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PPLive and Net Neutrality

February 25, 2006

I was a bit harsh when I said it was game over for the LECs in a recent blog entry about content providers providing a Tivo-like service that prerecords a number of programs so as to simulate live TV. This could be done to avoid having to pay LECs for high-speed broadband access to their customers. The point is that if the LECs are going to spend all their time protecting their networks they will lose. It is that simple.

VoIP, Nortel, Blackberry and Google Analysis

February 25, 2006

You can learn a great deal about the VoIP and broader communications and technology markets if you just listen (or in this case read) carefully. For example this week saw the launch of a new VoIP service by the name of TalkDaddy. The company differentiates itself by charging an annual fee of $179 for residential service and $299 for business. While this is not the first company to try an annual VoIP pricing plan it certainly continues a disturbing trend of service providers competing on price and not quality or features.

VoIP and CRM Happenings

February 24, 2006

My youngest daughter woke up a few times last night meaning of course I got a late start which translates into blogging late. I have been scanning the net for a while and here are some of the stories that caught my eye.

Ditech Communications Voice Quality Assurance solution was recognized at 3GSM with a “Highly Commended” label. While this award must seem sweet to executives at Ditech it comes without the added calories of this next story involving Dannon Yocream Frozen Yogurt going with a CRM solution from Sage Software. "Our biggest gain from Sage CRM is the ability to share customer and prospect databases with all users," explained Brad Gaylor, information systems manager for Yocream International, Inc. "We were aiming to better manage leads and accomplish more sales growth, which is what we are seeing as a result of implementing Sage CRM."

Frozen yogurt became the “in thing” when I was in college and the University I went to was still using punch cards in some departments when I enrolled.



Oracle in SIP Market

February 18, 2006

I am pretty surprised by the news of Oracle entering the SIP market. 'The addition of Hot Sip's technology will allow Oracle to build on its leadership in middleware and in carrier-grade communications infrastructures,' said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

Oracle is in just about every other business so why not VoIP and SIP. This is a big deal in my opinion and more importantly it signals that Oracle is serious about telephony. I have had 2 people drop hints in the last two weeks about Oracle looking into acquiring an open-source PBX company.

I don’t know if these hints were just me reading into casual comments or not but this announcement certainly sets the stage for more acquisitions by the software titan.

In the CRM market Oracle made a few acquisitions so I would not be surprised to see further M&A activity in VoIP as well.





Nokia Predicts Massive IMS Growth

February 17, 2006

According to this article Nokia thinks the IMS market will be huge. There are a number of reasons including the need for more revenue creation opportunities and services. Services like mobile video and fixed mobile convergence are discussed in the article.

Here are some excerpts:

IMS has been a focus at this year's mobile industry trade show in Barcelona, with announcements from firms such as TeliaSonera, Ericsson, Vodafone and Nokia on plans for the technology.

IMS is a platform that allows telecoms providers to quickly rollout new services, such as video calling, and it allows consumers to use one phone which automatically switches between mobile and fixed-line networks.

"The IMS market is not big yet, but it is of strategic importance," said Kai Konola, head of strategy at Nokia's networks unit.

"In 2006 I would expect it to be in the ballpark of 100-200 million euros. In 3-4 years time it will be an over 1 billion market," he said.

Electronics manufacturer Flextronics said in a statement more than 200 fixed-line and mobile telecom operators were running trials using IMS.

Every major technology firm, including the world's top network maker Ericsson and U.S.













Rumsfeld on eBay

February 17, 2006

Rumsfeld says that terrorist groups have mastered getting media attention. The US government is well behind. Here are some direct quotes from the article:

"Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but ... our country has not adapted," Rumsfeld said.

"For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world," Rumsfeld said, referring to old-fashioned U.S. retail stores and the online auction house respectively.





The Bush administration has not been the most technically savvy and I am proud to see that someone who is a senior member of the administration is acknowledging how important technology is.

Getting Paid to VoIP

February 14, 2006

It seems that many of the predictions of the dotcom days are coming true. Online ads are a multibillion dollar industry and the industry is not slowing down. Virtually all companies sell online and all industries sell using the web in large quantities.. Perhaps one of the few industries that failed at selling online was the pet trade where 60 pound bags of food just didn’t make sense to ship.

IMS Forum

February 12, 2006

The IPCC announced they will be changing their name and altering their coverage to IMS becoming the IMS Forum. Michael Khalilian and his team at the IPCC have done an amazing job for the VoIP industry. The association started as the Softswitch Consortium and has now evolved into the IP Multimedia Subsystem. This is huge news and is great for those companies looking to get into IMS as this association should further the needs of service providers and equipment providers alike.

For more information check out the IPCC website until the new IMS Forum site is up and running.

RIP Jeeves

February 12, 2006

Web 2.0 Applications

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