Telephone News

CenturyLink is now Lumen Technologies

September 20, 2020

More name changes and more confusion on the telecom front.

CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel, Embarq, Sprint, United Telephone, Qwest, US West, and a number of Baby Bells) is now called Lumen technologies, effective Sept. 18, 2020.

https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8524356-centurylink-rebrands-as-lumen/

They will continue to market their residential and small business services as CenturyLink, but enterprise business is now called Lumen.

 

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The Death of Sprint

August 24, 2020

The Death of Sprint - once a force to be beckoned with, is now history. A good synopsis can be found here: https://blog.telegeography.com/sprint-reaches-the-finish-line-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-american-telco

Eventually I'll get around to writing a page about this history and demise of Sprint. That may take a while. But it is on my To-Do list.

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How does MF signaling work?

August 21, 2020

The Connections Museum in Seattle released a new video today called "How does MF Signalling work".

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Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74

August 21, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/technology/ann-syrdal-who-helped-give-computers-a-female-voice-dies-at-74.html

As a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.

Dr. Sydral's research at Bell Labs in speech synthesis was incorporated into AT&T's Natural Voices, which in 1998 was cutting edge technology. It was later the foundation for the modern Siri and other computer voice systems.

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A very over simplification on how the old phone system used to work.

August 21, 2020

A *VERY* over simplification of how the old phone system used 2600 Hz as the key frequency for handing answer supervision and SF (single frequency) dialing. Of course discovered by accident using a "Captain Crunch" whistle that just happened to be at 2600 Hz.

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Telephone News coming soon!

August 16, 2020

This is where you'll see current events for anything telephone related that I see in the news!

 

 

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