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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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ZyXEL launches Prestige Series ATA

October 5, 2004

I got a pre-announcment from ZyXEL that I thought I'd share before it even hits the news wires.

ZyXEL Communications Inc., a leading provider of global broadband access solutions, will announce the North American launch of its Prestige Series Voice over IP (VoIP) Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) for IP telephony service deployment, SOHO, SMB and home VoIP applications.

The ZyXEL P-2002 and P-2002L ATAs enable IP telephony service providers (ITSPs) to offer easy-to-use VoIP services directly to their current customers. Customers with an existing broadband connection can instantly turn their conventional telephones into IP phones.

COX Digital Telephone VoIP service

October 4, 2004

Johanne Torres and I were both just commenting on Cox's "VoIP" announcement today. It's called COX Digital Telephone, so both her and I wondered if it's truly VoIP or if it's voice-over-cable - a wholly different voice transport.
It was then that I came across Andy's blog where he too debated whether or not COX is using "true" voice over IP (VoIP) or using coax as the transport medium along with ATM & SONET.

As part of the announcement, Cox took a shot at the broadband telephony firms that transport voice traffic over the public Internet, saying that the method is susceptible to slowdowns. Andy commented on this FUD as well.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and VoIP

October 4, 2004

I know the news about the California report recommending VoIP is a couple of weeks old, but it is worth blogging nevertheless. Johanne Torres wrote an excellent article about this here: http://www.tmcnet.com/tmcnet/articles/2004/081604jt.htm

I decided to read the rather lengthy report myself. The California Performance Review was orderd by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to perform "a focused examination and assessment of California state government." The review report lists many suggested ways to improve government, cut costs, and become more efficient. One of the best suggestions for cost savings in California is to deploy VoIP.

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October 4, 2004

Triple Play IP Media Gateway from Telco Systems

October 4, 2004

Navy Largest VoIP Deployment

October 4, 2004

Since the VoIP exhibits don't start until tomorrow - that's when you'll see some BIG VoIP news, I thought I would share some interesting VoIP news about the Navy possibly having the largest VoIP deployment in the world.

This is really big news when a government or military agency deploys VoIP. The "knock" or argument that VoIP is a security risk loses steam when you learn that a military branch - in this case the Navy - which has strict security requirements is going to deploy VoIP.

Here's an excerpt of the news story describing their VoIP deployment:
If plans by officials at the Navy and EDS work out, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet could soon become one of the largest systems using voice-over-IP technology in the world.

Officials at neither the Navy nor NMCI's lead vendor, EDS, would provide any firm dates for the addition of voice over IP to the system's contract.

VoIP Conference Tradeshow Update

October 4, 2004

I'm here at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which promises to be the best VoIP tradeshow and conference ever! There is lots of hot news coming out at the show and I'll be reporting it live on my blog. Today is just the VoIP conferences (no exhibits), with some really great VoIP conferences going on that I hope to attend. Tomorrow, the main event- the exhibit hall opens with some really cool keynote speakers including AT&T, Avaya, Polycom and Siemens.

Popular Telephony Peerio a Skype Killer?

October 1, 2004

This is a draft of an article I am writing on Popular Telephony's Peerio which will be published in the November issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. With print magazine lead times versus no lead times online, I thought it was imperative to get this important news out to the VoIP industry as quickly as possible. Popular Telephony aims to change the VoIP landscape with their P2P technology, and word has it, Skype is shaking in its boots. Ok, maybe not..

Major VoIP news at Internet Telephony Expo

October 1, 2004

I've been getting lots of inside scoops that some major announcements are going to take place at Internet Telephony Expo in L.A. California.

I've also learned several other big news is coming down the pipe. Shhh, be very very quiet - this is stuff I'm not supposed to tell you.

Vonage counters AT&T CallVantage price drops

September 30, 2004

Carlos Arcila, a Vonage rep posted a comment on my blog saying as of midnight tonight the price will be $24.99 from $29.99. No doubt this may have something to do with AT&T's price drop in their CallVantage plan or it could be mere coincidence. Nevertheless, yet another drop in broadband voice service.

Here's the link to his comment within the blog entr: (some browsers have issues displaying this in MovableType unless you scroll down and then back up - very weird)
AT&T CallVantage Lowers Price" href="http://blog.tmcnet.com/cgi-bin/comments2.cgi?entry_id=339">VoIP Blog: Comment on AT&T CallVantage Lowers Price

So you can just use this link to see the comment: http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/voip/archives/att-callvantage-lowers-price.asp

Or just read the copy/paste job here:
Carlos Arcila:
Starting at midnight tonight, Vonage will upgrade all of our Local Unlimited customers to our market-leading Premium Unlimited Plan. All customers on the Premium Plan will recieve the new price of $24.99 automatically, and those on the Local Plan can now call unlimited across the 50 states and all of Canada for the same low price!
This is a reduction of nearly 30% on our Unlimited Plan since the beginning of this year!


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