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OCS Assimilation

January 14, 2008

Tom Cross has an interesting post about Microsoft OCS and in it he has a good communications history lesson detailing some of Redmond's past activities in the telecom space. Here is an excerpt:

What all this means is that the old-time interconnect company is finally going away. Many of them hate IP systems, never wanted to learn IP and keep thinking it’s a fad that will go away. This also means huge opportunity for those who finally want to see the telephone finally get “assimilated” PC and the benefits of “unified” communications or messaging finally arrive.


Sangoma Interview

January 14, 2008

Google iPhone Upgrade

January 14, 2008

The latest news out of Google is not surprising as the company decided to choose the week of Macworld to announce that they have improved their iPhone experience. As I wrote about earlier today, iPhone search activity is much greater than the search activity of other mobile devices.

As such, Google has announced it has made its applications and interface speedier for iPhone users and while doing this they have also made the applications look slicker, easier to navigate and use via touch-screen.

You can also customize your start page at www.igoogle.com.

Because we now know just how much traffic the iPhone is sending to search engines, this news is not surprising. What we should be aware of however is the fact that it is going to be very difficult for the Google Phone/Android to be better than other phones as Google has to make its applications extremely user friendly regardless of device.

I mentioned this in a post last night in fact.

It is conceivable that the iPhone could provide a better browsing and search experience than anything Google and its partners in the OHA can come up with. And therein is the challenge for Google.

But then again, if their apps run everywhere they still win.











Service Provider Opportunities

January 11, 2008

Service providers are being extremely creative in using technology and ingenuity to launch new and enhanced services and products to keep customers and attract new ones. Some of the better ideas I have seen lately are the consumer electronics DECT phone from Comcast which allows internet browsing and address synchronization via the in-home cordless phone.

I also think the Alltel/AAA collaboration is a great move allowing consumers access to over 100,000 locations which give AAA discounts. In addition the GPS-enabled devices allow instant transmission of location to AAA when you have a car problem.

Another great idea is the transmission of Pandora radio to certain AT&T Wireless handsets. I really like Pandora as the service allows you to customize your own radio stations without listening to commercials.



SIP Education at ITEXPO

January 8, 2008

Marc Robins is now heading up the SIP forum and as you may know, he is an industry veteran and a fellow coworker for many years. Mark was the Group Associate Publisher at TMC and responsible for educating hundreds of thousands in his long tenure in the communications media and analyst spaces.

The SIP forum is working to educate the market in a few weeks in Miami, Fl at ITEXPO.

Here is a summary of what you will learn at ITEXPO in a few weeks as part of TMC's collaboration with the SIP Forum.

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SIP Forum SIPconnect Compliance Workshop



Schedule, Speakers and Topics







DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008

SIP Forum SIPconnect Compliance Workshop, Room B114/115
Co-located with TMC’s Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO EAST 2008
The Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, FL
10:00am-1:00pm



Latin America VoIP Conference

January 8, 2008

We are very excited to announce that at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami later this month, there will be a free session for resellers showing them how to best sell IP communications products and services to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here is an overview of the session from the Reseller Solutions portion of the ITEXPO home page:

IP Telephony has been used for the past several years for bridging the islands of the Caribbean and the nations of Central and Latin America together at the service provider transport level. Now it is time to reveal how it is being used in the rapidly expanding mass market to bring small and medium business customers together. From the implementation of cost-effective IP based key systems for single locations with scattered phones in remote locations to small to medium size multi-site locations in neighboring countries, new developments have recently made the cost of IP- key system implementation go way down and the features available to the end-user customer go way up.



Jose Pardo from Allworx will be speaking at this session and I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say at the show.



IP Communications News January 4, 2007

January 4, 2008

If you just can't get enough IP communications news then you are a lot like me and I do feel a bit sorry for you.  Either way, there is lots of great news happening in this first short week of the new year.

Some of my favorite news is Vonage settling the AT&T Patent dispute, P&G receiving an award for wireless VoIP and the Simulscribe recognition. Enjoy:

Excel Telecommunications: 2007 a Good Year for SIP Trunking, 2008 Even Better




Technology News Wrap Dec 27, 2007

December 27, 2007

It has been a slow news week as you might imagine and there have been a number of stories which have caught my eye. Stories wrapping up 2007 are rampant and one worth reading is from Mae Kowalke and is titled 2007 VoIP News Highlights from TMCnet. Within the article is a summary of news regarding Microsoft OCS, Vonage, SunRocket and more.   In other news, Sonus got nice recognition as a market leader from Infonetics in a report which states Sonus has captured 26 percent of the worldwide market, with 42% coverage in North America region representing increases over Q2 2007.   A rumor which could be a deal changer for the technology market comes from Seeking Alpha and discusses a potential new Apple device which seems like a Nokia N800 clone. I am a huge fan of the Nokia N800 as it is speedy, has wonderful resolution at 800x480 and can do so much more that a smartphone.

VoIP Banned on Some Flights

December 24, 2007

Perhaps the best holiday gift for people who enjoy peace and quiet on their flights is an all out ban on VoIP in the sky. The AP is reporting on the sorts of things we may be allowed to do in the sky like view porn or talk.   It is too soon to know which airlines will allow what but I am sure there will be extreme pressure on airlines to allow talking if they can monetize it effectively. The question is how to allow talking without disturbing passengers who want quiet.   Will airlines have talking sections like they used to have smoking sections?   Then again, what happens when you are seated in a row that has a baby crying? Is talking more annoying than a baby crying?   As a frequent Metro North train traveler I can sympathize with how annoying some callers can be.

Asterisk Hits One Million Downloads

December 19, 2007

If you have any doubt that there is tremendous interest in open source communications consider the fact that Digium has recently announced the one millionth download of Asterisk – the open-source PBX.   Yes, that is “One million!”   This is a staggering number as after all; we are talking about a product which most people use as a PBX. This just shows the incredible need for this software – the brainchild of Mark Spencer.   In a press release the company made this announcement with a laundry list of other accomplishments.   TMCnet’s Tom Keating was blown away by the fact that Digium is now 24+ quarters old. In his own words, “When I heard that number - 24 quarters, I couldn't believe it's been that long. That's 6 years!
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