Wrapping up the year!

And “WOW!” what a year it has been. I can tell you that 2005 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for Xten. With this in mind I thought it would only be proper to send out some thank you’s.

I would personally like to thank everyone at Xten for making Xten software the industry’s leading SIP software end point firm. It is so good to see such dedication, even now the engineering team is finalizing a build for eyeBeam 1.1 which is slated to go live tomorrow afternoon – Christmas Eve.

Thanks to all who have believed in us, none of this would have been possible without you. Thanks to everyone who have made SIP what is is today and what it will be tomorrow. Thank you all for supporting the open standards bodies and making IP communication the foundation for a real global village.

Take care during the holiday season and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do 😉

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
-Erik Lagerway

VoIP and IP Video Drive Broadband Feeding Frenzy

Video over IP is gaining in popularity, the Vonage / Viseon announcement is one indication of that. It is expected that Vonage will be making use of the eyeBeam Video softphone from Xten once the hardware pilots have been completed.

Driving broadband adoption in the U.S. are new services such as VoIP and IP video, as well as the growing use of large email attachments such as family photographs, and Web sites being increasingly designed for broadband.

“Our forecasts for higher bandwidths reflect the general tendency for bandwidth demand to increase along with computing power and memory,” said TFI president Lawrence K. Vanston, in a statement. “They also reflect the demand for specific services such as IP video that require more bandwidth.”



Skype? What’s Skype!?

Yesterday marked the demise of yet another middleware provider Syndeo Corp. The writing is on the wall. Feature-rich P2P end points are the future, everyone knows it.

“VoIP holds the promise of integrating voice communications with other technologies to create a set of customized and personalized applications,” said Keith Nissen, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. “Where today’s services are associated with a connection or a device, VoIP services will be associated with the subscriber, and will be accessible from any device, anywhere, over wireline or wireless access networks.”

There is a paradigm shifts coming our way in the communications industry very soon. Open standards P2P will play a big part in that. There is already a stir in the IETF circles about a P2P standards draft. There are very well known industry professionals working on this as I write this.

The vision is to create a global P2P network with only standards-based end points as the fabric that holds everything together. That means no super-nodes or servers. The big bonus here is that there is no single point of failure, no server to bring you down or preclude you from signing up. No one company would own the network and therefore no one entity would control the network.

There is the potential here for excellent revenues with the use of several mechanisms within the network and outside of the network. Anything from micropayment-based services to PSTN and media services.

We will start seeing this become a reality in 2005.


AT&T Looks to Intel for VoIP

In this article Craig Miller, Intel’s VoIP platform marketing manager, told that the companies have inked a broad development partnership in which Intel is supplying AT&T with several reference architectures for routers, access points and other communications equipment based on Intel’s IXP 425 processor.

What is not said is “who is providing the softphone interface and logic?”. Could it be Xten ? Could very well be.


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