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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Notes from Connections 2014

Broadsoft Connections kicked off with the usual festivities yesterday including a pool party and a summer fashion show. This morning it...

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Tidbits of Telecom and Other News

Makes you think, right? It also makes me think that regulations hold back some innovation. AirBnB, Uber and Tesla Motors challenge...

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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.

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.

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