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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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The Status of Local Telephone Competition

January 24, 2013

The recent status report issued by the FCC this month is chalk full of statistics with little narrative but one can draw quite a few conclusions from the data. The easy conclusions are a) wireline connections continue to drop, b) wireless and VoIP connections continue to rise c) ILECs are still looking for a future strategy while the CLECs and wireless companies are executing a strategy. One principally based upon IP communications.

According to the report, In December 2011, there were 107 million end-user switched access lines, 37 million VoIP subscriptions, and 298 million mobile accounts for a grand total of 442 million retail local telephone service connections.

The State of Wireless and Wireline in America

January 21, 2013

Last week I was in San Antonio attending the 2013 Wireless Symposium and WiExpo. In addition to ANPI having a booth for carriers to discuss our product offering, I also participated on a panel addressing mobile video. Since ANPI is not a network or infrastructure provider, my view of supporting video is to incorporate it as an application or service after addressing infrastructure requirements. In brief, video is viewed as an entertainment delivery technology rather than for training, content delivery and collaboration. Recognizing that video can serve the needs of businesses in improving productivity, providing on-demand training and education, building teams across geographical divides and reducing travel costs.

In the Year 2013 (Part III)

January 14, 2013

Continuing with my ten most important matters for 2013:

7.    4G Service Area Expansion – with the advent of 4G, mobility has finally reached the business professional. While the wireless carriers tend to be less than specific about how many of the subscribers use 4G or the actual percentage of their networks covered by 4G, several have been very specific in identifying the amount of investment they will make to expand their service areas with AT&T leading the pack announcing they will $8 billion over 3 years.

In the Year 2013 (Part II)

January 10, 2013

Again, my top ten things to monitor or be aware of this year are in no particular order. Each is important to the industry in addressing a required standard, regulatory issue or technology trend. So, let’s continue with item 4.

  1. Call Completion Issues – this is perhaps one of the more vexing issues we face as an industry and to some extent as a country because it is principally affecting only rural communities.

In the Year 2013

January 7, 2013

Although it is common to look back on the previous year for highs and lows, I decided to look forward to the top 10 things to monitor in 2013. The order is not of any particular importance but the ten items are of concern or interest to most of us.

  1. Cloud Services – the growth of cloud services in support of hosted communications, IT infrastructures and application distribution continues unabated. Cloud services appeals to all sizes of businesses and has found useful purpose in the most intransigent businesses that once would have maintained all technology and services in house.

On to 2013

December 24, 2012

Free Speech versus an Open Internet

December 20, 2012

Most Americans are fervent defenders of the First Amendment right of free speech. The definition of Freedom of Speech has been modified over the years to be both more expansive and in some cases restricted. However, it has persevered and remains fundamental to our political, legislative and judicial practices. I remember during the 2012 Presidential campaign how Mitt Romney was pilloried over his phrase “corporations are people too”.

For Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown, Connecticut

December 17, 2012

When an event as horrific as last Friday’s murders of twenty children and seven adults occurs, it is impossible to not have thoughts and want to comment on the factors that both could have caused or prevented the incident. I ruminated about today’s blog for sometime but cannot find a way to express my sorrow or regret over the loss of so many lives so abruptly. As individuals we cannot effect actions or laws that might reduce such acts of violence in the future. As members of an industry committed to the support and delivery of information, we can solicit our representatives to be responsible to each and every one of us by ascertaining what legislation or policies can be enacted to limit future occurrences.

Ubiquity through Mobility

December 13, 2012

For years telecommunications has sought ubiquity of phone service globally.  A major impediment to such an achievement was the cost and complexity of building out the required network infrastructure. Cellular/wireless technology reduced the cost, complexity and allowed for phone service to be expanded into rural and third world geographies more rapidly than previously forecasted. For example, as wireline connections fall in the US, wireline connections now exceed the total population with an individual subscriber rate of nearly 250 million people.

What grows at 500% in 12 Months? LTE

December 10, 2012

Generally speaking, I haven’t followed the growth of wireless as it relates to 4G and/or LTE. Usually, I look at the total number of wireless subscribers either globally, 6.4 billion, or by region, North America with 320 million cellular connections. However, today I discovered an organization called 4G Americas and learned that this group tracks specifically the deployment and adoption of Third Generation Partnership Project technologies. These mobile technologies include GSM (Global Mobile Services), LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 4G (Fourth Generation) mobile.

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