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Eric Schmidt Steps Down from Apple Board

August 3, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down from Apple's board. Many are surprised Schmidt didn't step down earlier but certainly when Apple did the about face on Google Voice which sparked questions from the FCC, the stage was set. According to CNBC - Schmidt's about face was likely a result of a nudge - perhaps from Apple - taking into account the current political climate. Comments from the cable television station say Schmidt mentioned as recently as this past Saturday that he doesn't need to step down.

Nortel's Pension Soap Opera

July 30, 2009

If you like soap operas, communications, technology, bankruptcies and pension liability discussions, this well-researched and well-written article by TMC's Brendan Read makes for interesting reading.

Here is an excerpt:

Tony Marsh, for the Nortel Retirees Protection Committee, told TMCnet that Nortel's Canadian pension liability is over $2 billion but is only 69 percent funded. There are no national pension guarantee funds in Canada unlike in the United States and the United Kingdom. There is only the Ontario program, the Ontario Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund.

Mu Dynamics and Testing 2.0

July 30, 2009

Is testing communications evolving before our eyes? By the way have you noticed everywhere you turn there is a 2.0 being added to all things? I say in many cases this is with good reason as the world is changing in - dare I say Internet time 2.0?  Last week while in Sunnyvale, CA in the offices of Mu Dynamics I sat down with Dave Kresse, CEO and Ajit Sancheti, Founder to discuss how the testing market has evolved.

The company focuses on testing of IPTV, VoIP and IMS networks primarily focused on network operators, equipment providers and the government.

Carrier CAPEX Crushed, OPEX Next

July 30, 2009

In a recent conversation with Greg Gum CMO of Anda Networks in his offices in northern California we got to speaking about the state of Carrier Ethernet and the future of the market. Gum explained the market for this technology is growing now despite a hiccup he saw in the first half of this year. He further explained the research he has seen shows 70% of the cost of carrier service revenues is in OPEX budgets and he further went to explain this amount is about $77 billion dollars per year.

His goal and that of his company is to help service providers shave this number down.

Selling to the Government: GSA Explained

July 29, 2009

 

There is a once in a lifetime opportunity ahead of us as the government prepares to spend unprecedented amounts of money for a variety of initiatives. The reality is that a small percentage of companies are doing most of the selling and the government is looking for more companies to do business with in order to increase diversity and share the wealth.

Are you getting a piece of this pie? Are you knowledgeable enough about government purchases so you can benefit from this market?

Smart Grid Summit: The Future

July 27, 2009

What specific sources of power we use tomorrow and in what proportions is anyone's guess but what is certain is in order to take advantage of the various sources available we will have to develop a better electrical grid. We know it needs upgrading and for now, the term applied to what some might call power grid 2.0 is smart grid.

The tech and communications space should be eyeing the power industry with great interest as it is so similar to telecom in many ways where ownership of the wires resided with a small group of companies and over time a plethora of networks began to peer with one another to interchange information.

The network opened and the grid will likely do the same.

Proxim May Benefit From Wireless Backhaul Growth

July 26, 2009

Wireless backhaul is one of the fastest-growing areas of the tech space as it seems almost no matter how poor the global economy does, consumers and businesses need more broadband on the go. And as the devices get more powerful and do more like download podcasts and watch videos, existing wireless infrastructure just can't keep up and as a result base stations need to be added and reinforced with more connectivity. It is difficult to predict anything slowing this trend down for at least five years.

One company playing in the space is Proxim Wireless and they recently debuted a 4G backhaul product line consisting of the Tsunami QB-8100 point-to-point and the Tsunami MP-8100 point-to-multipoint - solutions with throughput of up to 600Mbps.

Brief Results of My Silicon Valley Trip

July 24, 2009

I spent a solid week in Silicon Valley and as I wrap up my trip and reflect back on the companies I met with I was pretty happy to see a good deal of optimism from the communications and technology executives I met with. Some areas of growth are the usual spaces such as products which support broadband growth and wireless backhaul.

For the companies not in those spaces there seems to be more optimism coming from companies which are not the premium players in their markets. The so-called value players seem to be attracting more interest as budgets have tightened.

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets

July 20, 2009

The highly anticipated news of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business being sold to either Siemens or Nortel is here. The envelope please... And the winner is... Avaya - subject to bankruptcy bidding rules and court approval of course.

Polycom Uses Video to Boost Corporate Productivity

July 18, 2009

As companies continue to rein in costs the reality they face is they still need to operate - make widgets, fix widgets or distribute them with less resources. You see regardless of business type, productivity is important and even if there are less employees and smaller travel budgets, the show must go on.

Enter technology - the major casualty of the dotcom bust - the initial cause of the last recession.

But this recession while so many market segments are truly hurting, tech has emerged as a resilient sector.

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