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Industry Makes Progress on AMS

January 28, 2008

ITU-T SG16 Question 12 met last week in Seoul, South Korea to make progress on the requirements for the Advanced Multimedia System (AMS). A lot of progress was made, with requirements coming from several companies and integrated into a single document. While the requirements have largely focused on the terminal equipment thus far, it is very clear that AMS represents a significantly different kind of system than what was delivered with legacy systems like SIP and H.323. The next SG16 meeting at the end of April 2008 will make more progress on requirements, but will also begin to seriously examine system architecture proposals.

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H.323 Plus Site Launched

October 25, 2007

For those working on open source H.323 projects, you have undoubtedly had some difficulty accessing mailing lists, finding current code, or finding a person to whom you could ask questions. Further, the old OpenH323 site has not been updated for nearly four years. We found that terribly unfortunate since work is and has been actively ongoing, in spite of the OpenH323 site owner's reluctance to keep the site updated. So we worked with the open source developer community to launch a new open source H.323 web site and created new associated mailing lists. The new site is called H.323 Plus (or, as some prefer, "H323plus").

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SIP's Success is Dependent on Misinformation

October 3, 2007

We are repeatedly hearing that SIP is an "emerging" technology (for a decade now!) and that SIP is simpler than H.323, etc. Well, most of the folks who frequent Packetizer know very well this is a lie. Today, I read and article that really took this to the extreme, saying that SIP had better "voice performance". SIP uses RTP. H.323 uses RTP. SIP uses the same codecs as H.323. They have the same voice performance. Is the success of SIP dependently entirely on ignorance and misinformation?

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The Death of VoIP and the Re-Birth of Multimedia Communications

October 2, 2007

While VoIP is still considered to be a very young technology in the eyes of many, it has made a huge impact on the telecommunications business. But, VoIP was just a first step. What is about to come with AMS is another revolution in communication that will enable far more capability and functionality than the first generation VoIP networks of today. See this article.

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AMS Project Description

September 14, 2007

The ITU completed work on the AMS Project Description. The Advanced Multimedia System (AMS) is viewed as a significant leap forward for multimedia systems, with capabilities that extend beyond the classic videoconferencing systems of today. With AMS, users would be able to use a multiplicity of devices and applications, seamlessly interconnected, in order to enable provide a significantly improved means of communicating than was ever possible before. This is very cool technology!

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ITU to Make Standards Available for Free

September 5, 2007

Back in December, there was news that the ITU would publish its standards free of charge. This was a temporary "trial" period, as it turned out. However, today we learned that the ITU has decided to make the standards available free of charge permanently.

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VoIP Jobs RSS News Feed is Hot (and Cold)

August 6, 2007

We re-introduced the VoIP jobs page about 10 months ago. Unfortunately, we've had very few job postings (in spite of the fact that listing is free). Thinking we ought to just get rid of the page, I checked the server statistics and discovered that the RSS news feed is viewed by a large number of people and pulls in more hits than any other single file on Packetizer! So, we'll keep it here a while longer. I sure do wish employers would take note and use the opportunity to reach a wide audience!

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8x8 Makes a Profit on Revenues of US$14.7M

August 2, 2007

8x8, the company behind the Packet8 VoIP service, reported a profit of $508,000 on revenues of $14.7M, or a penny per share. Hats off to 8x8!

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New Technology: Advanced Multimedia System

July 23, 2007

The ITU-T SG16 formally initiated work on a new multimedia system called the Advanced Multimedia System (AMS). This new system will take a leap forward beyond the now decade-old H.323 and SIP systems that are currently used in the industry. Check out the concept slides.

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AT&T: Mobile Phone Service is a Luxury

July 19, 2007

AT&T, like all other mobile service providers in the United States, requires a contract for new customers and when getting phones at a reduced price. But, AT&T goes further in abusing its customers by demanding contracts from existing customers with established credit histories who do not buy equipment.

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