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If Super WiFi is A Dream, At Least I'm in Good Company

January 27, 2011

Updated Jan 27, 2011, 8:01 pm EST.

It’s no secret that both Microsoft and Google are looking at white spaces and Super WiFi as an area of growth allowing inexpensive broadband wireless signals to be transmitted over long distances.

But technology is difficult to predict – we didn’t know for sure tablets were going to cannibalize PC sales but they are and we didn’t know small, cheap hard drives were going to cut the legs out from the large, expensive hard drive market. You may know that in 1997 when I went to COMDEX and told the world TMC was going to launch a magazine called Internet Telephony – people laughed and told me it wasn’t an industry.

-50F With Wind Chill. Escape to ITEXPO in Miami

January 24, 2011

You know I would never stoop to reminding you about the weather to persuade you to attend what I believe to the be the best tech and telecom conference in the world - OK, maybe I would.

So I was driving along this morning on the way to work and noticed I couldn't feel any of my fingers. I decided to check to make sure I was wearing gloves. I was. Then I realized I couldn't feel any of my toes and yes I had shoes on.



I then looked at the temperature reading and it said one degree.





Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Keynote ITEXPO

January 20, 2011

I just got word from my team that Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will be giving a keynote at ITEXPO on Wednesday, Feb 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST at the Miami Beach Convention Center! This is huge news and as a result, I apologize in advance for some scheduling changes we'll be making to accommodate his participation.

Two things are worthy of sharing:

  1. FCC Chairman are best as speakers when they are not chairman... Only then do you get any insight on their positions on various matters. I learned this when FCC Chairman Michael Powell gave a great keynote to ITEXPO attendees a few years back and was able to speak freely.
  2. Chairman Martin will speak about the femtocell market and related topics such as LTE/4G in a 30 minute presentation which will be followed by Q&A.

This addition makes the event that much more critical to attend and we hope to see you in two weeks in Miami at ITEXPO East 2011 and collocated events.

Tom Keating's take.








Google, AT&T, Towerstream, Sonus and Xirrus to Sponsor Regulatory 2.0 Event

January 18, 2011

Hey coffee addicts – I’ve got a way to get you to kick the habit – try to communicate with an audience of millions the benefits and reasons to attend 14+ simultaneous conferences taking place in two weeks in Miami.  Yep, that’s been my goal lately and thanks for your patience as I do my best to keep you posted on all the exciting things happening at ITEXPO and related events while also keeping you informed on all the non-expo related news and information worth covering.

The latest bit of expo news of interest is sponsors to the Regulatory 2.0 Workshop. Google is the official video streaming sponsor and AT&T, Towerstream, Xirrus and Sonus Networks are some of the other sponsors.

The Ultimate Channel Industry Event

January 17, 2011

In our never-ending attempt to make ITEXPO the best place on the planet to learn about communications and technology, TMC has partnered with Beka Publishing one again to bring your Channel Vision Expo - or CVx. The event targets resellers, the channel, VARs, distributors and the reset of the channel ecosystem.

A tremendous conference program available nowhere else is part of the event and here are some of the details from an email TMC sent earlier today.

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Gain the Knowledge You Need in Today’s Fast Paced Environment. Make Your Move - Attend

ChannelVision Expo (CVx).

With a conference program covering everything from traditional lines of business to emerging opportunities, you will learn how to adapt, what to sell and how to sell it within this ever-evolving communications ecosystem.
Executives from Revenue Velocity, Nitel, AnswerNet, RAD-INFO, Inc.,TelecomLawyer.net, HyperOffice, AgilePath Corporation, MACH 4, Inc., and more will be presenting these in-depth conference sessions at CVx!

Check out the
Conference Program below and make plans today to attend CVx!

Thursday, February 3, 2011
11:15-12:00pm
Accelerating Revenues




Skip Lane (Moderator) Managing Partner -Revenue Velocity
One of biggest challenges facing providers and distributors is the consistent ability to meet sales quotas in an economically strained and highly competitive market.











Broadvox Reaches For the Cloud With Cypress Buy

January 17, 2011

20 things you need to know but didn’t have had time to ask

SIP Trunking leader Broadvox just completed their acquisition of Cypress Communications resulting in a nationwide VoIP and MPLS-enabled network blending the benefits of traditional telecommunications with the latest in IP trunking.

 

In a conversation with David Byrd, the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing I had a chance to ask a number of questions which shine light on this deal.

GENBAND Completes Cedar Point Acquisition

January 14, 2011

Analysts liken Charlie Vogt the CEO of GENBAND (pictured) to John Chambers and his presentation style and confidence shined through at the company’s recent Perspectives event which I live blogged. It was at this conference where I realized Charlie would be someone the industry should hear more from. Under his leadership the company has assembled a mini Alcatel-Lucent or Cisco – depending on how you look at it.

How Apple is Greasing the Wheels of Churn

January 13, 2011

It’s a pain to change mobile devices and carriers. Thankfully over the years many wireless providers have made the process go more smoothly by porting address books in their retail stores. But Apple has gone the extra mile allowing their devices to seamlessly work with most of the existing data from previous phones. In other words upgrading from an iPhone to an iPhone 3G to a 3GS and 4G has been a fairly straightforward task.

Ready, Aim, Send: Military Embraces Smartphones

December 18, 2010

It is not as if the US government has slowed spending to keep up with the general economy so it comes as a surprise to me that we haven't been issuing a couple of smartphones apiece to soldiers in the field. Thankfully, the military is getting into the swing of things by ensuring virtually everyone will have 24x7 access to mobile information, videos from unmanned vehicles and tactical information of various sorts.

My only concern? I hope these things are really locked down well so as to make leaks more difficult to pull off. The last thing we need is thousands of soldiers tweeting sensitive information on the battlefield.

Just to be sure, I hope the top brass in the armed services is monitoring the hashtag #topsecret.

Ed Silverstein breaks the story on TMCnet.





And Then it Hit Me, Open Always Wins

December 2, 2010

We know the history of the PC market - Apple had great products but a closed ecosystem and subsequently the PC - originally based on IBM components and design eventually won the war for the desktop.

In the eighties, I made the choice to move TMC to desktop publishing on a PC instead of Mac because the horsepower per dollar of the PC was so far superior. It turned out the manpower wasted in the short-term based on this decision showed I made the wrong choice. By the mid-nineties however, I was convinced that a single computer platform for our entire organization did make the most sense and as a result in hindsight, I was correct.

Fast forward to today, Apple is designing products which are superior to others but they are generally more expensive and closed. In many cases they are so closed you can't swap a battery or add memory or decide which applications you want without the express approval of Steve Jobs.

This past July, I asked if Apple was making the same mistake from the eighties in the mobile arena because when I saw the Motorola Droid X I realized this device was better than the iPhone in a few important ways.





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