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Voice 3.0 September 3, 2006

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Ken Camp has an interesting taxonomy of telecoms voice service, which puts current early adopters at ‘Voice 2.5′/ 2.6

It begins part way through the linked post, with the paragraph “Voice 1.0 was dial tone” and ends with :

And perhaps it is time for the Requiem for VoIP, because VoIP isn’t the future. The future is Voice 3.0. And in that world, VoIP is just a facet of unified communications. Unified communications consisting of voice, video, presence, and user control coupled with fully converged services, including ubiquitous mobility and widespread application integration

The Top 30 VoIP blogs August 29, 2006

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A personal list of the top 30 ‘Voice over IP’ blogs from Smith on VoIP …[via Ken Camp's Realtime VoIP]

I have tried to rank these blogs based on their importance in providing thought provoking innovative work on the Voice Over IP industry. There is plenty of room for debate

Will MK be the first UK city with WiMax? August 27, 2006

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Reuters [via Andy Abramson] reports that Milton Keynes will be the first UK city to deploy WiMax

Doesn’t Brighton already have it? Am I missing something?

Wireless – my thoughts from 2003 August 23, 2006

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(Some stuff that interests me at the moment.) The Internet has been a sandbox for innovative applications. Will mobile communications have the same opportunity, or will commercial self-interest (‘walled gardens’, spectrum limits, DRM, etc) prevent it? :

Open spectrum, and the wireless commons : After reading David Weinberger’s FAQ, the best site to visit for original resources is Dave Reed’s. The manifesto is at wirelesscommons.org. [Books : I recommend "Smart Mobs" by Howard Rheingold, which covers several themes on this page. And "The Future of Ideas" by Lawrence Lessig]

“Stupid” networks and the end-to-end argument : The network should not choose how it is used. Control (or intelligence) is placed at the “end” (with the user), rather than in the centre, and this enables more innovation. The Internet was designed this way, before “Quality of Service” (QoS)

First described by Dave Reed et al, there are some interesting Papers and Thoughts on his site, including “The end of end-to-end?“. The famous “Rise of the Stupid Network” article was written by David Isenberg, and the proposed impact on telco business is laid out in netparadox.com

Software Defined Radio [SDR] : is an example of an intelligent end user device. [SDR Forum, and Vanu Inc]

Wireless Networking : “Disruptive” wireless technologies got a lot of press in 2003 (v’s cellular radio) because of price, performance and flexibility; but the first “Next Big Thing” article for Wi-Fi was back in Mar-01

[NEWS : "Wi-Fi Networking News"; "802.11 Planet"; wireless.com. RESOURCES : Wi-Fi Alliance; IEEE 802; Radiocommunications Agency]. FAQ for setting up a network at consume.net and some tools at landmap.co.uk]

Wi-Fi networks in Bristol, UK : Node locations at Intel, Wi-FiHotSpotList.com and WiFinder.com. Also bristolwireless.net and Node DB for local projects