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DT and FT to buy in bulk

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Deutsche Telekom (DT) and France Telecom (FT) have formed a joint venture for procurement.  Shouldn’t they just merge and get it over with?

In the Orange announcement last week, the two telecommunications companies are establishing a “50/50” joint venture in the fourth quarter of 2011.  After three years, the two expect to save a [...]

France Telecom enables telephony via web browser using Adobe Flash

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It looks like France Telecom/Orange is leading the way again in the major carrier space. The company announced it now provides a webphone API cloud service for embedding phone service into a web site.

The webphone API uses the Adobe Flash platform to embed/integrate voice features into business (web) applications, so customers visiting a [...]

France Telecom goes flat-rate—As goes France, so does the world?

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About two weeks ago, France Telecom (www.francetelecom.com) moved out of a rate-zone pricing scheme and into flat-rate pricing, with landline calls made between any points within mainland France costing the same. As goes France, so will the rest of the world?

On October 21, a single rate went into effect for France telecom users, [...]

France Telecom-Orange loads up on undersea cable deals

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France Telecom Orange (www.orange-ftgroup.com) is making a heavy play into the submarine cable business.  It has acquired Elettra, Telecom Italia’s submarine cable business and earlier this month announced an agreement for a new undersea cable in the Indian Ocean.

With Elettra, France Telecom will get two cable ships along with 100 percent of the [...]

Cloud computing storming (and obscuring) at all levels: SMB, Tier 1, IP Centrix (ugh)

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Everyone is on the cloud computing bandwagon, making it the “it” marketing term for people explaining exactly what they do (and the UC people should be scared because cloud is overrunning “UC”).  Tier 1 service providers, including Verizon Business and France Telecom, are storming ahead while other people use more – shall we say [...]

France Telecom signs agreement to build Africa Coast submarine cable

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France Telecom (www.orange-ftgroup.com) has committed to deploy a 17,000 kilometer long undersea fiber optic cable between France and West Africa.  Planned to be operational in the first half of 2010, it will connect 23 countries along its length as it runs between France and South Africa.

This will be the first international submarine cable [...]

HD Communications: The Third Wave

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Voice communications is entering into its third wave of evolution.  A third wave move to HD Communications represents an opportunity for carriers to redefine themselves and reassert their superiority relative to the “me too”  VoIP service providers that have driven cost down, but at the price [...]

Key highlights from France Telecom's HD voice deployment

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Going over my notes from the HD Communications Summit last month, it is instructive to look at the European carrier most bullish on HD voice — France Telecom (FT).

The comapny currently has the largest documented HD deployment in the world having sold over 400,000 HD handsets to a VoIP customer base of around [...]

What can the Obama Administration do for HD Communications?

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What can the Obama Administration do for HD Communications?  A look back at what Vice President Al Gore did before he won his Nobel Prize provides some clues.

Back in 1994, Al was the point many for “Reinventing Government” As a part of his mission, he put a “date certain” marker down for all [...]

HD Communications – Cablevision fired the first business HD voice service shot in North America

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Optimum Lightpath, Cablevision’s business arm, has announced what it terms the “first” high-definition voice service for mid-sized to large businesses, with service available in June 2009 in the New York metropolitan area.

The release touts using Optimum’s hosted VoIP service, shiny new Cisco IP phones, and the company’s fiber-optic network to deliver the best [...]