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ITEXPO opens and Dialogic makes their comeback

January 25, 2007

ITEXPO opened yesterday and there was even a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Dialogic booth. Seeing Dialogic is a bit nostalgic for me since Dialogic was one of the first products I ever reviewed for TMC. Back in 1996 I reviewed some of Dialogic's telephony boards for CTI Magazine, including the Dialogic VFX/40 and Dialogic D/41D, a four-port analog card.

Dialogic was the leader in the telephony board space, was later acquired by Intel where they languished, then recently sold to Eicon Networks. Dialogic is now poised to make a comeback and they've chosen the premiere IP communications tradeshow, TMC's ITEXPO to make their comeback.

Actiontec VoSKY Skype Gateway adds FXS ports

January 25, 2007

Actiontec announced a new version of their VoSKY Skype gateway at ITEXPO, adding FXS functionality (previous model has FXO support). FXS support allows you to connects directly to PBX's FXS station posts, which enables you to to have global numbering plan. With the new model you can connect multiple PBXs together in various locations and have seemless dialing. Less developed countried where public IP addresses are hard to come by like Skype because of its NAT traversal.

Thus, they can use ActionTec's Skype gateway to bridge multiple PBXs with a single numbering plan.

AsteriskNow Now Has 1-Click Features

January 24, 2007

As I reported a few weeks ago when AsteriskNOW was first released, Digium planned on adding auto-provisioning for Polycom IP phones as well as a BuyNOW link for buying Polycom phones directly from the admin interface. Bill Miller, the VP of Product Management of Digium told me they were working on adding VoIP service providers to the admin interface as well, so you can have a 1-click experience. Specifically, I stated:
One of the things you will see that we're in the process of doing is adding a series of service providers that are partners of ours and add it to the GUI. The user can select their own service provider if they already have a VoIP service provider or they can get one directly from our GUI and it will be preconfigured.

XO Communications reaches 100,000 VoIP users benchmark

January 24, 2007

Today, XO Communications marks 100,000 business VoIP Users in over 7,500 small-to-medium businesses in the U.S. that are using their XOptions Flex service. Essentially Xoptions Flex is a SIP trunking service bundled with a broadband connection. Features include more than twenty standard voice features including voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call forward, three-way calling, and one toll free number.

Arrived at ITEXPO

January 23, 2007

I arrived at ITEXPO just a few hours ago. This is the first VoIP tradeshow of 2007 and by all accounts it should be a spectacular show. I just glimpsed into the exhibit hall and saw some impressive booths being put together. I'm always amazed how these crews magically turn a large empty room with concret floors into a bustling smorgasbord of lights, signs, carpeting, electrical wiring and network wiring snaked everywhere, cool looking booth displays, large LCD monitors, computers, etc.

ITEXPO just 7 days away

January 16, 2007

I can't believe ITEXPO, the first major VoIP show of 2007, is just 7 days away! For me, the holidays just flew by. I think because we didn't have any snow it feels like it should still be December not the latter half of January.

I'm looking forward to going to sunny Ft. Lauderdale where I'm sure plenty of cool VoIP news will be announced. I'm coming down with a bit of a cold, so hopefully I won't be under the weather when I get there.

Jon Arnold on bloggers

January 11, 2007

Jon Arnold has some interesting thoughts on how blogging is making in-roads in the large tech companies, including Cisco. This was in response to my blog post about how Apple was able to keep their iPhone secret from both blogger and mainstream journalist alike.
During Cisco's C-Scape analyst conference last month, I posted about how they have set up a corporate blog and that they are embracing new media to be more accessible and reach the online community. They were nice enough to invite me to post there, and I'm definitely one of the early adopters supporting their blog initiative.
Jon Arnold is an interesting thinker with great insights into the VoIP industry. Jon will be headed to TMC's ITEXPO in a couple weeks, so I'll have to try and hook up with Jon and get his thoughts on the industry.

trixbox 2.0 webinar

January 4, 2007

Boy, I'm on a tear writing about Asterisk-based solutions the past couple days. In any event, wanted to point out that SmithOnVoIP mentioned to me that Fonality is offering a free webinar on trixbox 2.0, which covers "the basic aspects and features of trixbox." Installation and troubleshooting are two of the more interesting topics. I should ping Chris Lyman, CEO of Fonality and tell him to work with some of our TMC sales staff in marketing Fonality's trixbox webinar. TMC has the best list rentals in the VoIP industry since we have the most qualified readers due to ITExpo, Internet Telephony Magazine, Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine, etc.

TMC actually partners with vendors to offer webinars hosted by TMC. Not sure how much TMC charges, but I do know we often bring >100 people to some pretty obscure webinars.

Of course, the free publicity I just gave this trixbox webinar will probably give Chris a "bump" in his webinar attendees.

Discount on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo

November 15, 2006

As a reward to my loyal blog readers, I was able to request and get a 20% discount on any Internet Telephony Conference & Expo registration plan for readers on my blog. Don't say I don't ever do nuttin' for ya. Rich may also offer the same thing on his blog, but you read it here first.

Simply visit this special promo link and you will automatically receive a 20% discount on any of TMC's ITEXPO conference plans.
I can't believe ITEXPO East 2007 is just 10 weeks away, and with the holidays those 10 weeks will go by a lot faster than usual.

Talkplus Skype demo

November 14, 2006

If you recall, I interviewed Jeff Black at ITEXPO back in October and discovered that Talkplus had reverse engineered Skype and built their own Skype gateway so you can dial Skype usernames. Specifically, I wrote:

One final interesting thing we talked about at ITEXPO is that TalkPlus has built their own Skype gateway. In fact, when pressed further, Jeff mentioned they actually reverse engineered Skype's protocol. Although the Skype gateway isn't part of TalkPlus's launch today, Jeff explained that they have tested it in their labs and it's working very well.

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