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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Popular Telephony and Logicom consumer VoIP phone

September 28, 2004

Longboard partners with Global IP Sound

September 27, 2004

Interesting news I thought I would share...

LongBoard Partners with GIPS Licensing VoiceEngine to Deliver Unbeatable Voice Quality for the LongBoard OnePhone Application

Combined Product Sets Quality Bar for Wi-Fi Voice Over IP and Provides Unique Solution to Carrier Customers

San Francisco & Santa Clara, CA - September 27, 2004 - Global IP Sound (GIPS), leading provider of embedded voice-processing technologies and LongBoard, a leading developer of compelling voice applications for carriers, today announced a partnership agreement under which LongBoard will license the GIPS VoiceEngine which is being integrated into the LongBoard OnePhone Application, currently in trials with some of the largest operators in the world.

"We strive to deliver highly-differentiated products to our carrier customer, and we know that superior sound and voice quality are critical components to our success," said Gary Tauss, President & CEO of LongBoard, Inc. "GIPS voice processing technology has enabled us to enter the market with an industry leading product and position, and to deliver voice quality that exceeds traditional PSTN phones, even under adverse network conditions."

The LongBoard OnePhone Application allows a user to seamlessly roam between Wi-Fi and Cellular networks. This roaming is transparent to the end user, without dropping or interrupting their voice call.

Classic Computer Technology Hobby

September 27, 2004

Remember the Atart-2600? How bout the TRS-80, the ColecoVision, the Odyssey, the Commodore 64? What about the Newton - the first “unofficial” PDA (though some would argue there were earlier PDAs). Sure, mentioning these dated, practically ancient technology probably dates me.

Yapper yapping away

September 27, 2004

I received a press release from Yapper International this weekend stating, "the Company has shortened their corporate domain address to www.yapint.com for ease of use."

Well, whoop-dee-do... Well tickle me pink, this is the greatest press release I have ever read!
The press release did mention the company merged with FoneFriend, which at least gave me some inclination as to where this VoIP company came from.

They seemed to come out of nowhere, started posting in the VoIP Forums, and then sending me releases.

VoIP Conference

September 24, 2004

A VoIP conference is one of the best ways to stay educated on VoIP. VoIP is hotter than ever. And I have to say, staying educated on the latest VoIP products, services, or VoIP standards is a full-time job (actually it is my job!) Fortunately, TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo, the leading VoIP conference, helps keep me educated.

VoIP Conference

2005 no doubt will be a banner year for VoIP.

Satellite TV in your car

September 23, 2004

Just got this press release about a mobile satellite TV antenna that you can install in your car. One of the problems with moving a satellite antenna is losing the "lock" onto the satellite. Ever tried installing DirecTV yourself? I did, and it was a pain in the ass to get it to get a continuous tone, hold onto the dish, and drill it into my deck all at the same time.

Asterisk 1.0 released

September 23, 2004

Verizon VoiceWing Broadband and VoIP Double Play

September 23, 2004

Skibare shared this news release with me:
VoiceWing Plus DSL Equals New Savings for Verizon Customers

Basically, Verizon is offering a "double play" package of broadband ($29.95/month) and VoIP unlimited local and long distance ($29.95) for $59.90/month.

This is great news. But personally, I'm waiting for the "triple play" of VoIP, broadband, and cable TV (more than just Basic Cable) all for less than $60/month. We're getting there, slowly but surely.

AT&T forms VoIP Innovation and Interoperability Program

September 22, 2004


AT&T announced a VoIP Innovation and Interoperability Program - kinda reminds me of the TMC Labs Innovation Awards which covers innovative VoIP and call center products.

Andy Abramson's VoIPWatch has some comments on this here you should go check out: http://andyabramson.blogs.com/voipwatch/2004/09/att_launches_vo.html

Here's a snippet of the release:
AT&T today announced a VoIP Innovation and Interoperability Program designed to stimulate and foster the development, delivery and adoption of new applications, capabilities and devices to serve the needs of businesses and consumers utilizing AT&T's vast VoIP portfolio of services.

The program is based on proprietary specifications created by AT&T that have allowed, and will continue to allow, select vendors to test applications and equipment against these specifications to ensure compatibility with AT&T VoIP services as the company pursues the next generation of communication. To date, a number of industry leaders representing application developers, equipment and device manufacturers, and silicon manufacturers have been invited to work with AT&T to deliver new capabilities that will shape and scale the emerging VoIP market.

Sony PS2 smaller with Ethernet capability

September 22, 2004

Sony is going to deliver a much smaller PS2 that
weighs about two pounds or about less than half what the current model weighs.

Additionally, the new model, like the Microsoft XBOX will have an Ethernet port. So I guess finally PS2 will no longer be 1 step behind Microsoft in that feature-set. The Ethernet capability is huge, since it allows for fast online gaming with less latency/lag issues, and it allows for VoIP trash talking.

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