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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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BellSouth Awarded Favorable DSL Decision

March 28, 2005

Marc Cuban Vs. RIAA

March 28, 2005

A very unlikely champion of p2p networks may be the most important friend the young industry has. In a  recent blog entry, Cuban outlines some of the businesses he owns and why he feels the recording industry could seriously cripple innovation if they win the MGM Vs. Grokster case. Here is an excerpt from Cuban’s blog:

We are a digital company that is platform agnostic. Bits are bits.

Hosting Grows Slowly

March 28, 2005

Personalized Menus?

March 28, 2005

It is important to choose words carefully. This is especially true when you are Microsoft and hundreds of millions of people use your software everyday. I have had a minor dilemma for months. I keep getting shortened menus when I click on Start and the Programs.

Google Advertising at a Crossroads?

March 28, 2005

Is Google really in trouble? According to an article in the International Herald Tribune, Google is losing some high profile trademark cases around the world based on its system, of selling advertising based on keyword. Google has been sued unsuccessfully in the US before and by some huge names. Playboy, AXA and American Blind & Wallpaper Factory have all tried to stop Google from selling ads based on their keywords.

In the US the Google argument goes something like this.

Quintum Enables Vonexus

March 28, 2005

Vonexus (Vonexus News) is working with Quintum (Quintum News) to enable the Vonexus IP PBX known as the Enterprise Interaction Center to work with the Quintum SIP Tenor MultiPath switches. The switch in this case acts a gateway between the world of IP and the PSTN.

There are two important items worth discussing relating to the Vonexus and Quintum release. Vonexus is pushing ahead rapidly with announcements and they seem to be building momentum. The second item is Quintum’s unbelievable ability to partner with a wide range of companies.

CommPartners

March 27, 2005

Lots of companies are getting into VoIP by piggybacking on networks from Volo or Level 3. Few companies are actually building out nationwide networks but I ran into some people that are. CommPartners (CommPartners News) has filed for CLEC certification in 50 states and hopes to be done by summer. They will sell their network and applications as a wholesaler.

They are able to handle calls from IP to IP, IP to TDM or just TDM to TDM.

Emergent Network Solutions

March 27, 2005

A complaint I get often from VoIP providers is that the complexity of deploying VoIP is more than meets the eye. Getting disparate equipment to work together seamlessly is a challenge. Sure there are bakeoffs and other ways to get companies to work together but when you get into network deployment mode it gets complex and expensive to get all sorts of equipment to work together in one seamless package.

Before I can tell you what the company does in detail I need to define the 3 acronyms necessary to help understand what they do.

E-REV: ENTICE Residential/Enterprise VoIP
ELICIT: Emergent Local Integrated Carrier Internet Telephony
ENTICE: Emergent Network Telecommunication Infrastructure Control Environment

A quick note, the products have to be simpler than the acronyms.

OK, where was I? Oh Yes, the company execs I met with seem like good people and aside from the acronym soup above, I think they are on to something here.









Brooktrout and IBM

March 27, 2005

If there is one thing that's important in VoIP deployment these days it's scalability. Now that VoIP is being deployed, I keep hearing huge customer number projections. Cable companies and Vonage are all in the hundreds of thousands of VoIP users already and AOL has the potential to be in the millions. These are staggering numbers and require a new breed of product to deal with massive roll out numbers that are potential in the world of VoIP.

I recently met with Brooktrout and IBM to discuss how Brooktrout's SnowShore division is working wit IBM to make shore they can sell a solution to allow service providers to scale quickly, inexpensively and reliably.

SnowShore's IP Media Server is in release 1.3 and comes prepackaged on IBM's BladeCenter.



For the Love of Patents

March 27, 2005

Either you love patents or you hate them. InformationWeek had a comprehensive story on patents in the March 21, 2005 edition. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake or have already been paid at companies like Ebay, Microsoft, RIM and Symbol. Microsoft, one of the companies who files a tremendous number of new patents a year is asking for reform.

"It's too easy for a litigant to manipulate the U.S.

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