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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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2015 Predictions

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2014.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2015.  It...

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Subscribers Want Service Providers to Protect Their Devices

By: Patrick Tan, Alcatel-Lucent General Manager of Network Intelligence

A recent U.S. survey by Alcatel-Lucent Motive found that 71% of smartphones had no security protection to defend against malware. That’s a sobering stat considering the 20% rate at which mobile malware is increasing annually. The malicious activity can degrade smartphone performance, secretly pirates your data minutes, and steal personal information from you, spy on your whereabouts and track your browsing calls, texts, emails and web browsing.

Now here’s where the survey gets even more interesting: It reveals 65% of mobile subscribers think it’s the service provider’s responsibility to protect their smartphones. And the majority is willing to pay their service provider for this mobile service – up to $4.40 per month!

For operators continually on the hunt for new revenue generating services and “sticky” offers that attract and retain subscribers, device security services is a lucrative and differentiating opportunity right under their nose.

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You need a Flip Phone for Your Data Center

The big news of the week is celebrities are eschewing smartphones for flip phones. What you ask? Yes, flip phones, those clamshell...

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2 Items About Open Internet

Like Global Warming is a lousy label for Climate Change, Net Neutrality is a lousy label for Open Internet. But then...

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Connection Contradiction

Comcast conducted a survey in 2012 and again in 2014 about business connectivity. Today, 4% less think connectivity is tactical and...

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Grading 2014 Predictions

 I made some bold predictions last year.  Now is the time to face the music and grade myself. 1. Last year...

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Unified Communications: The Seven Pitfalls to Avoid

December 10, 2014

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) can provide many benefits to a business from multiple perspectives. Businesses can gain from the reduced cost of implementation, speed of installation and improvement in employee productivity. However, there are pitfalls to avoid when migrating to a Hosted UC solution. Here are seven major ones:

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Telecom Agent Considerations in Selecting a Service Provider

November 13, 2014

As an Agent, you have a number of decisions to make. You need to decide what you wish to sell (services, products or systems), to whom you wish to sell (small, medium or large businesses, or target verticals), what you need to be successful (product, organizational structure and pricing) and with whom you should partner (an OEM, service provider or Master Agency). You also need to view yourself as a small business owner, and understand that if you are not investing the time to make correct decisions, you are not properly managing your business.

As I look back upon my nearly twenty years working with indirect selling channels, I have settled upon, in my opinion, the seven key considerations for Agents selecting a service provider.

Wheeler Embraces Technology-Neutral Regulation

November 6, 2014

 

At a time of significant change in the political makeup of our country, and the advent of a rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is endorsing the concept of technology-neutral regulation. Rather than paraphrase the Chairman, here are the comments from his blog of October 31st:

“Earlier this week, I circulated a proposal to update the Commission’s rules to give video providers who operate over the Internet – or any other method of transmission – the same access to programming that cable and satellite operators have.

What do the Midterm Elections Mean to Telecommunications?

November 4, 2014

 haven’t listened to every debate around the country, but I am willing to bet there have been no questions asked of candidates about issues regarding telecommunications. I find this interesting because telecom is a very important to our economy, our lives and how we, as a country, maintain our position as the sole remaining superpower. Clearly, as the CMO of ANPI, I spend most of my day developing product and marketing strategies to grow our Hosted Unified Communications business. But I am also a member of the IP communications community and a citizen with broader concerns.

How to Drive Hosted Unified Communications Adoption

October 31, 2014

Often, companies decide the best way to drive a new technology adoption is to have an employee or group become evangelists for the new product. While designating people as evangelists is a good idea, it is not the best way to get employees to use new things. A far better way to ensure adoption is to provide information about the potential technology acquisition to employees as early in the process as possible. By involving employees in the selection and decision process, they have an increased level of ownership in making use of the technology successful.

Fixed Mobile Convergence is Coming of Age

October 21, 2014

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) is an odd name for a very beneficial capability. FMC is the ability to transfer calls seamlessly between a fixed or wireline phone and a wireless device. FMC has been around for nearly a decade and remains fairly unknown to the average person. However, this past weekend, FMC got a big boost.

Presence and Instant Messaging are the Best of Hosted Unified Communications

October 14, 2014

For me, the last few weeks have been marked by a flurry of shows and speaking engagements. ANPI has spoken on the subject of Hosted Unified Communications to audiences at COMPTEL PLUS, BroadbandVision, MATSS, Great Lakes Technology Showcase and BroadSoft Connections. Most of the attendees have heard of UC, but still find it difficult to boil down the primary reason for implementing the solution. I find it very important to speak to these attendees without assuming they understand UC, and, thus, my objective is to deliver definitions and value propositions that resonate with them, their business and the businesses of their customers.

The Top Reasons for Search Engine Marketing

October 9, 2014

The goal of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) for most businesses is to generate website traffic. That is, however, an incorrect objective. The goal should be to generate specific kinds of traffic. If you are building awareness, then the net cast for attracting viewers can be very broad, and the sources of traffic can cover any number of search engines, social media sites and various PPC alternatives.

But, Wait! There's More! (Part 2!)

August 6, 2014

Previously, I made a push to demonstrate that SIP Trunking was moving beyond Early Adopter towards Early Majority. Several facts point to the increasing demand and shorter buying cycle. Before the end of 2015, SIP Trunk sales will exceed T1s, with Infonetics reporting that 58% of the 300 companies surveyed plan to purchase SIP Trunks (versus 55% buying T1s). Granted the percentages are close, and probably within the margin of error, but the difference represents a significant trend in the adoption of SIP Trunks over the last few years.

IRS Approves Windstream REIT for Asset Spin Off

August 1, 2014

Windstream came up with the novel approach of designating its network circuits (fiber or copper) as real estate, and recently received approval from the Internal Revenue Service. The new designation was allowed using the legal definition of “real estate,” or income earning assets that cannot be moved. Certainly, a copper or fiber circuit falls into that category. Windstream will use the approval by the IRS to create a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), which will be spun off into another investment opportunity for interested parties.

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