Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch… Sonus Networks is gloating that Infonetics Research named it "the market share leader in several segments of the VoIP market for Q1 2006." The research firm named Sonus a leader in the worldwide trunk media gateway segment with 16 percent of the market and in the high-density gateway market with a 22 percent market share. Everybody’s Talking ’bout FMC The Yankee Group has acknowledged a "seismic shift" in the telecommunications industry as "incumbents and new service providers refocus their business strategies to address fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and offer compelling applications," according to a new report "Rationalizing Fixed-mobile Convergence." The report, penned by Philip Marshall,vice president of Yankee Group Wireless/Mobile Technologies, found that FMC is a disruptive trend that is "much more than residential voice; it’s about mobility, triple and quad plays, mobile substitution and improved mobile services and opening new channels for service distribution." Moving Outside Entone has taken the concept of the video gateway and moved it outside the residence into the domain of the network interface device (NID) with an all-weather residential gateway that consolidates the key elements of a triple play in a device that offers a DSL modem or GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) interface; high-speed IP over coax; two VoIP ports; 10/100BaseT Ethernet; networked powered and residence powered options, and complete IP-layer services including DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), NAT (Network Address Translation), firewall and more. Going to GlobalComm? Let us know why We’re going to go out on a limb here and say this may be the first such announcement, but there should be many more in the coming days as the telcos and others have their new GlobalComm bash in Chicago next week. And speaking of GlobalComm, we’d be interested in learning which readers of this publication are attending and why. Even better, we’d like to know what you found interesting at what used to be only a SuperComm but has now grown up to be a GlobalComm… Email jimbarthold@comcast.net. Manning the Comm Speaking of comms—see above item—Empirix said that IDACOMM—no relation to Ida Know—has begun monitoring its VoIP network with Empirix’s Hammer XMC carrier-class monitoring and analysis solution. The Moto Way Cisco Systems has apparently taken a page from our good friends in Chicago—the Moto cycle gang—with a news release headlined "LiteScape Applications Now Available on Cisco’s Hottest New Phone." OK, so that’s stretching it a bit since it’s LiteScape’s release saying that it was making its collaboration applications available on the new, video-enabled Cisco 7985G series—and isn’t it tough to think of anything called a 7985G series as cool?—IP phones. The roll-off-your-tongue-named products are personal desktop video phones that offer executives and managers—separating the two is probably a telling Freudian slip on LiteScape’s part—a productivity-enhancing tool that makes instant face-to-face communications possible directly from their offices. For those who think this is a great idea, envision face-to-face communications with this author.

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