareholders rejected the takeover proposal. 11,272,46 shares were voted against the Mihaylo Resolution, representing slightly over 50% of the 22,524,535 shares of the... continue reading...

Bible For Dummies

As he waited in line at the supermarket, Rich wondered if we have taken this I am in a hurry lifestyle a bit too far. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Shots of Times Square

Here are some shots from Times Square. The girls with blue hair were hired by Samsung to promote their blu-ray Disc players. The girls were well versed on the technology and spoke with me about it a bit. In... continue reading...

Shots of Times Square

Here are some shots from Times Square. The girls with blue hair were hired by Samsung to promote their blu-ray Disc players. The girls were well versed on the technology and spoke with me about it a bit. In... continue reading...

Times Square Video

Things you just *don't* see in Connecticut. Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

Web 2.0 meets VoIP and Call Center 2.0

If I have to say what the most interesting thing happening in the call center today it is call center 2.0 which like every other concept with a 2.0 moniker means many different things depending on who you are. For... continue reading...

Aricent

As Zippy says quite well in this article, "Normally, when a new company makes its debut, Yours Truly will cross his fingers and wish good luck upon the company's uncertain future. That won't be necessary with Aricent, which comes out... continue reading...

Heading Home From Lisbon

It has been a wild week here in Lisbon at Dialogic Connections and there is so much going through my head. Will the new Dialogic be anything like the old one? Can it generate more interest in telecom? Will more... continue reading...

Wine Tasting and Dinner at Dialogic Connections 2006

I had some great port wines at the start of the night. Very sweet and wines I liked. Now on to the rest of the menu. I asked Tim Moynihan - former Dialogic employee and now customer as VP... continue reading...

Dialogic Connections Wine Tasting Dinner Video

Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring a great dinner. Lots of fun. I am heading back home soon and had a good time in Portugal. Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

Dialogic Connections 2006 Analysis

Perhaps the most important takeaway from the Dialogic Connections event taking place this week in Lisbon, Portugal is that Nick Jensen the President and CEO of Dialogic has a strong vision for where the company is headed. Nick states emphatically... continue reading...

Dialogic Connections First Morning

Dialogic's James Besley kicks things off this morning with enthusiasm. Talk of opportunity and the need to capitalize on it was part of the opening remarks. Besley said, "Dialogic has a very clear direction for the next 24 months and... continue reading...

Skype Journal on ITEXPO

Phil Wolf over at Skype Journal proudly tells me his blog is for suits and geeks and while I may not have recalled the two in the exact order and perhaps my memory is not as photographic as I would... continue reading...

Net Neutrality – Who Gives a Sh&*^%$T?

Seriously people don’t care. Excuse the profanity but I can’t believe it. At the last ITEXPO I asked hundreds of people in the keynote how many people cared about net neutrality and out of somewhere around 500-700 people, 2 or... continue reading...

VoIP Planet on ITEXPO

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... continue reading...

NetworkWorld Coverage of ITEXPO

I just came across this article by accident on the NetworkWorld site. It talks about ITEXPO and the Cisco IP Telephony User Group meeting which took place the same week. Here are the details. BTW we closed out at about... continue reading...

ITEXPO Highlights From Jon Arnold

Jon Arnold had a good overview of what happened at ITEXPO last week on his blog. As he points out the show content is very broad and we have done our best to go deep in the important areas.Here is... continue reading...

More ITEXPO Photos from the Photographer

Here are a bunch more professional photos from the photographer and not my camera phone. This should give a good representation of the various areas of the event. It was great fun and we can't wait to do it all... continue reading...

My Mobile Blogging From ITEXPO

I must admit it is very weird to click on a link and see photos of yourself mobile blogging or moblogging. Thanks to Dan York for pointing out how I was doing this from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2006 is Over

The show went very well and I am on the way home. When I got to my seat I found it was located next to the door. There was no seat in front of me so I couldn't keep... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Lots of Activity in the Conferences

I was happily surprised by the attendance in the security session on a Friday. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

IP Communications IPOs are back

While a single positive offering does not a trend make, the negative effects of the Vonage IPO have been felt far and wide and yesterday at ITEXPO many people in the industry told me they hope the Acme Packet IPO... continue reading...

