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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Live Earth Awareness

July 8, 2007

Chicago Goes Green

July 8, 2007

Live Earth More Good Than Harm

July 7, 2007

Greg has a post titled Live Earth More Harm Than Good? Which points out the negatives associated with producing massive amounts of carbon gas in an effort to reduce the amount of carbon gas we generate. Quite a dilemma, right?   Really, the naysayers are wrong on this one.

Germany Harnesses Wind

July 7, 2007

Live Earth More Harm Than Good?

July 6, 2007

A reader posted a comment to the Live Earth Update blog entry, essentially asking if it wasn’t a contradiction to even have an event, which would by its very nature generate lots of trash and generate huge amounts of carbon with all the private jets and flights and equipment transport, etc…   An article from the Associated Press reveals that the person who read that blog entry is far from alone with that concern.   Critics claim that the negative impact of the Live Earth concerts is at odds with that organization’s green goal of raising awareness for climate change.   Even Roger Daltrey, lead singer for rock group the Who, chimed in:   “The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert.”   To maintain its green integrity, Live Earth is implementing “green event guidelines”   According to the AP story, the guidelines are:
  • All electricity that powers the shows will be from renewable sources;
  • Concessionaires will be encouraged to use suppliers of biodegradable plastics;
  • Waste will be minimized through recycling and reuse;
  • Venue offices will use as little energy as possible;
  • Production lighting will include the use of LED light bulbs;
  • Staff and artist air travel will be offset through carbon credits; and
  • Ground travel will be by hybrid or high-efficiency vehicles where possible.
  Former Veep Al Gore was adamant:   “This is going to be the greenest event of its kind, ever.

Live Earth Update

July 6, 2007

Washington D.C. can now officially be added to the roster of host cities for the Live Earth concert series. Al Gore himself announced the addition of our Nation’s capital as the latest venue.   The D.C. concert will take place on the Mall, and will feature singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The Museum of the American Indian has agreed to host the event and Native American musical group Blues Nation will perform as well.   Also, the concert planned for Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will proceed as originally planned.

Live Earth Set to Rock for Change

July 5, 2007

  In order to pull the world together to confront issues that affect us on a global scale, one of the most successful methods of rallying people to a cause is through music. Live Aid/Band Aid, USA for Africa, Farm Aid, The Concert for Bangladesh, Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, America: A Tribute to Heroes… these events have all raised countless millions for those in need and most importantly raised awareness of various issues.   Standing on the shoulders of all of these events, Live Earth is set to take center stage on July 7 (7-7-07).   To call it an ambitious undertaking is understating the parameters of the event. Live Earth will last 24 hours, span 7 continents, and bring together over 100 musical artists and 2 billion people in the hopes of “triggering a global movement to solve the climate crisis.”   According to the Live Earth Web site:   Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group and other international organizations to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming. Former U.S.

Are You a Greenocrite?

July 5, 2007

I have to agree partially with Tom Young of VNUNET when he says companies have to do more to be really green. It is easy to make announcements but backing them up is always a challenge. Still, the trend towards thinking green has improved corporate recognition that organizations can make the world a better place and save money at the same time.   I always have to wonder though, when I hear stories about people driving more than 100 MPH in a Toyota Prius… To be green must we change every aspect of our lives? In other words, are you better off driving 100 MPH in a Hummer than a hybrid?   The point is, are we too focused on calling each other out if we are not as green as possible?

Corporate Carbon Footprints

July 4, 2007

Yesterday I discussed carbon calculators and it is no surprise that there are so many ways to calculate your carbon footprint. Forbes decided to tackle the corporate carbon footprint concept in an article today and surprise – the article also details how complicated it is to calculate carbon emissions for companies.   But it seems that Starbucks can attribute about two ounces of carbon to the environment for every cup of coffee it serves. This doesn’t include the carbon needed to transport the coffee from store to store. Interestingly, one wonders if it makes sense to not take into consideration whether buying coffee at a retail outlet results in more carbon emissions than brewing the coffee yourself.

Canalys Asks Who is Willing to Pay More for 'Green' Technology

July 3, 2007

With all the talk about ‘being green’ these days, it can be easy to forget that environmentally-conscious products may cost more to make and/or buy, in terms of dollars, than their less earth-friendly counterparts. Industry research firm Canalys recently decided to take a closer look at this topic.   During April, Canalys conducted an online survey of more than 2,000 employed, adult mobile phone and PC users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The first asked these respondents if they would pay more for technology products and services produced in a ‘green’ manner.   By ‘green,’ Canalys here meant products and services for which manufacturers/providers made reducing the impact on global warming a focus.
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