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Arunas Chesonis the Secret Weapon at PAETEC

March 14, 2009

PAETEC like a slew of other voice and data providers is looking to differentiate itself but perhaps its biggest asset is CEO Arunas Chesonis (pictured) whose unique style allows him to impress you about the company's direction without coming off as boasting. In fact in a recent conversation with Arunas, he told me the company is still growing and hiring. He mentioned a large non-cash charge this last quarter which made the quarter look worse than it was. I researched a bit and in the company's recent conference call there is a discussion of a goodwill impairment charge which is related to the company's acquisition of McLeodUSA.

Grandstream GXV3140 IP Phone

March 12, 2009


One of the most feature-rich phones around has to be the Grandstream GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone. Grandstream was initially known as a low-cost provider of communications solutions but over time they have proven that they make low-cost solutions with solid quality.

This leads us to the end of this month when the company releases their new feature-rich videophone which has solid social networking features built-in.

Interviews With Taqua, Neustar, Genband, Mera, Dash, Covad, Actelis, Stratus Telecom, TW Telecom, Sprint, Profitec and More

March 12, 2009

The TMC Newsroom has been bustling with activity and lately we have had a chance to interview a number of the leaders in the communications space. Check out the TMC Video News Room home page for the latest and some of the recent interviews are below.

One thought - many of you in the communications space should ensure your CFOs listen to how well some companies in our space are doing in the interviews below. Why?

Sipera Tackles IP Video Security

March 6, 2009

TMCnet Blogs Add New Social Networking Features

February 27, 2009

Great news for readers of TMCnet blogs. As you know we now have 40 bloggers and continue to innovate with technology and integration additions to our blogs which allow you to use your social networking login to comment on our blog entries. But that was so yesterday.

TMCnet Adds 40th Blogger, Keeps Growing

February 24, 2009

TMC has been aggressively adding new bloggers to its arsenal of content which attracts 2-3 million communications and tech decision makers worldwide each month. We are now at blogger number 40 and counting. We are still aggressively recruiting many more and if you can write and have something of value to contribute and want the most exposure you can get, drop Greg Galitzine (ggalitzine at a line ASAP to learn more.

TMC is one of the few media companies - in fact companies of any kind, growing in this market.

Unless You are Cisco or Oracle, Don't Acquire

February 23, 2009

Unless you are Cisco, Oracle or a handful of other companies such as a telco, you will have a tough time making tech/communications acquisitions work. That is my advice after watching the past decades. Perhaps the most sobering evidence is Nortel's Alteon deal which the company paid $7.8 billion for in 2000. The products are being spun off to Radware for -- get this, $17.65 million.

Sipera/RSA Team on VoIP Security

February 23, 2009


Sipera recently received RSA Secured Partner Program Certification meaning you can now use two-factor authentication with your IP phone to ensure secure voice communications. The two factors used in this case are a PIN and a SecureID gadget which gives you a unique code. In addition to increased security, Sipera touts how their solution reduces the need for enterprises to deploy VPN routers at every home for VoIP deployments. You need to be a SIPERA IPCS customer to take advantage of this solution and it scales to 50,000 users in case you are wondering.

This is a smart move for both companies and good for the IP communications market as it allows IP phones to be deployed more easily and less expensively while maintaining security.

The Good News is The Satellites Collided

February 12, 2009

Time to Trade Show Like its 1999

February 2, 2009

Andy Abramson has a brilliant entry supporting events and why you need to go to them. Here are some salient points:

That's the difference. I'm a player. Not a spectator.

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