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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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Reselling VoIP

February 13, 2005

I’ve known Citel’s Mike Robinson for a while and he has never been so enthused as the most recent chat I had with him about Citel’s future after the MCK acquisition. MCK was a very strong company in the 1999-2000 era. They sold remote access solutions and were well-respected in the industry. During the “crash,” they fell off the face of the earth it seemed.

VoIP Network Readiness

February 13, 2005

Tadiran and Sprint

February 13, 2005

Recently I witnessed how a service provider can work with an equipment manufacturer to differentiate themselves and their offering to do things that other companies without the same types of ties can’t easily do. Sprint is working closely with Tadiran selling IP based telecom systems. With a new SIP server coming later this year the two will be able to enable remote video monitoring via the PBX as well.

I saw a sleek ZyXel WiFi telephony phone and a proprietary wireless phone working with the Tadiran PBX. All of these solutions by the way are sold under the Sprint IPX brand of products and can be sold only by Sprint authorized dealers.

Audi A6

February 12, 2005

I recently rented a car from Hertz and can’t believe how much they charge these days. This latest rental was botched pretty bad due to Hertz mistakes and I probably wasn’t the most pleasant customer to deal with as I was late and about to miss a meeting. The agent behind the desk upgraded me to an Audi A6. I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me quickly and I loved the car after a few days.

Sideways

February 12, 2005

So I saw Sideways last night. I don’t know what it was about before I saw it and am not sure I know more now. The movie might have been an insightful look inside the human soul or the comparison of vastly different personalities thrown together in the giant salad bowl of life.

Or perhaps it was just a stupid movie that I tried endlessly to understand. I am not sure if I was bored during the movie or perhaps trying to figure out why it was made.

Netcordia NetMRI VoIP Analysis Module

February 12, 2005

I recently met with Netcordia and learned about their VoIP Analysis Module that works with their NetMRI product. The product does active testing, QOS analysis and can make a path diagnostic chart showing you where the problem areas are. It can tell you if QoS policies are not enabled for example.

It can tell you about jitter, packet loss and other variables you need to know when managing VoIP in your network. The program uses SNMP to capture MIB data from devices across call paths.

The cost for the product is $25k for 200 routers and switches and 5,000 interfaces



QoS and monitoring ar hot areas in VoIP now.

Inter-Tel Embargo

February 12, 2005

VoIP Security Alliance

February 12, 2005

NEC UNIVERGE SV7000 MPS

February 12, 2005

I recently met with NEC’s Jay Krauser and Bruce Grant to discuss their IP telephony strategy. NEC’s telecom division has always been a strong engineering company as opposed to other companies in the industry who focus more on marketing. Lately they have done a better job of promoting themselves than at any time in the last decade I can recall.

With this in mind I was curious to see if they are still focusing on engineering and developing leading edge products.

U4EA VoIP Funding

February 11, 2005

LONDON - (February 14, 2005) - U4EA Technologies, the leading embedded quality of service (QoS) software provider for multi-service networks, announced today that it has successfully completed another funding round

Developed to support carrier and enterprise customers, U4EA’s next-generation network devices include two technologically advanced hardware products that will launched later in the first quarter of 2005.

These products have been developed to enhance network access across converged, fixed and internet-based (IP) networks and enable simple migration to reliable triple-play communications.

U4EA's Ethernet IP Telephony Adapter below:

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