Often times I am asked to provide advice to our partners on how they can increase their sales. In addition to the basic blocking and tackling that must be done to develop a sales force and educate our prospects, we need to evolve our solution offering as well. So, if a VAR has trained his personnel, developed collateral, has a successful lead generation program and is protecting the integrity of his pricing, then he is blocking and tackling well. Given that, I have asked them about their web efforts.
My interest in the Mean Opinion Score (MOS) increased when a Verizon spokes person in 2008 stated that their VoIP product was not as good as their TDM or traditional voice product. The comment came as result of questioning by financial analysts regarding the future of their TDM network and timing of the transition to an all IP network. It is true that the current reliability of IP networks is just shy of TDM networks (99,995 vs. 99.999).
The three-hour SIP Trunking session at VoiceCon drew over three hundred participants. That is SIPnormous. It demonstrates the growing interest in SIP by enterprises as they begin to supplement their intranet VoIP implementations with extranet SIP. While Broadvox was not invited to participate in those sessions, we did speak at a smaller breakout sponsored by AudioCodes.
The grandkids came over on Sunday for dinner which is always a happy occasion. It does present a small problem in that I need to make something that can feed a group or family style. It also presents a problem in food selection, as the younger two are a pretty fussy non-adventurous group. When they get older, I'll make coq au vin or a chatcuterie.
Interestingly, the announcement by the FCC of a National Broadband Plan received little to no attention on our major media outlets. Perhaps it's because the amount of money involved is rather low when compared to Social Security, Medicare, and Defense. Perhaps it's because the announcement came in the middle of the Healthcare debate. Regardless, there is little public awareness of the plan.
Julius Genachowski, chair of the FCC, was quite pleased to announce plans to transfer billions of dollars from the USF to develop broadband in rural and underserved areas of the country. More eagerly, the current FCC wants to connect 100 million homes to 100 Mbps service. A nice alliteration, but again, is it public policy? In many ways the FCC, and ultimately us, is a political football that is tossed in a given direction depending upon the controlling team.
I have been added to a few new sites over the last couple of weeks and I think I should let the new readers know what the SIP and Serve blog is about. First, we will discuss what is happening in the world of SIP and IP communications. I will do this every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Second, I love to cook and outside of work, it is my passion.
The IP Community Needs a Little Privacy
Perhaps, I have written about this before but after discovering the FCC broadband test site, I needed to blog on this again. Historically, we have always known that sending information over the Internet meant giving up privacy. We send personal and business information to unknown servers all of the time.
Yesterday Cisco announced its new Carrier Routing System-3 core routing product (CRS-3) that can deliver up to 322 terabytes per second of capacity. This is incredible capacity. It is said to be enough to download the entire Library of Congress in less than a second, any movie ever made in less than 4 minutes and allow for every person in America to stream a movie simultaneously. The router is targeting carriers with IP telephony as a priority such as Broadvox.
When I was with Ericsson, I had the opportunity to travel several times to Sweden. In addition to enjoying the museums, waterways and people, there was the food. One day I was invited to a chef's home for dinner and he made a very common Swedish dish called Pytt i Panna (pronounced "pity pahna"). The purpose of the dish is to use up left over roasted meats and potatoes.
The initial focus of this series explained that most of the allocated telecom stimulus money has not been awarded and only a small fraction of it spent. The next consideration is what will the impact be on our IP community? This is a major concern as we work to address job losses by some our major OEMs, network providers and carriers. Additionally, both the expansion of broadband and improvements in speed will result in general economic activity for the businesses that benefit from the infrastructure growth.