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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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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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