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XConnect Partners with Polycom, BroadSoft and Dialogic to Increase HD Voice Adoption

September 7, 2010

XConnect is announcing a four-company initiative to promote HD voice adoption among U.K. service providers. This follows on the news they announced at TMC's ITEXPO where XConnect announced the world's first HD voice peering federation, in the U.S., with the goal of incrasing global HD voice uptake.

In summary, XConnect is announcing that it is joining with Polycom, BroadSoft and Dialogic to launch an educational and marketing campaign to reach U.K. operators.

Trend Micro and Symantec Exhibiting at MSPWorld / ITEXPO

August 26, 2010

Microsoft to Exhibit at MSPWorld

August 23, 2010

Microsoft just announced they are exhibiting at  MSPWorld co-located with TMC's ITEXPO in Los Angeles. ITEXPO is already beating estimates and MSPWorld is doing quite nicely as well.

So why should you attend MSPWorld?

Here's an overview:

MSPWorld Conference and Expo is a high level multi day networking and educational event, formulated to address the issues facing the service provider community as a whole, in the US market and abroad. With a heavy emphasis on business and market development, new customer acquisition and retention, building value in your managed services practice and accreditation's and certifications.
For the last 10 years the International Association of Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance) has been serving the global MSP community.
Developing professional standards, bringing MSPs around the world together, helping to make the name managed services a common phrase amongst businesses of all sizes, these are but a few of the things the MSPAlliance has done on behalf of its membership and all MSPs.

Pre-Registration for ITEXPO Trending 70 Percent Ahead of 2009

August 18, 2010

Some great news from TMC that I thought I'd share. Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) pre-registration is trending ahead of last year by 70%! I'm obviously going to be there to check out and write about the latest happenings in VoIP, 4G, smart grid, cloud communications, and more. I get some of my best news scoops there and obviously get to do some social networking with some leading industry insiders.

Skype IPO

August 9, 2010

Rich Tehrani was in my office last week saying he thought Skype was going to file an IPO very soon. He thought it was very odd that Skype declined invitations to keynote / speak at TMC's ITEXPO - the show that all major VoIP players attend. Skype has never declined an invitation in the past.

We both theorized that Skype was probably entering their "quiet period" to launch an IPO. He tasked me with looking into it, but alas, I was too busy working on TMC Labs Innovation Awards.

Attention All Startups in the VoIP Industry!

July 21, 2010

I thought I'd share some TMC news about a very cool opportunity TMC is providing to startup companies. At the next Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO), TMC will offer startup companies the ability to pitch their products and services. It was very successful at the last ITEXPO and so we decided to do it again. Here's the full news release including news about the keynote speaker:

TMC and Embrase Business Consulting Announce Keynote Speaker, Platinum Sponsor for StartupCamp at ITEXPO

Cloud Communications Innovator Twilio Returns;
Xobni CEO Jeff Bonforte to Keynote Oct. 4 in Los Angeles

Norwalk, CT, July 21, 2010 - Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®), a leading global media company and Embrase Business Consulting, today announced the return of Twilio as a Platinum sponsor, and Jeff Bonforte as keynote speaker for this fall's "StartupCamp, Communications Edition," at Internet Telephony Expo (ITEXPO).

StartupCamp will take place Monday evening, October 4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, kicking off the three-day ITEXPO event.

trixbox CE Training at ITEXPO

July 20, 2010

Kerry Garrison, formerly with Fonality, but now with 888VoipStore, is going to be part of the trixbox CE training that is happening at the next ITEXPO in Los Angeles. It's a great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and learn the ins and outs of trixbox CE, an Asterisk-based distro. ITEXPO has been doing trixbox training for some time now, and it's always well attended.

According to Kerry:
Titled "FtOCC CE Technician", the course provides telephony resellers and IT professionals with in-depth technical training on Fonality's Open Source trixbox CE, Asterisk-based PBX system.

FtOCC CE Technician is being presented in collaboration with Fonality, a leading open source telephony company and 888VoipStore, the leading source of IP PBX systems and equipment for resellers.

FtOCC CE Technician is a three-day technical certification course designed to train resellers and consultants how to support customers running trixbox CE systems.

Skype Outage Problem Yesterday

January 22, 2010

Truphone Brings Wi-Fi Calling To Nexus One

January 22, 2010

At ITEXPO I learned from Truphone's PR team that they released a new Android application updated to operate on Google's new device.

Here's the news:

Hot on the heels of the release of Truphone's VoIP enabled Truphone for Android application earlier this month, Truphone, the next generation global mobile operator, today announces that it is the first company to provide Wi-Fi calling on the Nexus One device from Google.

Following collaboration with Google, Truphone is pleased to announce that from today, Truphone for Android is compatible with the Nexus One. In addition to compatibility with the Nexus One, the update (version 3.0.2), ensures compatibility with the T-Mobile Pulse, meaning that Truphone is now Wi-Fi compatible with a total of five Android devices.

Karl Good, Director of Applications for Truphone said, "Google has been very helpful in working with the Truphone team to allow us to provide our award-winning solution to the growing number of Nexus One owners. Once again it is a testament to Truphone that we are the first to be able to offer this technology to consumers."

Truphone for Android (version 3.0.2), is available now as a free download in the Android Market

Carrier Peering Federation Enables HD Voice and HD Video

January 21, 2010

One of the more interesting bit of news coming out of ITEXPO is that XConnect is not only offering "High-Definition (HD) Voice Peering Federation", but they're also offering a free one month trial. Their federation service for carrier peering let's you carry both HD voice and HD video by passing codecs across carrier networks.

Importantly, there is now a bridge server as part of Asterisk that assists in HD transcoding. So if 3 of us on a call and if only 2 of us have HD voice phones, Asterisk can transcode it so 2 phones that have HD stay on HD, while the 3rd phone goes down to G.711 or another non-HD codec.

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