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TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

A Tale of Bribery, Cockroaches and Raid

December 21, 2008

 


One of the most fascinating articles I have read in a long while is about the Siemens global bribery scandal where the company spent $1.4 billion on bribes from 2001 to 2007. Of that, get this - telecom accounted for $800 million or 57%! Consider the company also had divisions in industrial, transportation, control systems, healthcare and other areas and you see just how out of whack the telecom bribery spending was.

This leads one to wonder a few things...

We're No Shrinking Violet Says Nortel's Carrier Chief

December 20, 2008

Nortel is an interesting company from the perspective that they have an inherent advantage in their product development as they cater to two separate markets - enterprise and carrier, which need similar products. The company can afford to easily sell carrier-class products to enterprise customers making them more reliable than what many competitors offer.

But all the advantages in the world don't mask the company's recent earnings which were below expectations with carrier revenue down 24% and they certainly can't easily offset the billions of dollars of debt the company has.

I said this in a recent post:

LTE Being Rushed Out

December 18, 2008

The fight between the WiMAX and LTE camp is heating up and WiMAX seems to be on the back burner according to wireless experts like Harald Braun and others.

This is an excerpt from a recent article in fact:

I asked about the WiMAX/LTE competition and he said for his company, WiMAX was always a bridge technology towards LTE but today it seems carriers have stepped up their roll outs of LTE technology. "Now the gap is closing," he said. He continued, "I would have thought we would have more WiMAX deployments by now and I don't see it."
My take? LTE does have the inherent advantage of being provided by the equipment companies the carriers are familiar with and moreover it has the advantage of copying the best of WiMAX.




Visionary Harald Braun Says Telecom - Especially Wireless - Best Industry to be in

December 17, 2008

Smartphone Increase Leads to Significant IP Mobile Backhaul Adoption

One of the most charismatic and energetic people in the carrier equipment market has to be Harold Braun (interview) the CEO of Harris Stratex, the largest independent supplier of wireless transmission systems in the world. The company supports broad frequency coverage from 4-38 GHz and capacities up to 1.2 Gbps. Their product lines consist of the TRuepont, Eclipse and Constellation among others.

I recently had a chance to catch up with this globe-trotting CEO and he was quite happy as he told me the market for mobile backhaul is growing at 6-8% and when you look more closely you see the majority of this growth is in IP.

iPhone WiFi Goes Global Thanks to iPass

December 15, 2008

Back in 1999, experts at pre-merger Lucent's Bell Labs head predicted a communications skin would engulf us, allowing us to seamlessly connect with various networks. Over the years this prediction has come true but we are far from able to seamlessly connect to them all. If anything, connecting to many of these networks is a major barrier when you consider entering credit card and other information can take five minutes or more.

But there are ways you can overcome the barriers which are artificially placed between you and the wireless network you want to use.

Nortel's Web.Alive Brings Virtual Worlds to Business

December 14, 2008

While Nortel faces financial struggles and unprecedented debt, there are bright spots in the company's portfolio which most reporters will ignore because - well good news doesn't sell. I for one think it is always worth exploring the silver linings in every dark cloud - even if the notion seems unpopular.

Recently I participated in a virtual world demo with Nortel where they showed me what they call web.alive -- a business oriented virtual world. Complete with avatars, this immersive experience is similar to Second Life but without the need to download software.

You simply go to a web page and logon and you are immediately transported into a virtual 3D world where you are able to really simulate reality.

How a typical web.alive staff meeting could look



While it is easy to dismiss the notion of virtual worlds for business as Second Life seems to be an environment where people want to escape work (and everything else), I can tell you that I remain impressed about the future of this technology.







Thanks to Dubya - No Free Wireless Internet

December 14, 2008

I am deeply saddened by the fact that the Bush administration pressured the FCC to cancel a meeting on a vote which would have put free broadband in the hands of hundreds of millions of Americans. This is my opinion is perhaps one of the most damaging things the Bush administration has done to date and it is shocking that they don't have the capacity to see the potential of giving free wireless internet to all.

I guess this is what happens when you have a person who really doesn't use the internet in charge of the country. It's scary really.

Learn From Nortel's Woes

December 11, 2008

Yesterday I spent a good deal of time filming my opinions on the latest news in the TMC Newsroom and didn't get time to blog at all. Rest assured, I was sharing my opinions - but in this case on camera and not PC. Sadly it still takes time to produce videos so hopefully by today; all or most of this content will be available.

Perhaps the most shocking news I discussed yesterday is the Nortel bankruptcy exploration first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

December 2, 2008



While many of you were busy in the malls this past weekend or trying to find the best price on that new digital camera yesterday on Cyber Monday, the dedicated team of designers and programmers here at TMC worked day and night and night and day to bring you a new look and feel.

Over the past years, many of you have told me that you love to come to TMCnet on a daily basis and the hundreds of stories and blog entries we write on a daily basis contain everything you need to navigate the telecom and tech worlds. At the same time, many of you have told us the interface TMCnet has looks busy. Others have told me it is not clear that 50-100 writers contribute to TMCnet on a  daily/weekly basis.

Our new redesign is meant to adress all of these great requests and we hope you enjoy the new TMCnet.

One last point... Thanks to the 2-3 million communications and technology decision makers who visit TMCnet monthly and thanks to the TMC team for doing such a great job on this redesign.







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