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CEA talks telecom pavilion at 2011 CES

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) hopes to get more telecom vendors to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (www.cesweb.org) in January through a dedicated telecom pavilion this January.

“Even three to four years ago, the presence of broadband at CES was limited,” said CEA Senior VP of Industry Affairs Jason Oxman. “Now it’s not [...]

Straight talk from a Verizon supervisor…

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At 11:40 AM, a Verizon supervisor — the second tier guys who actually know what the f*** is going on — called me back and clarified the status of the phone repair–

1) The copper is dead between my house and the distribution point, there are no alternatives, Verizon is going to have to [...]

Virginia PUC responds faster than Verizon landline repair

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My Verizon landline went dead on Monday. I filed a trouble ticket on Monday evening. At that time I was told that “the latest someone would be out to look at my line would be Monday, July 13, but if there’s someone free earlier, we’ll call you…”

Seven days for a tech to come [...]

Verizon wireline's 7 day service window

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If you want to know one of the supporting reasons why Verizon continues to lose landlines, it boils down to one word: service.

My Verizon landline died sometime yesterday. I placed a service call last night and was told the latest someone would show up would be July 13 – seven days from the [...]

MetaSwitch brings softswitch to Latin America

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MetaSwitch has announced a “strategic alliance” (i.e. reseller relationship) with Technology Bureau, a larger system integrator in Latin America.  Technology Bureau, headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentine, is partnering with Metaswitch to deploy MetaSwitch technology for local operators in the region.

The two firms announced their joint sales strategy during a seminar program last week.  [...]

Bidding war could deliver more cash for Nortel, assets

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The bidding for the corpse and pieces of Nortel has gotten more interesting.  The Ottawa Citizen reports “vulture fund” MatlinPatterson Global Advisors is making a play for Nortel.  It couldn’t convince a U.S. bankruptcy court for an extension to the bidding process of Nortel wireless assets to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), however.

MatlinPatterson wanted [...]

Alcatel-Lucent: Consumer spending survey says broadband good, PPV, mobile data not so much

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Over at TMCNet, Gary Kim has unearthed survey data generated by Alcatel-Lucent on global consumer telecommunications spending in these tight times.  People are cutting, but they’re going to keep VoIP and multi-channel video services (i.e. TV) pretty much the same.

Getting chopped are pay-per-view movies downloaded from the Internet and mobile data service. Customers [...]

HP moves deeper into telecom, UC

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Among the remaining titans of ICT (Information and Communication Technology), HP has taken advantage of the failings and chaos of other companies (i.e. Nortel) to expand its positions in the telecom and UC arenas.  In the convergence between IT and telecommunications, HP may have the upper hand.

Under an agreement rolled out earlier this [...]

Google Voice opens the doors, finally

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After two weeks of hype and rumors, Google Voice is starting to hand out phone numbers to its waiting list.  Although, after yesterday’s “Today” show segment, the company might not have had a choice.

I guess I am suffering from Google-burnout, between the hype for Google Voice, how Google is supposed to respond to [...]

Comcast goes cheap voice – announces international bundle

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Deja cheap minutes! Comcast has jumped onto the how-low-can-you-go bandwagon, announcing a bundle of 300 anytime international minutes for a flat fee of $15 (well, $14.95 per month.  This fits in with the preaching I did late yesterday about vanilla voice minutes and this morning’s manifesto about the third wave of voice communications being [...]