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IP Communications News Week of November 3, 2007

November 5, 2007

What’s new in the world of IP communications? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. For example, Allworx has just released version 6.8 of its software which includes follow-me functionality as well as allowing specific callers to be forced into voicemail. The latest update also has the ability to do some fancy things with messages which you can read about here.   Radisys who just had a blow out quarter recently introduced a new media processing blade.

Skype/SIP Gateway

October 31, 2007

Skype High Quality Video

October 30, 2007

Let’s face it, when you have a paid product and the free alternative keeps getting better, you have to keep innovating. This is the situation many videoconferencing companies are now in since Skype raised the video quality bar. How you ask? Well, the company now has the ability to communicate via High Quality Video.   In order to have access to this functionality you will need Skype 3.6 for Windows and Logitech QuickCam software, version 11.5.

Verizon Wireless Settles on Deceptive Marketing

October 24, 2007

I have extremely favorable ratings regarding Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess. The speed of the system has been great over the many years I have used it. Lately, whenever I am on the service, I feel uncomfortable. Why?

Skype Mobile Phone

October 23, 2007

Skype will soon have a mobile phone on the market and more exciting VoIP news there cannot be. I would imagine it will be a dual-mode device which auto-senses WiFi networks and sends calls on its service. Why would you want such a thing?   Well for one thing, audio quality will be better with this device over a WiFi network when calling other people on Skype.

IP Communications News: October 19, 2007

October 19, 2007

Some of the interesting news of the week shows SMBs will not only be going down the road to purchasing IP communications solutions – they will also be purchasing and installing security solutions. In my research this morning I also came across a wonderful article by SIP legend Jonathan Rosenberg discussing social networking, SIP, VoIP and Web 2.0.   Avaya made some news as well when it announced it will be supplying IP communications solutions to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Of course, I am sure the fact that Avaya is located in New Jersey didn’t hurt this deal one bit.   VoltDelta made news as well by announcing AT&T is using the company’s integrated advertising platform for its 1-800-YellowPages offering in a number of southern states. The way the system works is simple… You listen to an ad and get free directory assistance information.   Rounding out this article but certainly not the end of the week’s interesting news is the fact the iPhone has been opened up to third-party developers.

Skype, MySpace Partner

October 16, 2007

Just a few days ago I mentioned Skype should be getting more involved in social networking. I also said the company should be streaming audio and video through its client.   Interestingly, 48 hours or so after my post, Skype has announced they have worked a deal with MySpace to integrate its internet telephony software into this social networking phenomenon.   Voice communication is "a competitive advantage to us for gaining users and keeping users," said Kyle Brinkman, vice president of product development at MySpace.   This is positive for Skype but also makes it difficult for the company to become more of a social networking company themselves. The reason of course is the MySpace deal may be in jeopardy if Skype becomes an effective social networking company.   Getting back to the beginning of this article – it seems MySpace and not Skype has made the deal to stream content via their service. Hopefully Skype will do this soon as well.   By the way, if you look at the comments from the Skype post you’ll see Matt Giteau thinks the reason there has been no streaming deal was because Zennstrom didn’t want a competing product to Joost.

What eBay Should do with Skype

October 14, 2007

Please enjoy the unedited November 2007 Publisher’s Outlook column from Internet Telephony Magazine.   ---   OK, I was wrong. Really wrong. Over a billion dollars wrong in fact. Why?

Strategic Technologies for 2008

October 11, 2007

I was reading an article on Wireless News regarding Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2008. Here are those technologies with the analysis from Wireless News. Obviously I agree with the first two items on this list and I do agree with a number of others here as well.   Here is the full article.   Green IT. The focus of Green IT that came to the forefront in 2007 will accelerate and expand in 2008. Consider potential regulations and have alternative plans for data center and capacity growth.

Arbinet

October 7, 2007

I recently had a chance to speak with Steve Heap the CTO of Arbinet regarding what is happening at the company. Although I have known Arbinet for about a decade, it may be good to bring everyone up to speed on what this company does and where it sees things going. In addition, Heap gave me some ideas on how he sees the competitive environment and where the threats to his company may or may not lie.   Arbinet’s core business is a minute exchange where they take in calls from carriers and PTTs and determine the best way to terminate them.   The company has a few aspects to its business. Routing – it routes calls most efficiently, rating – it determines how much to bill for the call and money flow – ensuring the proper company gets billed and paid accordingly.   Heap shared the fact that his company is agnostic to interconnection mechanism as they handle PSTN and VoIP.
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