ITEXPO: No Comment

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ITEXPO: Top 100 Voices Party

Duane Sword and Andy Huckridge - 2 award winners and competitors sharing a drink. ITEXPO is the Ultimate IP Communications Experience! Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Dash911 Welcoming Nadji

Having fun in San Diego. Work hard Play hard. ;) Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Radisys Reception

Having fun on the last show night! C U tomorrow. ITEXPO is the Ultimate IP Communications Experience! Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Even More Photos

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ITEXPO: Photos, Photos, Photos

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ITEXPO: Eli Bordow Speaks

The Self-Healing, Self Optimizing Call CenterEli Borodow who was recently CEO of Telephony@Work -- now a part of Oracle -- did a great job speaking at the Call Center 2.0 Conference this morning and gave a riveting speech about how... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Samsung Focus on Resellers

Samsung is hitting the ball out of the park with resellers. Hear why. ITEXPO is the Ultimate IP Communications Experience! Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Inter-Tel Booth Doing Nicely

Nice activity at the Inter-Tel booth. This crowd hung around for quite some time while I had meetings nearby. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

IP Communications is Thriving

I haven't had a chance to snap photos but the exhibit hall is mobbed with buyers. Thanks to all of you who have chosen ITEXPO as your primary IP communications venue to attend. Photos to come. ITEXPO is the... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Zig Serafin, Microsoft Keynote Photo

Nice shot of the standing room only crowd. Even more amazing as Some people had left to go to the exhibit hall before I snapped this. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Zig Serafin, Microsoft

Microsoft's Zig Serafin is doing a great job and even referenced me in his keynote - he talked about how 10 years ago we couldn't have envisioned real-time video and photo communications with a web-based community via current devices.... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Lucent Techologies, Stan Holcomb

Stan just kicked off his keynote and the crowd is growing in size. Standing room only now. Hope to see you here soon. Great keynotes today... Oracle, AT&T, Lucent, Microsoft and others.Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Eric Shepcaro, AT&T Speaks

Eric played a great video showing a globally distributed hot dog vendor using technology to manage his business. It was really well-done. Eric did a great job addressing the standing room only keynote at ITEXPO. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Sphere Demo XML/RSS

Sphere enables RSS/XML feeds on phones with the aid of a web server built into the phone server. Stop by the booth to see more and experience VoIP 2.0 Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

ITEXPO: The Beauty of San Diego

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Concord Fax Integrations

I just had a chance to sit down here at ITEXPO with Ralph Musgrove who as you may know was instrumental in bringing PC-based faxing to the world via his work at Delrina over ten years ago. More recently he... continue reading...

Andy Abramson's Dinner

Last night here at TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo I had dinner with Andy Abramson and a group of the movers and shakers in IP communications. I was invited to a similar dinner at TMC's VoIP Developer (now called... continue reading...

ITEXPO: PacStar 5500 Deployable IP communications solution

Check out the PacStar 5500 deployable IP communications solution at ITEXPO. Powered by Sphere CSE. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Pam Shapiro Smiling at the Cantata Booth

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ITEXPO: Catching up with Good Friends

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ITEXPO: ABP and Adtran

ABP and Adtran have a buzz going on in their booth. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: VPF

Shrihari Pandit and Jinci Liu from the VPF. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: GlobalTouch Telecom Booth

Just a random booth to give you some show flavor. More to come. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Norman Stout from Inter-Tel

Norman Stout from Inter-Tel is doing a nice job. His keynote is interactive and engaging.Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO Kicks Off

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ITEXPO: Mark Spencer Larger than Life

Mark Spencer from Asterisk is larger than life at ITEXPO. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Mark Spencer from Asterisk Speaks

Mark is doing a great job speaking about how companies are building their businesses around Asterisk. He mentioned how you can empower you channel allowing them to get things done for you. This has allowed Digium/Asterisk to compete with... continue reading...

Skype Plug-ins

Tom has a blog entry discussing news from ITEXPO this week and the announcement about Skype 3.0 beta having plug-in support was very exciting to me. Sure it won't have the same sort of plug-in support of say Firefox but... continue reading...

AudioCodes Allows IP Communications Developers to Explore New Worlds

When designing telecom applications you have to be part clairvoyant. The reason of course is you need to try to figure out what coders you need to support your customer. It is tough to know sometimes who your customer will... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Bruce Nash of Ixia

Bruce was speaking at lunch on day2 to to a packed room! Blogged via wireless handheldclick Play button above to play video... continue reading...

ITEXPO: VoIP Security Session

I spied this standing room only session with Seamus Hourihan of Acme Packet. This while IMS EXPO keynotes and over half a dozen sessions were in progress! ITEXPO is really the Ultimate IP Communications Experience. Blogged via wireless handheldclick... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Scott Petrack Speaks

Scott has been in VoIP since 1991 - not a typo he was working at IBM Research at the time. He joked now that in 1996 when he joined VocalTec he thought all the Interesting applications had been discovered.... continue reading...

Talk About the Ultimate IP Communications Experience

As I sit here at ITEXPO in a session I am moderating titled how to make money selling VoIP with a number of resellers from around the world there is an IMS EXPO keynote session kicking off while conference sessions... continue reading...

ITEXPO: Tony Rybcynski of Nortel Speaks

Tony is a frequent columnist at TMC and is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in IP communications. He also made the Top 100 Voices of IP Communications in this Month's Internet Telephony Magazine. He is doing... continue reading...

