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ITEXPO – Unbelievable Sign-ups

August 28, 2006

Latest Communications Solutions

August 28, 2006

Phone Companies Get an FCC Spanking

August 28, 2006

A number of consumer advocacy groups and others have trying to encourage the FCC and government to put a stop to the consolidation of service providers that is taking place. They argue the old AT&T is being rebuilt and the telecom industry is heading in the wrong direction.

In response the FCC has publicly commented that there is more competition that ever from cable companies as well as wireless and satellite providers.

But the FCC’s comments about an abundance of competition seems to have been put to the test recently as Verizon has announced a new broadband surcharge. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, last weekend, Verizon began emailing its roughly six million high-speed Internet subscribers, informing them they would no longer be charged the Universal Service Fund fee -- which was $1.25 or $2.83 a month, depending on speed of service. But it went on to say that it was instituting a "supplier surcharge" of $1.20 or $2.70 a month beginning Aug. 26.

Many point to this new fee as evidence there is a lack of real broadband competition in the market and they further argue the timing of this increase – just as the FCC decided broadband subscribers no longer had to pay into the Universal Service Fund, is especially sneaky.

It is for this reason the FCC decided to send a “letter of inquiry” to Verizon in order to ascertain the reasoning behind the surcharge.







TMCnet Whitepapers

August 23, 2006

Our new TMCnet whitepapers are generating quite a bit of interest and I thought I would share this with my readers. There is some very good content in the library and I had a chance to read a few of them.

AT&T has done a great job with some of their whitepapers. Some of the ones worth reading are Voice over IP Security and Critical Steps for a Successful VoIP Deployment.

Another whitepaper gaining lots of traction is Nortel's Top 10 Questions to ask IMS vendors: What's important and what to watch out for.

TI has a few worth looking at as well -- Remote Management: Critical to a New Generation of Digital Service Providers & Next-Generation Residential Gateways: Flexibility and High-Performance will be Critical.

Whitepapers are just such a great way to learn about a topic -- sure they aren't as glossy as four-color magazines but every now and then you need a break from all that color. It sort of reminds me of Pleasantville without those excellent chocolate chip cookies.







Sprint Interview

August 15, 2006

Here is the partially edited interview I had with Tony Krueck, VP of Product Development at Sprint. This was a great interview for me as I really learned a great deal about what Sprint is up to and how they are embracing IMS. It is along interview but it wasn't edited down because there is some great content in here.

An eagle-eyed reader noticed this interview took place before the recent Sprint WiMAX news. Here is a link to that news.


Rich Tehrani 's Executive Suite is a monthly feature in which leading executives in the VoIP and IP Communications industry discuss their company's latest developments with TMC president Rich Tehrani , as well as providing analysis on industry news and trends.

Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

August 9, 2006

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.

This is potentially good news for the entire communications space for the following reasons. This division of Intel had the massive resources of corporate behind them but the challenge was for such a large company to focus on so many things. There are obviously synergies that will be lost as a result of this division being sold but on the flipside if this newly freed division goes back to its super-aggressive Dialogic ways -- it could result in much more rapid growth for not only for them but the industry as a whole.

September 2006 IMS magazine Publisher’s Outlook

August 2, 2006

Here is a sneak peak at my upcoming Publisher’s Outlook in IMS Magazine. Check it out in September 2006 or read it now here. And you thought checking my blog regularly had no advantages. I wonder if IMS will have an even newer version when this issue rolls out.
How about: AA-IMS = Awesome Advances in IMS?

MetaSwitch Cable Telephony

August 1, 2006


MetaSwitch has always been a leading edge technology company and they know acronyms well. Perhaps that is why they aren’t afraid to launch YAIPCA or Yet Another IP Communications Acronym. In this case it is COMETE! Or Cable Operator Multiservice Platform for Enhanced Telephony Evolution.

“From a technology perspective, this is an entire network,” said Andy Randall, vice president of marketing at MetaSwitch.


Next-Gen SIP Track Added

August 1, 2006

At next week’s VoIP Developer show there will be a next-gen SIP track you won’t want to miss. SIP is one of the most exciting protocols around and is the one protocol tying together all of the exciting things in the world of telecom from presence to VoIP to IMS.   If you need to know about SIP in your career you should be coming to VoIP Developer next week in Santa Clara where Ubiquity will be educating the audience on next-gen SIP solutions.   Here are some details of the sessions. I hope to see you there.   --------

Applying SOA to Real-Time Communications Application Development
[read abstract]

Integrating Voice Web Services into Applications
[read abstract]

Understanding IVR and Media Server Control
[read abstract]

The Business Opportunities for Developers in the New Converged Services Economy
[read abstract]











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July 26, 2006

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