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Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

LIGHTWAVE One Optical Event New to ITEXPO in LA This Fall

May 17, 2010

It is no secret that I have been hearing great things about the future of the optical market. Check out this post for optimistic interviews regarding the space with Hunter Newby of Allied Fiber and Jim Theodoras of Adva Optical Networking. Between the need for faster enterprise and consumer broadband connections and the need for more backhaul capacity to satisfy the needs of an ever-growing number of 3G and eventually 4G devices, the need for speed is real and consumers and businesses are paying for it.

The new iPad 3G I just picked up with its corresponding $30/month connection should be a reminder to the skeptics of the insatiable desire for bandwidth on-the-go.

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

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