The Supercomm Train
All aboard for Supercomm! The show is starting off at full speed. Jeff Pulver promises that "VoIP will be the talk of Supercomm 2004!" Given the number of announcements already out, I can't say that I blame him for his enthusiasm -- as self-serving though it may be... He has 16 companies demonstrating commercial SIP interoperability (so much for Skype's complaint that SIP is the "weak link" in VoIP). Jeff is also demonstrating the VoWLAN product WiSIP on the show floor -- as soon as I have seen it I will post my observations.
Lane Cooper has published The Story So Far From Supercomm 2004 over at Networking Pipeline. He writes about VoIP but also notes NEC's integrated transport approach to optical networking, RBN's Edge Aggregation Device, and Level 3's VPN services expansion. Ben Charney, writing for ZDNet has posted a preview of the Supercomm show. In addition to VoIP, Ben thinks the important technologies at the show will be "Lightning DSL, hot-spot cops and cheap video phones."
And as Andy Abramson writes over at VoIP Watch the story at Peerio is becoming clearer. I hope to follow up my earlier interview with Popular Telephony's CEO Dmitry Goroshevsky with an in-person interview to hear more about their plans and partners.
I have a mailbox full of press releases and exciting announcements. I am going to focus on SIP and WiMAX during the show although that won't stop me from posting interesting things I see outside those two areas. If you are at Supercomm, let me know and maybe we can share a drink at Pulver's party tomorrow night.