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Why AT&T Should be Encouraged to Purchase Time Warner

October 27, 2016

At first glance, allowing AT&T, a large, powerful telephone company to purchase the invaluable media assets of Time Warner makes one wonder if the resulting organization will be too rich and powerful. The answer is, if executed properly - hopefully better than AOL's attempt, it will be a whopper of an organization which has a limitless list of valued assets such as CNN, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, HBO and TNT.

Keep in mind, AT&T has multiple modes of distribution from wireless to wired and satellite. So really, even at second glance, it would seem we are putting together an organization with so much market power, competitive companies will be slaughtered.

Regulators will likely force AT&T to divest some assets or agree to some stipulations which keep the market from being excessively harmed - but let's discuss what the new AT&T could do in a worst-case unconditional buyout scenario.

You can already stream unlimited DirectTV on the AT&T Wireless network at no additional cost, giving the carrier an advantage over other wireless carriers.

Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

October 17, 2016

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in your life continues to grow. Not only is your iPhone or Android great for texting and Pokémon catching, you can soon use it to open your car door.

In a recent conversation with Pelle Svensson, Product Marketing Short Range and Sven Etzold, Sr. Director Business Marketing at u-blox, I got a chance to discuss what this module maker is looking forward to seeing happen as bluetooth low energy 4.2 or BLE rolls out.

Wireless Carriers Racing to the Bottom

October 12, 2016

It had to happen eventually - a price war is taking its toll on telecom equipment providers because their customers won't spend money in some cases unless they can see an ROI of a billion dollars fairly quickly. This comment is attributed to Verizon from a trusted source I can't reveal.

In my recent meeting with Sprint, they explained how they are racing to the bottom by giving away more for less with their Unlimited Freedom plans. Obviously, these are my words, not theirs.

In addition, the Sprint ads on TV are amazing - they say their network quality is within one percent of Verizon yet a lot cheaper. When put in those terms, its very tough for Verizon to keep charging a premium for their service.

T-Mobile is obviously part of the challenge as well - they've been giving away more for less and increasing their value over the years.

Ericsson just put our its numbers for the quarter and an unexpected 14% drop in sales cratered the stock by 20%.

IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers

September 26, 2016

Business travelers get the idea of the single SIM card which allows global connectivity at reasonable pricing. I’ve written about companies like Gigsky, Xcom and Truphone before – providers of such SIM solutions which work across a number of global carriers.

In the IoT space, the need is just as great – in fact, you might say it’s even greater. I say this because, when there is a potential glitch with a universal SIM solution which could happen occasionally, due to configuration errors and the like, a user can always revert to a local SIM or even their home SIM with roaming turned on.

Why Android Sucks: Part 2

July 26, 2016

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article explained this is a potentially huge problem for customers. Moreover, the piece wondered aloud whether it makes sense for the industry to rally around a three-year or five-year norm for product updates.

This assumes the company is around to update the OS of course.

The latest challenge to Android comes from Motorola who says they will not provide monthly security updates for the Moto Z.

Motorola explains (somewhat paraphrased) they have a lot of devices and can't move any faster.

Bottom line: You will pay less for Android devices than those from Apple but depending on who you purchase from, there may be some big downsides to consider when it comes to OS updates.

Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.

If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

Coriant Hopes to Help Carriers Move to NFV and SDN

April 18, 2016

Earlier this year, Coriant, shared a study of more than 80 network operators and found the following:

A reported 80 percent of them showed a high interest in using SDN to make their networks better and more capable of handling the demands of a mobile clientele.

Not surprisingly, the company has been doing its best to establish itself

 as the go to resource for these operators as they make the shift into these new areas. In fact at MWC16 they introduced the Transcend Packet Controller which Extends SDN control from transport to IP/MPLS Networks. It further enhances multi-layer optimization and improves service performance in IP/MPLS based mobile backhaul and carrier aggregation networks.

NTT DATA Adds Dell Services. Touts Cloud Offering, NFV Success and Agent Growth

April 3, 2016

There is some interesting timing in NTT DATA’s decision to purchase Dell Services in order to become a leading Global IT service provider. Before we get to that however, it’s worth noting the deal is valued at more than $3 billion has already helped Dell’s debt reduction and a ratings increase as it acquires EMC.

For NTT, The combined companies will offer expanded BPO capabilities with a focus on the healthcare and insurance markets.

Other benefits of the acquisition will include an increased infrastructure platform footprint, with Dell’s U.S., U.K.

BroadSoft's Big Opportunity: Contact Centers

March 13, 2016

After spending more than a decade selling solutions which allow carriers to resell UC solutions, BroadSoft has decided the call center is its next big opportunity. By acquiring Transera, BroadSoft is positioned well to provide cloud-based call center solutions to not only customers but carriers themselves. In addition, these solutions will be scalable as BroadWorks is known for scaling to million so users.

In my meeting was Prem Uppaluru, who founded Transera – the cloud contact center company which BroadSoft acquired.

Tangoe Goes on the Mobility-as-a-Service Offensive at MWC16

March 4, 2016

was one of the leading players in the TEM or telecom expense management space when it launched and did a superior job of rolling up the market and becoming the leader in what is now the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market. The company’s CEO, Al Subbloie (pictured) is never afraid to innovate and be ahead of the pack. In fact, we’ve been covering companies he’s run since the 1980s (alas, I can’t find any articles on the internet earlier than this). Tangoe’s new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering will leverage its position within the enterprise marketplace to offer wireless plans, devices, expense management, EMM and logistics to create an integrated mobile solution.

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