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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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Surprise! Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Not Airplane Friendly

July 1, 2014

Whether you think the Surface Pro 3 is a good product or not depends a great deal on the applications you plan on using and the specific needs you have. It is better than an iPad and a MacBook Air in many ways and also worse. While I have had about a week to use the device I have found it is a lot more productivity-inducing than an iPad Air if you get tremendous volumes of email like I do. Specifically, Outlook 2013 is a much better interface than the email client on an iPad.

Everything We Know About Disruption is Wrong

June 18, 2014

People in the tech space generally accept the Innovator's Dilemma written by Clayton M. Christensen as fact - companies need to either disrupt or be disrupted. Jill Lepore writing for the New Yorker Magazine questions much of what is "accepted wisdom" or as Al Gore might call it, "settled science" in a well-researched and written piece debunking much of what techies have believed for decades.

Lepore's argument is that the book uses handpicked case studies which aren't necesarily cut and dry in terms of their outcomes. Moreover, the innovators aren't always more successful than the incumbents as you can see from this passage below:

In fact, Seagate Technology was not felled by disruption.

Jibe Mobile Bringing Carriers to the WebRTC Cloud

June 18, 2014

The cloud computing revolution hasn’t been lost on carriers who are looking for less expensive and more flexible ways to serve their customers. Moreover feature velocity is a challenge – otherwise explained as the ability to rapidly add new and innovative features in a low-cos manner. Jibe Mobile is a Silicon Valley company helping carriers become competitive in this new paradigm according to the company.

In October of 2013 they sold a full RCS suite to Sprint – and their software is preloaded on all the Android phones they sell.

AudioCodes: A Solid WebRTC Money-Making Story

June 17, 2014

Alan Percy had a challenge... The Senior Director of Marketing at AudioCodes saw the promise of WebRTC three years ago... And he saw how disruptive it could be for his company which provides communications equipment for enterprises and communications service providers. He approached his engineers and told them they need to start thinking seriously about this new standard.

Charge in Style with Nomad

June 17, 2014

Some time back I wrote about Nomad cables - particularly the small thin Lightning adapter that fits in a wallet. Its the ideal was to ensure you never run out of power - as long as there is a USB plug nearby, you can always top off your device. Now the company has a new clip device which can attach to your backpack, laptop bag or anything else - to again, ensure you are always powered. The iPhone 5s doesn't last a whole day if you actually use it meaning power users are foreced to add a bulky case or top off frequently.

WebRTC Expo 2014 Atlanta Live Blog

June 17, 2014

Updated June 19, 2014 6:30 pm EST

The webifications of communications is transformational and at its core its WebRTC says Phil Edholm as he kicks off WebRTC Expo in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria. He says that WebRTC is the next wave of communications. He went through a number of waves - in tech and telecom. He pointed out that the Web needed time ot take off as infrastructure was built.

Dialogic Leading the way in WebRTC Deployments

June 16, 2014

Dialogic announced today they are involved in over 90 WebRTC engagements among telcos, enterprises, contact centers, cloud and Web companies, and public institution. Some of the details are as follows:

  • Communications service providers (CSPs) demand WebRTC. 74% of engagements have a CSP focus or relate in some way to communications service.
  • Existing IP communications networks must be extended. 67% need to connect existing networks with WebRTC where PowerMedia XMS provides media interworking.
  • WebRTC is a global phenomenon.

Alcatel-Lucent: NFV Can be More Secure than Legacy

June 16, 2014

As NFV and SDN usher in a new era of software telcos, there are just so many pieces which have to be put into place to enable solutions from disparate vendors to interoperate smoothly. Moreover, carriers are always looking for one throat to choke and NFV really opens up the carrier network is so many new ways that determining who is responsible for issues is more difficult.

Security has always been a major focus for operators. Indeed, when their networks were proprietary and thought to be bulletproof, it was determined a simple whistle distributed in a box of Captain Crunch cereal could give access to hackers.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Reviewed

June 12, 2014

By now my readers know I think the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a solid compromise between tablet and laptop with a few trade offs you would have with any device. Starting with the bad first, the keyboard although very functional, actually feels like it is made from cardboard. There is flex when you type. Moreover, there is no key spacing.

One Thing Amazon Music Has, Others Don't

June 12, 2014


One of the biggest challenges users of electronic devices have to deal with is battery life… I returned from a conference this week where executives all around me had iPhones with large, bulky covers… Something I try to avoid using whenever possible. The challenge becomes getting in the gym early in the AM, then using your phone all day in conferences and then streaming music or news later in the day without losing power when you potentially need it most. This is the exact challenge I had yesterday – I had a flight delay and was in the airport all day due to tornado warnings apparently in DC.

Bottom line is, in the gym yesterday morning I opted to use Slacker’s ability to play downloaded music from the phone.

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