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Brighter Spots of Telecom

April 29, 2009

Adtran has nearly two thousand products in its catalog and is in a good position to tell us where the business hot spots are.

I just had a conversation with Chris Thompson and Tammie Dodson at the company regarding the bright spots in their business and they tell me the optical side is doing well, partially because of the broadband stimulus activity which carriers are seeing. They expect this to continue as more details come out regarding this initiative.

Also they say their VoIP gateway business is strong as a result of companies exploring the cost cutting benefits of SIP trunking.

Welcome Back Patrick Barnard

April 24, 2009

I would like to welcome back Patrick Barnard to the TMC editorial team. Patrick has covered a number of different editorial areas at TMC over the years and recently left TMC to work on Multichannel Merchant. He is now back and his return is just a continuing reinforcement of how TMC is continually investing in its editorial talent -- just as we are constantly evolving our web technology, graphics, analytics, reporting and more.

Thanks to influential readers like you TMC has been blessed with hundreds of advertisers and exhibitors each year who partner with TMC to grow -- even in the face of challenging economic conditions.

We take sponsor and reader loyalty seriously -- looking to constantly improve to provide you with the best products we can.

Digium's Support Services Makes Open Source Communications Safer

April 20, 2009

Updated 7:56 PM EST, April 20, 2009

We are in what we may want to call an open-source friendly economy and in such a market companies are more likely than ever to be persuaded that free software is worth serious consideration. But what about support? Sure you can get it from your local reseller or consultant but what happens when he is on vacation in Alaska on that fishing trip where he doesn't take his phone? Even this economy may not be enough to convince that VAR with a solid customer base that he needs to communicate with you while wrangling that 25 pound Chinook salmon into the net.

If you are a self-respecting fisherman, would you give up this

To answer this?

TMCnet for iPhone, Asia, Jobs, Cable, Satellite and More

April 15, 2009

As TMCnet has expanded I have to admit it is tough to keep track of all the sites we have which can help you in your job. To that end I decided to take a moment and list some of them which you may not be aware of. I thought this entry made sense as I have received some comments about how TMC should launch some of the sites listed below. This shows me there are just so many things we do that our 2-3 million unique visitors each month may not be aware of.

TMC Builds You Online Communities

March 26, 2009

Many people in the communications space have asked me recently what TMC's secret is. After all, we are in the toughest media environment of our lifetimes and we produced our best show ever and have more paying customers online than at virtually any other time in our history.

The answer may lie in a bit of luck and some skill. The lucky part is we built our first online community for a customer about a decade ago.

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March 25, 2009

Skype Does SIP Trunking

March 23, 2009

Skype announced today that it is getting into the SIP trunking business by allowing native SIP calls to be connected directly to its network allowing enterprise communications systems to communicate seamlessly with Skype's network of users. During the Beta period, calls are carried at current Skype rates.

What this news does is take out the middleman. There really is nothing new in this release as this exact functionality has been available from companies like VoSKY, Skip2PBX, Pika and even Digium/Asterisk.

MegaPath Focuses on MPLS and Security

March 22, 2009

As companies continue to embrace MPLS networks, companies like MegaPath Inc, look to become a trusted partner in deploying networks which are secure, reasonably priced and great at packet prioritization. The company recently released its Duet service with MPLS and managed security allowing customers to benefit from a single network and bill.

In a recent live conversation with Dan Foster the company's SVP of Sales, he told me the company's solution can be provided over an integrated access product and includes QoS, intrusion detection, VPN and more over SDSL or T1. The company further offers PRIs as well as SIP trunking solutions.

All Duet services include 50 email accounts, spam filtering, domain name management, inbound caller ID name and number, directory listing, 411 directory assistance and E911 emergency service.

Nortel Asks for Executive Bonuses

March 20, 2009

A shot of the Ottawa River in Canada. Click to enlarge.

It is certainly a tough time for Nortel to be trying to get a court to approve senior level management bonuses as just south of Canada here in the US, the government is focusing on taxing bonuses to employees of TARP recipients to death. The good news here is these bonuses - unlike many on Wall Street seem to be tied to cost-reduction and reducing the company's focus - or selling off parts of the business.

Sangoma's S519 ADSL2+ Card Great for Inexpensive VoIP/Video

March 19, 2009

I had a chance to speak with David Mandelstam the CEO of Sangoma about his company's new ADSL 2+ networking card the S519 which provides an internal solution for people looking for DSL access sans modems. Asked why the card is needed, Mandelstam explained that one of the primary reasons for this product is its use in inverse multiplexing connections or being able to take disparate DSL lines and combining them together to become a single virtual broadband connection.

This new device compliments the current S518 ADSL card the company supplies but as you can imagine the new card allows greater broadband speeds. As Mandelstam emphasized to me the A in ADSL stands for asymmetrical and subsequently means that the upload and download speed of such service varies.

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