Nortel wants to make 2.0 apps easier to deploy within the carrier and enterprise market, or so they are saying today at the Cable Show in New Orleans, LA. I'll have to figure out if this is a home brewed solution or something they bought as part of some acquisition.
Their new Adaptive Application Engine Software is supposed to make it possible for apps to be deployed faster and more synergistically. Clearly this puts them right at the throat and in the face of Broadsoft and Sylantro, two of the better known app server houses, but also shows they are taking aim at Alcatel-Lucent by coming out with this at the Cable Show?
Why is this important to the cable operators? As I remarked over the weekend about Vonage, and have stated about the cable MSO's idea of VoIP (Voice 1.5), it's largely no different than Voice 1.0, except a different source for billing and the wire the service traverses. By introducing the Voice 2.0 app server platform to the cable market Nortel is saying to the MSO's "you can be better than the telco, offer more than the telcos, sooner than the telcos."
Why target the cable operators? Because cable operators for the most part are offering VoIP using SIP, except in some legacy markets where they sell there version of "Digital Voice," which is really PSTN or Centrex, and even then, the 2.0 stuff could be done at the network operations center more than likely.
The price of the dongle has been halved and the plan prices are very tasty.
Now, what makes 3G data interesting to me is this 3G/4G data router that has Voice QoS built in. By combining a new HSUPA router, and unlimited data plan and a data card like the new Sierra Wireless HUSPA 880/881 wireless modems, you could just about have all the VoIP you need wherever you go.
As many of you know, I've become enamored with using my Skypephone over Hutchison3G in the UK via a pre-paid SIM and ultra cheap (5 pounds a month) data plans. I also use prepaid 3G from 3 or T-Mobile as well on various devices and data cards when in the UK or from Yoigo when I'm in Spain.
Here's the Unlimited Media Net Link. Services like those that offer VoIP (i.e Truphone) work very well over 3G, if you're standing still, but for some reason Voice over Mobile Data really wavers in and out as you move from cell site to cell site.
Bottom line, if you need a second mobile, this could be your best deal.
Esme Vos and I were having coffee in San Francisco a week or so back when she revealed her idea that would solve San Francisco, and many other cities Muni WiFi woes.
Now why does this make sense versus the stupid concept of what I labeled Homeless Wireless two years or so back when Earthlink and the various cities followed some consultants lead on how to best deploy WiFi?
Simple. It works best indoors. The model Earthlink was following was great if you were:
a) On the street
b) Ten to fifteen feet inside a building
c) No Higher than the second floor of most buildings
Last time I checked, cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia were building all kinds of new office towers (have you seen the Comcast Tower in Philadelphia?) Well there's no way the Earthlink model would have worked there.
Esme's model, which takes into account the many arcane and "interesting" laws in San Francisco is simple. Pass a law.
Now here's the great thing. Give the coffee shop operators an annual credit against their taxes for the cost of a 1.5 meg DSL line and a router. Let's see, that's about $300 a year, versus the millions it would cost to build out the system that never came to be.
Update--SightSpeed's CTO and co-founder, Aron Rosenberg, in an email pointed out that this is a Google student support activity, with Google mentors. Thanks for that.
My view..Your ad dollars at work. ....Google gets ideas from all places, floats the balloon and sees what flies. Your ad dollars go to fund activities like the Summer of Code. Besides, what Senior in college wouldn't give his laptop away for a chance to be at Google for an Internship in the future.
That makes me wonder. Does Google end up competing with their own advertisers at some point? You bet they do. And all those analytics YOU pay for make that possible....
We've all heard the model of calls where in Europe and the UK the Calling Party Pays. Here in the USA when it comes to a cell phone to cell phone call, both parties pay per se, even in an unlimited plan model. Now out of Israel comes a Spikko, which envisions a world of receiving party pays if you're not a Spikko member.
all comes to mind.
First off, Spikko bills themselves as a calling "club" and like PhoneGnome and Gizmo5, provides totally free calling between members. What more they also claim to provide:
* A permanent local Israeli number
* "Spikkophone" – software for managing your telephone calls, which can be easily installed on any PC.
* Voice mail messages sent to your email when calls are missed.
* Incoming calls: those who call your Spikko number reach the Spikkiphone on your PC.
* Outgoing calls: As a Spikko club member you will be able to perform outgoing calls to any international number, free of charge, based on minutes gained from incoming calls.
* Your personal portal: The Spikko website provides you with advanced tools to manage your personal communication needs.
* Various additional services (chats, interactive phonebook, etc.)