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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that...

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Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers

Almost everyone knows that telcos’ mobile voice and messaging revenue is declining. With 3G offering a mobile on-ramp to the Internet,...

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China Mobile in Flux

March 22, 2012

The worlds largest Mobile Operator seems to be going through a major purge, with police investigations and executive resignations.  I am not sure what to make of it.

I find China Mobile a major wild card in the world market since they are committed to TD LTE and have been assisting other players around the world to follow them.

I am not sure if this a pull back on that policy or an internal issue.  The new chairman, Xi Guohua, is a loyal party member and this could be more about the local structure than the Internationalizing of China standards.

I have had discussions with brilliant financial friends who have discounted my thoughts about the impact of chinese standards on the rest of us.  However, the reality is that Huawei is delivering solutions cheaper to the current carriers and China Mobile is delivering services in mass to the point where they are a market. 





OMGPOP Gets Some Zynga

March 22, 2012

Here is interesting news.  Zynga bought OMGPOP for its latest game according to the NY Times.  The issue for Zynga is that its not having as much success as it has had in Social networks.  That maybe because their model requires a commitment to gaming that is hard to sustain.

I played CityVille to the point where my town was a drain on time. 

The Enemy with SIM

March 22, 2012

Today, I am in Rome.  And when you are in Rome... I try to read like the Romans do.  In this case Telecom Italia has proven once again that the enemy is within. 

The Enemy with SIM

March 22, 2012

Today, I am in Rome.  And when you are in Rome... I try to read like the Romans do.  In this case Telecom Italia has proven once again that the enemy is within. 

Avaya Buys Radvision for $230 Million

March 15, 2012

Silver Lake has the golden touch?  Having helped Skype become a stand alone entity,  It has been interesting and confusing from time to time to watch Avaya under its care.

I expected Avaya was going to benefit from portfolio proximity of Skype, but it never happened.

Since then Cisco has bought Tandberg leaving Radvision's role as a subcontractor dubious.

With Avaya gaining the skills of our friends at Radvision,  I think the migration to Video and the improvement of their SIP stack can be assured.

Additionally it opens up a huge opportunity to work with third parties in new ways.  Since for many of us Radvision has been the basis of our development. 

Mergers often require insight, beyond the immediate upfront strategy.

I think there is a gold mine here if Silver Lake manages it well.
 












Coalition of the Illing

March 14, 2012

For a while T-Mobile became the defacto way for the rest of the world to have access to GSM in the US.

Now we have China Mobile having a role in the development of Clearwires Time Division [TD] LTE network.  TD - LTE is a standard spear headed in China and its export to the US could have far reaching implications.

While most deployments today are based on Frequency Division, TD-LTE can solve a few ills for companies where spectrum interference is a possibility.

With Cricket having signed a five year deal with Clearwire for access to their China Mobile implementation.  This could lead to a rich market for China to start exporting smart phones and other devices.

TD - LTE is also a logical place for WiMAX companies to focus their migration but we have been on a hard path with these companies before.  Now the question is can the missing economies of scales be found with the Chinese driving the demand.

I think the answer is yes.









And the Wisdom to Know the Difference

March 14, 2012

In the world of 12 steps you confide in your sponsor, you reach out to the newcomer and you stay focused on recovery.

So it was with some dread that I saw the http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/insider-trading-charges-center-on-alcoholics-anonymous-meetings/ picture of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous in the deal book of the NY times.

While it is nice to know that even stock brokers can experience recovery, and its also nice to see the SEC chasing leads on insider trading. I am not sure where the line was crossed. 

It bothers me that a "member" was dealing with a merger with a Japanese company and perhaps was being tested by the saki toasts.

It does not say if the person was his sponsor.







4G LTE In Israel, The Shoemaker Sons needs Shoes

March 12, 2012

According to Haaretz Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon appointed a committee to start pending the rules for the 4G LTE Auction.  The auction will be worth about .5B NIS based on licenses of 140M NIS each.

Israel has always been an exporter of communications and its understandable to be slow to innovate on wireless standards.  As we have seen from WiMAX the cost of being first is often being off on a tangent.

However with 4G LTE being so essential to development in other countries and with companies like Siklu looking to catch the attention of deployers.  It would be nice to find a way for the Ministry to enable some alternate strategies particular some innovations in architecture.

I believe the base stations and small cells need a lot of innovation to match not only demand but the probable need for alternate access methods.

Its time for the Shoemaker to focus on his son and Israel to display by deploying at home.







Hey Meg, HP Needs to Bundle Not Balkanize

March 12, 2012

According to Richard Waters of the Financial Times,  Meg Whitman has an easier time figuring out what's wrong rather than what's right.  Here are some ideas.

In the discussion he pointed out HP's 23 drop in consumer revenues as opposed to apples 75% revenue increase. 

 



Apple the Turtle continues to Beat the Industry

March 8, 2012

The iPad 3.0 has arrived with incremental features and a community of loyal Apple customer ready to toss 1 & 2 for 3 as if they were a 1982 Kaypro.  Pretty amazing.

As Jeff Orr of ABI Research stated in there press release

“Individually, none of the new iPad features create an insurmountable advantage for Apple over its competition,” says Jeff Orr,  group director, consumer research. ASUS is currently shipping a quad-core tablet and even Chinese vendor Huawei announced one last week.