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ScanSource Wants its MTV

April 8, 2008

Live Communications Webinars

April 7, 2008

How do you stay up to date on the latest in communications and technology without leaving your desk? One of the best ways is with a webinar which allows you to sit comfortably in your office while you learn from industry experts.

In today's mobile work environment I should emphasize you really don't need to be at a desk. You could in fact be on a train or anywhere else as you learn everything you wanted to know about important issues such as secure SIP trunking, SBCs, communications enabled business services and how VoIP will coexist with IPV6.

Here is a complete list of upcoming webinars:

Thanks for reading and as a disclaimer I should mention these webinars all take place with TMC representation... A TMC editor and potentially an analyst will be on every one.

In addition, you should know a webinar is one of the few places online where you can learn something and have your questions answered by experts in real-time.







Sprint Pays Klausner

April 7, 2008

Sprint recently signed a deal with Klausner Technologies to enable them to use visual voicemail without the fear of being sued. This news is interesting as Sprint is one of the companies coming after VoIP providers who the company claims is infringing on their patents. It seems more than coincidental that Sprint decided to go after so many VoIP companies around the same time they were in negotiations with Klausner.

Sprint Nextel is the seventh company to date to license the Klausner visual voicemail patents. Other licensees include ISP’s such as Time Warner’s AOL, VoIP providers such as Vonage and the visual voicemail/voicemail transcription company, Simulscribe.

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EU Authorizes Fist Fights on Planes

April 7, 2008

OK I may be a bit over the top with this headline but allowing a plane full of passengers the ability to talk on the phone -- all in different languages... What is the EU thinking?

According to TMCnet's Mae Kowalke, we will have the ability to talk in the air very, very soon. Sure, there are challenges like how will you deal with the fact that rows and rows of people will be talking at the same time while you are trying to nap?

The answer is unclear to me but riding on the trains in New York it seems like yelling at the telephone screamer seems to get them to quiet down a bit.

How do you invest to take advantage of such a change in policy.





Mind CTI Interview: Monica Eisinger

April 7, 2008

In the past few years there has been tremendous interest paid to VoIP and the underlying internet protocol which allows IP communications to take place. For those people who started to pay attention to the communications space in the last few years, you may not be aware that over a decade ago the CTI market heralded the first time telephones and computers communicated with one another.

My long-time readers know that about two decades ago the birth of CTI systems were a result of a collaboration between IBM and Rockwell and if you had a mainframe and a Rockwell ACD lying around and a few hundred thousand dollars to spend on connecting it all together, you could be among the first in the world to take advantage of computer telephony integration or CTI. The first application of such integration? Screen pops or the ability to see the customer record of who is calling.

But for most companies it was the nineties when they could first afford CTI systems based on operating systems from Microsoft and Novell.

The IP communications market was really born from the building blocks of CTI as gateways which allowed the PSTN and VoIP to interconnect were based on boards from leaders in CTI like NMS and Dialogic.





TMCnet Hits 100 Sponsored Community Milestone

April 6, 2008

All I can say is thank you to our loyal readers who visit TMCnet frequently and our sponsors who have launched communities and channels in partnership with TMC on TMCnet.

Furthermore, thanks for your loyalty and the nice testimonials many of you have provided -- comments like working with TMC via our community program has been partly responsible for lifting your stock price (Sangoma, Interactive Intelligence).

Due to your tremendous support, TMCnet has now hit the triple-digit mark in live, sponsored communities online.

We launched our first ever online community back in 2000 and over the years we have developed sophisticated and proprietary technology allowing our channels and communities to contain the most appropriate content at all times.

This is probably why some TMCnet communities have more traffic than other competitive media sites.

Sure, trade shows are great and those of you attending ITEXPO know that these shows are doing amazingly well.

We believe that for all other times during the year you need to work with an experienced third-party media company to build content-specific communities in order to give your potential customers the best parts of the trade show experience 24 hours every day.

And once again, as TMCnet communities are content driven -- the high quality news and analysis TMC provides on a specific subject makes them worth bookmarking and visiting often.

