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SIP + Smart Grid = Opportunity

August 13, 2009

As you probably know I am extremely enthused about the idea of the smart grid as it is not only necessary for the next generation of power generation and consumption in the world but just as importantly because the new grid will interface using communications and networking protocols. What this means is massive, unprecedented opportunity for our industry as a smart grid is developed.

It further means telecom and datacom players who are paying attention are also salivating at the prospect.

To further educate the market on the smart grid, TMC has partnered with Intelligent Communications Partners (ICP) to put together an event in the space and a web portal which will be the leading source of information in the space.

ITEXPO West 2009 Interviews

August 11, 2009

In a few short weeks one of the largest communications shows of the fall, ITEXPO will take place with 6,000-7,000 decision-makers looking to purchase products and map out a strategy for their future. Enterprises, resellers, carriers and developers will all be at the show from just under 100 countries.

This year's event has more content than any prior show (mainly via collocated conferences and summits) and I have and will continue to share the details on this blog.

But for now it makes sense to post a number of interviews I have done with people who will be at the show.

Thank You all For the Recognition

August 7, 2009

 


I felt quite honored today as I learned my communications and technology blog was on a top VoIP blog list over at Focus - thanks David Hakala. Other names on the list include TMC contributor Jon Arnold. Jon is also a partner in TMC's Smart Grid portal and event which takes place in collocation with ITEXPO in 24 days in Los Angeles, CA.

Notable industry figure Jeff Pulver made the list as did Andy Abramson - the prolific blogger and PR 2.0 leader.

Cash For Clunker Phone Systems

August 5, 2009

The domain name in the new logo below is not active as of this writing but will be soon

 

The US Government looking to increase car sales and reduce fuel consumption embarked upon an unprecedented campaign called Cash For Clunkers which paid car buyers up to $4,500 per car traded up for a newer, fuel-efficient vehicle. What started as a $1 billion dollar government program has quickly been used up and the Feds are reacting quickly and will potentially allocate a few billion dollars more towards this program.

While the government has given a massive incentive to consumers to get them into showrooms, other industries such as the technology space have been able to leverage similar savings for companies looking to upgrade their phone systems.

Eric Schmidt Steps Down from Apple Board

August 3, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down from Apple's board. Many are surprised Schmidt didn't step down earlier but certainly when Apple did the about face on Google Voice which sparked questions from the FCC, the stage was set. According to CNBC - Schmidt's about face was likely a result of a nudge - perhaps from Apple - taking into account the current political climate. Comments from the cable television station say Schmidt mentioned as recently as this past Saturday that he doesn't need to step down.

Ooma Telo Coming Soon

July 31, 2009

When I last caught up with Ooma in New York I had a chance to learn about their slick new Telo device which looks like a blend of art and communications. I have always been a fan of Bang & Ulufsen products - they are some of the best designers of stereo products on the planet. I was not surprised at all to see some B&O products at Ooma headquarters when I visited last week. They can be quite inspiring.

Today's IPTV is Like Driving a Ferrari at 55 MPH

July 31, 2009

In a recent meeting with Minerva Network's Italian-born CEO Mauro Bonomi, he told me today's IPTV service is the equivalent of driving a Ferrari at 55 MPH and his point is the technology needs to shift into the fast lane.

Mauro, no offense, but I have always been a Lamborghini guy. No hard feelings?


Minerva has been a digital video pioneer for over a decade and many years back decided it made sense to focus on the IPTV space. Recently he says due to improvements in compression technology and better IP network support, the market is ready for IPTV adoption to grow even faster and he feels YouTube and other "over-the-top" services complement and do not replace TV. Upon further questioning he said he thinks perhaps in five to ten years the world may migrate to an Internet-only viewing experience.

Will Telcos Buy JoltID and Shut Down Skype?

July 31, 2009

Skype Cofounder Niklas Zennstrom Most Important Man in Telecom - Again

Niklas Zennstrom is one of the most important people of the century in the communications space. Skype, the company he cofounded is responsible for enabling hundreds of millions of people to communicate for free. Moreover Skype allows a person to communicate over HD quality with full video for free.

Nortel's Pension Soap Opera

July 30, 2009

If you like soap operas, communications, technology, bankruptcies and pension liability discussions, this well-researched and well-written article by TMC's Brendan Read makes for interesting reading.

Here is an excerpt:

Tony Marsh, for the Nortel Retirees Protection Committee, told TMCnet that Nortel's Canadian pension liability is over $2 billion but is only 69 percent funded. There are no national pension guarantee funds in Canada unlike in the United States and the United Kingdom. There is only the Ontario program, the Ontario Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund.

Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and Google News Make Historic Week

July 29, 2009

This week marks a huge change in the world of technology and the events which have taken place will forever change the landscape of the market as we know it. News of Microsoft and Yahoo! finally finding a way to work with one another means search has become a two-horse race. In addition there is the potential for Microsoft and Yahoo to better monetize their assets as their combined share of the search market is now attractive enough to convince advertisers to give them a try. Moreover as this network has less advertisers driving up bid prices, there is high likelihood that advertising ROI will be higher with Microsoft/Bing/Yahoo than Google.

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