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Rates Technology Inc.

April 19, 2005

I have been hearing more and more rumblings in the VoIP industry regarding Jerry Weinberger of Rates Technology Inc. (RTI). I don't get too many people coming to me about patent issues so when I heard about this company, I decided to delve into this potential story a bit more. What intrigued me is that apparently RTI has no products... They exist to collect revenue from other companies.

I did some research and found that Rates Technologies has sued Nortel, Sharp Electronics and others.

Susan Kennedy Transcript

October 30, 2005

Here is the text of Commissioner Susan Kennedy’s speech at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from last week in Los Angeles. She did an outstanding job and had the audience laughing at 8:00 am. This is no easy feat and she backed up an amazingly charismatic presentation with content that was second to none. If there is one theme I kept hearing throughout the show it was that regulators have an amazing challenge in a world where consumers use VoIP to communicate.

Calysto on ITEXPO

October 30, 2005

Calysto Communications and Public Relations is a PR company that has perhaps the most customers in the VoIP space and they have a great team of PR people. Their clients are certainly almost all on the telecom "A" list. Since they attend a lot of shows it is worth listening to what they say when they evaluate one show or another. This is what they had to say about last week's Internet Telephony show in Los Angeles.

Tom Ridge & Ron Insana at ITEXPO in Florida

November 1, 2005

After the tremendous success of ITEXPO this past week, TMC is on a roll and VoIP 2.0 has definitely started to arrive. Of course I don’t think we are 100% there yet but we are at the start. I am just beginning to see the applications that will make companies jump to deploy VoIP not because of cost-savings but because the applications are so compelling.

Yesterday I wrote about Citrix and their new technology that will enable the next generation of VoIP 2.0 applications to be enabled. Of course Citrix is just one company striving to help the world get to VoIP 2.0 – there are countless others.

The industry’s leap from 1.0 to 2.0 is essential as we need to ensure that everyone understands that the power VoIP extends way beyond saving a buck on long-distance.



Free iPod nano

November 2, 2005

My favorite iPod at the moment is the nano. I just think the form factor is amazing. I don't have one yet. I am too busy blogging and enjoying putting on conferences to get one.

Latest ITEXPO Photos

November 3, 2005

ITEXPO Exhibitor Survey

November 11, 2005

I am so grateful to all the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Exhibitors that filled out surveys for our last show that took place just two weeks ago in LA. In just under 80 days we have our next show in Ft. Lauderdale Florida and we can’t be more excited.

I wanted to share the results of our latest exhibitor survey with you.
  • 75% of these exhibitors had exhibited at 3 or more shows in the past year
  • 100% percent of exhibitors said the exhibit hall traffic was equal to or better than anything they had seen in the past year!
  • 84% of exhibitors felt they got more leads at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo than any other show they had exhibited at in the previous 12 months
  • 83% said that the target audience was exactly what they were looking for.
Thanks to all who made this show a success.

TMC Gets Some Press

November 18, 2005

CableLabs VoIP Peering RFI

November 22, 2005

I expect the entire cable industry to adopt VoIP peering soon. Take a look at this VoIP Peering RFI from CableLabs. I imagine that I could be right on with my prediction of 2006 being the year of VoIP peering. Still, I want to be a bit cautious as I am still waiting for the year of videoconferencing to finally arrive.

Getting back to VoIP peering, it is exciting to see the major players in the market like cable companies getting into the game. I am equally excited about the world’s next VoIP Peering Summit happening in conjunction with Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, January 24-27, 2006.

Skype in the Enterprise

November 25, 2005

Two months ago, on September 26, 2005 I wrote an article titled VoIP Killed the PBX Star. This article received a tremendous amount of traffic and from what I am told was posted on quite a few PBX vendor intranets and became required reading at a number of communications companies. In the article I outlined various threats to PBX vendors and came up with ways to fight back.

One of the biggest threats I discussed was the establishment of enterprise Skype-like products. Coincidently, the day my article was posted, a company by the name of BlueNote Networks released what seems to be the first software designed to be like Skype for the enterprise.

Let's think about this for a moment.



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