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August 28, 2006

TMCnet Whitepapers

August 23, 2006

Our new TMCnet whitepapers are generating quite a bit of interest and I thought I would share this with my readers. There is some very good content in the library and I had a chance to read a few of them.

AT&T has done a great job with some of their whitepapers. Some of the ones worth reading are Voice over IP Security and Critical Steps for a Successful VoIP Deployment.

Another whitepaper gaining lots of traction is Nortel's Top 10 Questions to ask IMS vendors: What's important and what to watch out for.

TI has a few worth looking at as well -- Remote Management: Critical to a New Generation of Digital Service Providers & Next-Generation Residential Gateways: Flexibility and High-Performance will be Critical.

Whitepapers are just such a great way to learn about a topic -- sure they aren't as glossy as four-color magazines but every now and then you need a break from all that color. It sort of reminds me of Pleasantville without those excellent chocolate chip cookies.







Google WiFi

August 17, 2006

Few companies strike fear in the heart of Microsoft and the incumbent telephone companies like Google. Analysts and journalists seem to delight in asking the software leader and the companies comprising the new AT&T how they will fend off the threat from Google.

Google’s influence is felt throughout the world and the government of France is concerned that Google is responsible for slowly destroying French culture. In response to the threat from Google in fact there is a new French search engine.

Then there is the threat to eBay as Google hones its Froogle search engine, payment and e-commerce products. Newspapers have a love/hate relationship with Google News but mostly hate as they see Google news replacing their sites as primary news home pages.

It would seem, everywhere you look, Google is wreaking havoc with existing business models and causing boardroom chaos.

The newest chaos is being felt in the offices of cell phone operators around the world.







Sprint Interview

August 15, 2006

Here is the partially edited interview I had with Tony Krueck, VP of Product Development at Sprint. This was a great interview for me as I really learned a great deal about what Sprint is up to and how they are embracing IMS. It is along interview but it wasn't edited down because there is some great content in here.

An eagle-eyed reader noticed this interview took place before the recent Sprint WiMAX news. Here is a link to that news.


Rich Tehrani 's Executive Suite is a monthly feature in which leading executives in the VoIP and IP Communications industry discuss their company's latest developments with TMC president Rich Tehrani , as well as providing analysis on industry news and trends.

Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

August 9, 2006

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.

This is potentially good news for the entire communications space for the following reasons. This division of Intel had the massive resources of corporate behind them but the challenge was for such a large company to focus on so many things. There are obviously synergies that will be lost as a result of this division being sold but on the flipside if this newly freed division goes back to its super-aggressive Dialogic ways -- it could result in much more rapid growth for not only for them but the industry as a whole.

SOA in Communications

August 8, 2006

The leading edge in telecom is SOA. I have written about this many times before but I get the feeling most people don't understand how important the concept of SOA will be as telecom gets more integrated into the fabric of enterprise and service provider computing.

For a look at the esoteric world of telecom, SOA and the myriad acronyms developed when the world of telecom, datacom and the Internet collide at breakneck speeds -- look no further than Bob Liu's article from day one at TMC's VoIP Developer Conference. Specifically it focuses on the comments of Ubiquity's Doug Tucker. You definitely don't want to play acronym Scrabble with this guy.

The amazing part of this article is it is the information presented at just one single session and there are dozens and dozens of sessions taking place this week.



MetaSwitch Cable Telephony

August 1, 2006


MetaSwitch has always been a leading edge technology company and they know acronyms well. Perhaps that is why they aren’t afraid to launch YAIPCA or Yet Another IP Communications Acronym. In this case it is COMETE! Or Cable Operator Multiservice Platform for Enhanced Telephony Evolution.

“From a technology perspective, this is an entire network,” said Andy Randall, vice president of marketing at MetaSwitch.


Next-Gen SIP Track Added

August 1, 2006

At next week’s VoIP Developer show there will be a next-gen SIP track you won’t want to miss. SIP is one of the most exciting protocols around and is the one protocol tying together all of the exciting things in the world of telecom from presence to VoIP to IMS.   If you need to know about SIP in your career you should be coming to VoIP Developer next week in Santa Clara where Ubiquity will be educating the audience on next-gen SIP solutions.   Here are some details of the sessions. I hope to see you there.   --------

Applying SOA to Real-Time Communications Application Development
[read abstract]

Integrating Voice Web Services into Applications
[read abstract]

Understanding IVR and Media Server Control
[read abstract]

The Business Opportunities for Developers in the New Converged Services Economy
[read abstract]











Avaya Replaces Don Peterson

July 25, 2006

Avaya announced a profit decrease and replaced Don Peterson as CEO on the same day. Louis D’Ambrosio is the new CEO. I liked Don – he was a great guy. Unfortunately on Wall Street how nice you are rarely matters – it is all about the bottom line.

supercalifragilisticexpi - SIP – idocious

June 27, 2006

Here is my unedited Outlook from the July 2006 issue of SIP Magazine.   ----------  
The proliferation of contact numbers and addresses is staggering. I have tried to keep my e-mail accounts to a minimum and I still have five. I have 5 different contact phone numbers and then there are fax lines for the various locations. On top of that I have addresses for Skype and other VoIP services.
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