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$25 Per MB for M2M Just Tip of Iceberg

January 20, 2011

Stacey Higginbotham points out $25/MB is a tremendous amount of revenue and a great reason for carriers to love M2M. Another reason carriers love it has to do with the fact that that the old models of ARPU, churn and device subsidies go out the window. Sprint's Wayne Ward explained this to me in October of 2009 and went on to say you don't even need to deal with customers regarding rates as the machines do all the talking.

Finally, he explained you can even use your older networks as M2M apps typically do not require tremendous speed or throughput.

Obviously these are some of the reasons why carriers are excited about the M2M market - not to mention market projections of 2.1 billion M2M connections in ten years. This is up from 61 million today.

Steve Hilton Principal Analyst at Analysis Mason says, "With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade."

All this M2M talk reminds me of the upcoming M2M Evolution conference in Miami in two weeks.

ShoreTel Filling the Nortel Void?

January 20, 2011

Jeff Wiener at The Telecom Blog predicts 2011 will be a huge year for ShoreTel and as supporting evidence he cites distribution deals with Catalyst/Scansource and Westcon - traditional Avaya partners. He quotes ShoreTel's Kevin Gavin who says the company is looking to fill the void left at the table in the wake of Avaya's Nortel acquisition.

Indeed, ShoreTel has been seeing positive momentum in terms of perception - there is no question about that and I wouldn't be surprised to see them gaining market-share in the future.

Mitel could have certainly been the company to step up to the plate - they have always had great technology and the Inter-Tel acquisition of a few years back really broadened their product line and distribution. The challenge is the company's outward communications have been spotty - they promote themselves and then go dark. Mostly they're dark.

ITEXPO East 2011 Attendance Now Up 61%

January 19, 2011

Look, no one wants to be in a position where they under-deliver, least of all me but my expo team tells me the attendance numbers in aggregate for ITEXPO and the collocated events are now up 61% over last year while paid attendance is up 88% over last year.

And yes, the numbers are accelerating... Just six days ago the numbers were 52% ahead of last year.

The show is over ten years old and has matured so it would be quite an accomplishment to see 61% more people than last year's ITEXPO which was very-well attended.

I like to be conservative so I always look for alternative reasons for numbers being higher than previous years. For example, last year, there was tremendous economic uncertainty  and people really waited to sign up for shows until the last second.

So it is conceivable the increased attendance rate will normalize as we get closer. We'll have to wait and see if this is the case.

Steve Jobs Takes Leave and Mobile Tax Filing (Video)

January 19, 2011

5 Travel Apps (Video)

January 19, 2011

Wireless Costs Plummeting Yet We Pay More

January 18, 2011

It’s funny really, we keep hearing how much lower wireless costs are but in reality carriers are devoting almost all of their resources to wireless upgrades and marketing because they are making a killing. And yes, as rates go down, companies seem to be spending more and more and more.

That’s why I was happy to see that The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) will be at ITEXPO in Miami two weeks from now helping companies of all sizes manage their wireless and other telecom expenses. Telecom costs are not a given and an entire industry of telecom expense management companies have evolved over the years to help organizations manage the complexities and escalating costs of voice and data plans of the wired and wireless variety.

What Microsoft Kinect Defection to Google Means

January 18, 2011

Could this be the first shot in the GBUI wars?

If you are deeply involved as part of the Microsoft Xbox Kinect team, you would think there is no better job on earth than to work on a product which is selling in the millions of units, is ahead of projections and is one of my favorite technologies of all time. In fact, I would imagine Microsoft would be horrified that anyone from this team would consider leaving – especially defecting to Google. Yet, Johnny Chung Lee, Wii Hacker and an integral part of the Kinect team just left Microsoft to become a “rapid evaluator” at Google.

Communications Expert Ricca Discusses the Future & ITEXPO Appearance

January 18, 2011

One of the great advantages of attending a live conference is the ability to network with some of the brightest minds in the industry such as analysts and other industry thought leaders who help give us a sense of where markets are heading. The tech space is not slowing down from an innovation perspective – and it certainly isn’t going to see less product introductions in the future. How do you determine how the latest products and solutions can help your business? Is the cloud right for you or is an on-premise system a smarter move based on your security and compliance needs?

British Blackberry Humor

January 15, 2011

Will Apple Pull the Plug on Intel?

January 14, 2011

An interesting difference between Droid devices and those of the iOS variety is that Apple gadgets require users to plug the devices into a computer for OS updates while the Google Droid works over the air or OTA. So last night’s earnings release from Intel which touted a record quarter in-part is influenced by the fact that the more iPods, iPhones and iPads there are, the more computers you need to sync, backup and upgrade the OS.

And regardless of whether you choose a Mac or PC to connect to your gadget, you are in fact using an Intel processor.

But now that carriers have gone from unlimited data plans to tiered where they get paid to provide more bandwidth, what is to stop them from allowing Apple to provide operating system updates OTA?

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