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Volo Chases Level 3

January 27, 2005

Volo Communications has been making quite a splash lately. Most recently they announced they are going after Level 3 customers. Volo is a lot smaller than Level 3. They can't afford to advertise on TV like Level 3 can.

3 Cent Voice Broadcast

January 27, 2005

I got to meet the people from Simple Telecom this past week at the Vonexus Connection Conference. Here is an interesting release from the company. The voice broacasting market seems like it is growing quickly or at least many companies are jumping into the space.

Release:

SimpleCast Blows Open Voice Broadcasting Market

Challenges competition with no minimums and three cent calls

Reno, NV – (January 28, 2005) – SimpleTelecom announced today the public availability of SimpleCast. SimpleCast delivers no-hassle, three cent voice broadcast calls to telemarketers, non-profits, political campaigns, and schools.

Packet8 Earnings Record

January 27, 2005

Packet8 is on fire. Take a look at this release. They are up 54% quarter-over-quarter! Are you serious? This is amazing growth and the company doesn't even market that much.

Dvorak Bashes VoIP

January 27, 2005

Nothing like a little controversy to make life interesting. In this case the controversy comes courtesy of John Dvorak of PC Magazine. Dvorak was a keynoter at a TMC event a few years back. He is wise and entertaining and is brimming with enthusiasm.

Jeff Citron Interview

January 27, 2005

I had the opportunity this morning to speak with Jeffrey Citron the CEO of Vonage regarding the merger of AT&T with SBC. There are a lot of opinions regarding this merger floating around... I would think Mr. Citron's is one of the most important as AT&T's CallVantage is positioned as a strong competitor to Vonage.

What do you think of the potential SBC, AT&T merger?

This is an Interesting merger but not a big surprise. It is interesting because SBC passed on this purchase opportunity when AT&T's stock was 60%-70% lower in value.



SBC, AT&T Merge?

January 27, 2005

Om Malik sums up nicely the talks between SBC and AT&T which were reported also by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times this AM. With the purchase of AT&T, SBC would have a better entry into the business market as well as making the company a national brand. The way I see it, they can also continue to run with the CallVantage product. Rumors of Vonage being acquired have been circulating for over a year as well.

Inauguration Fund

January 26, 2005

i2Telecom Deploys Kagoor

January 26, 2005

Session border controller makers are selling lots of products meaning this niche is as hot as most every other one in the VoIP space. Nice going Kagoor.

Release:

i2Telecom Deploys Kagoor Networks' Session Border Controllers To Enable Global VoIP Using Unique VoiceStick

Provides simplified configuration and security for VoIP calls via portable Internet phone device

SAN MATEO, CA AND ATLANTA, GA - January 26, 2005 - Kagoor Networks announced today that i2Telecom International, Inc. (OTCBB: ITUI), an emerging leader in voice/data communications technology for the Internet, has deployed Kagoor's VoiceFlow(tm) 1000 series session border controller in a high-availability, redundant configuration to deliver global VoIP service over its SIP-based network. Kagoor helps i2Telecom's customers to instantly make domestic and international long distance calls via the Internet using its recently announced VoiceStick(tm) portable Internet phone device.

VoIP Doesn't Work?

January 26, 2005

Gotta love ZDnet. Sensationalism sells... We all know this but are they taking it too far? They ran an article recently titled, VoIP: Has the dream of convergence failed? I am not sure what the point of the story is except to reiterate what everyone knows -- that data networks aren't as reliable as voice networks yet. Sure convergance is not perfect but I think using the term "failed" and "VoIP" together may be a bit premature.

Ebbers on Trial

January 26, 2005

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