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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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KABIRA ADVANCES VoIP ADOPTION

October 19, 2004

Some news that will hit the wires tomorrow...

KABIRA ADVANCES VoIP ADOPTION WITH END-TO-END SOLUTIONS SUITE

Breaking New Ground On Scalability, Reliability And Cost, New Offering Enables Full Service Lifecycle Delivery and Management For Faster Time-To-Service

San Rafael, California -- October 20, 2004 -- Kabira(TM) Technologies Inc., the high-performance leader in network switching software for telecommunications and real-time financial services, today announced a comprehensive solutions suite for service providers and enterprises deploying Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)-based telecommunication networks. Building on the high-performance Kabira Infrastructure System and the Kabira Transaction Switch underlying technology, the new Kabira offering enables full service lifecycle delivery and management of VoIP services, including design to deployment, order to delivery, and delivery to charging and billing. Available immediately, Kabira’s solutions for VoIP include the Kabira Provisioning and Service Activation (KPSA), the Kabira xDR Mediation and the Kabira Service Delivery Platform.

Broadband market numbers

October 19, 2004

Some broadband market numbers to share...

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., October 19, 2004 - Broadband is becoming a mainstream, must have residential service, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high-tech market research firm is projecting strong growth in both cable and DSL subscribers over the next several years, growing from a combined 24 million subscribers in 2003 to nearly 50 million subscribers in 2008. While growth will remain strong, it will be slowing as the market moves to maturity and the subscriber base becomes quite large.

Sentiro PSTN and ENUM

October 19, 2004

Some more ENUM news to share today which complements my "Popular Telephony and Stealth Communications" blog entry...

Does this mean ENUM is gaining traction?

Sentiro Delivers termination from PSTN to UPT Numbers Based on ENUM. This allows the delivery, globally, of not only traditional voice services but also electronic services such as email, web, SMS/MMS, IM, and location-based services.

Super Fast Samsung SATA Hard Drive

October 19, 2004

Spaceballs - "Ludicrous Speed!"

Wow, check out this news release! A super fast, ludicrous speed, whopping 3.0 GB/s Serial ATA hard drive for a desktop PC using SATA? Damn, I want one of those! Hey Samsung, can I have a review unit.

Download High-Definition Movies

October 19, 2004

I've been itching to buy a new Microsoft Media Center 2005 PC for the past week or so. Microsoft Media Center 2005 has support for multiple TV tuners and it supports PVR (personal video recording) functionality as well as pause/resume live TV.

Well, it also supports HDTV, so I was very intrigued when I came across mavromatic's blog about Microsoft Media Center 2005 and the ability to download HDTV films from the Internet to the Media Center PC for a really rich viewing experience. Already there exists the ability to download movies for a "fee", but the video is compressed with less quality than a DVD.

Popular Telephony and Stealth Communications

October 19, 2004

Some very important VoIP news to share that be announced at exactly 1pm today...
Popular Telephony Inc., a telecommunications middleware company and Stealth Communications, operators of the Voice Peering Fabric will partner to provide Peerio GNUP™ users access to Stealth’s VPF ENUM Registry. If you're not familiar with Stealth - they're the ones that power Vonage. And of course if you read my blog, you're very familiar with Popular Telephony - I've blogged them a few times lately.

BlackBerry 7270

October 19, 2004

Research In Motion demonstrated a new BlackBerry Wireless Handheld yesterday at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium that operates on 802.11b networks and incorporates both voice and data capabilities. The BlackBerry 7270 will be the first BlackBerry handheld to feature VoIP and WLAN support.

The BlackBerry 7270 supports VoIP telephony that essentially extends desktop phone functionality to a BlackBerry wireless handheld allowing the user to place and receive calls on the go. It utilizes SIP-based call control to deliver standards-based interoperability with IP-PBX and traditional corporate telephony equipment.

Atinav VoIP News

October 19, 2004

I've seen demos of Atinav's VoIP products and they work quite well. Figured I'd share their latest news...

aveComm 3.2 Offers Integrated Audio Conferencing, Providing a Scalable Bridge of Combined Telephone and/or PC Participants and Many New and Enhanced Features

New York, N.Y.---OCT 5, 2004--- Atinav, a leading provider of Internet-based and wireless solutions for workplace communication, messaging and collaboration, today announced the release of aveComm 3.2, their award-winning web-based “Unified Messaging, Communication and Collaboration” solution. aveComm, now celebrating its 4th year of availability, offers many features and functionality, including: Application Sharing, Document Collaboration, Remote Desktop Control, Session Record/Playback, Whiteboard, Instant Messaging, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), IP Telephony, File Transfer and much more.

New Telecom Bill for VoIP

October 19, 2004

During a keynote address at a VoIP conference, Senator John Sununu announced his intention to introduce legislation aimed at simplifying the regulation of voice-over-IP (VoIP), as part of a larger telecom reform bill. He stated it is planned for next year's new session of Congress.

Sununu said that he and other congressional leaders, including Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Ted Stevens, are already planning to tackle telecom regulation once the elections are over.

He pointed out that while the RBOCs are in as strong to deploy VOIP technology, "The problem is, from their perspective, this is a purely cannibalistic product," Sununu said.

WiFlyer Wireless over Dial-up

October 19, 2004

WiFlyer

I found an interesting product retailing for $149.95 that lets you convert your dial-up Internet connection to wireless WiFi. So instead of your laptop being tetherered to the phone line, you can roam about freely using a wireless connection to this device. Even better, with the compact and portable WiFlyer, you can actually SHARE your dial-up Internet connection with other members in your family (or your neighbors) - so no more fighting over one dial-up connection.

With a sleek, ultra-compact "pocketable" design and integrated V.92 modem and Ethernet port, WiFlyer plugs into a standard telephone line or Ethernet cable to provide a personal or sharable WiFi 'hotspot'. It's pretty "dummy proof"; you simply launch your browser automatically and it directs you to very easy to use setup and configuration screens.

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