Buyers's Guide 2012

Feature Articles

INTERNET TELEPHONY Congratulates BSS/OSS Award Winners
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, is proud to announce the winners of its Third Annual INTERNET TELEPHONY BSS/OSS Excellence Awards.

The Broadband Communications Revolution - Let's Talk
I was sitting in a coffee shop the other day feeling the effects of my third coffee that morning. As I sat and watched the crowd I realized that most of my fellow caffeine junkies sat silently, totally engrossed with their smartphones or tablets, and even those that were not in use were placed strategically on the table in front of them. In my caffeine-induced haze I thought to myself: “Has the smartphone adapted to society, or has society adapted to the smartphone?” I recently sat down with Pascal Doré, the mobility product manager at Media5 Corp., to discuss how the smartphone has become such an integral part of today’s world..


Unified Communications

Is the Cloud Ready for You?
It seems like 2011 is the year of the cloud, and if you believe everything you read, you’d think it was a foregone conclusion that this is where all things IT will end up before long. This scenario may well come to pass, but when thinking about unified communications, I’d say we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

Presence for the Present
Like peanut butter and chocolate, or cookies and milk, presence - typically in the form of colored jellybeans - has gone hand in hand with desktop instant messaging applications since the very beginning. For the last decade, users have been trained to know that a green-colored jellybean means that a user is available, while a red one means they are not. While there are variations in the colors and meanings across different clients, everyone - from Skype to Windows Live Messenger to Google Talk have used these little colored jellybeans in very similar ways.

Deep Packet Inspection: A Critical Security Measure
Deep packet inspection is a powerful way to protect not just SIP traffic, but also the network. Deep packet inspection is a form of computer network packet filtering that examines the data (or datagram) and UDP/TCP header part of a packet as it passes through an enterprise session border controller.

The Channel
On RAD's Radar

Preparing for the Cloud
Everyone is talking the cloud. Carriers are looking at cloud to increase both margins and stickiness. Telco, TDM, T1 are commodities with razor-thin margins. Cell, TV, broadband, and voice are flat or declining. Layer 7 is the only way to gain revenue.