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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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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 »

Bring Your Own Governance

March 18, 2013

Over the past few days there have been multiple articles espousing the importance of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobility. While there are those that insist mobile phones will soon exceed desktop phones, the facts don’t support the conclusion. It is expected that desktop phones will continue to be the primary communications device for the foreseeable future simply due to the cost of replacing all of the devices. However the importance of mobile devices has grown to a point where an AT&T study indicated that 66% of small businesses (2-99 employees) could not survive without mobile devices.

FCC Moves on Call Completion

March 14, 2013

In a clear demonstration of the priority the FCC places on addressing rural call completion issues, Tuesday it was announced that Level 3 agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $975,000 after an investigation into its rural call completion practices.

Call completion practices into rural areas have been suspect for some time as callers complain about false busy signals, long hold times of dead air, no ringing on distant end and poor voice quality. The effect has been to cause businesses to lose customers, families to miss important information and create potentially dangerous situations affecting the public good.

As FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski accurately points out, “When calls to American in rural communities aren’t reliably completed, the consequences are both life-threatening and damaging economically.”

Transforming Your Business with Hosted Communications

March 12, 2013

Tomorrow, three others and I are offering ideas for ILECs and service providers to engage in new business models during a morning session at COMPTEL. If you are attending, we are in Pinion 2 beginning at 10:15. During this session, I and other panelists will discuss potential new revenue streams and products, such as hosted communications, Wi-Fi, machine-to-machine (M2M) platforms and IPTV. Given the range of subjects it should prove to be a lively session moderated by yours truly.

Telecommuting is Innate to the IP Community

March 7, 2013

Two weeks ago the IP community was shocked to read that the new CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, announced the desire to eliminate remote or telecommuting workers. Her specific rational for this was “…communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side…Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” I disagree with both her statements and course of action. But, before explaining why, perhaps I should justify why this topic is of interest to me.

In previous blogs regarding worker productivity, I pointed out that just by having dual monitors worker productivity was increased by 44% for text tasks and 29% for spreadsheet tasks (Monitor Size and Aspect Ratio Productivity Research - University of Utah).

ANPI and Channel Partners 2013

March 4, 2013

Normally, my blogs do not address ANPI specifically. However, last week was somewhat momentous. We announced the release of our retail SIP Trunking products and the establishment of our new group of channel managers.

The ANPI SIP Trunk is available with unlimited local and long distance calling including 35 countries.

Understanding Five Nines or 99.999%

February 25, 2013

Five nines or 99.999% has always been an overused and not understood standard for discussing availability. At best the use of 99.999% is often inaccurate, misleading or not applicable but let’s be clear. A network, such as the ANPI private IP network, is designed, built and operated with the goal of delivering 99.999% network availability to our customers. Let’s first understand what the commitment of 99.999% uptime translates to in terms of minutes of downtime per year.  

One out of 6831

February 21, 2013

Monday was President’s Day and many, including ANPI, celebrated the holiday. And although, I was actually working, I decided to delay the blog since many of you would miss it. Therefore, this is the first blog of the week. For those of you who have read this blog for a few years you know that each year I analyze the President’s State of the Union Address to see if he mentions telecommunications.

Unified Policy Effort

February 14, 2013

One thing I forgot to mention was the successful conclusion of the unification of NTCA (The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association) and OPASTCO (Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies) during the RTIME conference in Orlando. The unification of the two organizations will increase the policy influence of the rural service providers and telecom companies. Several long-standing association by-laws were changed, one of which provides non-cooperative Telco members full voting rights in the new entity. At the end of the month the unification will be declared complete and the new entity will be called NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association.

BroadSoft UC White Paper

February 11, 2013

Last week BroadSoft released a study updating interest in Unified Communications (UC). The study claims to include some SMBs but does not indicate the percentage. This is important when discussing UC because the value proposition differs greatly between single location and multi-location businesses and size of business.

Research has shown that there are three key drivers specifically for small businesses and UC.

All IP, All the Time, Oracle?

February 8, 2013

Yesterday, I did something I rarely do. I forgot to write the blog and for that I apologize. As ANPI approaches the launch of its first major new product for SMBs and enterprises, I got tied up in meetings and, well, forgot. I even have a couple of things worth sharing.

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