ITEXPO Chris Gravett Keynote: Aculab

Here is a photo of Chris speaking as we'll as a test to see if photo blogging bugs have ben fixed. Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Aculab's Chris Gravett Speaks at ITEXPO

Chris kicked off the keynotes this morning to a packed house of conferees 40% of whom cam from outside the US. Conferees played the how far did you fly here from game with the moderator yours truly. Norway was the... continue reading...

Ditech Networks Reception at ITEXPO

We are having a great time. Wish you were here. Blogged via wireless handheld click Play button above to play video... continue reading...

Brian Metherell speaks at ITEXPO

Brian Metherell the VP and General Manager of Toshiba American Information Systems spoke at ITEXPO today and I caught him highlighting his recent dealer survey. Mobility seems to be a key driver of purchasing according to this survey. Thankfully cost... continue reading...

Chalan Aras from Ditech Networks Speaks

Chalan spoke today about how Starbucks and Harley Davidson have created an experience out of commodity products. Hey said this during a charismatic keynote at ITEXPO.Chalan mentioned Virgin Mobile is doing the same with mobile technology. Other points he made... continue reading...

ECA Enterprise Market Report

Check out this vital resource and better yet buy a copy at www.encomm.org. Blogged via wireless handheld click Play button above to play video... continue reading...

Paragon Wireless hipi-2200

I had a chance to see the Paragon Wireless hipi-2200 at ITEXPO - it does WiFi and GSM built in and has a standby battery life of 3 days with WiFi turned on! It is quad band with Windows Mobile.The... continue reading...

Leveraging Open Source Software for VoIP Development

Here is Gordon Ledger with Iperia educating the ITEXPO audience on open source IP communications development here in San Diego. Blogged via wireless handheld click Play button above to play video... continue reading...

TMC University Kicks Off

Here is a look at the start of TMC University 101 at ITEXPO in San Diego. Tomorrow TMC U 201 kicks off. The conferences are looking great. Blogged via wireless handheld click Play button above to play video... continue reading...

ITEXPO Has Started: Bryan Martin is Speaking

Bryan Martin the Charman & CEO of 8x8/Packet8 has kicked off his keynote at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and started talking a bit about VoIP history. He also said Packet8 has added 200 jobs and IP communications is helping... continue reading...

Partnering and Metcalfe’s Law

You may have had a chance to read my article a while back about Metcalfe’s Law and peering. The article mentions the power of any network increases as a square of the number of nodes on the network.While this is plainly understood... continue reading...

Visiting FaxBack at ITEXPO

I got this editorial pitch today for ITEXPO. You know I notice so many companies calling the show incorrectly IP Telephony Conference & Expo instead of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo – actually IP Telephony is a more inclusive term... continue reading...

ITEXPO Marriott Surf Limo

Here is the really cool limo the hotel sent me when I got to San Diego for ITEXPO. Check out the surf board on top. I love this city. Hope to see you all here soon! Blogged via wireless handheld... continue reading...

Amman Jordan the latest ITEXPO Country

Mike Genaro TMC's VP of Marketing informs me the latest new country to register for ITEXPO is an engineer from a service provider located in Amman Jordan. You probably noticed we have been tracking just how many countries ITEXPO attracts... continue reading...

Open Source Communications and SIP come to Amazon.com

If you have any doubt about the future of open source communications consider it shattered as Amazon.com will soon be deploying 5,000 phones connected to the Pingtel ECS platform running on Linux. The relationship between Pingtel and Amazon.com started about... continue reading...

FCC: AT&T Now Guards the Cheese

Many people think one of the best things the FCC ever did was to put someone associated with COMPTEL on the commission. In my conversations at every level of the telecom industry, executives tell me consistently they think the FCC... continue reading...

Get the Full IP Communications Experience

I can't help but feel like a proud parent as we get ready for this week's ITEXPO. The team I work with have absolutely outdone themselves and the scope of this event is beyond my imagination. To think this show... continue reading...

Google Click-to-Call Cancelled

There are two things I can’t stand:1) Working on a Saturday night2) Finding out that Google is pulling out of the click-to-call marketSeriously – is Om correct on this one? Frankly I would find it very hard to believe the... continue reading...

ITEXPO in San Diego Business Journal

Mike Allen does a great job with his article about Internet Telephony Conference & Expo – hopefully the first (whoops : third-- Mercator Capital was second and New Telephony was first!) of many this week about ITEXPO. I just can’t... continue reading...

Nice Write-Up on ITEXPO

I just got the latest Mercator Capital newsletter and was delighted to see a well-written article on TMC’s upcoming Internet Telephony show. First though a plug on Mercator Capital:Mercator Capital is a privately-held investment bank focused on mergers & acquisitions,... continue reading...

ITEXPO Preview on New Telephony

Here is a pre-show write-up on ITEXPO I just saw on New Telephony. Good stuff. In a pre-show meeting yesterday I was just blown away at how much content there is at this show. Certainly if you have been following... continue reading...

