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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Carrier VoIP Equipment Market Up 69%

November 22, 2004

Got this release over the weekend with some interesting VoIP industry statistics I thought I'd share.

Carrier VoIP Equipment Market Up 69% Year-over-Year in 3Q04

BOSTON, Massachusetts, November 22, 2004--Worldwide next gen voice product revenue totaled $452 million in 3Q04, up 13% from 2Q04 and up 69% year-over-year, according to Infonetics Research’s quarterly market share and forecast service, Next Gen Voice Products. Annual revenue is projected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2003 to $4.8 billion in 2007, representing a strong CAGR of 39%.

"Most equipment categories saw sequential growth this quarter," said Infonetics Research's Kevin Mitchell, directing analyst and co-author of the report.

Electric Car

November 22, 2004

Eliica Electric Car

With oil and gas prices through the roof, the interest in electric cars has certainly increased. However, the knocks against electric vehicles is that they are not fast, have terrible range, and take a long time to recharge. Well, the Eliica, short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car boasts a 0-100kmh time of just four seconds and a 0-160kmh time of seven seconds, which means the Eliica accelerates faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo. While they haven't solved the recharging time or the range, since I'm a bit of a speed freak, this car certainly piqued my interest with its excellent performance numbers.

Alcatel acquires Right Vision

November 19, 2004

Just some quick news to share...

Alcatel acquires Right Vision to deliver 'all-in-one' IT and communications solutions to SMBs

Paris, November 19, 2004 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced its intention to acquire privately held Right Vision, a leading European provider of software-based internet appliances that provide internet access, email and Web applications, as well as security and simplified management capabilities. The acquisition of Right Vision supports Alcatel's vision for delivering converged Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions that bring together IT and communications in "all-in-one" packages. Alcatel will target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with these solutions, integrating voice, data and Internet functionalities into a single offering.

U-Blox SuperSense GPS Weak Signal Tracking

November 19, 2004

I've become quite dependent on my GPS solution (Destinator 3.0 running on an iPaq), which has allowed me to throw out all the maps in my glove box. Unfortunately, I had one very bad experience trying to rely on my GPS when I was driving through the streets of Manhattan during a downpour. As it is, the tall buildings in NYC weaken the GPS signal strength, but during a rainstorm you can forget about it - I couldn't get a GPS lock. I was completely and totally lost in the streets of Manhattan on a Friday evening trying to get back home to Connecticut during rush hour traffic (the worst possible traffic day & time).

SBC VoIP Tariff Scare

November 18, 2004

According to several sources, SBC plans to file a new tariff with the Federal Communications Commission that aims to increase the fees paid by Internet service providers for calls completed on the company's local-phone network. In other words, if you use VoIP and terminate on SBC's PSTN network you're going to pay up. If the interpretation of this tariff filing is correct, this would mark the first time that a RBOC or phone company has tried to levy a fee on VoIP providers. It's not "exactly" a correct interpretation, but I'll get into that in a minute.

Streaming Live TV

November 17, 2004

Streaming Live TV has been a dream of mine. I'd love to have access to streaming TV from anywhere - wouldn't you? Well, last week I redeemed 170,000 Sony points to get a Sony VAIO RA920G PC running Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 operating system. I was curious if I could figure out a way to "stream" my home PC's multimedia content, including My Videos (.AVI, .Divx, etc), as well as stream live TV to my PC at work by accessing the TV tuner capture card.

Liz Claiborne and VoIP

November 16, 2004

Hockey Stick Growth Curve

According to this press release: Liz Claiborne Inc. Receives Cisco's 4 Millionth IP Telephone, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO - News) today announced the sale of its 4 millionth Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) telephone to fashion apparel and accessories icon Liz Claiborne Inc., a milestone that demonstrates Cisco's continuing acceleration in the enterprise voice market. "It took us 4-and-a-half years to sell our first 2 million IP phones and only 14 months to climb from 2 million to 4 million phones sold to customers," said Barry O’Sullivan, vice president and general manager for Cisco's IP Communications Business Unit. "The 4 million milestone that we achieved in October this year, confirms our leadership in the enterprise voice market and demonstrates the rapid market acceleration we are driving in this space. It also points to growing customer adoption of our IP Communications system."

More proof of the "hockey stick" exponential growth curve of VoIP. VoIP got off to a slow start slow, but that curve is hooking straight up now!

Nuvio FCC Filing Advocates CALEA Guidelines For VoIP Providers

November 15, 2004

A couple of weeks ago Nuvio urged the FCC to keep broadband providers from tampering with third-party VoIP phone service providers riding on their broadband pipes. Specifically, Nuvio Corp., a private-label VoIP provider, wants the FCC to prohibit cable providers/MSOs, Baby Bells and other broadband providers from blocking access to other VoIP services or surreptitiously degrading the service level. Best analogy I can give - imagine you are using Comcast high-speed Internet and using Vonage for your VoIP provider. Since Comcast offers their own competing VoIP offering, they could in theory "slow down" or "block" IP traffic coming from or destined for Vonage's servers that have "known" IP addresses.

Blackberry and CRM

November 15, 2004

It seems I can't go to any public place for at least an hour without seeing at least one Blackberry device - especially airports. Blackberries are known for their excellent email capabilities, however third-party developers are adding additional functionality as well, including CRM / contact management integration. All the Blackberry needs now is VoIP (instead of cellular) capabilities and it will be even more of a killer app/platform.

Check out this news release from Vettro which adds support to the Blackberry for Salesforce.com and Supportforce.com CRM applications:

VETTRO UNVEILS RAINMAKER 4.0 FOR SALESFORCE.COM AND SUPPORTFORCE.COM

Latest Edition of On-Demand Mobile Service Offers Increased CRM Functionality on BlackBerry and Windows Mobile Devices

NEW YORK -- November 15, 2004 -- Vettro, a leading provider of mobile enterprise applications, today announced the availability of Vettro RainMaker 4.0, a complete mobile solution for Salesforce.com users.

Popular Telephony enters Japanese Market

November 15, 2004

Two things...
1) You know that lame excuse/expression, "The dog ate my homework"? Well, for me that excuse has come true. While I don't have "homework" to do, my foster dog ate my glasses making reading and typing quite a challenge this Monday morning. My wireframe glasses are so mangled they resemble a piece of impressionist artwork.

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