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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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Large Wireless VoIP Deployment

November 8, 2004

Thought I would share this bit of news that skibare shared with me. Basically, the largest Californian wireless ISP is now offering VoIP to businesses using Level3's (3)Tone Business platform with a purported reach of 250,000 business customers! WOW! As cheap wireless broadband becomes more ubiquitous, this will no doubt push wireless VoIP to the masses further "squeezing" the RBOCs and even the cellular companies.

Roadtrip to Empirix - VoIP Testing Company

November 8, 2004

I headed up to Bedford, Massachusetts this past Friday to visit with Empirix and get the latest scoop on their new testing products. TMC Labs has been using Empirix's hardware for over 7 years to test telcom products and I have always been impressed with Empirix's ability to "evolve" their products. For instance, 5-7 years ago (then called Hammer Technologies), Empirix's strength was "load testing" traditional PSTN technologies, such as T1/E1/analog PBXs. Their system, affectionately called "The Hammer" could inititiate several dozens or even hundreds of simultaneous PSTN calls at once to a system under test.

Hammer XMS VoIP Testing Tool

Well, with the explosion of VoIP, Empirix has launched several products to address VoIP testing.

Nomar Garciaparra a Yankee?

November 4, 2004

Nomar Garciaparra a Yankee?

- Wade Boss leaves Boston Red Sox and comes to Yankees to win a World Series ring.

- Roger Clemens leaves Boston Red Sox and comes to Yankees to win a World Series ring.

Can Nomar be next? What better way for the Yankees to even the score against the Boston Red Sox than use a once-beloved Red Sox All Star player and a one-time Red Sox Nation fan favorite?

Packet8 Outage

November 4, 2004

UNE-P and the FCC

November 4, 2004

VoIP More Popular Than Previously Thought

November 4, 2004

Interesting story about VoIP (they term it Web Calls) being more popular than previously thought: Yahoo! News - Web Calls May Be More Popular Than Thought - Survey

Here's an excerpt:
Making cheap telephone calls over the Internet could be much more popular among consumers than previously estimated, leaving incumbent telecom service providers highly vulnerable, a survey revealed on Thursday.

Over 50 million western European consumers with a broadband Internet connection at home may use telephony software and special phones by 2008, British research group Analysys found.

Walmart Crushes AOL and adds WiMAX, WiFi, VoIP

November 4, 2004

"Walmart Crushes AOL and adds WiMAX, WiFi, VoIP." Sounds like a great breaking news story doesn't it? Well, unfortunately right now it's merely "hypothetical".

skibare brought an idea to my attention that Walmart could buy Vonage or some other VoIP broadband service provider, sitck some WiMAX equipment on all of their roofs and start selling VoIP over WiMAX. The thought actually crossed my mind as well 2 years ago but with long-distance WiFi not WiMAX, but I'll give skibare credit for this one.

GoldMine 6.7

November 3, 2004

Gee, FrontRange just sent me a demo copy of GoldMine v6.5 a few weeks ago for a product review and already Goldmine v6.7 is out! I feel so outdated...

I spoke with FrontRange a week or so ago and they are really pushing their developers hard to crank out new features. More importantly, they told me they truly value customer feedback (such as feature requests) and try hard to add them into the next release.

Death of Vonage?

November 3, 2004

According to this news release Yankee Group Expects Alternative VoIP Providers To Lose 47% Market Share to MSOs and IXCs/ILECs by the End of 2005.

According to the report, in the coming year, local VoIP providers will be facing the communications market leaders: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner. Delivering primary-line voice service is a very resource-intensive effort. According to the Yankee Group report, Fighting Goliath: Can Alternative VoIP Providers Survive?, the MSOs are bringing VoIP to the mass market as a primary-line replacement.

8X8 Packet8 Stock Price Jump

November 3, 2004

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