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Pareteum on What iPass Merger Means

February 18, 2019

We told you last year Pareteum wants to let carriers and companies quickly integrate global mobile services. They abstract the communications companies and users need, allowing a focus on applications and services, not the underlying network.

To that end, last year, Pareteum procured a worldwide license to embed iPass technology as part of its connectivity strategy.

You may recall, in 2008 we were pretty impressed with how iPass helped create a communications skin first discussed by the head of Bell Labs. Specifically, they allowed a single login and password to access a network of global WiFi devices.

Now, the two companies are involved in M&A meaning the best of both companies can be harnessed by customers worldwide.

In an exclusive interview, CEO Vic Bozzo explained, Vic said, "Wireless is eating everything. Demand is growing and carriers can't keep up." He continued, "Pareteum provides flexible, elastic, cloud-based management of all of these streams of communications."

Our most recent video interview with Vic Bozzo


With iPass, they get a top-notch connectivity manager allowing customers to toggle easily between wireless and WiFi. In addition, they get access to 65 million global hotspots and over 500 Fortune 1,000 customers.

"Customers can now connect anywhere and everywhere," he exclaimed.

He went on to explain, companies are taking advantage of their open APIs to take advantage of more flexible communications and the smart-city space is beginning to heat up as a customer segment.

It's a great story with impressive synergies - a further abstraction of communications, allowing companies and developers to focus on solutions and apps, while ensuring connectivity is handled in the most efficient manner.


















What's Big This Year in Telecom? Vote Now!

January 10, 2019



TMCnet and Andy Abramson and his company Comunicano are asking in the first annual VoIPWatch Poll.. The results will be revealed at this year’s ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, January 31 at 4:15 pm prior to the start of the always interesting IDEA Showcase.





For years Andy and his Comunicano team have been at the forefront of driving companies in the telecom industry to success. TMCnet and ITExpo have always been where the telecom, collaboration and communications infrastructure companies meet.





VoIPWatch, as one of the first, and now longest running blogs covering our industry, has always been where the community finds unfettered, and unfiltered insight, perspective and opinion. TMCnet is where the tech community discovers what’s new, what’s happening and goes to gather.





That’s why we’ve teamed up and are asking the community, what’s going to be the hot category in telecom in 2019.

The Apple Stroke of Genius You Missed

January 3, 2019



If you listened to the financial experts after the news broke that Apple guided lower last night, phones are now commodities, Apple doesn't know how to innovate anymore, the prices for iPhones are too high and the public has lost its obsession with smartphones.

Our collective heads almost exploded listening to this jibberish - with a minor exception we will get to at the bottom of this post.

Last year Apple made two moves totally missed by virtually all financial analysts. They released iOS 12 which is up to two-times faster than prior operating systems and they drastically reduced the cost to replace batteries.

To give a sense of what these changes means in the real world... An iPad Air 2 released on October, 2014 became a truly useable device as a result of iOS 12.

Four-year-old phones, computers and tablets are generally destined for the trash but what Apple has done by increasing the speed of its operating system is to literally make billions of devices usable again.

Another way of looking at this is the much faster processors available in later devices matter a lot less - meaning a reason for upgrading for millions of users was just eliminated.

Apple continues to tell us they want you to think of them as a service company.

They are more than this, however... They are also an ecosystem company.

Any group of people who send iMessages to iOS and Android users know that iMessages work far better when they are sent Apple to Apple as they use the IP network first, making them far more likely to be delivered.

















ITEXPO #SuperShow: The One Event Tech Buyers Should Attend Each Year

December 12, 2018

Time is limited and the only constant in tech is change.

In this environment, our challenge at TMC has been to evolve our conference ITEXPO, into a #SuperShow.







We hope you’ll make it Jan 30th-Feb 1st, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Simply stated, we have spent years, making ITEXPO (photos) the one place where purchasing decision-makers need to go to learn everything they need for the new year.

PGi Aims to Become Heart of Digital Transformation and UCaaS

September 19, 2018

60% of companies are behind on digital transformation (DX) and 34% of business owners say half their workers will be remote by 2020. Companies have to change and quickly to be able to keep up with a workforce which is increasingly working from remote locations.

Sure, (DX) is a term we use a great deal - perhaps even overuse but if the market considers itself behind and competition and a changing workforce require it, then perhaps it needs even more press coverage to ensure decision-makers are taking the competitive threat and opportunity to excel, seriously.

iPhone XS and XS Max Benchmarked: World's Fastest Phones (Again) https://t.co/2Knzy2iFrC pic.twitter.com/41ik34t4jQ

— Rich Tehrani (@rtehrani) September 18, 2018

We know not only is change happening more quickly but the pace of change is increasing as well. Apple's iPhone XS to be released tomorrow, is the fastest smartphone on the planet and increases the pressure on enterprise services to keep up with all the amazing things the latest generation of handheld devices can achieve.

