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Recession Coming? Fusion Says Things Are Getting Better

April 6, 2016

The telecom market was once said to be a great predictor of recessions – in fact it’s been said in the industry that back when all phones were wired, the first companies to know bad times were coming were the RBOCs or regional Bell operating companies such as Pacific Bell, etc. I couldn’t help but think of this when I spoke with Russell P. Markman, President - Business Services at Fusion. Especially in light of "economic downgrades from the IMF.

Fusion has a broad range of products and services from fax to conferencing and SIP while they target carriers, call centers and businesses with their various offerings.

Level 3's SDN-Powered Instant-Bandwidth is here

March 13, 2016

Programmable networking (with an emphasis on analytics)! That was the message from Travis Ewert (pictured), SVP of Network Software Development for Level 3. You’ll have to excuse my exaggerated use of punctuation. Travis didn’t really exclaim or scream about programmable networking but he was very excited about to discuss how Level 3 is able to use its SDN control-layer to more flexibly provide bandwidth than other players in the space.

CafeX Looks to Solve Biggest Video Collaboration Challenges

March 13, 2016



WebRTC has been an incredible driver of interoperability in real-time communications but it still won’t work across every browser. CafeX Communications has been working on solving this problem for years and now has a new solution called Chime which it hopes becomes the ultimate cross-platform, browser-powered video solution.

I spoke with Sajeel Hussain about the new solution and he emphasized that it works with Microsoft Edge and can interwork with in-room systems from Cisco and also work with Microsoft Skype for Business. In addition, he emphasized companies can save 75% on their bandwidth utilization as Chime can cluster four video sessions as a single session which connects to the MCU.

Prysm Enterprise Will Boost Collaboration and Might Kill Off Audio Conference Calls

March 12, 2016

Prysm’s recently released Prysm Enterprise solution is a SaaS/hardware solution designed to connect all users in an enterprise together in a more collaborative setting, allowing workers to become more productive and efficient.



In an interview with Dana Corey (above), VP Global Strategic Partnership & Sales, he brought me up to speed on his company’s journey into making companies more productive and efficient. They started as a screen maker, then added touch, collaboration and then software.

Metaswitch: UC and CC The New and Old Growth Area for Carriers

March 11, 2016

Adding contact center and unified communications to your offerings adds a 30% addressable market for carriers according to Chris Carabello of Metawitch networks. He then said, “We're very invested in service providers and given their broadband infrastructure, ability to own quality of experience and have an existing distribution channel.”

Moreover, Chris showed me research which cites carrier customers saying they would be happy to buy these services from the carrier if the price is right.



Carriers providing contact center or even business voice services is not necessarily a new idea.

GENBAND Makes NFV, SBC and fring Alliance news at MWC16

March 3, 2016

As carriers look to compete with OTT voice and video solutions, GENBAND is helping them via their new fring Alliance Revenue Engine Apps. As a reminder, the fring Alliance is a group of carriers working collectively to for all effective purposes to launch a cross-carrier Skype competitor. GENBAND makes it easy for operators to set up a virtually turnkey solution which allows mobile and other operators to provide an alternative OTT service.

“We’re committed to helping our CSP partners and customers alike position themselves effectively in today’s extraordinarily competitive and fast-moving market,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, General Manager, fring Alliance. “The Alliance is more than a Rich Communications Services platform that mobile operators can leverage to offer their own white-label solutions– it’s also a rapid service creation and revenue engine for differentiated, high-quality experiences users are willing to pay for.”

Dialogic Plunges into Apps with PowerVille

February 9, 2016

By technology standards, Dialogic is a veteran – having been established in 1983, the company has supplied communications infrastructure used by carriers, enterprises and developers for many, many decades. The New Jersey company enjoyed the benefit of providing solutions which could be paid for by arbitrage. In the late eighties and nineties, Dialogic boards allowed companies to build computer-telephony solutions which used off-the-shelf computers to compete with custom-built hardware solutions from manufacturers of telecom equipment. Even though Dialogic boards were not cheap, solutions based on their products cost far less than alternatives on the market thanks to the ability to leverage PCs and servers.

VidAngel Review: Watch any Movie for a Buck

January 18, 2016

The sharing economy comes to video

I had a chance to try VidAngel this weekend and I am pretty impressed with the company's business model. You purchase a movie online, stream it to various devices and sell it back within 24 hours and get a credit from the company. Effectively this means you pay $1 for an SD movie and $2 for an HD movie.

If you have an Apple TV, Google Chromecast or Roku box, you can also watch movies on your TV.

The company has dozens of filters you are forced to choose from before you watch. Examples include no profanity, no sex, etc.





Lifesize Reinvents Itself in Cloud Video

January 14, 2016

CEO Craig Malloy explains the new company’s mission and strategy for the future

I first introduced you to Lifesize in 2007 explaining the company offered near telepresence quality at a fraction of the cost. At the time I said, “The goal of the company is to be the price/performance leader and I can vouch for the quality of their technology as I had a chance to see it for myself.” Two years later, Logitech, excited about the opportunity to move upmarket in the video space, acquired them for $400 million.

The move upmarket: Prior to this acquisition, I had a chance to cover Lifesize as it improved its technology with better quality cameras and other peripherals.

Why you Should Hold Off on iOS 9

September 17, 2015

I bit the bullet and downloaded iOS 9 yesterday – right at the start of TMC’s on the road show tour of Dallas, Texas where I was meeting a number of companies in the area and learning about their upcoming news and more.

iOS 9 is amazing – it is much better than iOS 8 – especially on a tablet where PiP video and multitasking can really amp up productivity. There are lots of great new features like enhanced locations on maps – transit directions – Siri makes smarter suggestions, notifications come in order of receipt, 6-digit passcodes are allowed and so on.

The challenge, of course always is what apps will break when you upgrade.

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