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Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

Patent Pooling Taking Off

February 2, 2010

I suggested companies join the RPX patent protection club back in 2008 as I have seen how patent litigation can destroy a company's profitability and force it to lose focus. RPX as you may remember is a firm whose goal is to allow companies to buy into a pool of patents which can be used to protect them against future lawsuits. The idea is a company will think twice about pursuing a patent lawsuit if you can countersue using a huge pool of patents.

Since my original entry, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony have signed up for the service.

ITEXPO East 2010 Miami a Great Success Thanks to You

January 26, 2010

A humble thank you to my followers who came out in support of ITEXPO this past week in Miami. Thank you conferees who braved a tough economic climate and came to the show. I also want to extend appreciation to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees at the show. In addition, thanks to our many partners who contributed greatly to the success of this week of events.

Apple Tablet Update

January 25, 2010

Tom Keating Breaking Lots of News at ITEXPO

January 21, 2010

Tom has been on a roll covering the news yesterday - here are some links to his posts with commentary from me. I have been meeting with many in the industry for the last two days and would love to have written more but time hasn't allowed for it. Thankfully I have been posting as many videos as I can and sending other videos which don't reside on this site to my Twitter followers at twitter.com/rtehrani.

 

Use of WiMAX in Smart Grid Networks: It seems that communications and energy are merging - in ways we couldn't have imagined a few years ago.

Verizon Keynote at 4GWE/ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

Avaya, Nortel, Telepresence & IP Fax Round out Show Daily

January 19, 2010

Skype Takes Share, Upgrades iPhone App

January 19, 2010

Skype is now the largest provider of cross border communications in the world, by far according to a new report from TeleGeography. According to the research company, the rate of international calling has been growing at a steady compounded rate of 15% but in the last few years the slope has decreased as a result of the recession and of course, people switching to Skype.

Skype's Share of International Long-Distance Traffic, 2009

   

In other Skype news, the company recently upgraded their iPhone app with some minor tweaks which sadly don't include push notification.

Smart Buildings remind me of the CTI/VoIP Opportunity

January 15, 2010

For telecom veterans who were active in the communications space in the nineties you remember the excitement the industry enjoyed when Microsoft and Novell entered the telecom markets with TAPI and TSAPI protocols to interconnect communications systems with computers. The CTI or computer telephony integration space was born when the OS companies realized that by enabling telecom systems to be more tightly integrated with computing, they could in effect start to generate revenue by having new telecom systems built on their open platforms. Prior to this time, any sort of integration cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but CTI solutions based on desktop computers could be built for $10,000 to $15,000.

I couldn't help but think about this market as I read an article on connected buildings from Erin Harrison which resides on the Smart Data Center community.

Interviews With ITEXPO East 2010 Participants

January 13, 2010

Next week's ITEXPO, Jan 20-22nd in Miami promises to be one of the best shows in the communications and technology spaces. When you consider all the knowledge you can absorb at the show with collocated events which portend the future - you just have to be there.

The opportunity to save money on communications, find new products to help you make money and/or boost productivity... The chance to launch a new career and network with the best and brightest - there are many reasons to be in south Florida at ITEXPO and related events: 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial.

To give you an idea of the sorts of people you can meet at the show and network with, you are welcome to check out the interviews I conducted with a number of the show's participants below:

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