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Productivity Skyrockets

October 14, 2005

Productivity is so important to companies everywhere and in my opinion we may be on the verge of seeing it skyrocket? How you ask? Rich, is there some new VoIP gadget that I will see at ITEXPO in a week that will change my life? Is it that funky Linksys/Skype phone that Tome Keating blogged about a week or so ago?

DRAM Price Fixing

October 14, 2005

Imagine how much cheaper computer prices would be if there wasn’t rampant price fixing in the DRAM memory markets! Excerpt:

Samsung Electronics Co. and its U.S. subsidiary Samsung Semiconductor Inc. have agreed to plead guilty and pay a $300 million fine for participating in an "international conspiracy" to fix prices on dynamic RAM (DRAM), the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Samsung's fine is the second-largest criminal antitrust fine in U.S. history and the largest criminal fine since 1999, the DOJ said.

Resolving the investigation was "paramount" to Samsung, said Chris Goodhart, the company's director of marketing communications.

Back To Avant Browser

October 13, 2005

OK. I respect Tom Keating’s technology acumen a great deal. He is probably one of the smartest and most knowledgeable in the space. So when Tom tells me how good Firefox is and how well it works for him.

Microsoft LiveMeeting

October 12, 2005

eBay Acquisition Spree

October 10, 2005

Liberty Bell Telecom Picks VoX

October 10, 2005

VoX Communications is doing very well in the wholesale VoIP market. I think the dual strategy of wholesale/retail is very smart. Disclaimer: I’m a shareholder of eLEC. Still the combination of wholesale and retail means you can make more money without the need for doubling equipment and staffing cost.

Sentito News

October 10, 2005

Off to Comptel. Here is some early morning news from the show:

Wholesale Carrier ETN Singapore Selects sentitO ONX System 3 to Deliver Voice Over Broadband Services

sentitO ONX System 3 Key Element of ETN’s IP Migration Strategy and Service Expansion for its Asian and African Carrier Customers

ORLANDO, FLA., October 10, 2005  - sentitO Networks, a leading provider of open and distributed VoIP switching equipment and service delivery solutions for global telecommunications service providers, announced today that wholesale carrier ETN Singapore has selected sentitO to deliver wholesale network and subscriber based voice-over-broadband services (VoB).  ETN will deploy sentitO’s new ONX System 3, its intelligent IP switching and service delivery solution, to provide seamless and secure delivery of VoIP services in Singapore before rolling out sentitO systems into its key telecom markets in the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and South Africa.

ETN Singapore is one of Asia’s fastest growing wholesale telecommunications carriers deploying advanced VoIP and TDM technologies to its carrier customers in Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.  ETN chose sentitO’s ONX System 3 in September after a rigorous 9-month test and evaluation process featuring several industry leading vendors. 

“sentitO ONX System 3 blends high capacity, purpose-built hardware with an open, SIP-based architecture that provides ETN with mission critical flexibility and reliability to rapidly integrate and scale a broad array of innovative, VoB services across diverse network topologies,” said Richard Tang, CEO of ETN Singapore  “This integrated signaling and media gateway solution ensures seamless inter-working between new SIP based networks and the legacy PSTN switches within our various Asian and African markets that use diverse SS7 variants and media codecs in their networks.  sentitO’s solution will provide us with a significant competitive advantage to grow and evolve our VoB services mix to adapt to the ever changing demands within these telecom markets.”

Each ONX System 3 system features sentitO’s Intelligent Voice Gateway, Proxy 7 signaling gateway, and PreVision Network Manager, providing ETN Singapore with the critical TDM-IP conversion, secure SS7-SIP inter-working and call control functions required for the scalable and secure delivery of advanced IP services.  The sentitO solution blends a uniquely open and distributed standard-based architecture with custom, carrier-grade hardware to deliver unmatched reliability, voice quality and application innovation with assured performance at scale. ONX System 3’s distributed processing architecture enables service providers to scale cost-effectively and support both low-and high-density deployments, while delivering carrier-class features such as 1:N line card protection and a full suite of voice compression options.

REI Communications Triple Play

October 7, 2005

REI Communications is getting serious about triple-play as they are going to use Pannaway Technologies to deliver the service in Central Florida. 200,000 residents will have access to the service. REI Communications CEO Karl Burgess says one of the reasons they picked Pannaway was because the New England-based company helped deliver affordable service to their customers and Pannaway is working around the clock to deliver the solution.

The best thing about the deal? Pannaway is located in New Hampshire and the service calls in January are awesome!

Qualcomm VoIP

October 7, 2005

Perhaps the most exciting news in VoIP yesterday was the little-covered announcement of Qualcomm supporting the Philips electronics WLAN module meaning the marriage of WiFi and cellular is coming. The integrated system will connect to WLAN networks as well as to existing cellular networks, featuring compatibility with 802.11b and 802.11g protocols on CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.

At least the technology for dual-mode devices is falling into place. The question now is whether there will be a way for us to get at it. Will cellular providers help us in acquiring devices that allow us to speak not only on cellular networks but WiFi as well?

Sources tell me some service providers are warming to the idea while others are not so happy with it.

IPTV Future

October 6, 2005

I agree with this report that IPTV is the future. Furthermore that Internet delivery companies such as Yahoo! like organization are more of a threat to established players than the telecom companies. The scary thing is if cable and phone companies are really monopolizing bandwidth delivery...

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