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TMCnet Goes International

April 18, 2007

Today is a momentous occasion for me as TMCnet has gone international developing continent-specific editions for Latin America, Europe, Asia the Middle East and Australia. You will find these country choices on a grey horizontal bar at the top of most of our pages. TMCnet is the largest communications and technology portal in the world and this move allows people everywhere to see news specific to their needs.

We believe this move is a good one for TMCnet visitors and the advertisers looking to cost-effectively target communications buyers – service providers, enterprise decision makers, resellers and developers worldwide   TMCnet has approximately 2 million unique visitors per month and here are Alexa’s statistics on TMCnet’s international reach as of this writing:   Tmcnet.com users come from these countries:   United States                54.6% Canada                         5.0% United Kingdom           4.8% India                             4.2% Australia                       1.9% Malaysia                       1.5% Germany                      1.4% Philippines                    1.2% Singapore                     1.1% Israel                            1.1% China                           1.0%

Tmcnet.com traffic rank in other countries (lower numbers are better. 1 is the best):   United States                809 India                             2,134 Canada                       2,736 Australia                       4,032 United Kingdom           4,213



Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0

April 17, 2007

One buzzword with legs is mobility. We hear the term everywhere these days. Moreover, it seems workforces are becoming more mobile by the day and knowledge workers are being created in segments previously not considered to be in this category. For example maintenance and housekeeping services in hotels are slowly becoming automated and have the latest mobile tools allowing their employers to be aware of their presence at all times.   Another buzzword we hear all the time is convergence.

A National Holiday For Virginia Tech Victims

April 17, 2007

I was reading about the Virgina Tech tragedy and was surprised and shocked at the same time. As you may know the worse shooting spree to ever take place on US soil happened yesterday.   This tragic event is horrible beyond description as 32 people were massacred. This explains why I was shocked.

IMS Collaboration: Tekelec/HP

April 17, 2007

IMS is something many service providers need but the complexity of implementing IP multimedia subsystem solutions has certainly been a cause for operators to deploy such solutions more slowly than some would have hoped. Beyond complexity, another factor which needs to be overcome is interoperability between disparate vendor’s systems.   For this reason a number of organizations such as the IMS Forum have been focusing on plugfests to ensure IMS vendor A can interoperate seamlessly with vendor B and C.   The need for interoperability is not lost of companies like Tekelec and HP who began collaborating last year and more recently made an announcement that their respective platforms will work together.   Specifically the companies have aligned the roadmaps of the Tekelec TekCore Session Manager, a CSCF platform and HP OpenCall home subscriber server or HSS.   The solution includes IMS core network infrastructure, service enablers, operational and business support system linkages and application service offerings that enable the delivery of subscriber-centric services across wireless, wireline and broadband networks.   The IMS core network elements in the solution include the following: ·        Call state control function (CSCF) and home subscriber server (HSS) ·        Service enablers such as the media resource function (MRF), presence server, electronic numbering (ENUM), group list management and voice call continuity (VCC) platforms ·        Multimedia applications such as enhanced voice services, instant messaging (IM) and multimedia content sharing (e.g., "see what I see") ·        Integration with back-office and legacy systems.   The companies explain that convergence cannot happen in a vacuum but instead needs a convergence framework which requires a good deal of planning. In addition they feel such a framework needs to address:   1)      A unified signaling and control infrastructure that unites signaling and control procedures across multiple network types. Furthermore, this is a prerequisite to enable uniform access to applications and services across heterogeneous networks. 2)      Providing a real-time unified view of the customer.

Forrester VoIP Study

April 16, 2007

Apparently VoIP Could grow more quickly according to a study from Forrester. The company says their research shows VoIP software is too hard to use. I have asked for the report but haven’t received it yet. I just wonder if there are any software packages that have been downloaded more rapidly than VoIP software.

SMC Skype Phone

April 14, 2007

Cisco Invest $700M in China

April 13, 2007

Vonage CEO Shuffle

April 13, 2007

I know I have been writing about Vonage a great deal lately and I am not sure whether to apologize about this fact or not but it is worth pointing out that Vonage and Sprint may reach some sort of business arrangement as a result of their patent dispute according to one of my favorite Canadian telecom analysts Jon Arnold.   In addition customer, according to Jon's blog ARPU isn’t expected to go up or down which Jon sees as bad news. Well at least it isn’t expected to go down. There is still pricing pressure on the market and Vonage hasn’t rolled out any must-have paid services lately. Hopefully they have some up their sleeve and can get that ARPU to steadily increase.   Garett Smith has comments on yesterday's Vonage conference call as well – specifically – who would want this Vonage CEO job?

Is Vonage the New Google

April 12, 2007

Now hear me out. I realize the title of my article is baffling and your brain is already calculating all the different ways you will flame this piece with negative comments.   You may be thinking of all the differences between these two companies. For example: Google makes money and Vonage does not. Google can easily afford the lawsuits it is in.

Crippled Mobile Phones

April 12, 2007

I have written in the past that the iPhone could be responsible for opening up the cell phone world by forcing carriers to give use better devices. Moreover it was my hope that cell phone carriers would see the light as Apple’s newest mobile phone would prove that by not unduly crippling a device you could sell even more of them and even more service as a result.   It seems sadly that my vision if it happens will be in the long term as Andy Abramson points out today that European carriers seem to be following the lead of the Americans by beginning to not quite cripple phones but at least make them less useful and less VoIP friendly.   I for one am not surprised by this but it is always a sad day when consumers loses out on the benefits of being able to communicate in the way they find most suitable. Instead, wireless carriers seem to be convinced they know what’s best for all.   Of course these carriers do make money from selling minutes. In addition, carriers in the US are pretty smart in subsidizing phones with less functionality and thus ensuring they boost minutes used.   When Verizon sold devices with crippled bluetooth they received a class action suit as a result.
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