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The State of Telecom Competition

August 15, 2007

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a great story on telecom competition. It is worth a read if you want to understand the plight of CLECs and the industry in general.   Here is an excerpt:  
Greensburg-based Remi Communications, which competes with Verizon in both the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia markets, could end up being charged more to access the delivery lines than it would if it signed up for Verizon's services as a regular customer, said David Malfara, company CEO. "That's above retail rates," he said.

Higher prices would reduce not only competition, but also, possibly, the incentive and money available for improving broadband access.

Telecom Cost Management

August 15, 2007

One of the fastest areas of growth in communications – and there seem to be so many these days, is telecom cost management. In recognition of this fact, TMC has launched a Telecom Cost Management channel which is being sponsored by Optelcon.   Why is telecom cost management an important area? PSTN calls, VoIP calls, FMC, wireless calls, broadband communications, etc have made it challenging to understand phone bills, let alone manage the cost of them.   What sorts of articles might we see on this micro-community? Boy am I glad you asked.   Here is a list of some of the latest content on the site:  

Smoothstone

August 15, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jeff Wellemeyer, chairman and CTO of Smoothstone, about the most recent call center solutions and the path Smoothstone is taking to create greater customer satisfaction.   Smoothstone is an IP communications provider that designs, integrates and services specifically tailored solutions including VoIP for medium-sized enterprises. The company’s IP communications platform provides next generation, centrally managed and enterprise strength solutions over a private nationwide network.   Please read more coverage of Smoothstone in TMCnet.   Please outline your new corporate initiatives.   Smoothstone continues to add new clients and to introduce new services. The most recent initiative is the introduction of our new Smoothstone Intelligent Call Control (ICC) platform.

TMCnet New Traffic Record

August 15, 2007

Thanks to all our readers and visitors who have allowed TMCnet to achieve a new traffic record in July 2007.   Here are the numbers:   Page Views 30,977,147 Average Visit Length 35:45 Unique Visitors 3,078,409   Page Views refers to actual pages viewed. So if you look at three articles a month on TMCnet you represent 3 page views. Our prior average was 20 million.   30,977,147 represents a 50+% increase over the prior record.   Average Visit Length represents how much time a person spends on the site   Unique Visitors represents how many unique viewers came to TMCnet in the entire month.   Thank you also to the TMC team for continuing to produce content our audience finds compelling.

ITEXPO Call For Papers

August 14, 2007

Please be advised that if you are interested in speaking at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami this January the deadline to submit abstracts is tomorrow. Please be sure to forward the following letter immediately to all who are interested.   Once the speakers are chosen you have to wait fore the next event to be considered so time is of the essence.   Here is the official notice:   Dear Colleague,   I want to remind you that the deadline for submitting a proposal to be considered for a speaking slot at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2008 is tomorrow, August 15, 2007.   Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) is the premier event in the IP Communications industry, featuring four days of high level educational sessions covering up to one dozen different tracks. ITEXPO will be held January 22-25, 2008 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL, and is expected to attract over 7,500 attendees from all over the world (www.itexpo.com).

NetXUSA

August 12, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask NETXUSA CEO Tom Boone about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   NETXUSA, Inc. is a distributor of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products and services and has a distribution channel of independent resellers throughout the United States and foreign countries that provide the local end-user installation and support services.   The company distributes products from companies such as Digium, Epygi, PBXnSIP and many others. Tom is one of the more colorful figures in the IP communications space and if you get a chance to meet him, you should take advantage of it.

Super Technologies

August 11, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Super Technologies Vice President Suzanne Bowen about her business and the direction she is taking the company.   You may recall Suzanne was nice enough to post a video interview of me a while back. My interview of Suzanne follows below. Before we get started, here is some info on Super Technologies.

IVR Technologies

August 11, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask IVR Technologies Vice President of Business Development Barry Sher about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   IVR Technologies is a software development company providing integrated application, media and billing server to next generation networks. The company is the first vendor to develop a commercially available SIP compliant IVR and billing server.   Please outline your new corporate initiatives.   IVR Technologies is focused on providing innovative enhanced services and real-time billing solutions to next generation service providers that serve to help build profit margin and revenue while attracting and retaining the subscriber base. Through innovation it is our primary goal to develop applications that greatly differentiate the new SIP-based communication networks from that of the legacy PSTN   How is IP communications changing your company's strategy?   With the overwhelming adoption rates of VoIP for both businesses and consumers our solution reaches closer to the consumer than ever before. 

AudioCodes Interview

August 10, 2007

Anyone in the IP communications business knows quite well that Alan Percy is one of the most well-connected and knowledgeable players in the space. Alan’s day job is Director of Business Development at AudioCodes and I swear his night and weekend job is to travel this great country of ours and the world at large and attend any and every communications event known.   There are few events I go to where Alan is not present. Even I envy his frequent flyer account.   Percy’s years in the business have given him deep relationships at companies making networking equipment, PBXs, ACDs, call center software, softswitches and just about anything and everything in communications.   AudioCodes is a provider of communications enabling equipment, gateways, SBCs and so much more. As the market evolves; I thought it made great sense to pick Alan’s brain about the future of communications.

Call Center/CRM Stories August 10, 2007

August 10, 2007

Big news this week in call centers and CRM as we find call center quality is improving. This is great news. There is more below so take a read if you want to learn about peace in the Middle East and other interesting areas relating to communications and technology.   Cincom on the Pursuit of the Perfect Customer Experience Research Shows Insurance Industry Lacking in Call Center Customer Satisfaction The Virtual Contact Center and the SMB Study Shows Perceived Customer Service Driving Market Share HD Videoconferencing Brings Peace to Youth in the Middle East Loquendo Debuts Kerem, New Male Turkish Voice Interior Concepts Launches Two Executive Wood Furniture Lines Call Centers Can Gain More Value from Call Recording Investment When Positioned Properly VendorGuru.com Helps Business Phone Systems Go Mobile
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