WayPort goes WayAbroad

Wayport, a US-based Wi-Fi aggregator/service provider with over 9000 US locations has acquired NetPoint A/S, a high-speed Internet access for the hospitality industry in Europe and the Middle East. Yesterday Boingo announced that it was partnering with Ireland’s BitBuzz. Maybe there will be global WiFi roaming after all…. some day

Nacchio behind MCI bid?

nacchioMemo to Regulators and Law Makers: Between Martha Stewart and Joe Nacchio, the dude from Denver is a bigger con-man. Just in case you forgot. And he is out there doing business seriously impedes any credibility about seriousness of our government’s desire to investigate fraudsters. The former con-man and former chief executive Qwest is advising Leucadia National’s supposed bid for MCI, according to the Wall Street Journal. Wow!
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Further thoughts on Vonage-Circuit City deal

After pondering over the announcement a little bit more, I have come to these conclusions:

* By its presence in Circuit City, Vonage is now a mass market product, not some tech curiosity. With 300,000 new customers from the deal likely in the first year, Vonage could have over a million customers before the first snow falls in New Jersey.

* Historically when tech services such as satellite, cellular phone and broadband have been offered at main stream retail stores, the sales rocket, if not profits. This is clearly bad news for Bells, who are now going to have to deal with increased exposure. Line loss to VOIP may soon hit an inflection point.

* This will turn on the heat on the VOIP wannabes – RBOCs, IXCs, Cables and even Vonage rivals. I would expect Packet 8 to team up with Best Buy or someone like that.

* Expect Time Warner, Cox and Cablevision to get even more aggressive. Screw Comcast – they are f**king around with rodents and will suffer and miss out on a big opportunity. Last quarter, Cablevision added 25,000 pure VOIP customers.

* Lastly, big win for Motorola which is now going to see a lot of its ATA adapters ship and sell. Bad luck for Cisco. And as a parting shot, I expect serious red ink at Vonage.

In case you were wondering….

why the number of posts has dropped drastically over past few days, I have one word to say: deadlines. A whole slew of deadlines descended on me like a ton of bricks and have been swamped trying to appease the all mighty editors. I hope that the crush would end soon and I will be back to my entertaining self. Meanwhile, please bear with me.