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OKI Electric

February 24, 2007

Skype, FCC and Carterphone

February 23, 2007

The Carterphone ruling is what is responsible for opening up AT&T’s original phone networks to competition. Prior to this ruling AT&T had a monopoly on the devices attached to what it considered its network. AT&T even charged an electricity fee as I recall to light the lights on phones that hard plastic buttons representing phone lines.   In the US some think wireless providers are acting like monopolies as well by restricting access to their mobile networks to devices sanctioned only by the wireless provider. Verizon is famous for crippling devices – bluetooth for example -- and thereby driving revenue from services which require subscribers to rely on Verizon’s network.   Skype for its part is not happy with this situation and is subsequently asking the FCC to apply Carterphone principles to wireless networks allowing any device to be used on these networks.

IBM Webinar

February 23, 2007

We have a very exciting webinar running on TMCnet this week titled IP Convergence - Tearing Down the Barriers Between Telecom and Information Technology   The number of registrations is approaching a record and we are pretty excited about hosting it on February 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm EST.   Here is an excerpt from a press release which ran today on TMCnet:   The convergence of voice, data and video networks is having a profound effect on telecommunications organizations, infrastructures, and platforms. Convergence is likewise merging traditional telecommunications networks and Information Technology infrastructures, historically built on separate technologies and methodologies.   Using common IT technologies, service providers can reduce dependence upon highly customized hardware to create new service offerings. This results in an operating environment, which can significantly reduce CapEX and OpEX, accelerate time-to-market, and provide flexibility to deploy applications in the environment best suited to the service, and requirements of the service provider.   The webinar will be led by three presenters with decades of experience in the field: Bruce Anthony, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Officer for Next Generation Networks and Convergence; Scott Wharton, Vice President of Marketing for BroadSoft (News - Alert); and Ernie Bergstrom, Vice President, Research and Founder of Crystal Cube Consulting.   TMC will be giving away a 30GB iPod ($250 value) to a random webinar attendee.

Sprint – Better Than You Think

February 23, 2007

Is Verizon Wireless not the most reliable network as the company’s ads will tell you? Well according to this article Sprint has the fewest dropped calls. This is also in stark contrast to the ads that Cingular Wireless, now AT&T has been running.   I wonder if the research that fueled this article will now be disputed by the other carriers. It is likely that we will begin to see research wars where every few months a new carrier will come at us with different metrics showing them to be best.   At the end of the day customers will likely be as confused as they are today about which wireless carrier is best.   For now – perhaps it is Sprint.

Apple, iPhone and the AT&T Power Struggle

February 18, 2007

Apple’s ability to open the music industry up and now the mobile phone market is amazing. Steve Jobs has more control over the iPhone than any other recent domestic equipment provider has had over their devices. In fact few people at Cingular Wireless – now AT&T Wireless even saw the device before it was announced at MacWorld.   AT&T Wireless put up with Jobs and Apple but Verizon Wireless balked at some of the terms of the agreement such as where the phones would be sold. Apparently none of the wireless carriers are happy with comments made by Steve Jobs in the past – specifically, that telecom operators as "orifices" that other companies, including phone makers, must go through to reach consumers.   Obviously AT&T has high hopes for this device to put up with these comments and to lose so much control of the device.   But there is more at play here worth mentioning.

Blackberry 8800

February 17, 2007

iPhone, AT&T U-verse, Blackberry and Hosted Communications

February 14, 2007

Edgar Bronfman Jr. a record company exec speaking at CTIA is right on when he says the interface on cell phones can use drastic improvement. On average, Bronfman said, it can take a person 20 clicks to buy a ringtone, depending on the carrier network the consumer is using. He also complained about the fact that ringtones, full-track songs, music videos and album art are all sold in separate virtual stores.   I believe Apple has and will continue to change the mobile phone industry and if the industry doesn’t get its act together soon, Apple will steamroll it. Somehow Apple does everything design-wise better than any other company.

Musings: HP, Paragon Wireless, BridgePort Networks

February 13, 2007

This week has seen more announcements than any in recent memory. 3GSM is probably the main culprit here but beyond this international wireless event there are other tech related news stories worth discussing in today’s musings.   One of the most interesting applications of technology recently has to be the case of the two teenage girls in Trenton, Ohio who posted a fake snow day notice on the school’s website. The two Edgewood High School students, whose names were not released, were charged in juvenile court on Friday and face expulsion. One of the girls, 16, was charged with delinquency by unauthorized use of a computer (doesn’t this seem like a made up name of a crime?) and by reason of records tampering.

Sprint Accolades

February 10, 2007

Verizon: ESPN Mobile

February 9, 2007

By now you may have heard about how ESPN will be offering video clips on Verizon’s VCast mobile network. ESPN made a go at being an MVNO but it just didn’t work out for the company. I think the deal with Verizon Wireless is a great move as Verizon has an ultra-reliable network and the VCast service seems well-liked.   But I do have a concern about this agreement. It seems more and more that content is not only king but emperor.
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