IP Communications Investments

Recently a reporter called me to ask what the best investments are today in the communications space. I thought about this question for a while and these are my thoughts. What do you think?I hope to connect with many of... continue reading...

UTStarcom FMC

UTStarcom is hosting a symposium at our upcoming ITEXPO on FMC. The Symposium will be held on Thursday in the Pavilion Theater on the show floor from 11:30 – 1:00 and again on Friday 1:00 – 2:30. This session is... continue reading...

NXTComm

I just heard that USTA and TIA announced TelecomNext 2007, which was planned for Las Vegas on March 18-20, 2007, will not be taking place. Instead, the two organizations are putting on NXTComm, taking place in Chicago, June 18-21, 2007.... continue reading...

Dialogic Back After 7 Years

This Dialogic will be about IP not TDMIf you have been in the telecom business for five years or more you know the large shadow cast over the industry by Dialogic. In the mid-nineties the computer telephony/CTI market was booming... continue reading...

Webinar News

There are a ton of things going on at TMC and one of the most exciting is our web seminar program where we educate decision-makers on some of the latest and most important topics in the world of IP communications... continue reading...

Tadiran and Digium Interviews

If you haven't had a chance, please take a look at some of the latest executive suite interviews. One is with Ron Bregman of Tadiran. This Israeli-based company has been in telecom for many years with a reputation for bulletproof system... continue reading...

Quintuple Play

I have been noticing more and more service providers registering for ITEXPO and I believe many of them are interested in figuring out how to provide many services beyond just VoIP. That leads one naturally to providing broadband access, television,... continue reading...

IPTV Conference

IPTV ConferenceI have been getting lots of positive feedback about TMC partnering with Fierce Markets to launch an IPTV conference next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Here are some of the topics that will be discussed at... continue reading...

Pika Introduces Skype VoIP to Asterisk

Two of the biggest trends in IP communications are Skype and Asterisk. There is just something so compelling about the free model --consumers and enterprises can't seem to get enough of either of the products these two companies offer.But what... continue reading...

Art Rosenberg

I have been getting Lots of constructive feedback from Art Rosenberg for many years; probably longer than a decade. Way back to when we launched CTI Magazine in fact. As you may know Art is widely accepted as the person... continue reading...

Asterisk Training

Users have been clamoring for effective Asterisk training for quite some time. TMC has searched far and wide for the best Asterisk trainers to provide the best training to our conferees. While If you have been to any of TMC’s... continue reading...

ITEXPO Special Attractions

There are officially 11 days until Internet Telephony Conference & Expo West 2006 so I thought it made sense to let my readers know everything that is going on at the show. There is just so much fantastic content and... continue reading...

AT&T Dismisses VoIP

I meet lots of companies that tell me they are in stealth mode. Generally speaking companies who believe they should run in stealth mode end up out of money and sold as distressed assets. Sometimes these corporations do get purchased... continue reading...

Enterprise VoIP Peering Comes of Age

I recently had a chance to catch up with Hunter Newby of telx and speak with him about his newest initiative in the voice/VoIP peering space. Hunter has noticed an enlightening trend in the world of information technology. As... continue reading...

Maximizing Service Provider Revenue

How Today's Carriers Could Use Data Mining To Boost Revenue and Discover the Profits of the Service provider 2.0 World.Every once in a while you get to look at an industry with fresh perspective and more importantly you get to... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Session at ITEXPO

Here are more details on the SIP trunking session at ITEXPO. I mentioned it recently in this article. This is a descriptive e-mail from Ingate:------------Ingate Systems and its partners invites you to attend a FREE SEMINAR at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference... continue reading...

Spanlink and Workforce Management

If you have ever driven to TMC’s headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut from I95 North you know about congestion. You see there are two exits that are a stone’s throw away from each other – 14 and 15 - and just... continue reading...

MetaSwitch, Cisco and Juniper Gossip

I spoke at a seminar hosted by Interactive Intelligence like I have been doing more and more lately. Today I was in Detroit, MI, a city and state I have never been to. I was a huge fan of Ford... continue reading...

IVR Technologies

I met up with Barry Sher last week and hadn't spoken to him in a while. He used to work for Telephony Experts back in the good old days of the nineties when Computer Telephony and CTI were all the... continue reading...

Google Earth Update

Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are separate services but I see them getting more closely aligned over time. This announcement about Google Earth now supporting multimedia features shows the search giant is not taking its numerous eyes off any... continue reading...

NetSapiens

 Big VoIP Revenue for Small Potato ProvidersLocated just a few miles from the San Diego Convention Center the home of the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is NetSapiens a company making the lives of smaller service providers much easier.I... continue reading...

