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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Now Unclassified PRISM Docs Still Off Limits to Fed Workers

June 14, 2013

For a federal government riddled with scandals this news may not seem so important but it is indicative of the logic of government. The numerous documents which have been leaked all over the Internet regarding PRISM and countless other government spying programs are off-limits to Senate staffers. They have been asked by the Senate Security Office not to download documents which are potentially classified - even though everyone on the planet likely has.

The logic here is baffling...

TMC's New NFV News and Analysis Site

June 12, 2013

The move from proprietary hardware to software running on commercial off-the-shelf servers at the world’s telcos is one of the biggest transformations we will see this decade. Over time we can expect to see a number of network functions which used to be supplied by hardware vendors through proprietary boxes turn into software running on servers with Intel or ARM chips perhaps supplied by HP or Dell running VMware or some other flavor of virtualization. The concept is called Network Functions Virtualization or NFV. I wrote about the concept a while back in a post Metaswitch Asks: Are You Ready to be a Software Telco? and more recently in NFV-Based Software Telcos Need OSS/BSS Interoperability.

Will iRadio Kill Pandora?

June 7, 2013

34% of Internet radio users surveyed would switch to Apple’s iRadio and some believe this is a major problem for Pandora. I remember when Google was going public, similar research showed users would also switch to a better search engine given the opportunity. The challenge is many people are set in their ways and inertia keeps them from switching.

What Apple needs to do is make the radio integration so solid that you have no choice but to try it and perhaps like it better than the service you currently use.

Moped 2.0 Blends Social, Messaging and Cloud Storage

June 6, 2013

There are a plethora of apps to communicate but precious few bubble up to the top. Quite often a company comes up with an idea for a service which improves on another form of communications. Tweetdeck and Hootsuite come to mind as examples.

Another new option is Moped 2.0 which goes live as you read this entry and allows users to more easily communicate with their social circles while adding in the capability of sharing media.

A Billion WebRTC Endpoints Force Voice and Data Players to Adapt or Die

June 5, 2013


From an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments. During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees and eventually the species adapted and became black. When air quality improved, the moths over successive generations changed color again.

Your iPhone Could Get Hacked Through the Charger

June 4, 2013

As scary as it sounds – that iOS device which you thought was safe from hackers because Apple controls the App Store could get infected through a malicious charger. This is a major concern for IT departments who didn’t previously worry about Apple devices which were not jailbroken. It is now impossible to know which Apple devices have been infected meaning all of them are suspect.

An article on TMCnet by Steve Anderson explains that a group of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered the exploit which can be duplicated via a device called a Mactans charger.

Tehrani Speaking about Cloud at the Connecticut Business Expo

June 4, 2013

Yahoo! Should Buy Waze

June 4, 2013

If you haven’t checked out the TMCnet feature by Josh Alexander about companies Yahoo! should purchase, please do… I’ll wait. Ok – now that you’re back – isn’t this guy funny? It isn’t too often I read an article about tech where I learn things and also laugh out loud.

Interop Las Vegas 2013 and CTIA 2013 Videos Posting

June 3, 2013

Apologies for being out of touch for a while – I have been keeping up on my social sites such as Twitter so I hope you have been following me there. I've been traveling a great deal and have interviewed many of the leading companies at Interop and CTIA recently and wanted to share many of them with you.

So far, Most of the Interop Las Vegas 2013 videos have posted and the CTIA 2013 videos have begun to post and will hopefully be completed tomorrow. By clicking the above links you will be able to scroll through whichever videos you choose.

For your immediate viewing pleasure, here are a few sample videos:

Zagg Shows Off New Cases with Keyboards







TruPhone Does Mobile Global Roaming with Sharing



AirWatch Evolves



ShoreTel Dock Announced













ProfitBricks: Where InfiniBand Meets Cloud 2.0

May 22, 2013

In a recent meeting with William Toll and Pete Johnson of ProfitBricks, the pair were ecstatic to explain how their company has developed public cloud 2.0 – in other words this is not your father’s cloud. Now you might be thinking cloud is cloud is cloud – especially when it comes to the public variety but the company thinks differently and they make a compelling case as to why their solution is far better.

Part of the reason is structural – using InfiniBand – a switched fabric communications link which can transfer data 40-80x faster than traditional solutions, the company is able to rapidly move virtual machines around their data center… “So fast, the VM doesn’t even know it has been moved,” they said. In the real world this means they can instantly size applications and machines with the resources needed.

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