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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

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

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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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.

SpaceShipOne

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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