Will YipTV do to TV what Vonage did to calls?

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The VoIP market revolutionized the way communications worked, allowing companies to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company.

For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time.

Thanks to Vonage,

By Rich Tehrani, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Smart Voice may be the evolution of communications

Over the past few decades as telephony has opened up, we have seen the advent of APIs on computers which allowed better control of voice communications. Things like softphones and PC PBXs startd to appear in the nineties. Soon thereafter we saw voice get packetized as it travelled over IP networks. Big data, analytics and a host of technologies have evolved to a point where voice will be heading to a new frontier – and smart voice will be born. Doug...

By Rich Tehrani, 11 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure.

NTT Communications becomes an NFV-Fueled software telco

In a press conference, NTT Communications unveiled today the first global NFV and SDN network. Touting the fact that CIOs and service providers need to more heavily focus on their networks, the company said these technologies will create a bigger wave than the internet for carriers.

They say the level of disruption is tremendous.

If you’ve read my comments about the birth,

By Rich Tehrani, 30 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure.

Tiscali to be one of the first software telcos...

The traditional telco is dead – the case for moving to COTS technology is just too compelling. This is a theme I have been espousing for over a year. My readers further know companies like Metaswitch Networks have also been making the case as to why carriers need to start evaluating their software options immediately.

You also know about the cost savings associated with moving to standard servers...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators.

Blackberry's smart pivot to M2M

The machine to machine (M2M) market is growing rapidly – as sensors become cheaper to embed in our clothes, appliances, shipping containers and just about everything else. In fact, one estimate pegs the market as worth $88 billion in nine years from now. Hundreds of billions of sensors will soon be sold, presenting an opportunity like few others. More importantly, there is no market leader in the space...

By Rich Tehrani, 27 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, M2M, Marketing.

15 reasons why Bitcoins are better than gold

Technology is literally at the point where it is disrupting almost everything and this week has been a prime example of this trend. On the one hand Google co-founder Sergey Brin was revealed as the investor behind growing synthetic meat in a lab in order to disrupt the cattle business and Elon Musk proved he can disrupt the auto market with his successful launch of...

By Rich Tehrani, 13 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Infrastructure, Mobile.

Latest ruling clears the way for Bitcoin regulation

Thumbnail image for sack-of-money.jpgAll it took was one bad actor. BTCST was a Bitcoin-based hedge fund which turns out to be more Ponzi scheme than investment vehicle. Investors collectively lost 263,104 Bitcoin in principal, that is $1,834,303 based on the daily average price of Bitcoin when they purchased their BTCST investments, or in excess of $23 million based on...

By Rich Tehrani, 09 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Billing, Infrastructure, Mobile.

Billion WebRTC endpoints forces players to adapt or die

white-moth.jpgFrom an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments.During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees...

By Rich Tehrani, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, Networks, VoiP.

Emerging Threats combats millions of new malware a week

There are 250,000 plus new pieces of malware being produced each day equating to one piece per person in the US in just over three and a half years. The question is, what do you do with this onslaught of algorithms which are written with malicious intent in mind? One company, Emerging Threats thinks they can help with part of the equation… Identification of the sites which are compromised.

I recently met with the company at Interop in Las Vegas to learn about their IP and domain...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infographic, Security.

Wearable tech to grow even faster than 40% a year?

If you had a chance to listen to my radio interview with IMI TechTalk you know I believe the analytics behinds wearable computing will be a huge business. As sensors and cameras become part of our wardrobe, there will be billions of new data gathering devices connected to the cloud.Companies like Facebook and Google will want to soak up as much of this data as possible and use it...

By Rich Tehrani, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Research.

Metaswitch Clearwater: Game changing IMS initiative

Communications service providers are at war with OTT providers and need to ensure they are able to battle on as level a playing field as possible. There are significant costs associated with running a major telco and hardware infrastructure certainly ranks high among them.Sure, OTT providers like Skypeand WhatsApp have infrastructure costs as well but they often leverage standard servers and software to achieve their goals. Contrast this to a telecom operator who typically buys...

By Rich Tehrani, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, VoiP.

How a call center translation service went mainstream

Virtually everything in our lives has gotten more expensive over the years; such as housing, cars, postage stamps, food and energy. Yet telecommunications and broadband service costs continue to plummet. This state of affairs is in-part due to Moore’s Law and a side benefit of the lowering connectivity costs has been bringing the world closer together. In the nineties you could bankrupt yourself quite easily if you direct-dialed from one country to another yet today IP communications has lowered the...

By Rich Tehrani, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Operators, VoiP.

Is Apple still too sexy for #MWC?

In deciding not to exhibit at the Macworld events, CES and MWC, Apple has shown the world that it doesn’t need others to be successful. It can control the conversation far better when it holds its own press conferences which are invitation-only by design.

While this philosophy was very successful for a number of years, what Apple didn’t count on was...

By Rich Tehrani, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing.

Shouldn't it be "video is the recurring star"?

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Consumers, Content, IPTV.