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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDm-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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Large Wireless VoIP Deployment

November 8, 2004

Thought I would share this bit of news that skibare shared with me. Basically, the largest Californian wireless ISP is now offering VoIP to businesses using Level3's (3)Tone Business platform with a purported reach of 250,000 business customers! WOW! As cheap wireless broadband becomes more ubiquitous, this will no doubt push wireless VoIP to the masses further "squeezing" the RBOCs and even the cellular companies.

Roadtrip to Empirix - VoIP Testing Company

November 8, 2004

I headed up to Bedford, Massachusetts this past Friday to visit with Empirix and get the latest scoop on their new testing products. TMC Labs has been using Empirix's hardware for over 7 years to test telcom products and I have always been impressed with Empirix's ability to "evolve" their products. For instance, 5-7 years ago (then called Hammer Technologies), Empirix's strength was "load testing" traditional PSTN technologies, such as T1/E1/analog PBXs. Their system, affectionately called "The Hammer" could inititiate several dozens or even hundreds of simultaneous PSTN calls at once to a system under test.

Hammer XMS VoIP Testing Tool

Well, with the explosion of VoIP, Empirix has launched several products to address VoIP testing.

Nomar Garciaparra a Yankee?

November 4, 2004

Nomar Garciaparra a Yankee?

- Wade Boss leaves Boston Red Sox and comes to Yankees to win a World Series ring.

- Roger Clemens leaves Boston Red Sox and comes to Yankees to win a World Series ring.

Can Nomar be next? What better way for the Yankees to even the score against the Boston Red Sox than use a once-beloved Red Sox All Star player and a one-time Red Sox Nation fan favorite?

Packet8 Outage

November 4, 2004

UNE-P and the FCC

November 4, 2004

VoIP More Popular Than Previously Thought

November 4, 2004

Interesting story about VoIP (they term it Web Calls) being more popular than previously thought: Yahoo! News - Web Calls May Be More Popular Than Thought - Survey

Here's an excerpt:
Making cheap telephone calls over the Internet could be much more popular among consumers than previously estimated, leaving incumbent telecom service providers highly vulnerable, a survey revealed on Thursday.

Over 50 million western European consumers with a broadband Internet connection at home may use telephony software and special phones by 2008, British research group Analysys found.

Walmart Crushes AOL and adds WiMAX, WiFi, VoIP

November 4, 2004

"Walmart Crushes AOL and adds WiMAX, WiFi, VoIP." Sounds like a great breaking news story doesn't it? Well, unfortunately right now it's merely "hypothetical".

skibare brought an idea to my attention that Walmart could buy Vonage or some other VoIP broadband service provider, sitck some WiMAX equipment on all of their roofs and start selling VoIP over WiMAX. The thought actually crossed my mind as well 2 years ago but with long-distance WiFi not WiMAX, but I'll give skibare credit for this one.

GoldMine 6.7

November 3, 2004

Gee, FrontRange just sent me a demo copy of GoldMine v6.5 a few weeks ago for a product review and already Goldmine v6.7 is out! I feel so outdated...

I spoke with FrontRange a week or so ago and they are really pushing their developers hard to crank out new features. More importantly, they told me they truly value customer feedback (such as feature requests) and try hard to add them into the next release.

Death of Vonage?

November 3, 2004

According to this news release Yankee Group Expects Alternative VoIP Providers To Lose 47% Market Share to MSOs and IXCs/ILECs by the End of 2005.

According to the report, in the coming year, local VoIP providers will be facing the communications market leaders: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner. Delivering primary-line voice service is a very resource-intensive effort. According to the Yankee Group report, Fighting Goliath: Can Alternative VoIP Providers Survive?, the MSOs are bringing VoIP to the mass market as a primary-line replacement.

8X8 Packet8 Stock Price Jump

November 3, 2004

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