Rodopi Software

Recently I had a chance to travel to Southern California and see the many companies that make up the IP communications market of the state. Two things I noticed about Southern California are the food is still great out there... continue reading...

Bandtel

Out of the many areas in the IP communications space worth watching, I think SIP trunking (see TMCnet's SIP Week in Review for lots more info on the SIP trunking market) is among the more interesting. I say this because... continue reading...

Press/Analyst List at ITEXPO

I have been hearing quite a few positive comments in the industry about how the press/analyst and Wall Street lists have grown at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. This event in a few weeks in San Diego is well on... continue reading...

Macedonia Country #55

Mike tells me we just got country number 55 -- and the winner is an NMS Engineer from MobiKos Inc. a mobile operator. ITEXPO as I have said before is really the United Nations of IP Communications.... continue reading...

Around the IP Communications World

Perhaps this should entry would be better titled around the IP Communications world in 4 days?Mike Genaro, TMC's VP of Marketing tells me that the International attendance at the ITEXPO coming up in San Diego will be between 60-70 countries.According... continue reading...

T-Mobile Wins Advanced Wireless Spectrum

Looks like T-Mobile has won the bid for some valuable advanced wireless spectrum -- the largest block of 120 licenses for $4.2 billion. Bidding on the wireless spectrum located in the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands began in early... continue reading...

ITEXPO Attendance Update

I had a chance to look at the attendees from the last 2 days who signed up for ITEXPO and remain amazed at the global reach of this event. As you know TMC has a global reach with a North... continue reading...

Pretexting – The Good, Bad and Ugly

In recent days pretexting has become a mainstream term in newspapers and blogs around the world. Admittedly pretexting is a term that most people are not familiar with and most are shocked when they learn what it is. Pretexting is... continue reading...

Speaking at ITEXPO Ft. Lauderdale 2007

I have been getting lots of questions about how people can speak at this show – which promises – as usual to be the best-attended IP communications show in the world. As usual we have a call for papers process... continue reading...

Alcatel and Lucent Approve Merger

The Alcatel and Lucent merger was just approved despite rumors to the contrary. The price -- 10.8 billion dollars."As we have said from the start, the primary driver of this combination is to create long-term value for shareowners, customers, and... continue reading...

Dialogic Repairs

I just got this e-mail and since I wasn't aware of companies that make Dialogic repairs, I figured others aren't aware either. So I decided to pass along this e-mail. I hope this information helps you. Good Luck.----Just read your... continue reading...

Nortel’s Future

With the rumblings in the market and out Alcatel and Lucent possibly calling things off, it might be a good time to look to Canada and see how Nortel is doing and what they plan for their future. I just... continue reading...

Alcatel and Lucent No Deal?

A flurry of articles are now out there in cyberspace hinting that Alcatel and Lucent may not merge after all. The telecom market seems to have already responded to this deal and competitors have been repositioning themselves to compete with... continue reading...

TMC in Stamford Advocate

TMC was featured on the front page of the business section of the Stamford Advocate newspaper today. It was also in the Hartford Courant (at least online – I am not sure if it made the printed version on Sunday)... continue reading...

Tier One Service Providers Worldwide

I have never seen so many registrations form Tier one service providers at any previous TMC event. This Internet Telephony Conference & Expo this October will have a massive showing of Tier 1 and smaller providers. In addition we are... continue reading...

Show Registrations

The number of show registrations is trending higher than for any previous Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Most notable is the locations these registrations are coming from. Germany, Italy other parts of Europe and all over APAC. That is on... continue reading...

ITEXPO – Early Bird

Time is running out to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. A reminder to my blog readers that the time is now to save up to $1,000 on a registration. That, my friends is a... continue reading...

ITEXPO – Unbelievable Sign-ups

Today alone has been an incredible day with virtually all of the top tier service providers, cable companies and a number of government entities with massive purchasing power signing up for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. It has been an... continue reading...

Latest Communications Solutions

Here is the latest look of the Communications Solutions website. I hope you like it.... continue reading...

Google WiFi

Few companies strike fear in the heart of Microsoft and the incumbent telephone companies like Google. Analysts and journalists seem to delight in asking the software leader and the companies comprising the new AT&T how they will fend off the... continue reading...

Sprint Interview

Here is the partially edited interview I had with Tony Krueck, VP of Product Development at Sprint. This was a great interview for me as I really learned a great deal about what Sprint is up to and how they are... continue reading...

Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.This is potentially... continue reading...

Globalcomm Day 1

Today was kind of a weird trade show day as Globalcomm was very empty compared to past Supercomm events. The TMC booth hardly saw a soul and exhibitors were fuming. I witnessed exhibits with massive amounts of empty space.Others complained... continue reading...

TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this... continue reading...

TMCnet Video: part 2

Here is the release on TMC video – I have had many questions on this today. We are very excited to get this rolling.-----------Critical Mention Launches ClipSyndicate, a 'One Stop Shop' For Web Site Publishers to Syndicate Video News Segments... continue reading...

