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Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Ooma, Making Home Phones Better

May 17, 2010

It is tough to impress me when it comes to home telephone systems... I have seen it all or at least I feel I have. Covering the telecom space as long as I have, I figured there are few innovations I haven't seen. That was until I took a train into Manhattan to see the execs at Ooma to learn how they are evolving their Telo home phone system to do more and more.

Dialogic and Veraz Merge

May 12, 2010

Dialogic and Veraz Networks just announced their intent to merge and the news has many implications for the numerous markets the companies play in. Nick Jensen, CEO of Dialogic had this to say about the merger, "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Dialogic has been a voracious company having rolled up much of the communications development market over the years. By integrating once fierce competitors NMS and Brooktrout/Cantata the company has taken on more and more share of market.

D-Link, Much More Than the $99 Router Guys

May 9, 2010

Let's face it, it's an exciting time to be in the consumer electronics and technology business as consumers and businesses are buying better and faster devices while simultaneously upgrading their bandwidth connections including routing and switching technology. One of the major vendors in these spaces is D-Link and recently I sat down with the company's US management team to hear how they plan to grow and evolve into the future.

In a discussion with Nick Tidd - President, Dan Kelley, Senior Director of Marketing and Les Goldberg, Media Relations Manager I got to learn a tremendous amount about how the company is looking to move upmarket without losing its core heritage as a provider of SMB and consumer technology solutions.

Tidd explained, "We are more than your $99 router guys and we have been working to build-out our product portfolio and partner program over last few months." Perhaps the most important part of a strategy of moving upmarket is a chassis-based product and not surprisingly the company recently announced the xStack Chassis Series DGS-7200E.

NACT Reemerges

April 26, 2010

If you were in telecom in the mid-nineties you remember one of the large players in the space was NACT a company playing in the prepaid and international callback markets. Prior to VoIP these markets were the preferred methods of lowering long-distance bills and back then there was more money to be made as international calling rates were much higher than today. This in turn meant the arbitrage opportunity allowed for much greater profit margins than the current Skype-era of telecom we live with today.

If you ever attended a Computer Telephony Expo back in the nineties in Los Angeles or Dallas you remember the company's major presence at the show.

Android Runs on Older iPhones

April 23, 2010

You have to hand it to hackers... As thanks to their hard work you can now run Android and the Android OS on your 2G iPhone. Expect the 3G version to be out soon, followed by the 3GS which apparently is a harder port. Basically the OpeniBoot loader comes up when you reboot the phone and If you hold the home button during the process, you get Android to run.

The pros are being the only person on the block with Android running on your iPhone as well as being able to run Flash on your Apple device.

Odin Telesystems Update

April 14, 2010

It has been a while since I met with executives from Odin Telesystems but it all came back to me when I sat down a week ago with company

President & CEO Hanz Johansson to discuss his company's DSP resource solutions which can act as gateways, transcoding devices and PBX building-blocks when coupled with the right software like Asterisk.

I first met the company at a trade show in New York in the mid-nineties and followed up later that year by going to the company's Texas HQ to learn about how they play in the space. At the time, Odin was a relatively new entrant into the US and they were going up against high-flying Dialogic, NMS and Brooktrout - three companies who have been subsequently merged with a bunch more companies added in such as Snowshore, Excel etc.

Skype Founders To Fund Future Disruption

March 22, 2010

Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were no strangers to profiting from p2p-based software which went viral, making them rich in the process. Kazaa was their first blockbuster and the death of Napster's free music service boosted this p2p product tremendously. Their third attempt a blockbuster hit was Joost and this one didn't work out too well. Why?

Google Apps Marketplace Brings Walled Garden to the Desktop

March 10, 2010

Years back TMC launched a magazine titled IMS which stands for IP Multimedia Subsystem - and represented an architecture model allowing carriers to open up their networks to developers who would in turn take a revenue split in exchange for allowingtheir apps to run on the carrier's network. Customers of the service provider would be provided walled garden access to services - they would be pushed to use authorized apps. Fast forward some years and now the app stores are owned by Apple, RIM, Nokia and others. The carriers were just too slow to implement their models and perhaps they were the wrong class of company to be involved in the software business.

Israel VC Funds Down 92% from High

March 8, 2010

Some of the best technology in the world was invented in Israel. The VoIP market was launched in the country and the biblical land of milk and honey still leads the world in communications and technology. Many US-based companies do much of their R&D in Israel in fact because there is such a strong pool of talent and the Israelis seem to be very inventive.

With a strong track record and in a market where technology seems to be one of the more stable investment areas, it is a bit of a surprise to see that the amount of VC funds raised last year was less than one-tenth of the all-time high of $2.9 billion raised in 2000.

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