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IMS

Sorry about that

April 17, 2006

Sorry about the whole not blogging thing today. I had meant to see the accountant and sign the tax documents a few weeks back but as luck would have it today was the day I saw him. In addition -- despite my best intentions to get in early -- I woke up before 6 am but somehow decided to close my eyes for a second.   Thankfully the kids woke me up a few hours later. I was straight into meetings for a whole day just trying to catch up with e-mail between the words being spoken in the meeting.

Vodafone Could Buy Vonage

April 14, 2006

Recent reports point to the fact that Vodafone may be targeting fixed line telephony as a way to allow it to offer bundled services. The wireless leader is a global powerhouse and needs to find a way to compete with other companies that are increasingly using bundling to attract and keep customers.   The natural expansion play for the company is to purchase cable companies in the US or to focus on WiMAX. Another option is to pick up Vonage or Packet8 so that it can become an overnight VoIP (and thus a fixed line phone) company.

CLECs to build metro fiber

April 13, 2006

SIPthat Podcast

April 11, 2006

TMCnet Podcast

April 10, 2006

EVDO revision A

March 24, 2006

EV-DO Revision A as a relatively new technology for wireless broadband access that will rock our worlds. For those of us who live on the road, we may not sacrifice our broadband connectivity at all. We’ll be able to do anything and everything with 3.1 Mbps downloads and 1.8 Mbps uploads. I am still not sure I’ll want to upload 100 8-megapixel photos over this connection but I am sure I won’t need to deal with WiFi hotspots ever again.

I have a rule that says if I am going to be in a location for more than an hour I will sign up for WiFi but if not I will use the current EVDO card that I have.

Alcatel may Purchase Lucent

March 24, 2006

IP Multimedia Subsystem

March 4, 2006

IPcommunications.com spoke to Walt Brown, a network systems architect for Intel's Communication Infrastructure Group, to find out exactly why IMS contains the magic bullets that will help bridge circuit- and packet-switched communications as networks evolve to the next generation of functionality. Brown also works on the Telecoms & Internet converged Services & Protocols for Advanced Networks (TISPAN) group, a standardization body of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). TISPAN incorporates elements of 3GPP IMS in its next-generation network architecture. The organization focuses on fixed networks and convergence with the goal of promoting a subsystem-oriented architecture in which network resources, applications and user equipment are standards based and common to all subsystems.

The resulting article is an excellent primer on IMS, why IMS is needed and where it fits from a social and technical perspective.

"One of the big problems is that there are two sets of history coming at the marketplace," said Brown.



GenBand

February 28, 2006

Directory Assistance Comes to VoIP

February 27, 2006

For years I have written about how service providers have been charging the public for a non-service. What I mean is charging for the unlisted or non-published service. I think I have been writing about the topic for eight years or so but rather than find my first writing on the topic, I was satisfied locating a reference to the subject in my Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook of August 2002.

In my earlier writings I complained about the service and frankly I was never fond of paying to have a non-published number. Later in life I realized that if people will pay $40 a month to keep their number unlisted, they might pay a service provider for anything.

Here is an excerpt from the above article making this point:

ONE WAY OUT


Domestic service providers are in a different situation.






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