February is by far my favorite month of the year. My mom gave birth to her youngest son (yours truly) in February. My beautiful wife gave birth to our amazing twins in February. Internet Telephony magazine was born in February. And my favorite trade show of the year takes place in February. (Hint: the show’s initials are Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO!)
This year’s event in Miami (February 22–25) is shaping up to be a fantastic occasion. As always we’re expecting a packed Exhibit Hall, and we are confident that we have put together a conference program that is unrivaled in this industry. Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO is where people come to learn all about purchasing and deploying VoIP and IP Telephony, and the conference tracks at the Miami event feature a wealth of new content, much of it geared towards the service provider market, with topics such as VoIP Peering, UNE-P to VoIP migration strategies, Triple Play sessions, and more. The February issue, which you hold in your hands, also features several new additions to the Internet Telephony universe.
This month, Hunter Newby, chief strategy officer at telx — an interconnect which maintains facilities in New York City and Atlanta — debuts his new monthly column entitled VoIPeering, which will cover the ins and outs of peering and the important role peering plays in the VoIP market. Peering is the concept of interconnecting networks allowing IP (and thus VoIP) traffic to be carried between service providers and companies without the need to engage a middleman, or in this case, an additional service provider.
Also debuting this month is the Service Provider’s Survival Guide to a Successful VoIP Migration. This five-part series will offer ongoing commentary from Volo Communications’ CEO Shawn Lewis on a number of topics relating to the need for CLECs to migrate to VoIP in order to stay alive. This series is certainly something CLECs will want to pay close attention to. The ground rules regarding UNE-P are changing and in many cases VoIP might be the only road to survival. Compelling stuff.
And of course, if you hadn’t noticed by looking at this month’s cover, our main feature for February is Triple Play. This issue is chock full of information relating to the technology that many analysts forecast will be the hottest thing to hit the VoIP landscape for 2005. We feature a full-on TMC Labs review of Pannaway’s triple play service as well as a conversation with Pannaway’s CTO Michael Skubisz and his views on the future if VoIP and Triple Play.
So I hope to see you all in Miami, where I look forward to hearing about all the interesting and profitable business ventures and relationships that will be “born” during the event. There’s simply no better place to be. Miami. In February.
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