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SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes...

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Shocker! People Who Buy an $800 Phone can Afford $1,000

We have been reaching tech blogs and articles from some of the most respected writers in all of tech-dom and apparently they...

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C by GE Sol: Would You Buy a $200 GE Lamp?

Some time back we were fortunate enough to attend a breakfast meeting with Jack Welch in Stamford Connecticut. At the time, the...

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Apple iPhone X Face ID May not be Secure Enough for Many Users

While Face ID is theoretically 20 times more secure than Touch ID at 1:1,000,000 chance of a false match as opposed to...

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Apple's Face ID may not be Secure

After answering critics for years that the size of the iPhone was large enough in comparison to the ever-larger Android devices, the...

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New Home: ChannelPlaybook.com

We have a new home for the blog: check out ChannelPlaybook.com Follow me on twitter for the latest news and updates: https://twitter.com/radinfo...

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Using Chat Programs for Payments

Mobile payment has been around for some time.  In some cases, there are mobile apps you can download from your bank, allowing...

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The Fire is Back at the Fira

February 24, 2010

Mobile World Congress, held at the Fira in Barcelona (Catalonian for fairgrounds is what I understand the word to mean), is always an exciting time for me and our company. Everyone is having back-to-back-to-back meetings and you feel the excitement of the coming year's business. You gotta love the portable booths in the middle of the grounds, including the multiple story portable restaurants. This year's energy certainly felt better than last year.

Snowflakes, Bad Internet, Barcelona and the Video Convergence Forum

February 17, 2010

By the time you read this, I will have been in Barcelona for a week. While I was coming to Barcelona anyway for Mobile World Congress, I came early since the Video Convergence Forum was launched the Thursday before MWC started. Next week, I will report on Mobile World Congress.
  So what's with the Video Convergence Forum? Why did Dialogic feel so strongly about it that we wanted to be a founding member? 
  As readers of this blog know, Dialogic has been a proponent of enabling mobile video applications.

Cloud Computing - What Factors Make it Viable?

February 10, 2010

In a previous blog, I discussed the early stages of cloud computing, and now I'll touch on why this concept has taken hold now, or shall we say, why cloud computing is at least more viable now. First of all, we have better technology now than we ever did. The networks are better than ever, allowing access to remote data faster. At Dialogic, we use Salesforce.com, perhaps the most famous and successful software as a service provider, and I don't see any difference between speed of access to this data versus access to on-site data through our internal network.

Cloud Computing - Those Clouds Aren't Pure White!

February 3, 2010

Most people in the industry today talk about cloud computing as a fait accompli, as something already done and deployed. I saw a lot of this kind of "breathing your own fumes" thinking with regard to VoIP around the year 2000. We were all going to our own little inbred kind of conferences, but in reality, VoIP was just starting to get deployed! There was so much more work to do, not the least of which was getting the technology into the deployed telephony products.

Ah, So Why End POTS and PSTN?

January 27, 2010

Last week, I discussed reading the report AT&T sent to the FCC explaining why they support an orderly end of the POTS and PSTN network. One point they made is about transitioning funds that would normally support universal telephony service to support the broadband mandate. 
  Due to consumer movement to VoIP and wireless anyway, POTS and the PSTN costs per user are increasing every day. If you look at these networks as a fixed cost, and if there are fewer users, then the cost per user by definition has to go up. And AT&T is arguing that because of the current set of government regulations in place, the industry is effectively prolonging these networks and causing an investment shift away from broadband.

Hark! The End of POTS and PSTN!

January 20, 2010

Last week, I was traveling quite a bit and during some airplane time, I read AT&T's comments to NBP Public Notice #25, more easily recognized as comments from AT&T regarding "Hark!, the end of the POTS and PSTN Network!" I found it by going online and typing in some words similar to the words I hyperlinked above. Like me, I'm sure you at least saw some headlines about this since it got quite a bit of coverage. I decided to go read it myself and see what they sent in to the FCC. It's certainly an interesting read and I have to say AT&T makes some very compelling arguments about the end of the PSTN network.
  AT&T discusses an orderly transition and retirement of the PSTN.

The Geeks Converge and Hear About HD

January 13, 2010

Last week, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show to speak on the HD Voice Summit panel. My first impression of CES was frustration given it was just impossible to get broadband bandwidth from my hotel during "normal" hours. Too many geeks, like me, in one place, at one time, trying to do e-mail. Since I remained on Eastern time, I did manage to get some things done in the morning.
  At any rate, most of the participants during the day were in one form or another either endpoint manufacturers or service providers.

A Wi-Fi Happy New Year from Times Square!

January 6, 2010

I was in New York City a couple of days before New Year's Eve to check out the New York Christmas scene. I found myself walking through a tourist filled Times Square. Some celebrity was doing an interview there. I didn't look to see who it was because all I wanted to do was get out of there, since since all I could hear was screaming voices.
  In the midst of this I looked up and I saw a sign that said, "Free Wi-Fi now in Times Square." I couldn't believe it.

The Top 11 of 2010

December 30, 2009

Why the top 11 predictions of 2010 as opposed to the top 10, like everyone else? "Because it goes to 11." As any fan of Spinal Tap will know, that classic line about why the volume controls on their instruments worked on a scale of 1 to 11 sums it up -- because, well, it goes to 11.
  I caution calling these predictions. As readers of this blog know, I travel around the world quite a bit and write about what I see going on. I simply looked back at all my notes for trends that might come to the fore in 2010.

Doin' the HD in Washinton, D.C.

December 16, 2009

Last week, some members of the HD Connect group went to Washington, DC to trumpet the advent of HD. We just wanted to get HD voice known and understood to some people down there. While we couldn't say hello to President Obama, since he was busy accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, we did meet with some interesting folks.
  We definitely took some first steps toward broadening the community of understanding of HD voice. Jeff Rodman of Polycom was the demo-master and tirelessly did his impressive 50-second demo over and over.
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