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Will Technology Spread Democracy Faster than War?

October 18, 2006

It seems in Iran, broadband access and satellite dishes are scaring the government. In fact the government is so scared this new technology will make citizens yearn for democracy, it has banned high-speed broadband and satellite dishes. Iraq too had a ban on satellite dishes.

Five million internet users will now be limited to 128 kbps connections making it more difficult to download foreign music, movies and other material that could be used to spread western values.

So while most of the modern world is looking to do whatever it can to connect its citizens to the Internet at the fastest rate possible, in Iran, a country second only to China in terms of how many websites it blocks, they are looking to slow the technology revolution down as much as possible.

If you put aside the political aspects of this decision for a moment you realize this action is doing irreparable harm to the people of Iran. It is obvious this government cares more about protecting its own rear and looking like a major global player than it does about its own citizens.

Unfortunately the turmoil in this country has led to brain drain for decades and so many bright, successful people worldwide can trace their ancestry to Iran. The people of Iran could be doing so much more and could be leaders in technology like Israel is today.

If the country could get a government who cares about its citizens and finds a way to combine oil wealth with entrepreneurship, we could see another golden age of Iranian development and the world would be much better off for it. More.









AudioCodes Allows IP Communications Developers to Explore New Worlds

October 11, 2006

When designing telecom applications you have to be part clairvoyant. The reason of course is you need to try to figure out what coders you need to support your customer. It is tough to know sometimes who your customer will be before you start down the road of designing system.

The telecom world is rife with coding standards such as G.711, G.726, iLBC, GSM-FR, GSM-EFR, AMR and many others. So imagine designing the killer application for the wired world of telecom only to have a mobile service provider come knocking on your door with a huge order you just can't fulfill.

FCC: AT&T Now Guards the Cheese

October 9, 2006

Many people think one of the best things the FCC ever did was to put someone associated with COMPTEL on the commission. In my conversations at every level of the telecom industry, executives tell me consistently they think the FCC and government do whatever the LECs -- or more recently AT&T wants. If you are a CLEC you have felt the pain of having the government deregulate telecommunications so you could compete only to find out less than ten years later -- surprise -- you really can't compete -- go and find another thing to keep yourself busy. Oh and the billions you invested in your business -- you can just write it off.

Get the Full IP Communications Experience

October 8, 2006

I can't help but feel like a proud parent as we get ready for this week's ITEXPO. The team I work with have absolutely outdone themselves and the scope of this event is beyond my imagination. To think this show started in 1999 at the Hotel Del Coronado a stones throw from the San Diego Convention Center -- it's current home.

As you get ready to come to ITEXPO this week there is one request I would like to make of you and that is this event has more content than any previous event in TMC history and it certainly has as much education as any event I have ever been to. The goal of this blog entry is not to brag but to ensure you are spending enough time in the sessions in the conference rooms and/or on the show floor.

My request is that you plan to have enough time to absorb everything -- the exhibits -- there are more exhibits at this show than ever before -- and all the sessions.



Nice Write-Up on ITEXPO

October 6, 2006

I just got the latest Mercator Capital newsletter and was delighted to see a well-written article on TMC’s upcoming Internet Telephony show. First though a plug on Mercator Capital:

Mercator Capital is a privately-held investment bank focused on mergers & acquisitions, private placements, and strategic advisory services. Mercator's IP Communications Newsletter is a monthly analysis and commentary on the major business stories impacting the convergence of voice, video, data, and wireless communications.


TMC ITExpo Preview

TMC's semi-annual Internet Telephony Conference and Expo takes place in San Diego, from October 10 – 13. As with other telecom shows in the current market, the ITExpo keeps getting larger, and this edition certainly covers the gamut for IP communications.




IP Communications Investments

October 5, 2006

Recently a reporter called me to ask what the best investments are today in the communications space. I thought about this question for a while and these are my thoughts. What do you think?

I hope to connect with many of you next week at ITEXPO to discuss these matters in detail.

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IMS

There are a number of trends that will alter the communications landscape of the future. Perhaps the most important trend is the move towards IMS.







NXTComm

October 4, 2006

I just heard that USTA and TIA announced TelecomNext 2007, which was planned for Las Vegas on March 18-20, 2007, will not be taking place. Instead, the two organizations are putting on NXTComm, taking place in Chicago, June 18-21, 2007. This will replace the currently scheduled GlobalComm.

It is worth pointing out that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo remains the only event in IP communications with a growing audience of decision makers, press, analysts and most importantly exhibitors. (See latest testimonials from ITEXPO East 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Dialogic Back After 7 Years

October 4, 2006

This Dialogic will be about IP not TDM

If you have been in the telecom business for five years or more you know the large shadow cast over the industry by Dialogic. In the mid-nineties the computer telephony/CTI market was booming and Dialogic was the largest player in the space. Their partner programs were legendary and their ecosystem of loyal partners like Parity Software, Alliance Systems, Apex Voice, Executone, Pronexus Systems, Prima and others was the largest in the industry.

Dialogic’s competitors launched ecosystems of their own and NMS, Rhetorex and Brooktrout all competed ferociously to be the biggest and best DSP resource board vendor. Popular applications at the time were international callback, IVR, ACD, application generators and virtual receptionists like Wildfire.



Webinar News

October 3, 2006

There are a ton of things going on at TMC and one of the most exciting is our web seminar program where we educate decision-makers on some of the latest and most important topics in the world of IP communications and VoIP. One of my favorite webinars this year was actually a Web Summit on VoIP Peering with Jon Arnold. I am looking forward to catching up with Jon next week at ITEXPO. We will be working with Jon on more of these very soon.

Here is a list of web seminars I hope you get a chance to register for and attend.

Tadiran and Digium Interviews

October 3, 2006

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