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20 Years Later, Dialpad Disrupts Communications Again

History was made this week As Dialpad launched a free version of their UCaaS platform for up to five users. This amounts...

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MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve...

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Value Added Services In IoT

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering...

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TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum...

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SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but...

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TPx Communications Successfully adds SD-WAN to its Portfolio of Services

IP Communications is just one of the important areas where SD-WAN is making a big impact. One company, TPx Communications got its...

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Exclusive CEO Interview with AIOps Leader FixStream on Oracle ERP Solution and Growth Strategy

Network complexity is literally growing exponentially and the ability for organizations to manage the increasing complexity isn’t growing with it. Staff budgets...

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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.

The HD Train

December 9, 2009

I'll be speaking at the HD Voice Summit at CES in Las Vegas in early January, but right now I'm heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in an HDConnect steering committee meeting.
  And then we'll head over to the FCBA Chairman's Dinner to spark conversations with the participants about the power of high definition voice -- both the improved speech characteristics and the potential positive economic impact involved in upgrading the networks. This should be an exciting day.
  In the meantime, I'm still reveling in the excitement of the New York Giants beating the Dallas Cowboys. I wish I could have called someone who was not there on my cell phone -- it was HD enabled through an HD-enabled infrastructure, so they could hear and, better yet, feel the excitement from the stadium emanating right through that phone!

Telecom as Green Engine

December 2, 2009

In my last blog, I spoke about seeing some metal object on top of one of the pyramids in Egypt. I joked that I hoped it wasn't a cell tower. Come to think of it, I did have five bars though...
  Anyway, during my marathon tour through Europe a few weeks ago, I was in Zurich.  I was struck by the "global citizenship" aspect of the town. There are many ads touting a 10 percent or 15 percent drop in energy and carbon emission savings made possible by a particular company or device (for instance, elevators and automatic walkways don't move until you step on them, and many travelers are probably familiar with the need to put the door key in a device in the room to turn on the electricity, thus insuring when you leave the room and take the key the electricity goes off).
  The Telecom Geneva show in October also resonated with this theme.

Egypt's 3G Surprise

November 25, 2009

I arrived here for a customer event and there was no car traffic. I was surprised since I had heard how horrible it was. It turns out the country was virtually shut down when I arrived, since there was a World Cup qualifying match with Algeria going on. I have since understood well the traffic issues here, including how the lane lines are apparently there for "suggestion" purposes only.
  3G is also making big inroads here - I saw signs advertising 3G quite often.
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