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Road Warrior Bible

July 27, 2008

Fuel Cells Power Base Stations

July 27, 2008

We live in a world obsessed with treating the environment better. While this statement does not apply to the entire world, the green technology movement in Europe and the US seems to be growing faster than ever. Still, when ensuring your carrier network has redundant power, you have options which are not really environmentally friendly. Diesel generators and batteries are but a few examples.

Sprint Sells Towers, Nextel Next?

July 24, 2008

ITEXPO: Exhibits 90% Sold Out

July 21, 2008



There has been more interest in ITEXPO Fall 2008, Los Angeles, CA September 16-18 than any other Internet Telephony Conference & Expo I can remember in recent years. It seems people are beginning to realize this show is the only major IP communications event left -- it is growing quickly and it draws attendees from around the world.

If you are looking to reach service providers, enterprise customers, SMBs, resellers or the communications industry at large -- you should consider being at this show.

A participating companies list I picked up from an upcoming TMC press release is as follows but really, every important company in telecom will be represented in multiple ways. (please do not get offended if your company is not here. If I added all participating companies -- my readers would get fired because they would spend their work day trying to get through it all -- instead of getting their jobs done).





Show Me the Opportunities!

July 19, 2008

This past week has had me thinking a great deal about telecom and how it is evolving. I have come to some conclusions worth sharing. The first is that customers could care less about walled gardens. Sure, we hear complaints from some about how walled gardens are bad - but consumers don't care.

The Local Starbucks is Closed

July 19, 2008

If you were wondering whether your favorite Starbucks will be one of the 600 stores the company is about to close, the entire list (PDF) of stores to be closed has been made available.

California will see just under 90 stores shut down while Florida and Texas just under 60. TMC's home state of Connecticut will lose five stores -- the closest is about ten miles away from TMC and a store I have never visited. Digium will lose one store in its home city of Huntsville, Al (Madison Square Mall), Manhattan will lose six and Southhampton is the only location in the prestigious Hamtons to be whacked. Expect stores to close early next year.

There have been petitions circulaing to save specific locations and government officials are trying to persuade the company not to shut certain stores.

What I find amazing about these incidents is that many used to complian that Starbucks killed off the local coffee shop and made coffeee a chain-like experience.





Yahoo Enlists Home Page to Fight Icahn

July 18, 2008

The Yahoo! takeover offer by Microsoft and the subsequent saga that has ensued is unusual in my recollection of corportate takeovers. The latest chapter in the saga is Yahoo now using its home page to fight Carl Icahn. The ad they are running on their home page (pictured) really targets shareholders and others who are interested in the gory details of a corporate takeover.

What is most interesting is how Yahoo points to (see below) how unsuccessful Carl Icahn has been in his past efforts to increase shareholder value. Certainly, in an official bear market, it is fairly easy to make Icahn look bad.

Check out this TechCrunch article for more on the story.

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Icahn's Recent Involvements with Public Companies (1) Company Involved Since Change in Stock Price Since Initial Involvement(2) Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. May 2008 >(20%) Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mar 2008 >(15%) The Greenbrier Companies Feb 2008 >(5%) Guaranty Financial Jan 2008 >(70%) Federal-Mogul Corp. Jan 2008 >(30%) BEA Systems Sept 2007(3) >45% Biogen Idec Aug 2007 >1% Motorola Inc. Jan 2007 >(60%) Cyberonics, Inc. Jan 2007 >20% WCI Communities Inc. Jan 2007 >(90%) Telik, Inc. Jan 2007 >(80%) Lear Corporation Oct 2006 >(45%) Time Warner Inc. Aug 2005 >(20%) Temple Inland, Inc. Feb 2005 >(55%)(4) Blockbuster Inc. Dec 2004 >(70%)







Contact Center and Service Provider Similarities

July 17, 2008

I have been seeing an interesting trend in the communications space. In the last 2-3 years, more and more companies who used to focus on service providers have expanded their focus into the call center space. Acme Packet and NextPoint are a few examples of such companies. This is not so surprising mind you when you realize how remote agents resemble service provider customers and the theing they have in common is the need for an SBC.

In addition there has been growth in the hosted contact center market and as more service providers have become interested in providing such services worldwide they need to work with call center vendors who can supply them with the solutions they need.

VON Shows Over

July 16, 2008

A Community Service Message

I have been pretty silent about what has happened with Pulvermedia and the VON events because frankly, everyone else seemed to be covering the fact that the events are no longer taking place.

Also, TMC used to compete head to head with thee VON events so I thought it poor taste to discuss their demise. Having said that, I was at a recent event where I heard horror stories of people showing up for VON Amsterdam -- only to find out there was no VON Amsterdam. Commenters in the blogosphere have echoed the same sentiments.

So I wanted to make sure I went on record letting people in the communications industry know that Pulvermedia is shut down.





Sun, Intel Have Positive News

July 15, 2008

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