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Intellectual Property, The Other Defition of IP

February 11, 2008

It's funny... I have been writing about the enhanced services made possible via IP communications for over a decade. To some degree, these services are here and while I think there is a great deal of room to go in this area, it seems that companies find it easier to use patent litigation as their preferred enhanced services revenue generator.

Basically using the other definition of IP, intellectual property.

Case in point is Verizon who is suing cable companies now. First there was Cox and now Charter.



Mobile World Congress Key Terms

February 10, 2008

As you may know, Mobile World Congress kicks off this week and to get the ball rolling the event has put out some of the key terms you will be hearing more about this week. I have posted them here with their definitions in case you need to brush up on your acronyms.

Also be sure to check out the Mobile World Congress News Page to stay up to date on the show.

3G

3G, or third-generation, is loosely defined as offering high data speeds, always-on data access and greater voice capacity, enabling operators to offer customers fast internet access, live, streaming video and other multimedia or "converged" applications over a wireless network. There are several 3G technology standards.





Keating Abuzz with Polycom Compliments

February 7, 2008



Thank you Polycom for eliminating that annoying "buzz" heard so often on conference calls. Caused by a proliferation of wireless devices, there is nothing more annoying in a conference call setting or a keynote speech at a trade show I might add.

Here is an excerpt of an interview that Tom Keating had with Polycom CTO Jeff Rodman:

“RF interference is nothing new, but our awareness of it is at an all-time high, as more and more business is conducted over virtual forms of communications such as voice and video conferencing, and as the popularity of smartphones increases. Now customers can bring their smartphones into the conference room and not cause any interference on the conference call.” He continued, “As the pioneer in voice conferencing, Polycom took the lead in developing solutions that stop the ‘buzz’ and offer the best quality audio available in the industry. Polycom’s industry-leading voice quality, coupled with the new RF shielding and isolation technologies, are now shipping worldwide, helping people be more productive throughout the global workplace.”


For more information on Polycom and the company's interest in HD Voice, be sure to check out the company's HD Voice Global Online Community on TMCnet.






Worldgate Problems

February 5, 2008

I read on Tom Keating's blog that Worldgate, the maker of the Ojo Videophone was in trouble. Apparently Worldgate has been short or out of money for about six months and industry insiders tell me that they have high expenses and the revenue just wasn't there to support it all.

A while back, the company started to have good success calibrating their phones for the hard of hearing and deaf but it seems this market did not bring the ROI in a timely fashion due to the delays associated with government funding.

I agree with Tom that this phone is an incredible device/service and it is a shame to see these problems.

Some think that once the government money comes in, that the company will be in better shape but it seems that once news like this gets out, it becomes that much more difficult to become a viable entity again.

I have heard the reason the company hasn't done better is that they decided that their video quality has to be very good and subsequently the cost of the devices and service was very high. This of course reduced the number of people who could afford the product/service.

According to sources in the know, the potential investors who considered throwing a life-line were put off buy the fact that the company did not reduce the functionality of the device so it could interoperate with cheaper devices. Instead, customers needed to have all Worldgate devices and this reduced the viability of the company being successful.









ITEXPO East 2008 Videos

February 1, 2008

TMC Welcomes Gary Kim

January 29, 2008

700 MHz Auction Update

January 26, 2008

So far in the 700 MHz auction there have been bids totaling more that 2.4 billion and in about a month we should know who won. There were just under two thousand bids for this precious spectrum which could become a viable competitor to DSL and cable.

Five spectrum “blocks” are on the table: A (698-704 MHz and 728-234 MHz), B (704-710 MHz and 734-740 MHz), E (722-728 MHz), C (746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz), and D (758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz). Collectively, the entire 700 MHz spectrum covers the analog TV channel range 52-69.

It seems to me that Google absolutely needs to ensure some of this spectrum falls into friendly hands -- even if it has to purchase frequencies and lease them out to other companies.

Of course it isn't just Google who is in this position... Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon and others are similarly challenged.

Google's need to acquire some of this spectrum is in exact contrast to the incumbent providers who have to do their best to ensure the spectrum does not fall into the hands of companies which would reduce their negotiating power in generating more revenue from their existing broadband connections.

We should know who the winners and losers are in about a month and this TMCnet









ITEXPO: Article in Sun-Sentinel

January 25, 2008

The Sun Sentinel had a great article on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo today and their spin was local. They mentioned companies in the Florida area who participate in the show.

The article was written by Arlene Satchell and she did a wonderful job with it. Here is an excerpt:

South Florida businesses are tapping into the technology that allows people to make phone calls using high-speed Internet instead of regular phone lines.

Known as voice-over-Internet protocol, or VoIP, the technology is seen by some businesses as a cost-saving measure and a way to offer employees telecommuting flexibility.

Thirteen South Florida companies debuted their latest products and innovations this week at the Internet Telephony East Conference and Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is expected to attract 7,000 participants and ends today.







ITEXPO West 2008 Day One - Andy

January 23, 2008

Whitman Departs: What it Means to Skype

January 22, 2008

Meg Whitman was the person who put the Skype deal together at eBay and over the past year it has become apparent that Skype is not generating the revenue eBay hoped it would. In addition, in the last 12 months, there has been a lack of clear leadership at the Skype unit.

My day to day contacts are still at the company and product upgrades are still coming out mind you. It is at the top of the world's largest communications software company that their is a vacuum.

One wonders why this is. What makes sense is for a strong evangelist to be at the helm of Skype promoting IP communications and helping to ink deal after deal in the pursuit of large profits.

But under Whitman this hasn't happened.





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