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GrandCentral

November 7, 2006

One Number for Life is the tagline of GrandCentral the brainchild of Craig Walker who by the way was one of the Internet Telephony Magazine's Top 100 voices of IP Communications. He was also president and CEO of DialPad and stayed on with Yahoo! for a while when the online portal purchased the company.

GrandCentral is a telecom dashboard that is future proof. The main benefit is as long as the company is around they will save your voicemails and allow you to keep your phone number.

In addition you can forward calls to any phone number and provider certain callers or groups of callers with special rings, specific rules, etc.

This is exactly the sort of service that would have saved Tom Keating from having a Vonage number porting problem a few months back.

In addition this service -- assuming everyone used it -- could have saved service providers from having to spend millions on local number portability solutions.

Other benefits of GrandCentral? You can also use a ring back tone derived from an MP3 file so callers can hear the song of your choosing.

In addition you can have call screening on your calls so you will know who is calling before you answer.











Bridgeport Networks Funding

November 4, 2006

If you’re a wireless carrier you know the disruptive combination of IP communications and wireless networks such as WiFi, WiMAX and others could really hurt your business over time. If you are smart you will have already developed technology allowing your wireless service to be extended onto the broadband networks to save precious capacity and also minimize the need for your customers to go and start experimenting with free VoIP offerings from the likes of Skype and others.

One company looking to be the glue connecting wireless providers and VoIP soft clients is Bridgeport Networks whose MobileSTICK USB-SIM solution transforms personal computers into voice, multimedia messaging and presence terminals for mobile operator services.

The company recently made news when it announced $13 million dollars in funding. One would imagine their investors think the company is on the right track. Bridgeport Networks are in a pretty interesting area of telecom and wireless carriers have to look at developing innovative solutions that are sticky to retain customers.



FCC Delays the AT&T/BellSouth Merger Again

November 3, 2006

Cable Companies Vulnerable?

November 1, 2006

There are some very smart people in the telecom business who are betting on the cable companies as the winners in the service provider wars. Their logic goes something like this. The cable companies have relationships with content providers and have faster broadband connectivity and are taking away voice market share from the LECs. The phone companies aren’t even able to deliver TV yet.

There is some sound logic here. The LECs are behind and if they don’t catch up soon they can be in trouble over time.

The one ace up the sleeve of the phone companies is their relationships with businesses which are better than the cable companies.



Aricent

October 26, 2006

As Zippy says quite well in this article, "Normally, when a new company makes its debut, Yours Truly will cross his fingers and wish good luck upon the company's uncertain future. That won't be necessary with Aricent, which comes out of the gate as a market leader in communications software, with 125 software products and already enjoying over $300 million in annual revenue."

I think Aricent who you may know as Hughes Software Systems or as part of Flextronics International is poised to do well. Although I haven't heard from them in a short while I know they have been active in PR and marketing during the telecom meltdown years and the reaction to the company at TMC's Internet Telephony events was favorable. I am looking forward to catching up with company execs and now seems like a great time.

Dialogic Connections 2006 Analysis

October 25, 2006

Perhaps the most important takeaway from the Dialogic Connections event taking place this week in Lisbon, Portugal is that Nick Jensen the President and CEO of Dialogic has a strong vision for where the company is headed. Nick states emphatically that he hates to lose and says his partners need to share this feeling. I got to meet him last night at the first company event since Eicon Networks purchased Intel's media processing assets and formed the new Dialogic.

Nick spent some time talking about industry growth around the world and the most noteworthy is the fact that Asia/Pacific is growing quite rapidly and not just in percentages but in dollars. You need to take this market seriously as they are great partners and formidable competitors he stated.

Femtocell Definition

October 20, 2006

According to Mae Kowalke, femtocells are small cellular base stations that provide enhanced coverage at the far edge of the network. They will enable wireless providers and others perhaps to provide services such as IPTV and definitely FMC.

Perhaps most importantly femtocells will allow service providers to shore up their coverage without the need for expensive towers. T-Mobile is rolling out this technology as we speak and there seems to be lots of opportunity for this market as ABI predicts that, by 2011, annual worldwide shipments of femtocell products will reach 19 million units.

Specifically, ABI predicted that “by 2011 there will be 102 million users of femtocell products on 32 million access points worldwide.”

My take? I have predicted for while that a new technology would come out soon that is better than WiFi and not quite WiMAX.





Net Neutrality – Who Gives a Sh&*^%$T?

October 19, 2006

Seriously people don’t care. Excuse the profanity but I can’t believe it. At the last ITEXPO I asked hundreds of people in the keynote how many people cared about net neutrality and out of somewhere around 500-700 people, 2 or 3 people raised their hands.

One would imagine anyone coming to a conference on IP communications/VoIP would know enough about the issue to have a strong opinion in favor of net neutrality.

This is not the case.

I am pretty dumbfounded. I would have guessed 20-30% would have raised their hands.

I have mentioned before that no one cared about net neutrality and my prior thoughts were based on the Alexa ranking of an associated site.







VoIP Planet on ITEXPO

October 19, 2006

Here is a great write up on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from Mark Miller over at VoIP Planet. What I like about Mark’s piece is that it is a great overview of many of the events that took place during the event.

There was truly a tremendous amount of activity at the show and as Jon Arnold mentioned earlier, one person couldn’t do justice to it all. Still, great job Mark. Thanks for the coverage.

Here is an excerpt:

Quintuple play?
We’ve all heard of double and triple plays in baseball, but now a VoIP organization is pitching ways to better manage and bill for the quintuple play of IP-based services, including broadband, mobile, VoIP, IPTV, and Emerging Content. The Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization (IPDR) is a consortium of service providers, software and equipment manufactures, system integrators, and billing vendors that are collaborating to facilitate the exchange of usage and control data between networking and hosting elements.






$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

October 19, 2006

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP equipment support services spending will reach $1.27 billion in 2010. this is a staggering number and one can imagine how much money will be spent on service and equipment based on the fact so much is being spent on the support services.

On a related note, here is an IP communications market research page that is a summary of research in the communications market.

The reason we put this page in place is to ensure we can track the reams of research news flowing across TMCnet on a regular basis.



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