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Skype's Growth Staggering, Challenges Ahead

January 22, 2009

Om Malik does a great job analyzing the Skype earnings numbers hidden within eBay's quarterly results. Here are some of the numbers/details worth sharing. 

  • $145 million in sales for the quarter
  • 26% greater sales than prior year
  • SkypeOut minutes go to 2.6 billion from 2.2 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
  • Superioor Growth in Asia is noted by the company
  • Skype-to-Skype minutes go to 20.5 billion from 16.5 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
  • 35 million new users were added this past quarter

Om also points out in an intelligent fashion that the growth at Skype is slowing. He focuses on paid growth of course - the free user growth is staggering.

Come Meet the Thought Leaders at ITEXPO

January 21, 2009

One of the most important parts of any conference is the networking... The potential to meet and speak with thought leaders in numerous markets at one time in one place. This year's ITEXPO has more thought leaders than any prior TMC event I can remember.

Although I cannot duplicate the actual conversations you might want to have with people at the show, I did try to come up with a way for you to get a feel for many of the speakers and exhibitors at the show by asking them questions I think are of interest.

Truphone Does it Again

January 21, 2009

Gadgets to Shape More Telecom Decisions

January 19, 2009

It seems both of the major US cellular carriers have decided femtocells are a good idea. First AT&T and now Verizon. What this obviously means for customers is better service at home or in offices with poor coverage. The obvious losers here are pure-play VoIP companies as well as cabecos.

Glowpoint's Aspiring Global Video Community

January 13, 2009

Recently Glowpoint put out the news they had record call volumes and I thought it made sense to learn more so I interviewed the company's CEO Michael Brandofino. The company plays in spaces which have been resistant to the slowing economy - namely videoconferencing, telepresence and contact centers.

I should mention Glowpoint has a market cap of just under $15 million as I write this article but in the last year, its performance has been down 33% which is better than down 36% for Cisco.
 

Why do you think your company had record call volumes?

Julius Genachowski to Head FCC?

January 12, 2009

TMCnet's Michael Dinan reports Julius Genachowski will head up the FCC as part of the incoming Obama administration. Genachowski is a former Harvard law classmate of Obama, chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, a VC and led the development of the president-elect's technology and innovation agenda.

Genachowski was the Chief Business Officer and a member of Barry Diller's Office of the Chairman at IAC/InterActiveCorp. He had previously served on the Boards of Directors of Expedia, Hotels.com and Ticketmaster.

Windows 7 Beta Review

January 12, 2009

One of the only reviews I have seen of Windows 7 Beta which is geared towards the telephony world comes from Alec Saunders. According to Alec, "7" missed some drivers but he was able to work through the problems or use Vista drivers.

He further says Google Chrome doesn't work.

Another interesting incompatibility:

Is There a Need for Telco 2.0?

January 9, 2009

Recently good friend and PR 2.0 guru Andy Abramson commented on which people would be the ideal heads of a Telco 2.0 companies. I thought the post was quite intriguing as it got me thinking about the various people I know with disparate telecom and web 2.0 experience. One of the comments I made about Andy's post is as follows:


 


It is an interesting premise as the typical service provider exec is focused on building a closed monopoly which excels through the use of lawyers and deft knowledge of the legal/justice system.

How to Make/Save Money With Communications Today

January 8, 2009

In my conversations with many in the telecom industry they tell me they are very excited about coming to ITEXPO next month in Miami. They explain, now is the best time to be at a communications show which not only addresses the entire telecom space but focuses on business - or making money.

They tell me this year, more than ever, they need to focus on generating earnings. Sure, the future, visionary aspects of communications are great (and will be disussed at the event) but I can tell you from personal experience, the companies in communications that haven't been focusing on sustainable business models can't pay their bills and many have already quietly closed their doors.

Improving TMCnet Blogs

January 8, 2009

Tom Keating and our tech/design team have been spending a good deal of time improving TMCnet's main site and blogs so they can become more social network savvy as well as more graphically appealing. Tom has done so much work on the leading edge of our Movable Type Blog Server that he has received kudos from the Blog Herald.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Over at TMCnet, Tom Keating out does himself, writing a tutorial that offers several things one can do with MT assets.

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