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NXTComm

October 4, 2006

I just heard that USTA and TIA announced TelecomNext 2007, which was planned for Las Vegas on March 18-20, 2007, will not be taking place. Instead, the two organizations are putting on NXTComm, taking place in Chicago, June 18-21, 2007. This will replace the currently scheduled GlobalComm.

It is worth pointing out that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo remains the only event in IP communications with a growing audience of decision makers, press, analysts and most importantly exhibitors. (See latest testimonials from ITEXPO East 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Dialogic Back After 7 Years

October 4, 2006

This Dialogic will be about IP not TDM

If you have been in the telecom business for five years or more you know the large shadow cast over the industry by Dialogic. In the mid-nineties the computer telephony/CTI market was booming and Dialogic was the largest player in the space. Their partner programs were legendary and their ecosystem of loyal partners like Parity Software, Alliance Systems, Apex Voice, Executone, Pronexus Systems, Prima and others was the largest in the industry.

Dialogic’s competitors launched ecosystems of their own and NMS, Rhetorex and Brooktrout all competed ferociously to be the biggest and best DSP resource board vendor. Popular applications at the time were international callback, IVR, ACD, application generators and virtual receptionists like Wildfire.



Webinar News

October 3, 2006

There are a ton of things going on at TMC and one of the most exciting is our web seminar program where we educate decision-makers on some of the latest and most important topics in the world of IP communications and VoIP. One of my favorite webinars this year was actually a Web Summit on VoIP Peering with Jon Arnold. I am looking forward to catching up with Jon next week at ITEXPO. We will be working with Jon on more of these very soon.

Here is a list of web seminars I hope you get a chance to register for and attend.

Quintuple Play

October 3, 2006

I have been noticing more and more service providers registering for ITEXPO and I believe many of them are interested in figuring out how to provide many services beyond just VoIP. That leads one naturally to providing broadband access, television, security services, wireless, etc. In short let’s call this the quintuple play. Really the name is immaterial but what is crucial is service providers need to start exploring providing whatever services make sense for their audience.

IPTV Conference

October 3, 2006

IPTV Conference
I have been getting lots of positive feedback about TMC partnering with Fierce Markets to launch an IPTV conference next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Here are some of the topics that will be discussed at the event:

Ensuring QoS and Scalability
(IPTV2-01) Wednesday - 10/11/06, 10:15-11:30 QoS testing for IPTV has recently progressed from products in the lab to testing the end user experience and the network itself. A panel of experts debate the QoS best practices and how to best ensure the level of scalability a service provider's network requires.   IPTV Billing Options Explained
(IPTV2-02) Wednesday - 10/11/06, 11:15-12:00pm IPTV is the killer app for the triple play, but service providers can't capitalize on it without a robust billing system. This panel explores billing options for service providers with a focus on the rise of IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS).   The Future of the Set-Top Box
(IPTV2-03) Wednesday - 10/11/06, 1:00-2:00pm Does the STB have a future?





Protecting IMS/UMA and IP Communications

October 3, 2006

The advent of any technology is when unscrupulous users see if they can take advantage of it. The first computer worms, viruses and spam are a few examples of how good technology was used by those with malicious intent to damage systems or steal data or money. The PC is 25 years old and there are more malicious attacks taking place now than ever.

One trend that seems to be certain is attackers generally go after critical mass.

In other words a new operating system with 0.5% market share is not a very enticing target. As more people use the new operating system hackers start to see an opportunity to do what they do best -- hack.

So if you are following me so far and you have been reading the research indicating hundreds of millions of users will soon be on IMS networks do you see an opportunity for hackers to attack.





ITEXPO Special Attractions

September 28, 2006

There are officially 11 days until Internet Telephony Conference & Expo West 2006 so I thought it made sense to let my readers know everything that is going on at the show. There is just so much fantastic content and the most amazing speaker list we have ever had.

Our biggest challenge at this year’s ITEXPO is the fact that we have more in-depth content than ever before and letting people know about it has become a tremendous challenge. The people who take the time to understand the content offering are truly blown away so I thought a brief summary of many of the exciting things happening at the show would help you understand the magnitude of this event and moreover it is my hope you se this unique content offering as a reason you must get to San Diego to be part of this event.

If I had to describe the education at ITXPO this year I would have to equate it to a full PHD in IP communications in less than week.

Where else can you learn about the quintuple play, SIP trunking, voice peering and so much more under a single roof?

To paraphrase Lee Iacocca, if you can find a conference with a more comprehensive, in-depth and objective content offering, go there.

One final point: After 2 years, ITEXPO remains the only conference program in the communications space with a guarantee.



Here are the details:



First off you should be aware of the new collocated IMS Expo & Call Center 2.0 events. These are conference offerings as well as exhibit areas on the show floor.

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Here are some other content areas in list format for easy reading:


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AT&T Dismisses VoIP

September 27, 2006

I meet lots of companies that tell me they are in stealth mode. Generally speaking companies who believe they should run in stealth mode end up out of money and sold as distressed assets. Sometimes these corporations do get purchased at great multiples because they have great technology. But generally stealth mode means no customers means no future.

Google Earth Update

September 26, 2006

Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are separate services but I see them getting more closely aligned over time. This announcement about Google Earth now supporting multimedia features shows the search giant is not taking its numerous eyes off any of the balls it is juggling.

Google Earth now supports overlays from a variety of content providers which allow users to click on an area of the Earth to see more about the location.

Initial Google Earth content partners include the United Nations Environmental Program, which will provide an overlay including successive time-stamped images illustrating 100 areas of extreme environmental degradation throughout the world. Before-and-after imagery spanning 30 years will be included to offer users an online resource to learn about worldwide environmental crisis zones.

While on the topic of educational overlays -- the Discovery Networks World Tour overlay will enable users to virtually visit major world attractions, natural wonders and cities. It offers streaming video segments in which users may learn about the history of world landmarks, national parks, a number of African locations and American and European cities.

The National Park Service overlay allows users to learn about natural recreation opportunities including detailed park descriptions, visitor facilities information and more than 10,000 miles of trails within the 58 US national parks.







Primal Solutions

September 25, 2006

Consider a typical tax return. If you own a home and have a mortgage you may be able to deduct interest payments -- at least in the US (oh and by the way this article is not meant to provide you with advice on doing your taxes. Please don't expect it to help you with the IRS at your next audit). If you made interest you must pay tax on it and of course on other income.
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