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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Don't Miss Fiber Mountain Session Next Week in Vegas

Next week at Software Telco Congress (the NFV and SDN event) in Las Vegas - collocated with ITEXPO, there will be some...

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Internet Telephony Expo: Still Relevant?

I’ve attended the ITExpo for many years, and lately I’ve been asking myself, “Is this event still relevant?” At one time,...

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Securus eResponder a Solid IoT, M2M Device

With an aging population around the world, the potential for strokes, falls and other medical problems which leave a person unable to...

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Does Tesla Know Proprietary is Typically Wrong?

BMW is working to build a charging network and unlike Tesla who is using proprietary tech, they are utilizing the SAE Combo...

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How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed...

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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.

And the State of Unified Communications is Good

July 24, 2014

In continuing my review of InformationWeek’s 2014 State of Unified Communications, I want to hit on several observations. The first is to address the lingering view that the desk phone will die and all workers will become mobile workers. It is going to happen. In fact, the InformationWeek survey found that a majority of workers (53%) have already switched to softphones, smartphones or other mobile devices.

Successful Teams Enable Successful Companies

July 22, 2014

Team building is lauded by some and despised by many, as its value to a business is thought to be primarily subjective. Yet, it is clear that having group activities fosters a better work environment and improves overall productivity. However, team building exercises or events do not necessarily create teams. Teams must be conceived and built by the company or department managers and then nurtured to mature and perform optimally.

The State of Unified Communications

July 16, 2014

The 2014 State of Unified Communications by InformationWeek surveyed subscribers both large and small and had some very interesting findings. The survey had 488 respondents with 31% having more than 5000 employees slanting the results more towards larger companies than small. That is consistent with current UC implementations and does not necessarily dispute the rise in interest by SMBs.

In listing drivers for the adoption of UC business continuity was either not included as an option or respondents don’t consider it a priority.

Wired for Speed - Congratulations, Bell Labs!

July 11, 2014

Bell Labs just announced that they have been able to transmit data at 10 Gbps over a 30-meter length of bonded copper. The research unit of Alcatel-Lucent used a prototype technology called XG-FAST, an extension of G fast technology, a broadband standard in the process of finalization by the ITU. Bell Labs has demonstrated 1 Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters using a single copper pair, but exceeded that using two pairs to achieve 10 Gbps. This establishes Bell Labs as new world record holder for data transmission over copper.

The benefit of such a technology is that it can accelerate the deployment of high speed broadband by extending the life of the existing copper in the home or business.

A Rose by Any Other Name...

July 8, 2014

Globally, people today have fewer and fewer phones tethered to a wall. It is far more likely we use wireless technology to communicate and because of that solutions like hosted Unified Communications are growing in demand. Yet, identifying the device in our pocket as a phone is erroneous. Yes, it makes and receives phone calls but it does so much more.

Speaking at COMPTEL, and Speaking In General

June 27, 2014

Earlier this week, I learned that I was accepted as a moderator and speaker for the upcoming COMPTEL conference in October. The session is called, “Enabling the Mobile Worker Using Hosted Communications,” a subject with which I have great familiarity and interest. Clearly, it is an opportunity for me to represent ANPI, but it is also an opportunity to inform about the measurable benefits of developing and supporting an effective mobile workforce.

It is estimated that work-at-home, telecommuting workers or those working outside of the office (sales, travelers, etc.) make up nearly 30% of the US workforce, according to The American Community Survey.

End of Life Plans for TDM

June 24, 2014

The transition from TDM to IP communications has been underway by enterprises and SMBs for a long time. A few years ago, it was estimated that 85% of enterprises leverage VoIP – and, more recently, 12% of SMBs – have discovered it, as well. Service providers have, for the most part, been less aggressive to state the value of the transition. That is, until now.

The 2014 SIP Survey is Here

June 17, 2014

SIP is no longer an unknown form of communications protocol. Hundreds of thousands of companies have embraced SIP Trunking, if not millions. The SIP Survey, conducted by the SIP School, does not attempt to determine the level of penetration; rather, it is unique in attempting to understand the problems or concerns of those implementing SIP Trunks.

Graham Francis, CEO of The SIP School, has created a business that offers the IP Community the ability to learn about SIP and become certified to market, sell, install or trouble shoot SIP-based products.

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