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Living in the Third World of Communications

March 8, 2007

If you haven’t heard, a court decided Vonage needs to pay Verizon $58 million in past damages for patent infringement in the following areas:  
  • Technology used to bridge Internet calls to the traditional phone system
  • Features such as call-waiting and voice-mail
  • Wireless Internet phone calls
  Now I know many people at Verizon and they are very smart, well rounded and seem nice enough. From an investment perspective they did a good thing by using patents as a competitive weapon against a small provider who has revolutionized the telecom industry and made telcos wake up and realize they need to compete.   The question worth posing however is how is the consumer benefiting from this lawsuit?   My concern is with the government and the various agencies who are supposed to be protecting me, my family and friends’ from monopolistic practices such as this.   When I learn about large companies using the legal and regulatory systems, to flush their competitors down the toilet I have to stop and remember what country I am living in.   I am a US citizen. I was born in the US and I am proud of it. I want consumers to have the best of everything.

Explosive Small Business Communications Growth

March 8, 2007

Please enjoy my April 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook. ----    You would have to be asleep to not realize how fast small business communications is growing. The reason? Small businesses didn’t have so many telecom choices a scant ten years ago. There was pretty much key systems and then some inexpensive PBXs came along thanks to AltiGen and other, similar players.   What is different now?

Voice Peering is Hot

March 8, 2007

At the Voice Peering Forum event here in sunny Miami Florida, the message is simple – voice peering is growing by leaps and bounds. Stealth Communications is the company who runs this event and attendees generally are people who have joined the Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) or who are thinking of joining.   Simply stated the VPF allows interconnection of voice calls and services. The founder of Stealth Communications is Shrihari Pandit and he kicked off the day’s meeting with his usual optimism which was backed up by staggering growth numbers.   For example the VPF carried 139 billion minutes last year and has seen 750% growth for the last three years.   In addition, Shrihari mentioned upgrades to the VPF such as the ability to utilize IPV6. Shrihari made a point to mention IPV6 is needed as the current addressing scheme IPv4 will run out of IP addresses in a few years.   In addition the VPF ENUM Registry will offer CNAM or Caller Name which will be a valuable service for CLECs or VoIP providers looking to match caller names with calls.

Dialogic Cruise

March 7, 2007

Gizmo Project

February 27, 2007

VoIP Islands Get Closer



The good news in the world of VoIP islands is that they are getting closer as evidenced by the fact that Gizmo Project 3.0 now interoperates with Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber and Google Talk. In addition the client can call on the thousands of SIP-based calling networks out there.   The analysis here is straightforward. Skype is the 800 pound gorilla in the market – the largest island -- and everyone else has to interoperate to be relevant. Skype at this point does not need to interoperate it seems.

IP Communications Stories February 26, 2007

February 26, 2007

A Breakthrough Month in IP Communications

February 26, 2007

Skype, Google, Verizon, Vonage and Other Happenings   Please enjoy the March 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from Internet Telephony Magazine:   The last few weeks have been among the most newsworthy in IP communications since this magazine’s first issue in February 1998. If you have any doubts about the VoIP market’s strength and power, consider that Skype has recently petitioned the FCC for something amazing. They want to apply the Carterphone rules to the wireless industry. These are the same rules that were applied to break up the AT&T monopoly on devices, allowing anyone to make products for the AT&T network — as long as these products did not harm the network.   Innovations like the fax machine and vibrant competition in the handset market ensued.

OKI Electric

February 24, 2007

IBM Webinar

February 23, 2007

We have a very exciting webinar running on TMCnet this week titled IP Convergence - Tearing Down the Barriers Between Telecom and Information Technology   The number of registrations is approaching a record and we are pretty excited about hosting it on February 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm EST.   Here is an excerpt from a press release which ran today on TMCnet:   The convergence of voice, data and video networks is having a profound effect on telecommunications organizations, infrastructures, and platforms. Convergence is likewise merging traditional telecommunications networks and Information Technology infrastructures, historically built on separate technologies and methodologies.   Using common IT technologies, service providers can reduce dependence upon highly customized hardware to create new service offerings. This results in an operating environment, which can significantly reduce CapEX and OpEX, accelerate time-to-market, and provide flexibility to deploy applications in the environment best suited to the service, and requirements of the service provider.   The webinar will be led by three presenters with decades of experience in the field: Bruce Anthony, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Officer for Next Generation Networks and Convergence; Scott Wharton, Vice President of Marketing for BroadSoft (News - Alert); and Ernie Bergstrom, Vice President, Research and Founder of Crystal Cube Consulting.   TMC will be giving away a 30GB iPod ($250 value) to a random webinar attendee.

Mitel Presence Tour

February 15, 2007

Today I will be flying to California to speak tomorrow at a conference hosted by Mitel. The name of the tour – I kid you not is the Presence Tour 2007. I will be discussing Unified Communications among other topics.   Here is all the info you need to know.   It will take place tomorrow in Costa Mesa at the Westin South Coast Plaza. I will be a speaker and am apparently substituting for Sir Terry Matthews – which is a great honor.
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