Inter-Tel 7000

Industry analyst and telecom veteran Mark Ricca says “Inter-Tel has done a masterful job in developing a platform that is being designed to successfully leverage advanced IP technology to provide a rich, intuitive feature set that can be an asset... continue reading...

IMS Party at GlobalComm

We are about to announce details of our annual Supercomm – whoops – GlobalComm party that we put on with the IPCC. This is now the third year of this party. Last year it was at Sears Tower, the year... continue reading...

Call Center 2.0 Sponsor

TMC’s new Call Center 2.0 conference is off to a strong start… We are putting together the conference content of this event as I write this and so far there is strong sponsor interest with Spanlink being our first... continue reading...

TMCnet Podcast

Check out the latest TMC podcast with Aculab's David Duffet. Here are some of the topics being discussed:   ACE (Aculab User group) 2006 in Budapest/upcoming in San Francisco Jack Handy Asterisk Asterisk Business edition WiFi VoIP CTIA IMS – IP... continue reading...

TMC News Snapshots

Here is a new service from TMCnet – News Snapshots™ that will allow you to have a single page to go to keep track of important companies and topics in communications and technology. Bill Gates even gets a page. A... continue reading...

Nokia Predicts Massive IMS Growth

According to this article Nokia thinks the IMS market will be huge. There are a number of reasons including the need for more revenue creation opportunities and services. Services like mobile video and fixed mobile convergence are discussed in the... continue reading...

San Jose Mercury News

One of my favorite newspapers had a brief mention of me and Internet Telephony Conference & Expo this morning. The article, One year after HP ouster, Carly Fiorina has a new life from the San Jose Mercury News was about... continue reading...

VoIP Trends

I have now been asked three times in one day what the trends were from the last Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. I would have to say that the fixed mobile convergence and IMS... continue reading...

IMS Expo

On the heels of a tremendously successful IMS Summit at ITEXPO this past week with multiple standing room only sessions, we feel TMC is the right company to educate the world on the growing IMS market. For this reason, TMC... continue reading...

Thank You

Thank you for attending ITEXPO last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and giving us testimonials any show producer would be proud to have. What consistently amazes me about Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is that a wide variety of exhibitors... continue reading...

VoIP in 89 Countries

VoIP is indeed becoming more international by the day. In fact at the recent ITEXPO show in Ft. Lauderdale, 89 countries were represented. Thank you all for attending Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and making the event the one place... continue reading...

What is happening in VoIP

If there is a single trend I have observed this week it is that VoIP is really happening. I spent a good deal of time interviewing companies exhibiting at the Internet Telephony show and they told me that the buyers... continue reading...

Tom Ridge Speaking

Tom Ridge is speaking at ITEXPO now and is doing an amazing job. The show is going exceedingly well. Here are some photos. Exhibitors are raving about quality and quantity and attendees are all thrilled. Please check TMCnet for details... continue reading...

SIP Magazine is Here

SIP Magazine is here! Thanks to all of you that helped make this publication possible incuding my fellow TMC team members and those of you in the industry that helped support this new magazine. :) On to IMS Magazine which... continue reading...

Meeting Ron Insana

I am really looking forward to meeting Ron Insana today. I have been an avid CNBC fan for years – perhaps a decade or so. I can’t wait to hear what Insana has to say. I have noticed that many... continue reading...

Asterisk's Mark Spencer Speaks

The keynotes at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo keynotes kicked off today, the first day of this four-day event, with Mark Spencer of Digium/Asterisk to a huge audience.  Mark started his talk by saying that his company runs VoIP on... continue reading...

Internet Telephony Countries

I just looked at the database of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Attendees and scanned the countries from the last few days. This is what I found. This broad cross-section of attendees from around the globe shows how really international... continue reading...

The SIP Standard

It is also great see that a single standard like SIP has emerged as something we can all rally around. What may have really slowed industry growth in years past was a plethora of standards that sewed more confusion in... continue reading...

ITEXPO Can't Miss Events

The worst thing you can do at an industry event is miss one of the most important things that are happening. At Internet Telephony Conference & Expo next week for example there is just so much happening that you will... continue reading...

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Internets

Here is the unedited Publisher's Outlook from the February 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine:We live in a country that prides itself on being on the forefront of technology yet we are behind in many ways. Interestingly we seem to... continue reading...

AT&T

This past week was pretty busy with communications news and announcements. For example, AT&T made a number of headlines by providing large-scale videoconferencing in China among other accomplishments. The communications giant seems to be on fire now that SBC and... continue reading...

TMCnet in Top 1,000 Sites in World!

I had decided not to say anything about TMCnet's Alexa ranking until we hit triple-digits. We set a few new records since our 1,151 daily record back on January 5 of this year but I wanted to keep quiet until... continue reading...

