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TMCnet: 10 Million Page Views

January 4, 2006

TMCnet: reached 9,945,852 million page views in December 2005 according to WebTrends. This is an all-time high for our site. A page view is basically as the name implies a single page being viewed. So if a person comes to TMCnet and reads 5 articles, they generate 5 page views.

New Netcentrex CEO

January 4, 2006

Netcentrex has been doing a great job growing and their penetration in VoIP and triple-play solutions has increased nicely over the years. They now have a new CEO.

David Michaud has been appointed new CEO with responsibility for the Americas market. If you do not already know David, he has extensive experience in this market including founding or leading roles with Taqua, NexTone, Excel, and Carrius.

He brings almost 25 years of telecommunications experience, a proven track record of establishing new telecom companies, and extensive experience accelerating their growth. Recently he led sales and marketing initiatives for startups in the IP networking business, including Carrius and NexTone Communications.



68 Countries Register For ITEXPO

January 4, 2006

I just got word that people from over 68 countries will be attending Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. VoIP growth is really taking off and this is such a worldwide phenomenon that I am not surprised to see such large international registration. I just can’t wait for this event which I have dubbed the UN of VoIP in the past.

As I drove into work today on sheets of dangerous and well camouflaged black ice, my thermometer said 28 degrees. I am just 20 days away from going down to sunny Florida for ITEXPO.

Here are the countries represented so far:

 





Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Bermuda
Brazil
Burkina-Faso
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Dominica
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland Republic of
Israel
Italy
Ivory
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Korea South-Rep. of
Lebanon
Mexico
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Romania
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St Lucia
Sweden
Taiwan (China Rep of)
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
USA
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen Arab Republic
Yugoslavia


































































Vonage Chooses Sonus

January 4, 2006

I still can’t stop thinking about how many people in the year 2002 when the telecom market was in a perilous time told me that service providers all buy Lucent. Sure they will trial anything and everything else but when they deploy they go with Lucent.

How wrong these people were. Companies like Sonus are doing a great job a getting service providers – new and incumbent, to choose their solutions. Vonage has already deployed Sonus solutions in LA and New York… Now they will deploy Sonus around the country and world to help support their meteoric growth.

The specific products Vonage has and will continue to deploy from Sonus are the GSX9000, PSX Call Routing Server, SGX Signaling Gateway, and the Sonus Insight Management System.



Quoted

January 3, 2006

Patents

January 3, 2006

You know when I signed up for this job, no one ever said there was going to be so much patent news to cover. Yesterday I wrote about Google vs. RTI and also Yahoo! vs.

Patent Troll

January 2, 2006

I found a great site that discusses computer and related technology patents. The site is called Peter Zura's Two-Seventy-One Patent Blog. Peter describes 2005 as the year of the patent troll. Here is an excerpt from his post titled 2005: Year Of The Troll:

Alas, there are significant problems that holding companies have brought to the forefront.

Messaging Predictions

December 31, 2005

Here's what Ferris Research thinks will be the main projects/issues that messaging managers will be concerned with in 2006. They are in rough order of priority for the typical organization. Ferris Research is an analyst firm specializing in messaging and collaboration--see www.ferris.com for details. This is a summary of the report, "Key Messaging & Collaboration Issues, 2006"

Implementing Email Archiving & Retention.

NTP Patents Rejected

December 31, 2005

RTI Patents

December 30, 2005

Thanks to TechDirt I decided to poke around in the actual RTI Patents that have caused the web outcry since RTI sued Google. Jerry Weinberger the man behind RTI patented least cost routing back in the late 1970s and this is basis along with another patent for the lawsuits against the various companies he sues and collects money from.

Least cost routing was the leading edge of technologies in the early 1980s as competition finally was allowed in the phone business. During those early days the rates for various phone calls to various destinations varied widely and it would make sense to use AT&T for calls to Canada, Sprint for calls to Iowa and MCI for calls to California.

The above is just a hypothetical case of course and it should be noted that rates use to vary by time of day as well. A human could not keep track of who was the best carrier per call but a computer could.

Remember now, these were the dark ages of telecom and technology where a box of index cards was the best contact management system and entry level computer cost hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Here are the abstracts of the two patents:

Patent 1

Least cost routing device for separate connection into phone line

Abstract

A device interconnects within the phone line coming from a first phone and routes telephone calls along a least cost route originating from the first telephone to a second telephone via the network.















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