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ITEXPO – Early Bird

August 28, 2006

Time is running out to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. A reminder to my blog readers that the time is now to save up to $1,000 on a registration. That, my friends is a whole bunch of iPods, SIP phones, infinity Asterisk servers (assuming you have the hardware ), and since we are heading into back-to-school season – that’ll buy you about two entry-level student-ready laptops.

I am really jazzed about this event because we have some of the best speakers we have ever had at our ITEXPO conferences and the breadth and depth of knowledge you will receive over the course of a few days is almost beyond explanation.

It should be noted that TMC has also partnered with other groups to make our already top-ranked conference program even better.

Remember finally that TMC remains the only conference company in IP communications to guarantee your conference registration.

By the way -- we have yet to have a single person take us up on this guarantee (even after thousands of conferees) and we are proud of this fact.

For your hard-earned conference dollars you should just say NO to Industry Per/Sales-spectives.

Here are some of the companies presenting in San Diego

8x8 Acme Packet Aculab Alcatel AT&T Audiocodes Avaya Baypackets
Broadsoft Cisco Systems Citel Covad Dash911 DecisionOne   Deloitte
Digium DiTech Networks Eicon Networks Envox Equinix Forum Communications Global IP Sound Global Touch IDC  In-Stat IntelliCom Analytics Inter-tel Iotum Iperia Iwatsu Jon Arnold & Associates Juniper Kayote Lucent Technologies Microsoft Mitel Motorola NEC Net2Phone Neustar NexTone NMS Nortel Paetec   Pingtel
Quintum RNKVoIP Samsung Sangoma Sentito Siemens Sonus Spectralink Stealth Communications Sun MicroSysytems SunRocket Switch & Data Talkswitch Telchemy The Eastern Management Group Tier1 Research Toshiba U4EA Unimax Verizon Vertical VoIP Inc. VoIP Shield Vox XO Communications Zultys

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Take a look at this list of conference tracks/workshops on the program:

Service Provider Solutions
Voice Peering Workshop
IMS Expo (Colocated event)
IPTV Evolution Workshop presented by FierceMarkets
Mobility Summit
WiFi Telephony Summit
Regulation
Conferencing and Collaboration
Large Enterprise Deployment Workshop
VoIP for SMB
Enterprise/Government Solutions
TMC University IP PBX Certification Courses
Call Center 2.0 (Colocated conference)
IP Communications Development
SIP Workshop
Open Source Summit
Asterisk Training
VoIP Security for Consumer/User

I hope to see you at the event October 10-13, 2006 at the San Diego Convention Center.









































ITEXPO – Unbelievable Sign-ups

August 28, 2006

Phone Companies Get an FCC Spanking

August 28, 2006

A number of consumer advocacy groups and others have trying to encourage the FCC and government to put a stop to the consolidation of service providers that is taking place. They argue the old AT&T is being rebuilt and the telecom industry is heading in the wrong direction.

In response the FCC has publicly commented that there is more competition that ever from cable companies as well as wireless and satellite providers.

But the FCC’s comments about an abundance of competition seems to have been put to the test recently as Verizon has announced a new broadband surcharge. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, last weekend, Verizon began emailing its roughly six million high-speed Internet subscribers, informing them they would no longer be charged the Universal Service Fund fee -- which was $1.25 or $2.83 a month, depending on speed of service. But it went on to say that it was instituting a "supplier surcharge" of $1.20 or $2.70 a month beginning Aug. 26.

Many point to this new fee as evidence there is a lack of real broadband competition in the market and they further argue the timing of this increase – just as the FCC decided broadband subscribers no longer had to pay into the Universal Service Fund, is especially sneaky.

It is for this reason the FCC decided to send a “letter of inquiry” to Verizon in order to ascertain the reasoning behind the surcharge.







TMCnet Whitepapers

August 23, 2006

Our new TMCnet whitepapers are generating quite a bit of interest and I thought I would share this with my readers. There is some very good content in the library and I had a chance to read a few of them.

AT&T has done a great job with some of their whitepapers. Some of the ones worth reading are Voice over IP Security and Critical Steps for a Successful VoIP Deployment.

Another whitepaper gaining lots of traction is Nortel's Top 10 Questions to ask IMS vendors: What's important and what to watch out for.

TI has a few worth looking at as well -- Remote Management: Critical to a New Generation of Digital Service Providers & Next-Generation Residential Gateways: Flexibility and High-Performance will be Critical.

Whitepapers are just such a great way to learn about a topic -- sure they aren't as glossy as four-color magazines but every now and then you need a break from all that color. It sort of reminds me of Pleasantville without those excellent chocolate chip cookies.







Google WiFi

August 17, 2006

Few companies strike fear in the heart of Microsoft and the incumbent telephone companies like Google. Analysts and journalists seem to delight in asking the software leader and the companies comprising the new AT&T how they will fend off the threat from Google.

Google’s influence is felt throughout the world and the government of France is concerned that Google is responsible for slowly destroying French culture. In response to the threat from Google in fact there is a new French search engine.

Then there is the threat to eBay as Google hones its Froogle search engine, payment and e-commerce products. Newspapers have a love/hate relationship with Google News but mostly hate as they see Google news replacing their sites as primary news home pages.

It would seem, everywhere you look, Google is wreaking havoc with existing business models and causing boardroom chaos.

The newest chaos is being felt in the offices of cell phone operators around the world.







Sprint Interview

August 15, 2006

Here is the partially edited interview I had with Tony Krueck, VP of Product Development at Sprint. This was a great interview for me as I really learned a great deal about what Sprint is up to and how they are embracing IMS. It is along interview but it wasn't edited down because there is some great content in here.

An eagle-eyed reader noticed this interview took place before the recent Sprint WiMAX news. Here is a link to that news.


Rich Tehrani 's Executive Suite is a monthly feature in which leading executives in the VoIP and IP Communications industry discuss their company's latest developments with TMC president Rich Tehrani , as well as providing analysis on industry news and trends.

Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

August 9, 2006

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.

This is potentially good news for the entire communications space for the following reasons. This division of Intel had the massive resources of corporate behind them but the challenge was for such a large company to focus on so many things. There are obviously synergies that will be lost as a result of this division being sold but on the flipside if this newly freed division goes back to its super-aggressive Dialogic ways -- it could result in much more rapid growth for not only for them but the industry as a whole.

Verizon Wireless Does CRM

August 8, 2006

Perhaps one of the best CRM stories I have read recently was about Verizon Wireless and their new offerings for customers. The article was in a newsletter from Peppers and Rogers and I would link to it if I could figure out where on the web it lives. In case it shows up online one day or if perhaps your search skills are better than mine -- the title is Verizon Wireless ups the Customer Loyalty Ante by Martha Rogers, Ph.D.

The article mentions that Verizon Wireless will soon begin to prorate its early termination fees -- a really big deal in my opinion. These fees are universally despised.

Vint Cerf on Net Neutrality

August 3, 2006

Cisco Security Flaw

June 28, 2006

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