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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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Hosted Microsoft OCS/Lync Provider Supports Direct SIP Trunking

February 3, 2011


Direct SIP trunking has existed since OCS 2007 R2, however, WorkSpace Communications claims to be the only hosted Microsoft OCS/Lync Provider to support direct SIP trunking in a "hosted" environment. Even the more recent version Microsoft Lync cannot do direct SIP trunking when using a hosted Lync provider. I stopped by their booth at ITEXPO where they told me that Microsoft said it would be near impossible to offer direct SIP trunking in a hosted scenario. Well, they figured it out and are now applying for a patent.

Currently, WorkSpace Communications is hosting OCS 2007 R2, but Lync support will be released very shortly.


ITEXPO East 2011 Win This Jeep

February 3, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011: AudioCodes Interview

February 3, 2011

ITEXPO: Keynote Drawing Winners Announced.

February 2, 2011

Allworx Unveils 9204G IP Phone at ITEXPO

February 2, 2011


At ITEXPO Allworx today unveiled the Allworx 9204G, the newest addition to the Allworx series of IP phones featuring an embedded Gigabit switch.

Allworx will be showcasing its entire family of phones and systems at ITEXPO East 2011 this week at the Miami Convention Center at the PAETEC Allworx booth #301.

“This is our first Gigabit-based phone and it provides all of the unique features of our Allworx product line at blazing speeds which will prepare any business for the increased requirements of the future,” said Chris Hasenauer, president of Allworx. “Using the 9204G with embedded gigabit switch ensures that the phone will never be the limiting factor on network performance.”

Allworx 9204G features include:

  • Four (4) Programmable Feature Keys
  • 192 × 64 monochrome graphical display
  • Adjustable backlit LCD Display
  • Enhanced Full-Duplex Speakerphone
  • Wideband Audio Support via G.722
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • Four (4) party conferencing


ITEXPO: What Does SNR Mean?

February 2, 2011

BridgeWave keynote at 4GWE collocated with ITEXPO East 2011

February 2, 2011

VIPeering Acme Packet Keynote @ ITEXPO East

February 2, 2011

VIPeering @ ITEXPO East 2011 Kicks Off

February 2, 2011

Twitter Screen @ ITEXPO East 2011

February 2, 2011