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Is ADSL2+ harmful to VoIP?

A few trade shows ago, I had interesting conversations with VoIP execs from Earthlink and Covad. They were talking up ADSL2+, a technology that promised to significantly boost in DSL speed to the

Ten percent of VoIP carriers die in their first year

In a dynamic market, not all players make it, and VoIP is nothing if not dynamic. By one count, about 10 percent of all service providers in the world don't make it through the first year. And

Managing multivendor VoIP networks

Here's another in Network World's excellent series of practical tips for IT managers who now need to handle VoIP. This entry is about managing multivendor VoIP networks, especially with

VoIP is a Top 20 hacker target

The SANS Institute is one of the better security consultants: reasonably sober, not especially alarmist, and fairly forward-thinking. Each year, it puts out a list of the Top 20 Internet Security

TI puts PIQUA in carrier products

Texas Instruments has been bidding to make its PIQUA system of VoIP quality management a de facto standard: it's built into every TI DSP that

SPOTLIGHT: AT&T puts VoIP in hospital translation service

AT&T has rolled out a VoIP-based call center system that gives doctors and patients in Northern California hospitals access to a pool of interpreters who speak hundreds of different languages.

ALSO NOTED: Canada deregulates VoIP; Hold the phone on Dubai; and much more...

> Canada deregulates VoIP; prices are expected to drop and legacy carriers are expected to climb into the market.

Comcast dodges a VoIP patent bullet

It's a court ruling that could have put the VoIP world into a tailspin had it gone the other way. A federal judge in the ordinarily plaintiff-leaning Eastern District of Texas ruled late last week

How's Skype as a business?

Unless you travel a lot, you may never have heard of the International Herald Tribune. Until the rise of the Internet, the IHT (now owned by The New York Times) was pretty

Chinese embracing Skype

Maybe part of the whining about Skype is because the complainers don't speak Skype's language: Chinese. The eBay subsidiary is signing up nearly 100,000 new users a day in China. Tom

VoIP chip market to boom

If you really want to "look around the corner" and make far-sighted technology predictions, the best way is to get familiar with Asian component trends. What happens at chip-level manufacturing is

Direct SIP addressing? Not so fast.

It's the unglamorous stuff that usually makes the real difference between success and failure. One analysis of VoIP wonders when we'll be able to call a

SPOTLIGHT: Multinationals are converging with VoIP

A survey of senior executives at multinational corporations found that just about half of their companies have implemented some form of IP

ALSO NOTED: Nigerian telcos faulted but unrepentant; Brits slow on VoIP regs; and much more...

> Nigerian regulators want telcos to charge less and provide better service. The telcos say customers should be more appreciative.

Editor's Corner

So after all the pre-conference chatter, was wVoIP 2006 worth it? Indeed it was. Good conferences have good speakers and panelists. Really good conferences have engaged audiences, too. This

Tek buys Minacom

Computer geeks think of Tektronix as maker of really good color printers (it sold that business a couple of years ago). But TV techs know that Tek is really in the business of test and measurement

Linksys wireless VoIP phone shuns WiFi

Linksys is now offering a dual-mode wireless phone that doesn't use WiFi. No, that's not a contradiction in terms. The CIT310 (photo) works both

Pactolus goes open-source

Last week was AstriCon, the annual shindig for the Asterisk open-source PBX ecosystem, and there were some announcements of interest. Polycom and Asterisk parent Digium are teaming to develop a

Where's the VoIP in TalkPlus?

We wrote last week about TalkPlus, a company that lets you have multiple "virtual numbers" on

There's a lot of IP in China

Another week, another analyst's market projections. In-Stat is saying that Chinese businesses will triple their spending for IP PBXes over the next three years, from about $164 million this year