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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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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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New Dell Call Center in India

March 18, 2005

According to a CNET Story the contact center, like two others Dell is already operating in India, will handle telephone calls from consumers in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

The new facility, located in Mohali near the Chandigarh metropolitan area in India's Punjab province, will have 300 Dell employees at first, company spokesman David Frink said.

The center is being opened to support Dell's huge growth of late. The company is now the world's largest PC maker over Hewlett-Packard. But Dell has experienced growing pains in the recent past, causing some customers to criticize its service and support.

The company's India operation has, at times, been at the center of those accusations by both consumers and businesses, with each sometimes complaining of lackluster service. Dell responded by taking measures such as rerouting some tech support calls from businesses to its U.S. support technicians.





Phone+ Mention

March 18, 2005

CallVantage: Only 53,000 Customers

March 18, 2005

AT&T has been reluctant to share their customer numbers and I assumed that was because they were low. It turns out that 53k is the number of users they have while Vonage is going to break 1,000,000 by the summer. My perception is that Vonage is outspending AT&T 10 to 1 on advertising if not more. I actually purchased two science magazines to read on the plane on my most recent trip and both had Vonage ads in them.

Yahoo 360

March 18, 2005

Yahoo will soon introduce a new service called yahoo 360 that combines blogging and social networking. The service is designed to enable Yahoo's 165 million registered users to pull content from the Web site's discussion groups, online photo albums and review section to plug into their own blogs.

Participants can either choose to open their blogs to the entire world or restrict access to people invited through e-mail. Initially only those invited will be able to use the service which seems to be a page right out of Google’s Gmail service.

Blogging and social networking are areas of huge growth potential. If Yahoo!



Heading Back to NYC

March 17, 2005

I had a great time speaking in Dallas and I met some interesting people looking to implement VoIP in their companies. There was a healthy split between enterprise and contact center companies that I met with and the question that many of them are grappling with is when to switch to IP. As I mentioned in my keynotes, the time is now. There is widespread adoption of VoIP going on today from the contact center to the enterprise to the government...

Wireless Growth Stats

March 17, 2005

Here are some stats from the TIA on wireless growth:

Wireless handset spending in the United States will rise to $13.3 billion in 2008 from 10.1 billion in 2004, growing at a 7.0 percent compound annual rate. This growth is attributable to increased functionality as well as increases in subscribers. As overall subscriber growth slows and new users provide less of a boost than in the past, the replacement market will become the primary focus to increase subscribers.

Camera phones are one of the most popular features and are estimated to comprise 60 percent of shipments by 2006. Smart phones, which combine a phone with other applications such as an organizer, are an emerging segment of the market.



Vonexus VoIP Presentation

March 17, 2005

Interactive Intelligence contact center presentation

March 17, 2005

Qwest Boosts MCI Bid

March 17, 2005

Off To Dallas -- Almost

March 16, 2005

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