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ITEXPO Discount – Act Fast

November 7, 2007

Sometimes I think I have the best job on earth as I get to meet with the real thought leaders in the communications market and see the latest products and services in the industry. Then I get the distinct pleasure of writing about my meetings.   Now there are times – don’t get me wrong – when I am on deadline and I can’t seem to type a cohesive sentence. But other than these few times each year, I have a great job made even better when I get to meet my many readers in person at trade shows and events around the world.   Each year, thousands of service providers, enterprise decision makers, resellers and developers come to TMC’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo to learn about what is happening in the world of IP communications and to make purchasing decisions   In an effort to get to meet more of my readers in person, I would like to offer something I have never offered before… A major discount to attend ITEXPO, the world’s best-attended IP communications event drawing attendees from over 100 countries.   As you can see from these photos and videos, this is the world best attended IP communications event. We are very excited to have you come to this show.

Open Handset Alliance Partners and More

November 7, 2007

Some of the more interesting news as of late has to do with the Open Handset Alliance as it seems everyone wants to be a part of it. That is, everyone except the largest carriers.   For example, Wind River and Nuance have joined the alliance while HTC is working on a Google Phone prototype if not a production version.   It seems mobile phone makers are never happy with mobile carriers as the latter exerts too much influence on the former. This is what I hear over and over again when speaking with the device makers.   Certainly this infighting between suppliers and service providers is likely to intensify as a result of Google entering the space. But then again, AT&T really gave an unprecedented amount of latitude to Apple when launching the iPhone and even Nokia and Vodafone are working more closely than ever.   In unrelated news you may want to see this video of people discussing a cow falling from the sky and hitting a car.

Productivity Increase

November 7, 2007

I just came back from root canal part 2. Without getting into too much detail I have this one tooth that has been refilled 3-4 times and then a crown was put on and then a root canal done. Each time the pain was supposed to go away and it just didn’t.   Today wasn’t the second part of my root canal oral surgery and I will need a permanent crown in a month but for today I am done.   What blew me away about the day’s surgery however is the Doctor’s office. He had Sirius radios and noise cancelling headphones in each office so I was able to listen to financial news while the surgery was taking place.

Mobile News November 7, 2007

November 7, 2007

Hurry up developers as Nokia’s “Mobile Rules!” contest is coming to an end in eleven days and if you are a worthy developer you likely want to get involved. The grand prize for the applicant coming up with the winning business plan is a business contract with Nokia, and could also include other competition sponsors as well. An alternate prize is $20,000 and the right to use the title ‘Mobile Ruler! 08.   As mobile devices proliferate I am sure many tech people feel that these gadgets are indeed ruling the company.

Nortel is Back

November 6, 2007

Recently it is has been a mixed ride for communications companies as those relying on tier-one service providers for the majority of their growth have been battered. Case in point is Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent who each have lost over $15 billion in market capitalization in the last three months alone.   On the other hand companies like Cbeyond and ShoreTel have been fantastically well as they focus on the small business market exclusively.   Enter Nortel, who has a mix of products in its portfolio serving enterprise customers as well as service providers in the wireless and wired spaces. The company’s shares have been decelerating since early in 2004.   So Nortel’s prospects for beating earnings this quarter were less than clear. Would they have a great quarter like so many technology names with worldwide exposure or would they have a terrible quarter like both Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent?   Well the results are in and the news is very good as the Toronto-based company said it had net income of $27 million or 5 cents per share in the third quarter.

IP Communications News November 6, 2007

November 6, 2007

What are some of the interesting things happening in the wide world of communications today? For one, Excel telecommunications and Allworx have partnered to provide SMBs with SIP trunking and a PBX solution respectively (check out the SIP Trunking channel for more news on this segment).   The SMB space seems to be brimming with choice as Cisco too has decided to focus more energy on this are with a series of new additions and upgrades to the company’s product line.   In a more patriotic move, ReCellular has launched a program allowing people to donate their old cell phones so the proceeds can be used to provide calling cards for US troops around the world.   Moving to the software world, Aspect Software has moved up on the Software 500 list at 76 overall – a nice 6 place increase from the prior year.   Moving right along into the service provider market, Pactolus Communications has recently announced a quarter million session benchmark translating into upwards of 8-10 million subscribers served on an ongoing basis.   From their lets discuss the consumer market where Packet8 has done something new by updating the firmware on its Tango Video Terminal Adapter in order to allow it to also be a digital picture frame when not engaged in an IP communications call.   Priced at $99 after mail-in rebate this is one of the greatest IP communications values around. Having recently spent around $700 myself for two digital picture frames n the past few months I can tell you this price is good.   As always, the TMC team is diligently writing more articles for your perusal so check back often for more exciting developments.

Quantcast

November 6, 2007

You are likely familiar with Alexa, a division of Amazon that measures website traffic. I have written about the site a number of times before. A while back I discovered a site called Quantcast which is becoming a well respected third-party way to measure web traffic in an accurate manner. Currently Quantcast allows you to see how many unique visitors any site has.

Apple Tablet PC

November 6, 2007

Think of it as an iPhone but with more of it to love.   Sure you love your iPhone, iPod and other Apple devices but something is missing. You want a single device which gives you the power of the MacBook with the portability of an iPhone but you just don’t know where to turn. Perhaps you could buy an iPhone and iPod and put one in each hand. Or you could use a laptop while you use your iPhone.   If only – if only, Apple was working on a Tablet PC – something with the power of an iPhone – the great and intuitive interface, coupled with a powerful dual-core processor and a huge screen, allowing web browsing of the most sophisticated pages with ease.   Wouldn’t it just be nifty?

More Google Phone Speculation

November 6, 2007

Communications News -- What a day!

November 5, 2007

The day’s communications news doesn’t stop it seems and it is worth sharing some nuggets since my last report on the Open Handset Alliance where we discussed Google’s mobile strategy. But as we focus on mobility it is worth pointing out most companies don’t focus enough on mobile security.   In fact according to a CompTIA survey of 1,070 organizations, 60 percent said handheld device security issues relating to data access and transfer have increased over the past 12 months. Also, 55 percent of the respondents said that security issues with WiFi networks are on the rise.   The study also surprisingly uncovered that of the almost 80 percent of the organizations allowing their mobile employees to access data remotely, only 32 percent of them have implemented security awareness training for employees, with only 10 percent having plans to offer such training in the next year.   But when you consider mobility, consider IMS and whether in fact we need IP multimedia subsystem technology at all to provide QOS to mobile networks and devices. Fred Goldstein from Ionary Consulting thinks not.   In even more mobile news, it seems our phones are all going to be video-enabled soon.
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