This week insideCTI: 9/26/10 – 10/2/10

Goodbye September, hello October! Welcome to the last quarter of 2010…

Before I refresh your memory of what this blog covered this week, let me remind you about ITEXPO West coming up Monday, October 4 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately I won’t make it this time, and I deeply regret missing StartupCamp: Comm Edition on Monday evening, especially when organizer Larry Lisser teased me about it all the way back in March when we’d met during VoiceCon Orlando. We’re living at the intersection of Web and telephony, and this event will feature some of the most interesting early stage startups in that space.

But me not physically being there won’t stop this blog from covering the event! InsideCTI will have eyes and ears on-site at the L.A. Convention Center, and you can expect to read some good stuff here about the show. I make it easy for you to stay updated on InsideCTI: via RSS, via Twitter, via Facebook. I’m also sure that Larry and his gang at Voyces will have some great posts so be sure to check them out.

Now let’s see what happened this fine autumn week…

I stumbled upon news about Codec2, a low bit rate speech codec. Big deal, you say. It is somewhat of a major deal at least in my view. First, it is an open source, royalty free codec, which means a lot more people can benefit from it, especially those in the third world or developing countries. Additionally, the open source project is headed by a speech engineering guru with a big heart, David Rowe, who’d quit his cushy job to contribute to open source telephony full time. That says a lot.

Avaya and Skype announced a partnership which was somewhat anti-climatic. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good partnership. It’s just that people had talked about this for a long time since both firms are owned by private equity company Silver Lake Partners. It would’ve been a more interesting story if it were Cisco and Skype hooking up…


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