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VoIP Going Mainstream

April 13, 2006

My friends in the North Carolina area have probably already seen that I was quoted in the local newspaper, this morning. The Charlotte News & Observer has an article that is written by John Murawski which discusses the mainstreaming of VoIP services.

The article was prompted by a company Bandwidth.com who recently signed an agreement with CompUSA to deliver VoIP service in their retail stores.

John’s article is certainly balanced with a a good smatteringof examples and lots of research which is evident in excerpts like this:

Southwest Durham Family Medicine switched to VOIP as a cheaper way of getting voice and data services from the same company, said David Brooks, manager of the six-employee medical practice. Brooks described the service quality as excellent.





"Sometimes it's so clear on the phone, there's no static, and people think the call's been dropped," Brooks said.


This particular statement is why some vendors actually put noise on the line intentionally so people don’t think the call has been dropped!

Here is my quote:

"This is another step in the mainstreaming of the VOIP market," said Rich Tehrani, editor and publisher of Internet Telephony magazine.




CLECs to build metro fiber

April 13, 2006

Inter-Tel Power Struggle

April 12, 2006

There is a power struggle at Inter-Tel. I find this surprising as from where I stand the company is running better than ever. I haven’t been digging into the financials mind you but they are rolling out new products that are doing well and are doing a great PR job.

Still, it is possible that Inter-Tel will go private as a result of this struggle. It is also possible that it will be acquired. In my opinion going private will be good for the company as it will allow Inter-Tel the flexibility to focus on long-term growth and not short-term earnings.

SIPthat Podcast

April 11, 2006

Call Center 2.0 Sponsor

April 10, 2006

TMCnet Podcast

April 10, 2006

Shrihari on Net Neutrality

April 2, 2006

Shrihari Pandit of the VPF was having a discussion with me about how in the future anyone will be able to broadcast TV over IP. I mentioned net neutrality and he came up with an interesting point.

If indeed service providers make it difficult for consumers to get access to services such as IPTV the capital markets will come to the rescue.

What he means is that there is so much venture capital available that other service providers will spring up and supply fiber to homes.

EVDO revision A

March 24, 2006

EV-DO Revision A as a relatively new technology for wireless broadband access that will rock our worlds. For those of us who live on the road, we may not sacrifice our broadband connectivity at all. We’ll be able to do anything and everything with 3.1 Mbps downloads and 1.8 Mbps uploads. I am still not sure I’ll want to upload 100 8-megapixel photos over this connection but I am sure I won’t need to deal with WiFi hotspots ever again.

I have a rule that says if I am going to be in a location for more than an hour I will sign up for WiFi but if not I will use the current EVDO card that I have.

Alcatel may Purchase Lucent

March 24, 2006

WiFi on Airlines

March 20, 2006

I am looking forward to more widespread adoption of broadband on domestic flights. Here is an article from itWorldCanada discussing the issue. I was quoted in the article and so was Greg Welch from GlobalTouch Telecom:

But many other players, not just big telcos, may also try to get a piece of the action, says Greg Welch, CEO of GlobalTouch Telecom Inc., a VoIP provider based in Los Angeles, Calif.

"This could be a telecom play only, but other providers of ancillary services may also be interested," he says. "Content providers like Google or Yahoo! may get involved, and even a company like Microsoft may want to get into this space and get control.



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