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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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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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AT&T CallVantage Lowers Price

September 30, 2004

Vonage sued by MP3.com founder Michael Robertson

September 30, 2004

Just the other day I was speaking with someone at SIPPhone and their market positioning. I didn't get a chance to speak with Michael Robertson (founder of MP3.com), and now the president of SIPPhone, but I plan to follow-up with Michael.

What I did hear from SIPPhone was very intriguing. I was told that Michael's aim is "to drive VoIP price-points down to ZERO, NADA, ZILCH, FREE!"

Wow!

AT&T CallVantage and Circuit City news

September 30, 2004

Skype debate

September 30, 2004

Was reading this debate on Skype:
Skype and five good reasons why you shouldn't cancel your other phone services just yet - The Unofficial Apple Weblog - apple.weblogsinc.com" href="http://apple.weblogsinc.com/entry/7391864753130518/">My gripe with the hype around Skype and five good reasons why you shouldn't cancel your other phone services just yet - The Unofficial Apple Weblog - apple.weblogsinc.com

I posted some comments there as well as Om's blog.

Basically, I think what Skype needs to do next is two-fold
1) change to open standards - i.e. SIP so they can terminate with more service providers and offer better interoperability. Although their architecture may not lend itself to this.
2) Work with hardware vendors, such as Linksys, Netgear, etc.

Linksys and Verizon to offer VoIP

September 29, 2004

Linksys, announced today that Verizon will use Linksys home networking adapters with Verizon's VoiceWing broadband VoIP phone service.

The Linksys phone adapter connects a customer's phone to the broadband network, similar to the Cisco ATA-186 or the Sipura SPA-3000. It converts analog signals into digital packets that travel over the Internet. It also offers various calling and call management features, but it's unclear from the news I read whether or not this is a standalone device or if it's included along with LinkSys's existing home broadband router product line.

Popular Telephony and QuesCom Deal

September 29, 2004

As previously mentioned, I'll be writing about Popular Telephony's Peerio for Internet Telephony Magazine. But in the meantime, I came across another win for Popular Telephony.

Here's the release:
POPULAR TELEPHONY AND QUESCOM to Deliver Complete Serverless Enterprise Telephony Solution

(Sophia Antipolis, September 29, 2004). Popular Telephony, the telecommunications middleware company and creator of Peerio™ – the innovative technology for server-free, peer-to-peer communications, and QuesCom, the leading European provider of GSM gateways for IP and ISDN environments, today announced that the QuesCom 400 GSM media gateway will support the serverless functionality of Peerio-based network, providing the essential call direction from IP to PSTN and vice versa.

George Bush vs John Kerry Debate

September 29, 2004

The George Bush vs. John Kerry debate tomorrow has me excited like a kid the night before Christmas. I just can't wait for tomorrow to be here. I'm so giddy these past two days in anticipation of the debates, it's like I'm waiting for the SuperBowl kickoff, or waiting for the tipoff of an NCAA Final Four game (especially when UCONN is in it).

Microsoft P2P VoIP plans

September 28, 2004

So what are Microsoft's P2P plans? And how does their P2P/peer-to-peer plans relate to VoIP?

The latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack (SP2) has advanced networking features installed, including a P2P feature, but it must be turned on by doing the following:

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.

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Enterprise Adoption of Hosted IP Voice

September 28, 2004

Thought I would share an excerpt from an interesting research report released by IDC

Sept. 27, 2004--After years of hype, VOIP has made the shift from an emerging technology to a viable business solution. Although the consumer market has attracted the most attention from the press, VOIP is gaining accelerated business adoption. The market for hosted IP voice services among US businesses is expected to reach nearly $60 million by the end of 2004. IDC projects a compound annual growth rate of 282% to reach $7.6 billion in 2008.

Skype Niklas Zennstrom keynotes Internet Telephony Expo

September 28, 2004

Greg Galitzine recently blogged the fact that Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and co-founder of Skype, will address the audience at Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO in Los Angeles on October 6.

Skype has certainly helped make VoIP mainstream and they have built a loyal following. But can Skype match the hype? Can Skype become a truly killer app that brings traditional telephony service providers to their knees?

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