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Is The New Skype 6.0 Buggy?

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Are you seeing strangeness since Skype updated it's client to 6.0 on the Mac OS?

Are you seeing messages appear out of order time wise?

Are you finding messages are going through from iPad but showing as pending?

Are your calls via Skype Out not presenting your Skype In Number or designated Caller ID?

Are you seeing the set up time for calls to be taking a lot longer?

I am, and from what I can sense, I'm not alone. It seems as Skype has revamped its' architecture to co-exist with Microsoft Messenger, and eventually Microsoft Lync, that a lot of changes have been made, and for those of us who have been using Skype for a very, very, very long time, these changes are not for the better.

Oh, where are you now GizmoProject. It just worked. It was standards based and it didn't worry about corporate mandates. Oh, Google owns it, closed it and gutted it for pieces and parts. But seriously, the world is ready for something that takes all that was great about Skype and deliveres it today, in a WebRTC way. What company is ready to step up?

Wide Awake In Alentejo Wine Region

Today, I'm in the Alentejo wine region of Portugal, on a business related project that I have started in addition to what my agency is already involved in. One of the things I have been enjoying, not only on this trip, but on all trips to Portugal is how efficient and effective their network infrastructure is, nationwide.

Even here, an hour outside of Lisbon, the mobile service is 3G unless I'm inside a very old stone building, and then, there's Wi-Fi connected to what they call Banda Larga (broadband.)

The mobile networks, which come from PT, under the TMN label, Optimus, under Kanguru and Vodafone, are all easy to access, and picking up SIM cards is not hard at all to do. Which one is best? I'm not sure, as they all just work so well. I've found previously that Optimus was best on the iPad, but using Vodafone this week so far has proven to work just as well.

I only hope the wines and wineries I'm visiting will be as good :-)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

T-Mobile is Buying More Than Spectrum and Customers

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The MetroPCS acquisition by T-Mobile in the USA is going to be about more than just spectrum and customers. It's about technology. 

While AT&T and Verizon diddle about trying to keep the next guy down, T-Mobile is about to leapfrog and be the USA's equivilant to Three in the UK. The mobile operator who does things differently today, for where things are heading tomorrow. This story from the GSMA's Mobile Business Briefing crystalized things more for me around Joyn, RCS and what else will come from the merger.

Let's look at what MetroPCS is bringing to the party:

1. LTE-first deployment in the USA

2. VoLTE-first deployment in the USA

3. RCS-First deployment in the USA

All of this adds up to modernization of communciations, not simply spectrum and customers.

The Networks Broke-Cable and Wireless

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Hurricane Sandy proved something. Our infrastructure for communications isn't hurricane proof. As the New York Times reports on what the FCC has determeined, it seems the northeastern United States became in spots a country back in the sixties, where the only thing that seemed to work was a wired landline and one of those older telephones where the power comes from the telco.

Yesterday when talking with affected clients along the eastern seacboad a few things became clear:

1. People who do not have multiple ways to connect to the Internet were falling behind on their business. This is called business interruption or business continuity.

2. There's going to be a big demand for MiFis/PocketSpot portable hotpots now and companies like Huawei, Sierra Wireless and Novatel Wireless will likely see increased demand for them.

3. Backhaul, the lack of enough antenna towers and small cells, with water-tight fiber connections are going to be needed and the "not in my back yard" mentality of those now affected will need to change..

4. Our PSAP (Public Service Access Points) were overwhelmed with calls to the point where they couldn't be handled.

5. EMS (Emergency Services like fire, police and ambulance) and utility companies could not easily locate things like manhole covers, hydrants, utilty cabinets due to flooding, debris and water.  While these exist on maps, in many places they are not easily found using newer forms of technology.

6. Cable networks, long the shining example of modernization in the USA of our communications systems, as well as the Internet itself showed that water is it's enemy in places. While demand went up, and those who were able to connect still were able to work, those without connectivity, were in the same place as those without power. In some cases it wasn't the lack of connectivity, instead it was the Head Ends of the cable companies lost power, or their routers along the way did. Either way, the connectivity grid broke.

We as a nation, have the technology to make things different. We need to look at our IT Infrastructure and the Information Service providers have to stop looking like robber barons, and begin to contribute back to the connectivity grid or we won't survive these kinds of attacks from mother nature much longer.