Some samples of our community program are Open Source PBX, IPTV, Mobile VoIP, Hosted Communications, HD VoiceCall Recording, IP Telephony, VoIP Services , Business VoIP, and Contact Center Research.

Thanks to the positive reaction from our many community partners, we have been able to provide the absolute best quality content while covering virtually all news of significance.

As always, you have our promise that our commitment to quality and our customer service levels will continue to be first-rate as we expand.

If this is ever not the case, I invite you to e-mail me directly.

We thank you once again for the opportunity to serve you.

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Starface Looks for US IP-PBX Growth

April 6, 2008

I recently came across a software-based IP-PBX company from Germany that I have never written about before. Vertico Software GmBH makes a product called Starface which comes in a variety of flavors, from software to an appliance or hosted solution.

The company supports SIP trunking and one of the latest news items Vertico Software released in fact is a partnership with Broadvox, one of the leaders in the SIP trunking space.

The communications software company focuses on low-priced, fully-functional solutions which seem like they have all the bells and whistles a growing small to medium needs.

There is extended backup, different music-on-hold based on individual users or groups, an installation GUI for beginners, an XML menu available on SNOM hardware and a client which allows things like screen pops, call deflection, ad-hoc conferencing and more.

There are other advanced features like rules-based call forwarding, LDAP connectivity, virtual conference rooms with PIN-based access, visual conference participant control, presence detection and dissemination, and connectivity with CRM systems.

One thing setting this system apart from many others on the market is support for many languages (6 in total).

The German company is looking to expand in the US so if you are a reseller or small to medium business looking for a flexible and reasonably-priced solution with built-in international support, check out the company's website.











HD Voice goes Hosted

April 4, 2008

I have long mentioned there is an opportunity to start using stereophonic, surround sound quality in IP communications as the quality of phones today is just atrocious.Thankfully, Polycom, Skype, Microsoft and others have embraced this concept with their wideband codecs. Polycom dubs their solution HD Voice and I am happy to report that service providers are beginning to support this new standard in their hosted solutions

According to TMCnet's Tim Gray, IP 5280 is rolling out a hosted solution which supports Polycom devices which specifically support HD Voice.

Of course HD Voice only works if both (or all) parties in a conversation use it. So for now, within the company, call quality will be great. People connected via SIP trunks will also experience this better call quality which transmits 2 or more times the frequencies of traditional toll grade calls.

The next step is to ensure we have transcoding gateways that allow Microsoft's codecs, Skype and any other high quality codecs to be seamlessly connected with one another.

Once this begins to happen, we can have truly high-quality sound on virtually all of our phones.

Of course the one challenge we face as an industry is the devices...









Packet8 Links With SalesForce.com

April 3, 2008

In the race to differentiate IP communications services, a natural area  for service providers in the business market to look is the CRM space. Integration with customer relationship management systems is common in large enterprises and even medium companies have embraced the concept.

Now, small business customers utilizing a hosted solution can take advantage of one of the cream of the crop hosted CRM packages -- SalesForce.com. You see, Packet8 service will now seamlessly integrate with Mark Benioff's creation.

What does this mean for the market? Simple...



The Coming Mobile WiMAX Revolution

April 2, 2008

Over the past fifteen years the world has become smaller as a result of the internet and more recently broadband connectivity allowing IP communications consisting of voice and video to flourish. As connectivity has improved, entire industries were transformed. For example, emerging markets began to harness the internet as a way to provide outsourced services to more developed parts of the world.

It is fair to say the entire world has improved as a result of the net… Just a single example is the hoards of ambitious people worldwide who have leveraged the internet to do things like start businesses where they sell myriad products on eBay or their own websites.

Yet for all the progress we have made over the years, the potential is far greater. In a recent conversation with Lars Johnsson, the VP of Business Development at Beecem I was able to learn how his company - a four year old fabless semiconductor chipset company has been improving mobile WiMAX.

If companies like Intel are responsible for the computing revolution and the benefits we enjoy from microprocessor improvements, then companies like Beceem will be responsible for the coming mobility revolution.

You see, Beceem (pronounced "beseem" which means "without wires" in Farsi) has just released its BCSM250 mobile WiMAX chipset whose surface area is about the size of a stick of gum.







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