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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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TParty Changes Computing?

April 11, 2005

Ah, the Boston Tea Party, a watershed event in the history of the United States and the independence of this great country. Just uttering the two words tea party together will make anyone aware of US history think back to ships over two hundred years ago in the Boston harbor with crates of tea leaves floating in harbor.

So it is logical that MIT, a Massachusetts based university would use TParty as the name of its new initiative in cooperation with laptop maker Quanta. What is this initiative you ask? To develop the next-generation of computing.

According to this TechWeb article, TParty's goal is "to create new systems for the development and seamless delivery of information services in a world of smart devices and sensors.



AOL and XM

April 11, 2005

AOL and XM have agreed to jointly create a radio service according to the WSJ who says the new cobranded service, which hasn't been named yet, will replace the current paid service on XM's Web site and will replace AOL's current radio services -- AOL Radio and Netscape Radio.

XM receives a powerful incentive in this deal as it will be able to market to over 20 million AOL users while AOL will be able to add 70 commercial free XM channels to its 130 other channels. AOL will package these stations for their subscribers and will also have a package for non-subscribers.

My take on this is that this is a win-win strategy and we will see Sirius coming back with an announcement with probably Yahoo! Or MSN. Google will also be heavily considering whether such a launch makes sense for them.



Marketing Support in DC or Maryland

April 10, 2005

Radicati On Tech

April 10, 2005

I recently came across the Radicati Market Stats & Industry Commentary and thought it worth sharing.

E-mail

  • In 2005, each email user will have an average of 1.75 mailboxes. This figure will grow to 2.0 mailboxes per user by 2008.
  • MS Exchange revenue is approximately $1.6 billion in 2005.

ATA Washington Summit

April 10, 2005

This is the draft schedule of events for the ATA (American Teleservices Association) Regulatory event I am speaking at soon. As you can see, I will be speaking with Chris Hodges from Noble Systems, Larry Mark from SER, Jason Pace from Stratasoft, and Paul Stockford of Saddletree Research) on Monday, April 18th, 2005.

I will be addressing the future of the contact center with my esteemed panelists. I have lost of creative ideas on this subject and have promised to get my presentation to the ATA by tomorrow. Trouble is, it is an incredibly beautiful day and I am debating playing hooky today.

107 VoIP URLs Yesterday

April 10, 2005

More VoIP URLS. Some interesting ones are www.aol-voip.com and www.at-t-voip.com, both of which have their contact details hidden. I suspect they are registered by the same person or corporation and I assume they aren't an agent of AT&T or AOL. Peter Nguyen from Houston, Texas registered www.earnmillionswithvoip.com.

Answers.com

April 9, 2005

I just started using Answers.com and am pretty happy with it so far. It works with Wikipedia and other sources to find the answers that you need and if a term such as "VoIP Peering," isn't in it's database, it does a search for you and you can click on the various results to get the answer you are looking for.

The interface is seamless. In your web browser you just hold the Alt key and click on a word for a definition to come up.

ICANN Approves Domain Names

April 9, 2005

Verizon Closer To MCI

April 9, 2005

Indian Call Center Fraud

April 9, 2005

In this New York Times article, something we have written about in Customer Interaction Solutions has finally happened. Customer records were acquired by some call center workers and this information was used to withdraw money from the accounts of unsuspecting customers. In this case the company in question is CitiBank who outsourced their work to India's Mphasis BPO.

Excerpts from the article:

Reacting to the news, a cyber law expert said the monitoring system in Indian companies needed to improve.

"This crime is a wake-up call," said Pavan Duggal, an advocate in India's Supreme Court. "There is an urgent need for far more due diligence in Indian outsourcing companies than is being currently done."
He said not all companies fully comply with the Indian Information Technology Act, which requires companies to introduce strict procedures for data protection.






The challenge companies have when outsourcing is how to assure the laws in other countries are on par with the US.



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