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Our WiFi Future

May 2, 2010

For years, the tech industry tried to kill Ethernet with newer and more innovative technologies but Ethernet kept evolving to meet and exceed the challenge. In fact now the replacement of T1s and T3s with Ethernet is common. Although not exactly analogous, I always think of WiFi as similar to Ethernet in that it continues to evolve to take on technologies such as WiMAX, LTE and other next generation networks.

Certainly anyone who has used a municipal WIFi solution which works well knows you can somewhat replace cellular providers in this manner.

Optical Demand Increases According to ADVA Optical Networking

April 14, 2010

Optical component shortages are not something we have heard about much since the CLEC bubble of the late nineties yet Jim Theodoras - Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking explained he had recently come from an optical trade show where this was being discussed.

In a discussion, Theodoras pointed out that his company has been a slow and steady grower for a number of years with a strong cash position (recent earnings). In addition, a key to their success has been a diverse product line from NIDs to DWDM equipment. While ADVA doesn't focus on winning with the smallest margins or lowest price, they do look to be trusted partners with their customers and look to be in the problem solving business as opposed to pushing out cookie-cutter solutions.

iDirect Optimizes IP communications over Satellite

March 19, 2010

Recently I had a chance to meet with David Bettinger the CTO of iDirect to discuss his company's achievements. His company founded in 1994 provides IP communications equipment for the satellite industry. By accelerating TCP/IP protocols the company allows more efficient voice and video communications over satellites. As Bettinger explains, when you consider satellite communications can cost $5k/MHz/month, savings can add up.

Spacenet Satellite Services Aid Haiti, Boost Business Continuity

March 19, 2010

At the Satellite 2010 show in Maryland I had a chance to sit down with Jon Douglas of Spacenet Inc. and learn about his company which is 30 years-old. An interesting twist on traditional satellite delivery - aside from providing VSAT service in North America the company plays in managed network services. So beyond satellites they can manage a company's entire set of connectivity needs.

Spacecom has a custom-built hardware platform called the Prysm Pro which is a platform which allows an organization to deploy and manage a variety of applications.

Heading to Satellite 2010 in DC

March 16, 2010

Cablevision Shows CTI stands for Computer-TV Integration

February 24, 2010

How big an industry will computer-television integration industry become and will it dwarf the multibillion dollar computer-telephony integration market which was responsive for originating the CTI acronym?



How will carriers and cable companies navigate the new world of computer-television integration and can it be profitable for them?


Video revenue which carriers and cablecos rely on will continue to decline over time and YouTube and Hulu are just a few services which are responsible for this migration from television to the computer video watching. Still, as carriers cope with this transformation, for consumers, there is still no easy way to transfer content from YouTube to that shiny new flat screen TV in the living room. There are devices like ZeeVee which connect to your computer and broadcast the output to a cable channel - accessible to all the TVs in your house but none of computer/TV integration products has become mainstream - not even Apple TV.

The ZeeVee idea has been emulated by Cablevision, the cable company serving parts of the northeast and will be turned into a service soon....


ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

2010 Vancouver Olympic iPhone Apps

February 12, 2010

Here are 10 winter Olympic apps suggested by Network World. As I am going next week I thought I would get in the spirit and start downloading.

So far I picked up the following (all links immediately below lead to iTunes store):

This one wasn't on the list but I installed it just now - Winter Games Grub -- it is an Olympics news feed.

Be sure to also check out TMC's new site - Technology in Sports or Sports Techy and the following hot topics:

  1. Olympics Technology
  2. Sports-Themed apps on phones
  3. Fantasy Sports Technology












The Microsoftization of Google

February 10, 2010

You have to give Google credit; they seem to want to make the world a better place by opening up the world and making technology and services more accessible. And they are powerful enough to make it all happen - search revenue pours in and is being allocated to services which compete with Amazon and Microsoft among others. In the mobile phone space they go up against Palm, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft.

Yesterday they announced a new social networking initiative called Buzz which is supposed to unseat Facebook and twitter.

Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

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