Articles By Greg Meckbach

When you VoIP, you’re using a device which is significantly different from a conventional circuit-switched phone

VoIP, or voice over Internet Protocol, has been used both as a noun, to describe the technology, and as an adjective to describe products. Now one VoIP provider, Vonage, is also using it

Published on: June 13th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Converged voice and data networks don’t require both PCs and phones

It’s not very often that a debate between technology journalists nearly comes to blows. But that’s exactly what happened last month when two senior ITBusiness editors — who tend to have strong views

Published on: May 18th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Users weigh cost vs. security in VoIP implementations

LAS VEGAS -- The high cost of conference calling and maintaining a receptionist at every office are two reasons for installing voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in large companies, according to IT managers

Published on: May 5th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Cisco to add wireless functionality to its ISR line

VANCOUVER — Cisco Systems Inc. plans to add wireless capabilities to its Integrated Services Router (ISR) line of networking products, the company's chief technology officer told partners. During a presentation to about 2,000

Published on: May 5th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Interop vendors hold high hopes for Wi-Max potential

LAS VEGAS -- The emergence of wireless standards such as Wi-Max will give a billion workers high-speed access from mobile devices over the next few years, an Intel Corp. executive said Tuesday. During

Published on: May 4th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

New network technologies offer opportunities for channel

LAS VEGAS - Wide-area Ethernet, voice-over-IP and Wi-Fi are fraught with quality of service problems. But according to exhibitors at the Interop conference and expo here, that is creating opportunities for integrators and

Published on: May 4th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Eavesdropping, fraud, denial of service can threaten IP telephony systems

Because voice over Internet Protocol allows companies to run voice along the same networks as their data, telephony systems have become as secure as the underlying IT system. But that's only good news

Published on: May 2nd, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Ask not what IP telephony will cost; ask what voice over IP can do for you

Whether voice over IP is good or great is a matter of debate. But in some respects, VoIP is like greatness. In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the character Malvolio said: ""Be not afraid of

Published on: May 2nd, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Call centres will not drive demand for new telecommunications technologies

Call centres will not be a major driving force behind the adoption of any new telecommunications technology in the foreseeable future. This statement may contradict some of the recent industry hype, but any

Published on: April 29th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Skype reaches out to mobile users

 TORONTO -- A desire for wireless access will help drive the market for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, according to speakers at the Voice on the Net (VON) Canada conference. “The benchmark

Published on: April 19th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

U of Winnipeg working on Wi-Max network

The University of Winnipeg is building a wireless network designed to cover the downtown area and two other educational institutions. University officials say the network is capable of meeting the yet-to-be-ratified Wi-Max specification.

Published on: April 14th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Cisco urges channel to do VoIP homework

VANCOUVER -- Cisco Systems Inc. wants all of its Internet Protocol telephony equipment resellers to make sure potential customers’ networks are tested before installing Voice-over IP. When selling VoIP, assessing the underlying network

Published on: April 7th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Coming soon: Wireless Cisco multi-function router

VANCOUVER -- Cisco Systems Inc. plans to add wireless capabilities to its Integrated Services Router (ISR) line of networking products, the company’s chief technology officer told partners this week. During a presentation to

Published on: April 6th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Vancouver airport converges data, telephone and video

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver International Airport Authority has combined 22 different airline data networks, plus its telephone and video surveillance systems, on to one network. The airport installed the last of its 1,100-plus

Published on: April 5th, 2005 Greg Meckbach

Security may be worth the investment but ask what exactly you’re getting

Over the last month, telecom and IT networking vendors have been placing far more emphasis on security. It has almost become a game of one upmanship. One vendor says security is a big

Published on: March 9th, 2005 Greg Meckbach