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IP Communications News Week of November 3, 2007

November 5, 2007

What’s new in the world of IP communications? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. For example, Allworx has just released version 6.8 of its software which includes follow-me functionality as well as allowing specific callers to be forced into voicemail. The latest update also has the ability to do some fancy things with messages which you can read about here.   Radisys who just had a blow out quarter recently introduced a new media processing blade.

IMS in a Box

November 5, 2007

In the IMS space perhaps one of the most controversial concepts I hear is IMS in a box. You see, some vendors tell me the whole concept of IMS in a box is counter to the concept of why the IP multimedia subsystem framework was developed.   My two cents? I like the concept from a marketing perspective and in the real world we all know IMS scales so the term “box” shouldn’t be a deterrent. So I was happy to hear that HP has teamed with Tekelec and BEA Systems to provide such an “IMS in a Box” system which combines applications and third-party software vendors with HP’s OpenCall Home Subscriber Server, BEA Systems’ WebLogic Session Initiation Protocol Server and Tekelec’s TekCore Session Manager.   As you may have guessed by now these components interoperate seamlessly to create a complete IMS solution and this is why I like it.

Fluke

November 3, 2007

In the world of advertising the expression commonly used is “perception is reality.” Moreover companies are often branded by customers. If I say IBM, you will say mainframes. Oracle? Databases.   Sometimes I feel it is my job to help uncover companies who have a broader portfolio of products than is generally appreciated.

NBA on your Cell

November 2, 2007

Say you are in a meeting – like the one I am in now (shh! ), and you feel you are out of the basketball loop… What do you do? Well one option is to take out your cell phone and hide it under the table and tune to Verizon Wireless V CAST Mobile TV.   There are more than 70 games you could be watching under the table, right now!   If there is a downside, it is that you can only access the service in 40 cities including some of the larger ones, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.   The question worth asking of course is why Vegas… Every time I go to a Vegas hotel, there seem to be more flat screen TVs with basketball games than even Best Buy! I guess Vegas citizens don’t want to miss these important games when they are in the rest room.

Alcatel-Lucent Cuts 4,000 More

October 31, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent May Cut More

October 30, 2007

NexTone/ReefPoint Merger

October 29, 2007

Verizon Wireless Settles on Deceptive Marketing

October 24, 2007

I have extremely favorable ratings regarding Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess. The speed of the system has been great over the many years I have used it. Lately, whenever I am on the service, I feel uncomfortable. Why?

NexTone/ReefPoint Merger Happening?

October 19, 2007

Has anyone heard anything about this rumor? There is a small amount of buzz about it but neither company will substantiate whether it is true. I see positive reasons for such a transaction to take place and I can envision it happening for a number of reasons. The result of a NexTone/ReefPoint combination would be a stronger company with greater product depth.

Comcast Customer Support

October 19, 2007

This morning I went to Wikipedia to look up the formal definition for the term ballistic. Most of us know there is a term “going ballistic” which basically means freaking out in a potentially violent manner. Wikipedia doesn’t have an entry for ballistic in the singular form but they do have the plural – ballistics - and they describe it as the science of mechanics dealing with the motion, behavior and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, gravity bombs, rockets and the like.   Notice the definition has no mention of the word hammer. It has no mention of destroying your local cable office.
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