ITEXPO Latest Update

The largest gathering of attendees for any VoIP show in the world will take place next week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Our attendance numbers are absolutely incredible and the list of registrants keep growing.Here is some information on the event... continue reading...

VoIP and Making Money

Here is the latest article on making money in VoIP and how to partner/resell the products and services needed to make you wealthy in the IP communications business. John McDonald will be on my panel next week at Internet Telephony... continue reading...

Asterisk Certification

Be sure to check out the Asterisk certification at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo next week. We are very proud to be expanding TMC University’s certifications into a new area. If you are interested in getting certification in open-source VoIP... continue reading...

ITEXPO Don't Miss Luncheon

Vonexus, an Interactive Intelligence are hosting a "New Rules of Business Communications" luncheon at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo next week.This luncheon includes a keynote from Interactive Intelligence founder, president, and CEO, Dr. Donald E. Brown, who will provide an... continue reading...

VoIP Expo Marketing

I had a discussion with my marketing department today. They are about to let the world know that there are still unbelievable deals on airlines and hotels to go to Florida for the Internet Telephony Show next week in Fort... continue reading...

VoIP Peering 2.0 is Video Peering 1.0

Hunter Newby has done a great job on his VoIP peering column in Internet Telephony Magazine. The article is so good I want to make sure you take a look at some of it. Be sure to keep reading Internet... continue reading...

VoIP 2.0 Conference Goes Web 2.0

Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Mashup AnnouncedToday, Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) the company that produces Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) announced it has produced a mashup of its domestic attendees signed up for the conference in order to graphically... continue reading...

Nextone Blog

Check it out, NexTone has a blog. Why is this important? It just shows the trend towards everyone having a blog. In a world where technology changes so rapidly, tech companies really all need a blog. This outlet allows them... continue reading...

VoIP Silos

Today Erik Lagerway referenced the VoIP Silos article that Om Malik wrote a while back. I agree 100% as well. Perhaps VoIP peering will allow carriers to interconnect more easily. But just as importantly we need to keep in mind... continue reading...

ITEXPO Plug

Here is an informational e-mail we are about to send out. I think it is blogworthy because so many people have been e-mailing me with questions answered by this e-mail. The energy level in the VoIP space is incredible and... continue reading...

Make Money in VoIP

How to make money in VoIP is perhaps the most often asked question in the business. The market is exploding with growth but not everyone knows how to generate an income from such a fast growing market. What are the... continue reading...

Alexa Record: 1,151

I just sent this e-mail to my fellow TMC team members and just had to share it with everyone as I am so happy with the news:-----------------------From: Rich Tehrani Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:14 PMTo: All TMC Team Members;Subject:... continue reading...

Deploying New Services

I received this article recently from Lucent. It is an article about Lucent services but it nevertheless is worthy of reading as it details some next generation services we will be seeing service providers deploy in the future. For example... continue reading...

TMCnet: 10 Million Page Views

TMCnet: reached 9,945,852 million page views in December 2005 according to WebTrends. This is an all-time high for our site. A page view is basically as the name implies a single page being viewed. So if a person comes to... continue reading...

SIP Magazine

This month, TMC launches SIP Magazine. I am elated about this launch and the industry has echoed my feelings. I have had extensive conversations with the true leaders in the world of SIP and they think the time is right... continue reading...

68 Countries Register For ITEXPO

I just got word that people from over 68 countries will be attending Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. VoIP growth is really taking off and this is such a worldwide phenomenon that I am not surprised to see such large... continue reading...

Vonage Chooses Sonus

I still can’t stop thinking about how many people in the year 2002 when the telecom market was in a perilous time told me that service providers all buy Lucent. Sure they will trial anything and everything else but when... continue reading...

Internet Telephony Expo Show Hotel Sold Out

Great news. The first show hotel at ITEXPO, the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott is sold out. This is quite a testament to the growth of VoIP and the global interest in the technology. I am extra-excited about this event –... continue reading...

VoIP Peering in 2006

I am getting more and more comments about my prediction that 2006 will be the year of VoIP peering. There is just more more day in 2005 after all. That is why I am so excited that CableLabs recently reported... continue reading...

ITEXPO: 200% Growth

Thank you readers of my blog as well as those who read TMC’s print and online offerings for making ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida such a success so far. It is much appreciated. Please have a Happy New Year and... continue reading...

Microsoft, Softbank and Japan Telecom Oh My

Microsoft Co. Ltd., SOFTBANK BB Corp., and JAPAN TELECOM CO. LTD., announced that they are developing a security-enhanced, integrated communications service that combines VoIP, e-mail, Internet access, groupware, presence, instant messaging and desktop services with network infrastructure, and that they... continue reading...

Tom Ridge

I got a chance to speak with Governor Tom Ridge yesterday regarding his upcoming keynote at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO). In case you aren't aware he is currently sitting on the board of Vonage and he says he... continue reading...

