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CommPartners Update

May 22, 2007

It has been a few years since I wrote about CommPartners and I am surprised at how much their business has transformed. The company is one of the few CLECs who seem to have figured out a business model that works.   CommPartners is a CLEC focusing on business customers and the company also sells access to their network on a wholesale basis. They have some impressive customers and as is all too frequently the case I can't share the list with you due to confidentiality agreements. Suffice it to say it is a group of carrier’s carriers and consumer VoIP providers you may even be using at home.   In a conversation recently with David Clark the CEO and Co-Founder of the company and Mark Peterson the VP of Sales & Marketing I got a chance to get up to speed on what the company is up to lately.   A few years back as the company built out their network they realized the future was in providing applications but they knew the market was not quite there yet.

Hotel Broadband Problems

May 22, 2007

Sure, Jeff Pulver and Andy Abramson are right on when they talk about the sad state of hotel broadband. In a perfect world, we should all work together and start a community site where we can post our broadband access experiences so others would know ahead of time what to expect. Moreover, I wonder if many people are like me and will take broadband speed into account before booking a hotel room.   But for now I can’t be concerned with such problems as I am staying in Vegas for Interop and to be honest, hotel broadband is not my top priority.   What is? The dozen drunk kids playing tackle football in the hall all last night.

Mesh Networks

May 19, 2007

Pactolus and Cisco Workshops

May 14, 2007

Taqua

May 14, 2007

I spent some time with the Taqua and Genband folks a few weeks ago before I could tell anyone Taqua was being spun out as a separate entity.   Now the embargo is lifted and the company will be going full speed ahead.   Founded in 1998, Taqua developed the industry's first fully integrated next-generation Class 5 switch - the Taqua 7000 Switching System. The T7000 can be used in Enhanced VoIP, Intelligent Gateway, Class 4/5 Transition, Triple Play and/or Cable Telephony applications.   Taqua was sold to Tekelec years ago and more recently was sold to Genband who just today spun Taqua back out as a separate company. The management of Taqua have a clear vision and based on the conversation I had with them they feel they will be immediately taking share away from their competition.   Taqua has some of the best and brightest and it will be most interesting to see if they take as much share as they predict.   Stay tuned.

Communications Darwinism

May 8, 2007

In the world of natural selection, animals capable of evolving with a changing environment survive while those who do not, perish. As you enter an ice age for example animals with increasingly wooly coats are at an advantage. As you enter a warming period, a wooly coat could be a disadvantage.   With this in mind I had a great talk today with Sharone Ben-Levi Vice President Marketing, AudioCodes, Inc. Sharone spoke with me at length about the future of communications from their vantage point. With over six years at the company Ben-Levi is a great person to speak about where his company sees communications heading.

Open-Source Telephony Goes Mainstream

May 8, 2007

In the last few years the communications industry has been taken by storm through the invention of an open-source communications platform named Asterisk invented by Digium (www.digium.com) founder Mark Spencer. An article written for the January 2004 issue of Internet Telephony magazine by yours truly was titled, “Open Source Telephony. . .

Cable Gets VoIP

May 8, 2007

Cable companies are feasting on VoIP success by the millions of customers. What an amazing job they are doing taking customers from phone companies. So far however, cable VoIP growth in the SMB space has been slow. Large phone companies for their part seem to be copying as opposed to innovating.

Hillary Clinton Champion of Net Neutrality?

May 8, 2007

VoIP Stories May 7, 2007

May 7, 2007

Here are some interesting stories worth reading. Incidentally, I now have a Plantronics CS70N installed at my desk. It is about the same size and weight as the popular Plantronics Voyager 510 with the difference being slightly more weight and thickness as well as a long voice tube which reaches your mouth.   I have been able to walk a few hundred feet (with massive amounts of RF emitting equipment in-between) from my base station before sound quality degrades.   Enjoy:  
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