A major thought leader in the DX space PGi CTO Patrick Harper recently wrote a compelling piece on a TMCnet sister-site detailing six considerations for enterprises adopting a UC&C strategy. In it, he had this to say:

Uptake of collaboration tools continues to grow as companies using this technology report higher productivity. Those with effective internal communications achieve 47% higher returns for shareholders, which makes effective communication and collaboration technology highly prized, while failure to promote effective communication and collaboration can be expensive - $37 billion is lost annually due to employee misunderstandings and poor communication. 








Pareteum Lets Carriers and Companies Quickly Integrate Global Mobile Services

September 11, 2018

Abstraction in tech adds value. Look no further than portable document format or PDF for an abstraction format for documents that revolutionized the way they were shared and printed. Before PDF, lots of energy was spent on installing printer drivers, exporting and importing documents - and quite often, retyping.

The packet network is an abstraction in the simplest sense - we send packets and they generally arrive at their destination, taking numerous possible routes.

The cloud is yet another abstraction - an amazing one... We save our files and run our applications without worrying about where the hard drives are - or the processors, memory, disaster recovery, etc.

Telecom has seen tremendous abstraction take place over the decades.





Jenne Becomes Leading UCaaS Value-Added Distributor

May 8, 2018

As resellers evolve from selling telecom hardware like PBXs to UCaaS, they often need help to figure out how to do it successfully. Beyond the financial challenges inherent in going from a CAPEX to a monthly recurring (MRR) model are the inherent difficulties in learning how to configure complete solutions which include the network and voice communications.

One company helping resellers and the channel making the switch is Jenne, Inc. They bill themselves as a truly value-added distributor according to Susan Elder, Senior Director of Marketing as she told us in an exclusive in-person interview.



In January of this year, TMCnet reported Jenne becoming a distributor of Zenitel Group. At the time, Patrick Howard, senior director of product management at Jenne said that Zenitel’s intelligent communication solutions for operational risk and resilience, as well as essential operational needs are critical to bridging the last mile in this market.

In February, we reported on a Jenne deal with Jive Communications. At the time, Patrick said, "Jenne’s high touch, fast response,’ model and UCaaS offerings will complement Jive’s scalable, flexible, and reliable cloud-based phone systems and unified communications services, and their stellar customer service." 

More recently, Jenne announced a new Cloud Master Agent Program for Avaya IP Office.









Altaworx Helps You Launch, Monetize and Scale Telecom Solutions

May 7, 2018



IoT billing can get quite expensive as carrier plans do not always fit the usage pattern of devices. In a conversation with Rickie Richey, CEO of Altaworx, he explained his company has a SaaS-based solution which works with AT&T Control Center and Cisco Jasper. In one case, a customer with 19,000 tablets - many which get erased and reset frequently due to employee turnover was spending a great deal on wireless service. When they switched to Altaworx, the tablets started to get charged the bottom rate and per minute usage, for a savings of 15% or $600,000 per year.

Another customer is a car manufacturer with 230,000 SIM cards on the market across 56 carriers, adding 20,000 new SIMs per month.



3CX Aims to be Top 3 in UC Software

May 3, 2018

MSPs and resellers in telecom are going in three directions. The first is business as usual. They continue to sell boxes and/or cloud services. Sometimes they'll just refer the business to the UCaaS provider and other times, they'll do the install themselves.

Another direction is the reseller becoming an MSP.

CSF Adds MMS, White Label Toll-Free Texting

April 30, 2018



Texting is becoming a crucial form of communications for companies and to help facilitate the transition, CSF Corporation has expanded its portfolio of solutions. The company now enables organizations to do B2B and B2C texting - allowing notifications to be transferred to phones and email accounts.

In an exclusive interview with Rich Scanlon, CEO, he explained, their Conversations app is flexible, seamless and can act as the hub of communications. He said, "It's an omnichannel approach to p2p messaging."

He continued to say, there is a real-time transition from a2p to p2p. In other words, if an entity was to send a broadcast test message (application to person or a2p), someone can respond to the SMS (person to person or p2p) and have it routed to the right person or people.

Rich explained, their native application, gateway and APIs route p2p conversations.

They also have a toll-free for MMS option allowing a picture or video to be sent to an 800 number.



Most importantly, CSF allows this service to be white-labeled, meaning a great and potentially lucrative recurring revenue opportunity for the MSP community.

In short, as more millennials interact with organizations, the need to text-enable all numbers will only continue to increase.















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