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Hosted VoIP Packet Sniffing

January 22, 2008

Packet Island, Inc. today announced that they will demonstrate their latest SaaS-based sniffer product, PacketPro at TMC's ITEXPO conference in Miami. This SaaS-based product has the ability to provide managed service providers and IT outsourcing companies remote visibility to troubleshoot problems in their customers' networks. Many companies don't have the internal networking staff to troubleshoot complex networking issues, especially voice over IP, which is time sensitive traffic. I haven't seen their product demo yet, so I'll be sure to stop by their booth.

Sotto Wireless Sotto@SOHO cellular PBX

January 22, 2008

Sotto Wireless today launched their "Instant Business Mobility Offering" called Sotto@SOHO, an interesting fixed mobile convergence solution that uses pre-configured Nokia E61i hybrid phones. Using cell phones for business is nothing new, but Sotto@SOHO extends the functionality of the cell phone to have PBX-like functionality. It features unlimited office voice services, a main number with automated attendant, conference calling, wireless email, unified voice messaging, and shared cellular minutes for voice and data.

I just arrived in Miami for ITEXPO, so I don't have time to provide full analysis. Seems pretty interesting, so sharing the news release below:

New Sotto@SOHO bundle gives small business everything needed to get started with Sotto’s integrated wireless and office phone communications service

SEATTLE, January 22, 2008 – Sotto Wireless, a leading provider of all-in-one business communications services, today unveiled the company’s new Sotto@SOHO bundled offering that gives small businesses a groundbreaking fixed mobile convergence solution in one self-installable package. 

Number Portability Redux

January 21, 2008

Back in 2006, I griped about my number portability problems. In that post, I wrote:
I never thought that in 2006 I would have number portability problems. Hasn't number portability regulations evolved to the point where it is no longer an issue? Alas, I found out the hard way that number portability is still very much a political game by the phone carriers and even the VoIP service providers to hold their customers hostage.

This was all related to my plans to dump Vonage and move back to a traditional carrier.

ITExpo Prizes - including a Mustang Convertible!

January 18, 2008

Joined The Biggest Loser

January 17, 2008

Well, I joined The Biggest Loser. No, not that Biggest Loser. It's being run by Body Health & Fitness Club, my local gym. After fellow blogger Om Malik's heart scare, and my weight ballooning from 170lbs to 198lbs over the last 3 years, it was time to do something about it.

TMC's Greg Galitzine Interviews Dialogic's Jeff Dworkin

January 16, 2008

Greg has a podcast interview with Jeff Dworkin from Dialogic. I still remember the very first Dialogic telephony card I reviewed in CTI Magazine back in 1996. Ah the memories... I can't believe I've been in telecom for over 12 years!

Internet Telephony Expo Draws More Countries

January 16, 2008

Last year (2007) just about a week before ITEXPO, we had 64 countries represented. This year, also just 1 week away from Internet Telephony Expo we have 74 countries represented, about a 15.6% increase. If the number of countries registered is any indication, then I expect the show down in sunny Miami taking place Jan 23-25th to be even better than last year.

Check out who is represented:
Argentina Australia Bahamas Belgium Belize Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina Brazil Burundi Cameroon Canada Chile China Peoples Rep Colombia Costa Rica Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Egypt (Arab Rep of) El Salvador Finland France Germany Ghana Guadeloupe Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Iran Israel Italy Ivory Coast Jamaica Japan Kazakhstan Liberia Malaysia Mexico Morocco Nepal Netherlands Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Pakistan Panama Peru Philippines Qatar Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sierra Leone Singapore Slovenia Spain Sri Lanka St Kitts-Nevis Sweden Switzerland Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay USA Venezuela Yugoslavia Zimbabwe

Microsoft OCS 2007 Training

December 14, 2007

I've written about the complexities of deploying OCS 2007 in the past. Because I wrote an extensive review of OCS 2007, I've had several of my readers ask if TMC provides OCS 2007 training and a couple of readers asking me to do some personal consulting work to help them with their OCS 2007 deployment. Unfortunately, Rich Tehrani, my slave driver, umm I mean boss, keeps me pretty busy to try and do consulting work on the side.

The good news however is that TMC is launching a special OCS 2007 training session at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO). Those of you looking to learn more about OCS 2007 should seriously consider this conference training session.

Discount on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo

November 7, 2007

VoIP Tradeshow Testimonials

September 26, 2007

Tradeshows are always a fluctuating business. What could be the greatest tradeshow in the world one year, could be a disaster the next - or worse gone forever. Comdex anyone? As part of the TMC team, I strive as best I can to make sure TMC puts on a great IT Expo show, whether it's recommending speakers, moderating panels, or covering the plethora of news that inevitably comes out of Internet Telephony Expo.

So it is extremely nice to read Rich Tehrani's roundup of testimonials from the Los Angeles show from some very happy exhibitors.

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