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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think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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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that...

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Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers

Almost everyone knows that telcos’ mobile voice and messaging revenue is declining. With 3G offering a mobile on-ramp to the Internet,...

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Flarion vs. WiMAX

October 18, 2004

This is the 3rd time today I'm come across the Flarion news about Flarion and Netgear. And I received a tip/email from someone else pointing it out.

Basically, Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM mobile broadband system, have entered into a strategic partnership to productize and deliver integrated FLASH-OFDM and Wi-Fi functionality to mobile operators worldwide through NETGEAR's line of 802.11b/g products. The first product integrating FLASH-OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and Wi-Fi is expected to be available this quarter for evaluation and trials by mobile operators worldwide.

Vonage and Boingo

October 18, 2004

Some interesting VoIP news to report. Vonage and Boingo will trial a Voice over Wi-Fi service. Vonage softphone users (popular Xten client) will be able to make and take VoIP calls over wireless when in range of hotspots that are part of the Boingo network. Vonage's SoftPhone service is $9.99 per month.

Popular Telephony's Peerio GNUP

October 18, 2004

I recently wrote about Popular Telephony's Peerio (Popular Telephony Peerio a Skype Killer?) This will also be a cover story for Internet Telephony Magazine.

Well today, at 1 PM today Popular Telephony will release their global numbering plan called GNUP.

Popular Telephony announces Peerio GNUP™ – a serverless Global Numbering Plan for VoIP

Popular Telephony Inc, the telecommunications middleware company behind the Peerio™ serverless telephony invention, has announced Peerio GNUP™ - a Global Numbering Plan for all IP telephony users, enabling transparent interconnectivity between all VOIP, PSTN, Mobile and other networks.

Peerio GNUP is a lightweight software agent used with any VoIP application (Peerio™, Skype, Liphone, SIP or H.323 clients, etc), that brings simplicity of phone numbers to VoIP.

Sipura SPA-2100 and SPA-841 ATA

October 18, 2004

Sipura Technology SPA-841 VoIP Business Phone

Some interesting news to share from Sipura - a very popular ATA manufacturer. They announced a 4 Line Business Feature Phone and a 2 Port Phone Adapter With Home Networking Router Solutions. SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 10/15/2004 -- Building on the telecommunications industry's most advanced VoIP endpoint product line, Sipura Technology Inc., today announced two new products – the SPA-841 VoIP phone and the SPA-2100 analog telephone adapter (ATA). Both products use the SIP communication protocol to communicate with other network elements like VoIP/PSTN gateways, softswitches, and application servers in a service provider or enterprise IP network.

Triple Play Testing Tool

October 18, 2004

It was bound to happen - with all the hype surrounding Triple Play, someone was going to launch a Triple Play testing tool. Looks like Spirent was first; check it out:

SPIRENT COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCES SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE PLAY TESTING

Architecture For Converged Testing (ACT) Analyzes Interactions Between Voice, Video, and Data; Allows System Optimization Before an IP Network Goes Live

(October 18, 2004) — Spirent Communications (NYSE: SPM; LSE: SPT) today announces its Architecture for Converged Testing (ACT) for analyzing the effects of data on voice in a converged network. Awarded “Best of Show” at NetWorld + Interop 2004 last May, Spirent’s ACT is used by equipment vendors, service providers and enterprises to analyze the impact of real world data and video traffic on voice quality.

Spirent’s ACT solution is integrated with the Abacus 5000 IP Telephony Migration Test System.

Alcatel OmniPCX and Thales VoIP Encryption

October 18, 2004

As VoIP becomes more commonplace in the enterprise, encryption and security are becoming more paramount, especially in the financial sector. Imagine for a moment working for a stock exchange company and you could install a network sniffer program that captures VoIP RTP streams. Knowing the IP address of a particular IP phone, you can filter the traffic and tap into someone's VoIP conversation.

Well, two French companies, Thales (TCFP.PA) and Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced a technological partnership to develop highly secure IP telephony solutions based on the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise IP communication server.

AT&T CallVantage number of customers

October 18, 2004

Empirix Hammer XMS VoIP testing tool

October 18, 2004

Some VoIP testing tool news to share from one of my favorite VoIP testing tool companies - Empirix. (I have an Empirix Hammer system in the labs that I use to test VoIP equipment.)

Empirix, the leading supplier of VoIP testing systems, will introduce the Hammer XMS™ next-generation monitoring system for VoIP service providers and spotlight powerful enhancements to its Hammer product portfolio for lab and installation engineers this week.

The new carrier-class Hammer XMS, which allows service providers to monitor, analyze and troubleshoot next-generation voice services across their networks; innovations in IP signaling analysis tools with the release of Hammer FX-IP 2.0; and IP.DSP™; Hammer’s patent-pending VoIP media analysis DSP technology, which can significantly reduce testing costs and is now incorporated in Hammer RealStreamer.

“Virtually every major developer of VoIP infrastructure equipment relies on Hammer functional and load testing systems in the lab.

Boston Red Sox horror

October 16, 2004

Nero and VoIP

October 15, 2004

Ahead's Nero Burning ROM software is one of the most popular pieces of software today. I've used it to burn CDs, DVDs, home movies, music, you name it. It's probably the best CD/DVD burning software on the market today.

A few weeks ago, I received an alert in my inbox that Ahead Software was doing something with VoIP.

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