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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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Cisco New Routers - Everything but the Kitchen Sink

September 13, 2004

It seems everyone is talking about Cisco’s new routers that were launched today, so I may as well jump in with my comments as well. I’m going to take a more VoIP focused angle than the other news stories I’ve seen on Cisco’s announcement. I just got off a phone briefing with Cisco to discuss their new routers.
Essentially, today Cisco introduced what they are terming the new "Cisco Integrated Services Router Portfolio".

Telchemy VoIP Troubleshooter

September 13, 2004

Thought I would share this since there is certainly a need for more VoIP troubleshooting tools:

"VoIPTroubleshooter.com Provides Free Call Quality Information and Online Diagnostic Tools For Network Managers, Including an Open Repository of Speech Files

Telchemy Incorporated, the global leader in real-time VoIP Performance Management software, today introduced an updated, expanded and redesigned VoIPTroubleshooter.com(TM) Web site. Sponsored by Telchemy, the site contains information and online diagnostic tools for network managers to use when investigating and resolving VoIP-related call quality problems. The site also contains background information, published articles and other useful references/links about voice quality, VoIP Performance Management and packet statistics.
Live today, VoIPTroubleshooter.com includes over 60 pages of diagnostic information related to VoIP call quality. Two new features include: an Open Speech Repository, i.e., data base, and an IP Network Impairment Simulator.

CBS forgeries George Bush National Guard Service

September 12, 2004

I just read this article which is claiming the CBS documents about George Bush are fake.
Power Line: The sixty-first minute

What in the world is going on here? If it is proven that CBS has promoted the controversial Air National Guard documents as "fact" when in fact they are forgeries, then that's it - I'm packing up my bags and moving to Canada. I can't take this divisiveness in this country any more nor journalism that will taint the news to suit their agenda. Where has the brotherly love in the country gone?

Asterisk on Windows

September 9, 2004

Some hot news I've been meaning to share - Asterisk is now available on Windows.

Check it out:
Digium, the leading Open Source telecommunications supplier, and N2Net, a provider of mission critical communication hosting, announce the immediate availability of AstWind, a package allowing users of Microsof's Windows platform to run Asterisk, the Open Source PBX in a fully packet voice installation.
"AstWind allows Windows users to safely install and test the Asterisk PBX with the click of a button." said Gregory Boehnlein, Vice President of N2Net. "The possibilities are boundless! Prospective users can test the software and become familiar with it before deploying a full Linux system. Developers can maintain multiple environments for testing and PBX Administrators can create disaster recovery plans to backup existing installations."

Full release here:
Digium - A Linux Telephony Company

Skype PocketPC client

September 9, 2004

Andy
I knew there were rumors of a Skype client for PocketPCs, but Andy alerted me that Skype launched a VoIP client for PocketPCs today. He also offers some interesting analysis on what this could mean and how it could impact the carriers.

For example, he said:
Add Skype out to a new iPaq 6315 with WiFi and better voice quality. I just wonder how soon the wireless carriers like T-Mobile lock down the ports "for security reasons."

LOL!

VoIP, Inc Acquires VoIP Americas

September 9, 2004

I visited VoIP Americas office down in Miami just last year. They have some good engineers working there, including several brilliant engineers from Russia. I met with Albert Rodriguez, a really good guy who demonstrated VoIP Americas hosted VoIP model to me.

Basically VoIP Americas product allows entrepreneurs to get into the VoIP business and offer Vonage-like services by lowering the entry costs and providing all the features you need - billing, rate charges, administration, etc.

Lingo offers 7 digit dialing

September 9, 2004

As a Vonage user, one of my pet-peeves was having to dial a full 10-digits - even when dialing the local pizzeria, the local chinese restaurant down the street, etc.

I never understood why Vonage or any VoIP voice provider for that matter couldn't simply detect your local region based on your VoIP phone number and then simply pre-pend the area code for you, allowing you to dial a phone number without an area code. As a computer engineer, I know it's so simple to program it's ridiculous!

Well, Lingo now offers 7-digit dialing effective today.

IBM and VoIP

September 8, 2004

I recently blogged this: Tom Keating VoIP and Gadget Blog: VoIP, Where are you IBM?

Well, skibare shared a news release with me that indeed points to IBM at least "using" VoIP. When IBM will start offering a VoIP product or service still remains to be seen.

Check out the news release. I bolded the important part:

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of Ptek Holdings Inc.
(PTEK) plunged Wednesday
after the company said one of its largest customers, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), has found a new provider for certain teleconferencing services.

United Kingdom creates VoIP area code

September 8, 2004

The United Kingdom's telecom industry regulator has plans to push VoIP into the residential mainstream.

Ofcom, the United Kingdom's telecommunications regulatory agency, announced a new numbering system for VoIP.

A new prefix has been established, 056, that is not tied to any particular location and will allow people to switch from their existing phone number to a broadband number.

In addition, certain customers with regional prefixes of 01 and 02 may be able to keep their traditional-line phone numbers after switching to VoIP.

How VoIP Pioneers Can Survive the Coming Battle

September 7, 2004

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