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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Four Ways Cable Operators Can Boost the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The customer experience has always mattered, but its importance has grown in recent years. This has been driven by increased global competition, including the almost instant availability of alternations, and the rising expectations by fickle and informed consumer. Yet, cable operators have a long way to travel if they want to deliver the customer experience (CX) that consumers demand.

The Temkin Group’s Q3 2014 survey of 10,000 US consumers’ opinions about goods and services registered the lowest ranking average Net Promoter Score (NPS) for pay TV providers, a telling statistic. Internet service providers did almost as poorly, coming in only one position higher.

“As technology innovations drive shifts in consumer behavior and open new service opportunities, operators must start eliminating pain points,” stressed Alcatel-Lucent’s Nicholas Cadwgan in a recent TechZine article, Cable MSOs transform the customer experience. “This includes any obstacles that will impede their ability to launch and provide adequate care and quality assurance for those services.”

Cadwgan lays out four customer experience management (CEM) areas that cable operators should focus on.

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HP Can't Compete in Public Cloud as Amazon Machine Learning Launches

There are long-term trends in technology we all know are happening. Computers will get more powerful. More devices will be connected. Finally,...

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Interactive Intelligence contact center presentation

March 17, 2005

Qwest Boosts MCI Bid

March 17, 2005

Off To Dallas -- Almost

March 16, 2005

Rich Tehrani Applauds Selection of Kevin Martin as FCC Chairman

March 16, 2005

It is my belief that Mr. Martin is the best person to fill the role of FCC Chairman and as such we expect him to achieve great things for the country and consumers everywhere. I applaud his philosophy of light-touch regulation in broadband and believe he will be remembered as someone who has done great things for broadband growth while protecting consumer interest.

Chairman Martin is a person who understands telecommunications, politics and is a champion of competition and consumer choice. He is not afraid to be controversial if he believes he is right. In short he is an ideal leader at a time when we are at a crossroads in communications technology, media ownership, digital television and a host of other broad issues such as WiMAX proliferation and competition.

What will define Commissioner Martin is how he carefully balances the needs of the incumbent and competitive service providers while taking into account what is best for today's consumer and tomorrow's competitive landscape.

The VoIP industry hopes that Mr. Martin will continue the pro-voice over IP stance the commission has espoused for the past few years.





KEVIN MARTIN SWORN IN AS FCC COMMISSIONER

March 16, 2005

Washington, DC - Kevin J. Martin was sworn in today as a member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term that runs to June 30, 2006.

Before joining the FCC, Martin was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was Deputy General Counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

DSL Evangelism

March 16, 2005

Here are some DSL adoption stats from the DSL Forum. The report seems one-sided but if the stats are accurate it marks impressive growth for the DSL market in general. I eliminated all but the salient points of their news.

  • DSL Subscribers Worldwide Sail Past the 100 Million Mark
  • 35.5 Million New Global DSL Subscribers in 2004
  • North American DSL Surpasses 16 Million in 2004 While DSL Subscriber Base in Latin America Grows More Than 100%

Global DSL subscribers sailed past the 100 million mark in February 2005, according to the latest data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic.

VoIP MP3 Player

March 16, 2005

You have heard me talk about the VoIPOD for a while now and that is why I was excited to read on MacWorld that a South Koprean company will unveil an MP3 player with VoIP in May. The company is Ezmax and the model number is the EZMP4200P.

The device is 70 millimeters long, 24mm in diameter, and weighs 24 grams without the AAA-size battery. As well as MP3 music files, it plays a number of other formats including WMA (Windows Media Audio), ASF (Advanced Systems Format) and Ogg. The device is capable of voice recording, comes with an FM radio and has a two-color (blue and yellow) 128-x-64 pixel OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen.

The device is available in three models, each with a different flash memory-based storage capacity: 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.



Harris Interactive VoIP Study

March 16, 2005

Harris Interactive just released a new telecom study and they say consumer attitudes and technology drawbacks are barriers to adoption. This seems in  line with where the industry is. We still have some work ahead of us in educating the world on why they need to adopt voice over IP in their home and business.

Salient points:

  • While nearly nine in 10 (87%) business decision makers are aware of VoIP (76% at least somewhat familiar), one-third (36%) of consumers are aware of VoIP (56% at least somewhat familiar).
  • Furthermore, while 12 percent of business decision makers familiar with VoIP currently use it, only three percent of consumers familiar with the technology use it.

See You in Dallas Thursday

March 15, 2005

Here are the details of the Interactive Intelligence Seminar I am participating in this Thursday in Dallas. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 17

 

8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration & Complimentary Interactive Breakfast

Foyer

8:30 – 8:50 am

Welcome – Interactive Intelligence Corporate Introduction and Best Practices in an IP Contact Center

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ

8:50  – 9:20 am

Keynote – Industry Direction

Rich Tehrani, President of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)

9:30 – 10:00 am

Best Practices in the IP Contact Center 

Network/IT Planning; Clear Plan for Workforce Optimization and Customer Driven Applications  

Peggy Gritt, Senior Director, Global Market Solution, ININ

9:50 – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 – 10:30 am

Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) Live Demo

Tim Passios, Team Lead, Technical Sales, ININ

10:30 – 11:00 am

Change Management

Ivy Meadors, Founder and CEO of High Tech High Touch Solutions, Inc.

11:00 – 11:15 am

Customer Success Story

John Andrews, Effective Teleservices

11:15 – 11:30 am

Hitting Home: Keys to Success

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Complimentary Lunch

Crystal Palace 

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Registration

Foyer

1:00  –1:20 pm

Welcome – Vonexus Corporate Introduction and the Microsoft®-based IP PBX 

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ/Vonexus

1:20 –1:50 pm

Keynote – The Future of IP Telephony

Rich Tehrani, President of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)

1:50 –2:20 pm

Maximize your Microsoft Investment 

Leverage your communications into your Microsoft Business Solutions

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm

The Microsoft-based IP PBX: Enterprise Interaction Center® (EIC) Live Demo

Learn how the EIC IP PBX boosts worker productivity with a full Microsoft integrated solution 

Tim Passios, Team Lead, Technical Sales, ININ/Vonexus

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Case Study – Access Technologies

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Vonexus LiveConference

Meet your full conferencing needs with an audio solution integrated with Microsoft LiveMeeting 

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Hitting Home: Keys to Success

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ/Vonexus

Packet8 Services

March 15, 2005

Packet8 has on fire with announcements lately and the newest one talks about their business class features. Here are three new features the company will offer: Virtual Office VoIP-hosted PBX service – Virtual Extensions, Metered Extensions and Toll Free Local Number Portability (LNP).

With the Virtual Extension feature, businesses can customize any number of specific extensions to function as information-only mailboxes for items such as driving directions, special promotional offers and other customer service announcements. While Virtual Extensions are not associated with a physical Virtual Office telephone, they can be forwarded to remote numbers anywhere in the world for 3.9 cents per minute in the U.S. and Canada plus applicable international rates when calling overseas. Virtual Extensions can be reached from the auto attendant, through direct inward dial (DID), and an extension call, and may be added to Virtual Office plans for $9.95 per extension per month plus a one-time activation fee of $19.95.

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