Reserve Your Room At ITEXPO

Please please please reserve your room at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo immediately if you plan on coming down to the show. The show hotel is about to be sold out as are all the other hotels in the area.... continue reading...

Tom Ridge to Speak at ITEXPO

I am looking forward to hearing Tom Ridge’s comments at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo this month in Ft. Lauderdale Florida (January 24–27). Secretary Ridge will present his thoughts on a number of issues ranging from security to... continue reading...

The E-911 Opportunity

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.In our company’s insider parlance, an opportunity is often a euphemism for a “problem.” This makes for some interesting turns of phrase when things go wrong and my colleagues approach me... continue reading...

VoIP Predictions 2006

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.Here are some predictions for the future of VoIP:Two Tiered InternetThe FCC will continue to make life difficult for VoIP providers. In addition they will side with the LECs on a... continue reading...

Top VoIP Investments/Trends

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.Last year in response to many requests I started a Top 10 investments list in which I outlined some of the best investments for 2005. Here is an update on last... continue reading...

Iwatsu at ITEXPO

As the holidays approach us one cannot stop to think about how exciting the year is going to be in the VoIP space next year. I expect another record-setting year for the VoIP market. For example the number of announcements... continue reading...

Ron Insana

I just had a chance to speak with Ron Insana today and am very impressed with him. He really knows his stuff. If you aren’t aware, Mr. Insana is an anchor for CNBC and is one of the most well-known... continue reading...

Sun Sentinel ITEXPO Press

Here is some nice press for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. I for one just cannot wait to get out of the cold New England weather for the first VoIP show of the year at ITEXPO next month. In case... continue reading...

Colorado is Freezing

OK, I seem to have chosen the coldest time of the year to come to Colorado. I have been here for a few days. When I arrived there were hurricane force winds of up to 95 miles per hour. A... continue reading...

ITEXPO Gets More Press

There was a great article in the South Florida Business Journal (Alexa 1,170) about the keynotes at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. In particular there was a mention of Tom Ridge and his participation in the conference. A nice mention... continue reading...

Blackberry Up To Their Neck

Yes indeed Blackberry is up to their neck in, well you know. Their service is in jeopardy of being shut down in the US but few analysts think this will happen. They could be forced to spend a billion dollars... continue reading...

Get a Free iPod Nano

I stopped in the Apple store yesterday and was amazed at how many iPod Nanos they are selling. For the record I was in the Westchester Mall located in White Plains, New York and was tasked with buying a nano... continue reading...

Skype in the Enterprise

Two months ago, on September 26, 2005 I wrote an article titled VoIP Killed the PBX Star. This article received a tremendous amount of traffic and from what I am told was posted on quite a few PBX vendor intranets... continue reading...

CableLabs VoIP Peering RFI

I expect the entire cable industry to adopt VoIP peering soon. Take a look at this VoIP Peering RFI from CableLabs. I imagine that I could be right on with my prediction of 2006 being the year of VoIP peering.... continue reading...

TMC Gets Some Press

Our local Fairfield County newspaper The Stamford Advocate had a nice article on TMC today. I actually worked for this newspaper briefly when I was 16. I was a telemarketer and sold newspaper subscriptions. I am sure if someone told... continue reading...

ITEXPO Exhibitor Survey

I am so grateful to all the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Exhibitors that filled out surveys for our last show that took place just two weeks ago in LA. In just under 80 days we have our next show... continue reading...

Latest ITEXPO Photos

Check out the new photos from ITEXPO last week. Here are pictures of Michael Powell, Carly Fiorina, a packed exhibit hall and conferences and finally Commissioner Susan Kennedy of the California PUC.... continue reading...

Free iPod nano

My favorite iPod at the moment is the nano. I just think the form factor is amazing. I don't have one yet. I am too busy blogging and enjoying putting on conferences to get one. So I figured I would... continue reading...

Tom Ridge & Ron Insana at ITEXPO in Florida

After the tremendous success of ITEXPO this past week, TMC is on a roll and VoIP 2.0 has definitely started to arrive. Of course I don’t think we are 100% there yet but we are at the start. I am... continue reading...

Calysto on ITEXPO

Calysto Communications and Public Relations is a PR company that has perhaps the most customers in the VoIP space and they have a great team of PR people. Their clients are certainly almost all on the telecom "A" list. Since... continue reading...

Susan Kennedy Transcript

Here is the text of Commissioner Susan Kennedy’s speech at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from last week in Los Angeles. She did an outstanding job and had the audience laughing at 8:00 am. This is no easy feat and... continue reading...

Rates Technology Inc.

I have been hearing more and more rumblings in the VoIP industry regarding Jerry Weinberger of Rates Technology Inc. (RTI). I don't get too many people coming to me about patent issues so when I heard about this company, I... continue reading...