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Allied Security Trust -- Let The Patent Wars Begin

June 30, 2008

You may remember a while back I wrote about Vocaltec selling some of its patents to what appears to be a firm that will become a patent troll. This scenario is becoming more and more common... Companies are now launching businesses based on buying patents and using them to sue others.

In order to combat such companies, Verizon, Cisco, Google, Telefon AB L.M., Ericssson, HP and other companies have joined together to launch Allied Security Trust -- an organization which will acquire patents and subsequently grant member companies nonexclusive rights to use them.

A quarter million dollars or so will grant you access to this exclusive patent club and another $5 million is required to be placed in escrow to help fund future patent purchases.

There are two interesting points here. One is the fact that there are a number of telecom companies in this group and second is the fact that Verizon sued Vonage recently for patent infringement.





Gary Kim on Broadband Speeds

June 27, 2008

Is Wireless Really Opening Up?

June 27, 2008



Is it possible that in front of our eyes, the US wireless market is opening up? It seems this is the case as MetroPCS Communications has just opened its network, allowing customers to bring devices from other networks which will be reprogrammed in the company's stores. The carrier is based on CDMA technology meaning you can bring certain Verizon, Alltel and Sprint phones to your local MetroPCS dealer if you are interested.

According to the AP, MetroPCS's network covers 14 large cities, including Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. It had 4.4 million subscribers at the end of March.



Goodbye Bill Gates

June 27, 2008

Dear Mr. Gates -- I feel I know you well enough to call you Bill. You see, although we have never met, I feel like I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. I started loving technology while playing Pong and Space Invaders and shortly thereafter I became a BASIC programmer. First of all, thanks for ensuring this language was around and simple enough for a person to easily pick up on his own.

It is unclear what the computing industry would be like if it weren't for you and your company. You seem to have had an uncanny way of beating virtually every competitor your company ever had while you were in charge.

ITEXPO TMC University Courses Expanded

June 26, 2008




I promised yesterday that we would be devoting great focus to ITEXPO this week and to kick things off I want to ensure you are aware of the TMC University courses which will be offered at the show September 16-18, 2008 in Los Angeles. We have been running TMCU sessions for many years and we have had hundreds of graduates who walk away from the event better educated on various topics and if they pass the test at the end of the session(s), they also have the bragging rights of a diploma which can boost their resume value and get them valuable consulting/reseller assignments.

The program has focused on open source, SIP and IP-PBX topics in years past and for the first time we have greatly expanded the number of courses provided to ensure we can help you get certified in multiple courses at once. These are the important areas of the market where the seems to be great interest in certification as well as hiring.

Here is the complete list of topics and a page with the details.

  • Microsoft OCS
  • FMC/Mobility
  • Open Source
  • IP Network Security
  • Unified Communications
  • SIP
  • Software as a Service
  • SIP in the Contact Center
  • Next-Gen Call Center Management

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Microsoft OCS
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

FMC/Mobility
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Open Source
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SIP in the Contact Center
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  Wednesday, September 17, 2008 SaaS
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  Thursday, September 18, 2008 Unified Communications
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  Thursday, September 18, 2008 SIP
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  Thursday, September 18, 2008 Next-Gen Call Center Mgmt
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Come to the show and try your luck skill at becoming a happy graduate, along with the hundreds of your peers. Be part of an elite group -- only at ITEXPO.






























NXTComm, VPF, ITEXPO and More

June 25, 2008

I am back from NXTComm, the Voice Peering Forum and my trip to Vancouver. It is good to be home and I have so much to share. A few things you should know about are the fact that TMCnet was on-hand at NXTComm doing video interviews with a number of the movers and shakers.

Here is one of these interviews with Erik Linask and Sam Lisle from Fujitsu. This interview page has a menu of all the interviews so I hope you enjoy them all.

On another note, my team and I will be gearing up to put the final touches on ITEXPO which takes place September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.



Is Ribbit The Phone Company of the Future?

June 24, 2008



As telephony opens up, many companies are looking to take advantage of the new possibilities  communications offers. One example is Ribbit, an organization which bills itself as Silicon Valley's first phone company. According to Crick Waters (pictured) one of the company's founders, this tongue-in-cheek description is basically a way of saying they look at telecom from a new angle.

To facilitate this new way of looking at telecom, they have developed APIs which let you interface telephony into applications. For example, their service is interconnected to SalesForce.com and subsequently you can make calls from within SalesForce.com which go out through Ribbit's network.



AOL AIM For Windows Mobile

June 23, 2008

VPF Summer 2008 Kicking Off

June 23, 2008





Here are some shots of Shrihari Pandit the chairman of the VPF Summer 2008 conference here in San Francisco and Gary Kim who is keynoting. Shrihari who is standing at the podium thanked us all for coming and Kim explained to use that the service provider market is changing rapidly.

Video growth is happening at an exponential rate he says and for wireless carriers this is a huge deal. These carriers will need to figure out new ways to charge for providing this bandwidth he says. 

He further says service providers need to manage devices in homes (TVs and computers) and if they are too small, they will need to partner with other companies to make this happen. 





A Possible Sea Change at the FCC

June 22, 2008

For the last eighteen months I felt as if the FCC thought the cable companies were too powerful as a result of many rulings which seemed to be in favor of the telcos. It seemed even when the telcos were in the wrong they wouldn't really get in trouble and the cable companies seemed to have to walk on egg shells.

Now it seems that cable companies are going to see something come out the FCC which is to their benefit. BusinessWeek reports that the FCC is backing the cable companies over Verizon in a alleged marketing scheme having to do with Verizon not porting numbers immediately to cable companies but instead reaching out to the switching customers and offering them gifts and discounts to stay with Verizon.

What is interesting is that Chairman Kevin Martin was the lone dissenter on a 4-1 vote meaning all other commissioners were for this ruling.

Here is an excerpt from the article worth reading:

In an unusual move, on Saturday morning FCC member Robert McDowell released his formal statement that will accompany the formal announcement of the vote.

"Consistent with Congress's intent and Commission precedent in the long-distance context, today we carry out Congress's unambiguous mandate to protect consumer privacy in local markets as well," he wrote.









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