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ITEXPO is over.  I agree with Rich Tehrani’s assessment that the focus is now on the next generation.  It was a busy show, too, although I had the impression that the Tehrani’s planned for a larger crowd.  Some of the halls appeared quite empty, despite the fact that reports put attendance at a very respectable 7,000 attendees

I had a short conversation on the last day with Rich Tehrani and Mark Spencer about Tehrani’s proposal to do a VoIP demo event.  Personally, I think this is a great idea.  A showcase of the hot emerging technologies in the industry would help to distance IP telephony further from the current "state of the art" — replicating Class 5 features on IP.

In fact, I think my only complaint about the show was the show’s slogan itself  — VoIP 2.0 is here. I had a chat with Aswath Rao in email about this too.  It concerns me because ultimately VoIP vs PSTN is nothing more than swapping one transport for another.  In fact, that’s what we’ve been doing up until now.  Everyone agrees that our industry needs to focus on next generation applications.  It’s the way that we will demonstrate the value of changing the transport.  Those applications are really the reinvention of voice communications, not VoIP.  Voice itself is morphing from just voice into real time communications on voice, text, and video.  The basics of realtime communication are also evolving into a rich platform for applications, woven throughout our connected world.  So, in my opinion, VoIP 2.0 is better named Voice 2.0. 

Richard Stastny had an excellent summary of the show, as well as some other compelling thoughts on stealthy roll outs of VoIP. 

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  • Rich Tehrani October 31, 2005, 3:26 pm

    Hey Alec,

    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Which halls were empty? Not the exhibit hall. I am not sure which other halls needed filling. Honestly I wasn’t in the hall that much so I didn’t see it.

    Regarding how many people I was expecting. No matter how many people attend, I always want more so exhibitors can have more companies to sell to.

    I do have the following links for those that are interested in seeing what others had to say about the show:


    Here are some photos so you can judge for yourself:


    Great job on the blogging.


  • Alec October 31, 2005, 4:27 pm

    Hi Rich,

    Just read over my posting, and your comments. I want to say right up front: ITEXPO ROCKS! It’s a show where people do business. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. You put on a great event, including great sessions, great speakers, and plenty of opportunities to network.

    I hope you don’t think my criticisms were substantial. To me, these are minor comments. Iotum had a terrific show, as I am sure all of the other attendees and exhibitors did.


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