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June 2, 2006

I just received word that Covergence has received $15 million dollars in series C funding. I recently met with them and remain impressed with their approach to VoIP and SIP. I anticipate a flurry of activity at TMC’s IP Communications Business Summit (August 8-9, 2006 in Santa Clara, California) and expect it to be the world’s best location for the venture and analyst community to meet up with the hottest companies in IP communications.   I almost forgot – Robins Consulting Group is a strategic partner in this summit and we are looking forward to it being an industry first!

Here is a summary of the news:

-- Series C Funding round led by new investor Globespan Capital Partners and existing investors Highland Capital Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners
-- Covergence will also be adding Globespan's Andy Goldfarb, exec. managing director and co-founder, to its Board of Directors
-- Round will be used to fuel new sales & marketing opportunities, refine channel sales strategy, and expand further into international markets
-- Covergence's total funding to date (incl.


May 31, 2006

I have recently met with the NexTone team and am impressed with many of the initiatives they are undertaking from their university to their extensive and ever-growing interoperability lab. In addition to these positive moves the company has recently appointed Larry Schessel – an ex-Cisco IP communications veteran to the helm of CTO office of CTO under Sridhar Ramachandran who remains CTO.

A bit on Larry… Prior to joining NexTone, he served as Senior Manager at Cisco Systems for both the Service Provider and Enterprise IP Communications Business Units, where he defined SIP and H.323 product roadmaps. Previously, he served in strategic and technical management roles at Siemens. In addition he was awarded several patents for his work in next generation call processing systems.

It is good to see so much positive news coming out of the SBC market and it is worth mentioning that NexTone’s products do so much more than session management.

Verizon's Nancy Gofus

May 26, 2006

Beyond VoIP

May 24, 2006

World famous writer and thought leader Marc Robins has joined the family of TMC bloggers with a blog titled Beyond VoIP. Marc has written for TMC publications including Communications Solutions and Internet Telephony for years and had an illustrious career working for Harry Newton (remember him) and was an analyst and the VP of marketing at a company that was in the DSP resource board space.

Now Marc, I thought VoIP was it… The end all, be all. What could possibly beyond VoIP? I guess I better check out the blog to find out!

Verizon Convoy

May 19, 2006

What Happens Here Now Gets Out

May 18, 2006

Aculab Ace Progress

May 10, 2006


May 4, 2006

I spent a full day at Interop and got to cover the whole show in less than a day which is always a plus. In addition I even got a chance to hit a few receptions and see two wedding parties casually strolling through the casino.

Who would have thought that a strip of desert would become one of the most popular destinations in the country based on gambling, weddings and bachelor parties. Of course there is more... Sports, great restaurants, shows, etc but it is tough to fathom how quickly this strip of sand has blossomed in the past 15 years alone.

But back to the show, there were a few booths towards the front of the hall that did well and some others had good traffic depending on the appeal of their offerings.

TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

May 1, 2006

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.

I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this goal.

I have to thank you once again for visiting TMCnet and helping us achieve this goal. By the way the official number is 1,053,840.

We have two more goals. One is Alexa of 1,000 -- which would put TMCnet in the top 1,000 sites in the entire world. We are currently ranked 1,387 so we are close.

Triple-Play Symposium

May 1, 2006

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