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From Telco Tragedy to Recovery in 28 Days

By Steven Shepard, Contributing Columnist

As companies grow large, we have a natural human tendency to declare them incapable of getting out of their own way. We see them as slow, inefficient and plodding dinosaurs surrounded by fleet-of-foot small companies that are so much more capable of getting things done — because of their apparent smallness.

And while there are certainly large companies that suffer from bigness, there are also quite a few that demonstrate amazingness, if you’ll allow me to make up a word (for agility, beyond compare). One of them? The mighty, much criticized Bell System, created in the transition zone between the 19th and 20th centuries.

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The History and Future of Television

You may recall that when we launched the Connected Life Exchange blog we pointed our visitors to a unique microsite called the “Discovery of Data” — an interactive anthology of telecommunication innovation events and the related historical facts.

Today, you can visit and explore yet another fun and informative site. The topic is “The History and Future of TV” – society and technology have evolved and converged to create new video experiences. Those that are more social, mobile and personal.

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30 Millionth Cisco IP Phone!!

When Cisco led the voice industry into the world of Voice over Internet Protocol (Voice over IP, VoIP) in 1998, we knew the power and scope of these devices.  We believed that VoIP technology would have a major impact on worldwide business communications.

Now 12 years later, we’ve come a long way since Cisco’s first Unified IP phones, the SP30 and SP12.  Cisco recently shipped its 30 millionth IP phone to one of the world’s largest financial institutions: HSBC.

HSBC fundamentally understands that basic dial tone is table stakes. IP phones have evolved beyond voice to connect people with video technology, and act as interfaces to networked applications, services and content. They are part of a new collaboration experience that is rich, integrated, mobile, and often virtualized.

New means of access beyond phones have evolved, and now users switch seamlessly between their desk and mobile phone, connect through tablet devices, and join video and TelePresence conferences through a broad range of interoperating solutions.

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