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NEC, Microsoft, HP Labs and Comcast News

March 7, 2008

I was traveling yesterday and I didn't get a chance to communicate with my blog readers in the detail I would normally like to give. This morning I decided to share all the news that caught my eye from last night and this morning.


NEC VT800


The first up is the the new NEC VT800 which I thought was interesting as it is a network-ready video projector for around $1,000. Apparently the Ethernet port just manages the device... Too bad -- I thought for sure you could run presentations over your LAN with this nifty addition.

Hopefully this will change in the future and NEC will see fit to have this or a future device IP communications enabled so you could have one way video presentations from remote locations.

More from PCMAG and engadget

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is in the news and shares his views that Google is the company they need to beat and how he will do everything in his power to catch the search leader.













Hunter Newby Leaves Telx

March 7, 2008

For those of you who know Hunter Newby, you are aware is one of the more knowledgeable people in our industry. Hunter is especially well-versed in areas like net neutrality, fiber deployment and not surprisingly carrier hotels.

I know many of the customers of Telx and they tell me frequently that Hunter is the main reason they enjoyed (and even started) working with the company.

Over time of course the various Telx facilities in New York, Atlanta and other areas grew not just because of the personality of the Telx team but because they offered carrier hotel space where the majority of providers were located.

As Hunter has said in the past... Carrier hotels with access to massive amounts of fiber are like waterfront property.

Hunter recently informed me he will no longer be at Telx and soon in fact he will be starting a new venture. Here is an excerpt of a letter I received last night:

Ten years is a long time to be with one company in this industry.










Fred Goldstein on Net Neutrality

March 6, 2008

Just when you thought you knew everything you need to know about the net neutrality debate and the controversy involving the FCC, Comcast and BitTorrent... There is more. A fantastic article from Fred Goldstein of ionary Consulting sums up what you need to know.

Here is an excerpt:

This sounds like a motherhood-and-apple-pie kind of debate. Who wants their ISP to tell them what they can and cannot do?




AT&T's Bullish Investment

March 5, 2008


AT&T is making a major telecom investment in many areas of its business. The telecom giant cites the explosion of high-speed networks, data consuming devices and the move to IP as the reason for this investment.

The money is being spent to become a larger global player as well as a big provider of utility computing services.

Where will the company be spending money?

  • Subsea Fiber: Expect the company to expand capacity to area of the world experiencing economic growth such as Asia and the Middle East.
  • MPLS Routers: The company will add a number of these throughout the world in order to ensure there is proper capacity in areas of rapid business growth.
  • Metro Ethernet: The company will invest in a manner which allows it to have such services available in 39 countries.
  • DSL: Investments will allow AT&T to provide this service in 21 countries.
  • Data Center Increase: AT&T will add 180,000 square feet of global capacity by mid 2009 throughout its 28 data centers.
  • Unified Communications: Integrating and developing recently acquired Interwise - a web conferencing company into AT&T's network.
  • Expanding Audio Conferencing: Expect IP-based conferencing in more than 140 countries with native language support.

Here is my analysis of this news:

As AT&T gets more involved in the utility computing market, I expect them to butt heads with Sun, Amazon and Google. Google is a past foe - Amazon and Sun are new ones.

While a year ago the cable companies were eating the lunch of AT&T and Verizon, there has been a rapid about-face in the market which has been fueled by the wireless arms of both LECS, IPTV and well as international expansion.

I believe the cable companies will have to do something soon to be able to compete effectively in emerging markets.

In all, this news is fantastic for the telecom market as AT&T is spending 33 percent more than last year and double what they spent in 2006.

It will be great to see these investments allow AT&T to can overseas and whether it can compete effectively against other utility computing players in the market.

















TMCnet's New Vertical Communities

March 4, 2008

Over the past decade, TMCnet has become the accepted resource for news, product research and analysis in communications and technology markets - including telecom, VoIP, and contact centers. Moreover, the site has become the defacto location online where companies build loyal communities of interest on a variety of topics. Since 2004, TMCnet has built close to one hundred and fifty communities of various sizes (current communities, channels/microcommunities) for our partners.

These communities have proven time and again to be one of the most successful products TMC has ever launched in conjunction with our advertisers and sponsors. With an astronomical renewal rate of 70% year-over-year, TMCnet communities drive tremendous traffic to our partner's Web sites and help them achieve higher levels of search prominence.In fact, we receive numerous testimonials from companies whose TMCnet communities actually attract more visitors than their own Web sites.

Podcast: Joel Hackney, Nortel

March 4, 2008

If you want some great perspective on Nortel's recent earnings as well as information on which areas of Nortel are doing best, be sure to check out this podcast interview with Joel Hackney, President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at Nortel.

Joel discusses a number of things with me such as the rumored acquisition by his company of the Siemens Business Communications Division.

In addition, Joel discusses how applications leaders in the CIO's office are carrying more and more of the budgets for communications spending. Business processes are becoming more important he says and this allows Nortel to enter into a dialog with customers which we haven't been involved with in some time.

From there, Hackney explained how Nortel provides a choice in the market -- with lower price points, better technology while these solutions have a lower impact on the environment.

In addition, we get to hear his perspective of how SOA and web services intertwine with UC to give more choice to companies looking to implement the best communications solutions possible.

Finally we get to hear his ideas on what Nortel really sees in terms of tech spending going forward. Do they really see a slowdown in enterprise spending or not?

Here is the podcast for your listening pleasure.











Google Gears for Mobile

March 4, 2008

It is here... Finally here. Google Gears is a middleware program with tremendous potential as it allows web based applications to run, even when there is no web connectivity.

Currently, using Google Gears is a bit clunky meaning you have to tell the system you are going offline in order to use applications without a web connection.

IMS News from Ericsson, Radvision and Quanta

March 4, 2008



There is a good amount of news in the IMS space these days and perhaps most exciting is Ericsson working with Beijing Netcom, a branch of China Netcom to provide an IMS platform for the Olympics.

It will be interesting to see what sorts of applications the companies come up with and I certainly wish I was going so I could see them myself.

In other exciting IMS news, Radvision today announced that Quanta Computer is implementing its new IMS Video Share Application which provides complete, smooth integration of IMS video sharing services for Windows Mobile and other operating systems.  Quanta will be deploying the IMS Video Share Application as the first IMS service on their Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.

Using this solution, service providers can allow users to upgrade an audio call to a unidirectional video call. In this manner a user could show others what they see -- but in real time.

These two events alone are huge for IMS and have the potential to grow awareness of IP multimedia Subsystem technology to not only operators but wireless customers. I am looking forward to seeing IMS applications rolled out more widely in 2008.











TMCnet Services

March 3, 2008

AT&T U-verse Improves

March 3, 2008



Today I was perusing a press release from AT&T touting the new HD channels they will be offering in Fairfield County, Connecticut as part of their U-verse offering. This release was of special interest since this county is where TMC headquarters are located.

What struck me in the release however is not the new HD channels which for the record are WPIX HD (CW-NYC), WTXX HD (CW-Hartford/New Haven), WNET HD (PBS), WWOR HD (My Network-NYC), and WCTX HD (My Network-Hartford/New Haven) but instead one paragraph of the release that would have seemed unheard of ten years ago.

Specifically:

AT&T is the only national provider to offer a 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service, making AT&T U-verse TV one of the most advanced television offerings available anywhere. AT&T is deploying next-generation video services, including AT&T U-verse TV, as part of its mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.


It is this reference to 100% Internet protocol that got me because when the first issue of Internet Telephony Magazine was launched back in 1998, service providers  immediately shot down the whole concept of IP telephony and said it was bad... 








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