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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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ATCA Products

March 24, 2005

In my recent blog, AdvancedTCA Growing Quickly I talked about how Instat mentioned the OSC market and more specifically the ATCA market is advancing nicely. This post was based on some research by Instat. I had a chance to ask Eric M. Mantion, Senior Analyst at Instat about the OSC and ATCA market in particular. Here are his comments:

Why do you see AdvancedTCA gaining share over other standards?

The MVNO

March 24, 2005

The following is an except from an Instat newsletter I received today. I thought it worth of sharing.

CTIA's Number One Jeopardy Category: Ends in "O"

"Alex, what is an MVNO?"
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) seem to have caught the attention of CTIA goers (only five years late the way I figure it). The most astonishing sight was the impeccably dressed Sean "P. Diddy" Combs as he addressed the Monday morning keynote audience.

Yahoo E-Mail Compared

March 24, 2005

It was only a matter of time. Google’s Gmail let the genie out of the bottle and there is no way to compete in the free e-mail game unless you give a gigabyte of storage. According to Reuters, Yahoo! now matches Google’s Gmail and gives the same amount of e-mail storage away for free. What is most impressive to me about this announcement is that it took so long to do.

Was Yahoo!

Intrado, TCI and 911

March 24, 2005

Here is a great overview of what is happening in the world of VoIP and 911: Intrado and TCI to Address 911. I have written about how 911 over VoIP will eventually be much better that 911 over the PSTN. This article echoes my sentiments.

The problem is that Texas and perhaps other states are pushing for VoIP to be as good as the PSTN’s 911 service, today! This isn’t reality.

Some people will tell you that the incumbents haven’t made it easy for VoIP providers to have access to PSAPs and thus allowing their VoIP service to be on par with the PSTN.



Symbian and ActiveSync

March 23, 2005

Symbian will license the Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol for in Symbian OSTM. Symbian OS licensees worldwide can enable a range of mobile email solutions and other personal information management data using the ActiveSync "plug-in" supported by Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

Why is this important? This is a crucial step in the right direction for the mobile market. Microsoft has the lion’s share of the e-mail market and with the ability to allow the entire Symbian family of products to seamlessly interoperate with Exchange Server, the question becomes why will Blackberries be needed?

This is an oversimplification of the market.



Small Business VoIP

March 23, 2005

Here is a great article titled IP Telephony for Small Business: When Failure Is Not an Option

The article is a good read because it points out questions worth asking such as:

  • What are the business goals of considering an IP telephony system – improved services, decreased costs, integrated network, for example?
  • What services will employees need today and in the future?
  • What type of training will be necessary to ensure employees use the system as effectively as possible?
  • Can the existing data network handle the increased bandwidth that are required from an IP telephony system?

Furthermore it discusses some of the approaches you can take.

  • Hybrid – An IP card is attached to an existing PBX and the user receives a IP phone. This approach allows the user to get phone calls over an IP phone, but not the other services available through IP telephony.

The Perception of Qwest

March 23, 2005

Aside from a grammar issue, I found this release titled The Perception of Qwest, discussing Qwest’s business model to be a good overview of why the carrier is forced to put together this huge deal with MCI.

Here is a key paragraph:

Qwest realizes they have to do something if they want to continue to grow. Their legacy markets are under attack on many fronts and they strategically are not positioned in the fast growing wireless sector. “Doing nothing” relegates them to managing a shrinking business and that is not why a man of Notebart’s stature took the CEO role.



Texas Sues Vonage

March 23, 2005

In December of 2004 I wrote the following about VoIP 2.0:



VoIP E911


I have said it before and I will say it again if we don’t get our act together soon as an industry we will have some serious headaches to contend with. The positive press friendly to VoIP that we witnessed for a year will vanish the moment someone is injured or worse because there is a problem with VoIP and E911 connectivity.

The current state of 911 over today’s VoIP providers is not good. The incumbents aren’t as much of an issue as the newer carriers who transfer 911 calls to lower priority administrative lines in PSAPs. E911 over VoIP can be much better than PSTN 911. We need to come together as an industry and discuss the challenges and standards issues and make sure that e911 over VoIP becomes a reason to adopt and not a reason to pass on VoIP.

I consider this a stumbling block that needs addressing on our way to achieving VoIP 2.0.




MCI Mulls Qwest Bid

March 23, 2005

According to the WSJ, the MCI board is meeting to weigh the Qwest bid. MCI said last week that it would respond to Qwest's latest bid by March 28, though a decision also could be announced this week, according to people close to the situation. Qwest's bid is $5.25 a share higher than the accepted offer from Verizon. The size of that spread makes it difficult for MCI to justify staying with the current Verizon offer, some investors and lawyers say.

MCI still eventually could go with a deal from Verizon, even with a deal that is nominally lower than Qwest's, since it would be seen as a less-risky deal.

VoIP Increases $6/Month

March 23, 2005

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