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Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Dialogic and Veraz Merge

May 12, 2010

Dialogic and Veraz Networks just announced their intent to merge and the news has many implications for the numerous markets the companies play in. Nick Jensen, CEO of Dialogic had this to say about the merger, "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Dialogic has been a voracious company having rolled up much of the communications development market over the years. By integrating once fierce competitors NMS and Brooktrout/Cantata the company has taken on more and more share of market.

Google Becomes Wind Powered Electric Company

May 4, 2010

In Google's quest to become greener the company recently invested $38.8 million in North Dakota wind farms and the company is looking to make this a profitable business. You might expect the company to be using wind to power its own data centers but at the moment that is not the goal. Remember, that data centers need to have continuous power at and wind as we know has a tendency to be unpredictable and is not constant.

The company is in so many businesses in fact it is tough to keep track but an analogous space is certainly the smart grid and recently I sat down with Jon Arnold - a partner at Intelligent Communications partners to discuss Google in the energy markets.

Voice Peering Conference at ITEXPO in LA this October

April 26, 2010

Everyone probably knows I have been a huge proponent of the voice/VoIP peering space for the last five years. A few of the first people get me enthused about the space were Shrihari Pandit of Stealth Communications and Hunter Newby who is now at Allied Fiber. Over the years, we at TMC have held numerous educational sessions on peering at ITEXPO and recently we have had calls to increase the coverage of peering at the show.

The reason?

Odin Telesystems Update

April 14, 2010

It has been a while since I met with executives from Odin Telesystems but it all came back to me when I sat down a week ago with company

President & CEO Hanz Johansson to discuss his company's DSP resource solutions which can act as gateways, transcoding devices and PBX building-blocks when coupled with the right software like Asterisk.

I first met the company at a trade show in New York in the mid-nineties and followed up later that year by going to the company's Texas HQ to learn about how they play in the space. At the time, Odin was a relatively new entrant into the US and they were going up against high-flying Dialogic, NMS and Brooktrout - three companies who have been subsequently merged with a bunch more companies added in such as Snowshore, Excel etc.

Nor'easters Remind us why the PSTN is Useful

March 15, 2010

Having been one of the early evangelists of VoIP and launching the first magazine in the space - Internet Telephony and longest-running conference, etc - I think I need to take a moment and point out that one of the challenges of consumer VoIP is the need for external power. This past weekend, the northeast just endured a nor'easter where I saw massive trees buckle like dandelion stalks in the hurricane-force winds. I literally saw massive branches just shy of fully-grown tree trunk circumference shatter like a falling ice cube on concrete. Now, somewhere between 500,000-1,000,000 people are without power in the tri-state area.

ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

TMC Marketing Job Opening

February 8, 2010

Hi all, here is an ad we are currently running for a new position. Please forward this to anyone who you think is a great, not good fit.

Thanks -- we are really looking for the best of the best!

Ideally, the perfect candidate will submit a video resume as well.



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Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

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