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Metaswitch CEO Kevin DeNuccio focuses on new development, purchases, other countries

As widely reported today in press releases, Metaswitch Networks today signaled its ambition to become a major telecommunications vendor, with the appointment of successful industry executive Kevin DeNuccio as chief executive officer. At the same time, John Lazar has been promoted to chairman. On the conference call discussing the move, DeNuccio focused on some key points. 1. Product Line Expans...


ECG Expands Metaswitch Network Design Team

ECG has expanded its Network Design team to include Jonathan Stanley, B.S. C.S. This expansion brings the total design team to six Engineers, capable of designing for 250 carriers per year. This team provides complete Network Designs for VoIP networks, and also reviews of Network Designs provided by Service Providers. ECG is a leading Network Design and Operation consultancy for the Metaswit...


If iPhone development was complete, the Apple Store wouldn't have Avaya phones

When you go to the Apple store, do you see an IBM cash register? No, you see store employees using iPod Touchs to do everything. When you go to the Apple store, do you see a PC at the back for use by the manager? No, all the business machines are Macs. When you go to the Apple store, do you see PBX business phones? Yes -- you see a store employee talking on an Avaya PBX phone. He's telling a c...


And then there were two: BroadSoft notices Metaswitch

At the BroadSoft Connections 2009 "Executive User's Forum" in Scottsdale, AZ, I got my first positive confirmation that BroadSoft has actually noticed Metaswitch. I've written before about the two companies. BroadSoft makes quality software, while MetaSwitch makes both good software and good hardware. While the two companies are very different, both BroadSoft and Metaswitch can deliver pho...


Centennial de Puerto Rico Deploys Advanced CPE Management for Cisco/Linksys SIP Phones

Centennial de Puerto Rico, a leading VoIP Service Provider based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has deployed an Advanced CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) Management System for Cisco/Linksys SPA Phones. The System provides Industry-Leading Security, Manageability, and Reliability. The new CPE Management System is integrated with BroadSoft's BroadWorks system, the industry-leading softswitch fo...


IT'S THE LATENCY, STUPID. OH, AND PACKET LOSS TOO. The Problems with 3G Mobile Networks.

All the carriers brag about their 3G Networks. I mostly attend to AT&T 3G and Sprint EV-DO; these are the two carriers I use. Email and file transfer performance is usually disappointing. Transfer speeds as measured by the Ookla "Speedtest" application vary wildly, but the round-trip-time (RTT) latency is consistently quite high. I recently did a study for a client about the effects of net...


Metered Broadband Won't Work, or Won't Matter: Stop focusing on the heavy-tail customers

In a Telephony Online article, we're told that Verizon (Landline) CTO thinks the end will come for flat-rate broadband. He means that you won't be able to pay a flat rate and get unlimited access to the Internet. Apparently, AT&T and others have come out and said the same thing. The problem is that CTOs are focusing on the heavy-tail customers; it works like this:a Most of your users are c...


Google Next Big Service: Plain-text transcriptions of Phone Call, Podcast, and Youtube Videos

Google provides some very nice services; Google Books is useful and technically interesting. They started with printed books, and figured out how to de-warp those images to produce nice flat pages. Then they used Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert the photographs of text into actual computer-manageable text. This brings image data into the domain of structured data, and it makes the...


IANAL Analysis of Patent 5,912,888 Claims against VoIP Gateway developers (MetaSwitch, etc.)

Last week, "Network Gateway Solutions LLC" filed a patent infringement case against many (but not all) VoIP gateway vendors. It's court case 1:09-cv-00667-UNA at the moment. (Justia) You can download the complete court filings here. (I paid the PACER document access fees for you.) Complete ZIP file of documents available as of 2009 September 11 (4.5 MB) Document 1: Main Document, 38 pages Do...


TMC Blogger, Keating, wowed by new Decades-Old technology

Tom Keating of the TMC Net "VoIP and Gadgets Blog", please consider researching the facts before posting. You can't trust every company president who booths at the TMC IT Expo. In a September 1, 2009 posting, "XCast Labs Cuts VoIP Bandwidth Requirements In Half," Keating oohs and ahs over XCast Lab's use of ordinary SIP technology. The technology innovation is described thus: XCast Labs on the...


When 160 bytes is worth $175,000,000 (and when it is not)

From a Reuters Article: "BANGALORE, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Syniverse Holdings (SVR.N) said it would buy Verisign Inc's (VRSN.O) messaging business for $175 million and expects the combined business to grow about 10 percent annually, sending its shares soaring more than a quarter." "The wireless voice and data services provider, whose customers include AT&T Inc (T.N), Telefonica (TEF.MC) and Ch...


Phase I testing of PSTN2 SIP Peering platform completed

ECG, a Georgia-based firm specializing in advanced packet voice networks, working with Stage2Networks, from New York City, and VWave Communications, also a Georgia company, have completed phase I proof of concept testing for the first advanced service SIP services peering platform or PSTN2. The tested design allows customers of each service provider to take full advantage of the breadth of C...


ECG Accelerates VoIP Deployment at Hawaii Telecom

ECG has been selected by Hawaii Telecom for planning, design, and implementation of the new carrier VoIP network. This is ECG's second major VoIP deployment project for a carrier on the Hawaiian Islands. The project is managed and executed by ECG's founders, James G. Puckett and W. Joe Demmons.


ECG Completes Major BroadWorks Upgrade at Centennial Puerto Rico

This week, ECG completed a major upgrade of the VoIP Call Control platform at Centennial de Puerto Rico. Centennial provides VoIP, traditional (5ESS) and Wireless (PCS/CDMA) telephony services to customers and resellers in Puerto Rico. The VoIP platform is built on BroadWorks. Centennial PR upgraded from BroadWorks Release 14sp3 to Release 14sp9. The coordination of the upgrade is complex wi...


ECG Integrates BroadWorks Voicemail with Surgemail

Under a contract starting this month, ECG will design and deploy a custom provisioning integration between SurgeMail and the BroadSoft BroadWorks voicemail platform. This is designed to let large-scale carriers use SurgeMail as a BroadWorks voicemail store while removing the manual provisioning steps. ECG has extensive software integration experience with the BroadSoft BroadWorks platform, i...