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Internet Telephony Conference - more photos

January 26, 2006

Here are some more photos taken yesterday at ITEXPO ... Amazing attendance at the sessions, the keynotes, and the exhibit hall. Keep in mind yesterday wasn't even the "big day" for the exhibit hall (today is) yet the hall was jammed packed. Yesterday, the exhibit hall was open from 6pm-8pm which included a networking reception (free food + drink) within the exhibit hall.

Sangoma offers new analog cards

January 26, 2006

Sangoma Technologies Corporation announced at ITEXPO that it is now shipping its A200 analog FXO/FXS PCI cards for use in the popular Asterisk open-source IP-PBX..

“There is still a huge demand and need for FXO/FXS technologies in many countries around the world,” says Sangoma Technologies President and CEO David Mandelstam. “Not all telephone systems require the latest VoIP technologies, but still require robust analog capabilities to maintain quality of service. We understand this need and are taking an industry lead by providing a price/performance solution that our competitors will now follow.”

The A200 solution supports any combination of up to 24 FXO or FXS connections. A single PCI slot host connection for all ports ensures common synchronous clocking for all channels.

Photos from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East 2006

January 25, 2006

Signate announces SigPRO scalable Asterisk solution

January 24, 2006

Today, at ITEXPO, Signate is announcing SigPRO. SigPRO is a a hosted telephony system for telephone service providers with 5,000 to 500,000 customer extensions that Signate claims "sets a new price/performance standard".

I have heard various issues surrounding scalability issues when it comes to the Linux-based Asterisk IP-PBX solution, so I contacted one of my sources and asked about Signate's scalability claims. My source responded, "Signate is in for a shock when they really try to scale this stuff. They are using GPL'd code from Asterisk, and have not licenced the code.

Internet Telephony check list

January 23, 2006

I leave for Internet Telephony Expo tomorrow and I figured I may as well use my blog here as my checklist for stuff I need to do in preparation for the show. I am going to be crazy busy at this show with several appointments, I'm moderating a session, and I hope to blog all the cool stuff happening at the show.

Tom Keating's pre-Internet Telephony Conference & Expo checklist

  • Bring Nokia N90 phone to ITEXPO and do some live video blogging (vlogs) of the show. I only have a 64MB MMC card though. Thought the Nokia N90 used SD. I was going to pick up a 1GB SD card so I can do some large vlogs.

5 Days until Internet Telephony Expo plus Asterisk certification

January 19, 2006

I can't believe it's just 5 days till Internet Telephony Expo. While I'm excited to be leaving behind cold Connecticut for warm Ft. Lauderdale, Florida there is so much going on at this next show that I don't know how I'm going to visit with all the vendors I want to on the show floor, moderate my "Managing Your Network for High-Quality Voice" panel, attend a few of the interesting conference sessions, and attend all the pre-briefings I have scheduled. On top of it all, I still haven't replaced my cell phone that I lost in a taxi at the last Internet Telephony Expo, so it will be tough to juggle or change my schedule on the fly. Being the gadget lover that I am I just can't decide whether to get a Treo 650, Treo 700, HP iPAQ hw6515, or some other smart phone. I'm usually pretty decisive about these things, and just buy whatever the hell I want, but with a baby on the way, my gadget shopping-spree days are over.

In any event, I just wanted to let everyone know that the TMC team is continually trying to improve the education that goes on at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Even with the show just 5 days away, TMC has added an exciting new educational session to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. According to Rich Tehrani's blog post, "Asterisk certification" has been added to TMC university.

Mashup of Internet Telephony and Google Maps

January 12, 2006

TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is in just a couple of weeks and I am anticipating this being the best VoIP show ever with over 200% growth from last year. I'm actually speaking at this show - well technically moderating a session, but I'll probably provide some of my own insights for the "Managing Your Network for High-Quality Voice" session.

TMC has many firsts to its name, including launching the first VoIP magazine and launching the first contact center magazine. Well, TMC now has another "first" to add to its repertoire, namely a mashup of Google Maps with TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo attendees! There are attendees from all over the country attending this VoIP conference. In fact, this map doesn't do ITEXPO justice since we have a huge international audience attending ITEXPO but it was more difficult to figure out latitude/longitude information for our international attendees.

Keynotes at Internet Telephony Expo

December 23, 2005

Rich has some interesting thoughts on the two keynoters that highlight the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo show next month which includes Tom Ridge and Ron Insana - neither of which really need an introduction. Rich also reminds his blogging audience about the speech given by former FCC chairman Michael Powell at the last Internet Telephony Expo, which earned Michael some surprising rave reviews from the blogosphere and the mainstream media.

I saw Michael's speech and I concur with Rich's positive sentiments on Michael Powell's speech which even earned some heartfelt applause. I hope Tom Ridge and Ron Insana can live up to expectations set by Mr. Powell's excellent speech. Regardless, I will certainly enjoy being in warm & sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in January!

Competition and deregulation will drive the VoIP industry

October 24, 2005

Competition and deregulation will be key drivers for the VoIP industry and the telecom industry as a whole. With so many competitors entering the VoIP fray, state governments are worried about potential tax revenue loss from VoIP services. As such some state officials and lawmakers are very pro-incumbent carriers which also happen to have very strong lobbyists working on their behalf. This has the potential to leave the smaller VoIP startups on the outside looking in.

Internet Telephony Expo press list looking good

October 12, 2005

I'm headed out to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in just two weeks and Rich's blog just pointed out to me the impressive press list assembled to attend the show, including Forbes, BusinessWeek, ZDnet, and Light Reading, just to name a few.

I'm sure there will be more press at the show than even this list shows right now. It's the end of the year, so there will no doubt be some major end-of-the-year announcements made at this important VoIP tradeshow. Any journalists, especially those in California, really should be at this show or risk being scooped by competing newspapers, websites, or other news outlets.

I'm sure there will be lots of VoIP news happening at this show and I'll do my best to cover all the exciting VoIP news in my blog.

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