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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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Important ITEXPO Content so far

August 13, 2014

We are fortunate that some of the Content Boost team at TMC came to ITEXPO in order to generate the stories and news you need to keep up to date with the market and show. I hope you find the following articles useful and more importantly helpful for what you do.

BTW, the Content Boost team is utilized by many companies in the tech space - we are the back-end of their social media, white papers etc. We even write many stories which you read as contributed stories on other industry sites!

It's not just tech companies though, we work with organizations of all types. Once again, here is a sampling of what they do...



The Acer Aspire Switch 10 Changes the Tech Landscape

August 11, 2014

This cheap tablet is perfect for students and consumers





The Acer Aspire Switch 10 two-in-one touchscreen tablet/laptop may be the ultimate device for students and consumers. In short, it offers all the good of a PC meaning you can run full Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel and at the same time it is a touchscreen tablet which can be used for media consumption. It runs Flash so all the challenges many other tablets have with this Adobe creation aren’t a problem.

MagicJack founder Dan Borislow, RIP

August 10, 2014

A few weeks back Dan Borislow passed away from a heart attack after a soccer game. Dan gave me one of the most gracious interviews I ever had. It was years back and I remember it like it was yesterday. His passion for what he was doing was like few others and you could see he was one of those people who could almost will themselves into success.

HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

August 7, 2014

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do truly useful things through voice interactions. A big step in the right direction comes from a new app from N.L.P. LLP called HER. Yes, Siri works well for many things but if you tell it you want to buy an iPad Mini with Retina Display, it tells you to check out Apple.com which isn’t the best mobile experience if you want to buy something quickly.



Don't Miss Fiber Mountain Session Next Week in Vegas

August 5, 2014

Next week at Software Telco Congress (the NFV and SDN event) in Las Vegas - collocated with ITEXPO, there will be some amazing speakers who will help companies evolve into the software realm from hardware. Specifically, there will be one new speaker who has never spoken at a TMC event. M.H. Raza is the CEO of Fiber Mountain.

Securus eResponder a Solid IoT, M2M Device

August 4, 2014

With an aging population around the world, the potential for strokes, falls and other medical problems which leave a person unable to reach help, only increases. As a result, the need for a device you wear all the time – something small and light increases as well.

This category of product in fact is likely one of the first in the M2M space otherwise known as IoT.

I recently had a chance to try out the Securus eResponder Mobile Personal Emergency Response System, a device name which apparently is designed as a filter.

Does Tesla Know Proprietary is Typically Wrong?

August 4, 2014


BMW is working to build a charging network and unlike Tesla who is using proprietary tech, they are utilizing the SAE Combo 1 plug  inlet that American and German automakers have adopted for quick charging. Using this system, a battery will reach 80% charge in 30 minutes which is still way too-long when compared to gas. Still, if you believe electric cars are the future, then the proprietary versus open debate will likely be important to you. Typically it is the open system that wins.

Expect adapters to eventually be available to plug any car into any charging station.


How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

July 31, 2014


IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.

It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed to be one of the largest market opportunities ever and at the same time get the support of a major telecom carrier. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention you could also get $5,000 in the process and a Samsung tablet.

Fast Pitch sponsored by AT&T takes place Wednesday, August 13, from 2pm-4pm in Las Vegas at M2M Evolution which is collocated with ITEXPO.

AT&T judges will listen to three minute pitches at booth 601. Two winners will be chosen to receive $5,000, a Samsung Tablet, and invaluable feedback from the company. There will be a judges choice winner and an audience choice winner.  





Expect Sprint to Lower Prices After 4G LTE Upgrade is Finished

July 31, 2014


Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is watching the price wars in mobile from the outside as he hasn't been able to compete in the latest round of price reductions being led by T-Mobile.

"We're balancing strength of the network versus how quickly we have to move," he said in a CNET interview.

The challenge the company faces is stock analysts say their valuation is high and if they lower prices without getting a large number of new customers, they end up hurting themselves from an earnings perspective.

Here is a good excerpt from an article worth reading on CNET:

The reintroduction of the 30-day guarantee, which Hesse announced last month, is one of the ways Sprint is trying to change its reputation. The announcement came just a week after T-Mobile launched its own Test Drive program.

In markets where Sprint Spark -- the company's name for its enhanced LTE service -- is available, the connection is actually pretty fast. The problem is there are only 27 markets able to get Spark.

A big priority in the marketing will be getting people to understand the improvements to the network, Hesse said. But he acknowledged that there remains a lot of work with the upgrades.
Bottom line: When the network is ready - in other words more competitive with other providers on a nationwide basis, expect the company to more aggressively compete for new customers through lower pricing.













Should You Sell Companies that Actively add Diversity

July 24, 2014

Something fascinating is happening in the world of tech. It would seem that based on the comments of some, the entire industry is racist and has somehow avoided lawsuits. As a result of high-profile accusations, Twitter like others in silicon Valley has recently posted that they will start to increase their diversity. They explain they will be more proud of themselves if they are more diverse.

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