Deloitte’s VoIP Survey

Deloitte has conducted a survey of 131 businesses from the Global 2000 companies and got their views on VoIP. The key findings show that by 2006, over two-thirds of all Global 2,000 companies will have started deployment of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to the desktop. Other findings around enterprise VoIP deployment include:

  • The overwhelming driver for VoIP amongst respondents is cost reduction. Eighty-four percent of companies polled regarded cost reduction as a key driver
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  • Beyond cost, VoIP has the potential to transform enterprises’ call centers, offshoring operations and telecommuting tools.
  • Seventy-nine percent of early VoIP adopters are either ‘mostly’ or highly ‘satisfied’ with the technology to date.

Clearly corporate America is not thinking too creatively about VoIP, because none of the VoIP companies have offered them anything other than “old wine” in a new bottle.

Powerline Broadband comes to NYC

Crain’s New York Business is reporting that EarthLink will soon start selling its service over Con Ed’s power lines in Manhattan in the next several months, following an FCC vote last week to set new ground rules for commercial deployment of the service. The company is working with Con Ed, EarthLink and technology services company Ambient Corp. to work out a plan for the service in NYC. I am pretty sure there are going to be tests, and all that stuff, and perhaps, and perhaps some day in the future we can see access coming over the creaky Con-Ed lines. Who knows that like residents of Allentown, Manhattanites might also like BPL.

It works pretty well,” said Sarah Raynock of Emmaus, a business consultant who works at home. ”It’s probably about as fast as I’m going to get.” Many people have found BPL to be a viable alternative to other sources of residential high-speed Internet access, primarily cable broadband or digital subscriber line — DSL — service. But some have been disappointed. ”First, it never worked correctly. I was dumped constantly. Speed was slightly better than dial-up,” Robert Erbeau, a mailing list broker who also works at home in Emmaus, said in an e-mail. ”I feel ripped off … I certainly never received what I paid for.”

More on Broadband over Powerlines here

Telephone Platform Panel, Reactions

There has been a lot of reaction to my “telephone as the platform” panel, both good and bad. I have taken an opportunity to link to folks who were particularly unhappy, and after hearing the MP3 decided to comment about it.

The point about adding these links is that most people don’t realize that as a moderator, your job is to get as much out of the panelists, and given the short length of the panel, sometimes it is difficult to get the answers from these people. They are strong minded individuals who stay focused on a corporate message.

A new chip star in the making

MercuryNews.com has a longish piece on Infinera, an optical chip start-up that has developed a break through product that will lower the cost of building and maintaining data networks exponentially.

Infinera’s two chips are part of an entire system it is marketing to networking companies like Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks and telecommunications giants like AT&T. Infinera makes not only the chips but the networking card and software in a compact box that takes up one-tenth the space of a conventional system.

The article is skimpy on details, but still a good introduction. If you want more details, well there is more by yours truly. I had written a big cover story for the real Red Herring back in the day. More recently, I had written about the impact of “micro-opticals” on the future of telecom. (A more indepth look is in here!)

As a passing thought, most of the current Silicon Valley champs – Oracle, Cisco etc were created during deep recession/tech downturn. Infinera is following that same curve.

In India, times they are a’ changing

Its not quite often that I get moved by a post. However, this one very succinctly captures the slow but confident pace of technological metamorphosis of India.

I’m talking about getting technology to the people, the people who really sweat, who really bleed, who really work. People who crave to do something better with their lives, not for their own sake, but for their children. People who see a better future in their kids than they can ever hope to have for themselves. People who know that the project they are involved in will never be complete in their lifetimes, who’s results will be judged by future generations, and despite all that, still put in more than the get out of it. That is what moves me. Life building upon life. Innovation builing upon innovation. The future is not out there, it’s in here. In life, in hopes, in dreams.

Sprint may try Flarion

First is said no way, today it says maybe. Sprint is going to test and experiment with Flarion’s 4g wireless technology, according to this report. Speaking at a Lehman Brothers’ conference, Sprint Chief Operating Officer Len Lauer said that his company will be looking at various options for its high speed wireless mobile data service and expects to reveal its technology choice within two months.

bq. Sprint said in the past it favored waiting for an even faster technology known as EV-DV, but this will not be ready for commercial use until about 2006, analysts believe. Lauer said Sprint is considering EV-DO and EV-DV as well as a technology from start-up Flarion Technologies that its smaller rival Nextel testing. Sprint has set a 2004 capital equipment budget of $4 billion for its wireless and wireline business. It has said next year’s budget would be at similar levels, including $500 million for a network upgrade.

What are the odds, that Lucent buys out Flarion within 12 months?

Can Comcast Snoop HomeNets using LinkSys Gateway?

Linksys, now a division of Cisco has recently been touting its deal with Comcast as a big win. Well, looks like there are some serious problems with this 802.11g/Modem gateway combo, according to some really smart folks. Now to others this might seem a little speculative, but well that’s that.

If you scroll through the press release, you come to a section which says that the gateway supports a CableHome 1.0 “for the ability to deliver secure, managed services from Comcast’s head-end network to the subscribers’ home network.” Now there is a big problem with this thing – for instance, the Cablehome 1.0 standard allows cable operators to snoop around their home networks and learn things such as how many computers are attached to the gateway and what kind of traffic they are generating/receiving. (Beware Vonage fans, this could be used to detect your Vonage ATA as well.)

In case you were wondering, where’s the juice. Go to the Cable Labs website and read this document. Scroll down to Section 6.3.1 and read:

bq. The goals for the CableHome Management Portal include:
* Enable viewing of LAN IP Device information obtained via the CableHome DHCP Portal (CDP)
* Enable viewing of the results of LAN IP Device performance monitoring done by the CableHome Test Portal (CTP)
* Provide the capability to disable LAN segments

What this means is that Comcast (and its peers) can use its immense clout and possibly shut down little companies like Vonage, and possibly prevent us from using our broadband connections in the way we want them to use. (Yeah we sign the contracts but sharing one connection in a household is not such a bad deal!) There was an article on Brian Roberts, which described him as the God Father – need I say more. I have emailed the folks at Comcast and LinkSys, and will post what they have to say.