I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Category: Santa Cruz Networks,

Santa Cruz Networks,

The Future of Communications

I thought it was a very good piece. with excellent clarity. It defines companies as falling into two groups. Plan ‘A’ and Plan ‘B’. The first are companies focussed on interoperability with the phone system. The second are pure computer-to-computer players. Santa Cruz Networks (my new company) is very definitely in the ‘Plan B’ space. We provide the network devices necessary to enable a service provider to offer voice video and data communications, to individuals or groups, over IP. Our platform is a true many-to-many platform. Edge devices need no more than 100k of bandwidth, no matter how many people

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PC Magazine Editors Choice for VidiTel

Check out the PC Mag review of Video Conferencing products. It’s here. VidiTel did great, winning the editors choice. Here’s a key sentence: “Santa Cruz Networks’ VidiTel offers the best combination of features and quality for business users. It works seamlessly through most corporate firewalls, supports large multiperson meetings, and includes a variety of communication tools that are invaluable when collaborating online.”

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Telecoms as a subset of the Internet

Kevin Werbach nailed it today: “There’s a there there ‘ENUM and SIP. Two acronyms that mean nothing unless you’re a Net-savvy telecom geek (like yours truly). Word to the wise: pay attention. These are the bridges between the the world of telephony and the world of the Internet. People like Jeff Pulver and James Seng are recognizing that something significant is afoot in the arcane world of network addressing and signaling.’ ‘Voice over IP has been around commercially for at least eight years, but it’s now reaching a critical stage of maturity. One side is consumer adoption of services like

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Internet Santa Cruz Networks,

2000 video and voice over IP subscribers, $50k

Check this out. One of these boxes supports 2000 subscribers. If you charged only $50 per head per month for unlimited video and voice over IP a fully subscribed box would generate 50x2000x12 – that $1.2m a year. Even after bandwidth and hosting fees are taken into account you have a great business. Santa Cruz Networks – full disclaimer, I am the CEO – is currently [through 15 November] offering to finance emerging service providers. What this means in practice is that you pay less than $10k up front and about $5k monthly to become a full communications service provider,

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Communications Revolution

Dave said: “I told Doc tonight at dinner that I think we’re at the cusp of a communication revolution”. OK I sooooo agree with this. When I helped start EasyNet in 1994 there were only 2 ISPs in the UK. It cost us $50,000 to start the company. Becoming an ISP was suddenly within reach of 2 guys and a credit card. Today, with Video and Voice over IP technology it will soon be possible to start a communications company for less that $50,000. This is going to make competing with the big telcos an achievable goal for many startups.

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4G Wireless – IP based mobile communications

From The Register “The second factor in 3G’s fate is, of course, whether 3G networks take off at any significant level at all, or whether they will be marginalized by Wi-Fi/WiMAX and by the advent of IP-based 4G.” It seems clear that 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless are simply staging posts to broadband wireless with real time communications over IP. Its just a matter of time. However, state attempts to regulate IP based communications like Voice over IP will certainly slow things down. Shame.

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Kevin Werbach on VoIP

http://werbach.com/blog/2003/09/12.html#a1163 Kevin has a number of posts – of which this is the latest – defining 2005 as “The year of VoIP”. I think he is right. This Bell Canada announcement is equally a signpost. As is this interview with Vint Cerf. I can’t help thinking that voice is only one component of a communications over IP world however. The future network – which is here today in embryo – is going to carry voice, video, data, messaging and presence information. VoIP will be just a small milestone. I think of it as a process like the OS taking on

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