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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

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

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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RLECs ask to join the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

December 6, 2012

The rules changes imposed by the FCC have caused a great deal of consternation for many RLECs. With the amount of funding or investment recovery uncertain, RLECs have begun to batten down the hatches and reduce their infrastructure spending and existing or future personnel. The Rural Broadband Alliance (RBA), consisting of 200 rural telecommunications service providers, has written a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders requesting that changes to the USF be put on hold until further review by congressional committees and the Federal State-Joint Board which was created by Congress in 1996 to review proposed changes to the USF rules.  Apparently, the FCC has not seen fit to submit the revised rules for review.

It would not be out of line for the RBA’s request to be considered since much of the debate surrounding the Fiscal Cliff includes discussion of the impact upon small businesses if we go over the cliff and much of rural America’s telecommunication infrastructure and services is provided by small businesses.

When the Bundle Talks Back

December 3, 2012

I may be fighting a losing battle in the defense of privacy. And I, also, recognize that knowing the habits of buyers is very important in determining what and when to market various products to improve the success of sales. Moreover, with marketing as my profession, I consider the collection of information on customers and prospects critical not only to selling but also to enabling the development of products and services that are more applicable to an ever-changing marketplace. However, as we surrender more and more personal information to marketers, I wonder about the apparent lack of boundaries by some companies.

When the Bundle Talks Back

December 3, 2012

I may be fighting a losing battle in the defense of privacy. And I, also, recognize that knowing the habits of buyers is very important in determining what and when to market various products to improve the success of sales. Moreover, with marketing as my profession, I consider the collection of information on customers and prospects critical not only to selling but also to enabling the development of products and services that are more applicable to an ever-changing marketplace. However, as we surrender more and more personal information to marketers, I wonder about the apparent lack of boundaries by some companies.

When the Bundle Talks Back

December 3, 2012

I may be fighting a losing battle in the defense of privacy. And I, also, recognize that knowing the habits of buyers is very important in determining what and when to market various products to improve the success of sales. Moreover, with marketing as my profession, I consider the collection of information on customers and prospects critical not only to selling but also to enabling the development of products and services that are more applicable to an ever-changing marketplace. However, as we surrender more and more personal information to marketers, I wonder about the apparent lack of boundaries by some companies.

PBX Market Dynamics in 3Q12

November 29, 2012

With all of the talk of cloud computing and hosted communications, it is easy to forget that there remains a fairly strong market for physical PBXs. Of course, the traditional TDM based PBX market is falling, but the Hybrid (TDM/IP PBX) and IP PBX markets continue to generate new sales in all geographies and regardless of business size. And the overall size of the market is increasing quarter over quarter over quarter and year over year. However, in addition to technology TDM transitions to IP, and premises equipment versus cloud/hosted communications decisions, economic conditions are also affecting purchasing decisions.

In a yet to be released report by Infonetics, it is reported that in the third quarter the global enterprise PBX market, (TDM, hybrid and IP PBXs), grew 2.8% for the quarter but a 5.6 percent year-over-year decline was observed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Lessons from Lincoln

November 26, 2012

ANPI is based in Springfield, Illinois where the Lincoln Presidential Library is located. I haven’t had time to visit the library as yet, but I did watch the recently released film, Lincoln. Without a doubt, Abraham Lincoln deserves the recognition as America’s best president. However, in watching the movie, you learn that the phrase “Honest Abe” may not have been an apt moniker.

A Telecom Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and to note the blessings in our lives. I have been associated with the telecom industry and IP communications for over thirty years and have seen many changes. As an industry we have been through recessions, the Internet bubble burst, deregulation and a myriad of other challenges. Yet, we thrive.

Social Media Best Practices for Small Businesses

November 15, 2012

With only 12% of SMBs believing that they are getting the most out of their use of social media, I thought it useful to present some best practices and alternative social websites during this blog. While this blog considers service providers (ILECS, RLECs and Wireless) and channel partners (VARs, Agents) as the primary audiences, I believe it is our job to communicate to our SMB customers how they can better leverage technology and grow their businesses. After all, ANPI and you guys are the trusted advisors.

Best practices for social media begins with reputation management and that means setting up an account with Google to take advantage of Google Alerts.

Small Businesses and Social Media

November 12, 2012

Normally, I combine small and medium size businesses into the common category of SMBs. However, today, I want to primarily address small business and social media opportunities and considerations. Over the last couple of months several articles and studies have been released concerning how small business can benefit from social media. It is very important that this segment of our economy with over 5 million representatives recognize that engaging in social media can result in growing sales, increasing customer satisfaction and improving customer stickiness.

As service providers, we can help small business by functioning as trusted advisors as they address the ambiguity of social media by providing some industry/business vertical best practices.

Where is that Cloud Going?

November 8, 2012

Earlier this week I discussed how client server computing could be viewed as Cloud 1.0 in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While knowing history is good, where is cloud computing is today?

A study released in June by North Bridge Venture Partners presents an interesting picture. After collecting information from 785 respondents that included users, vendors and consultants, a second annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey was completed.

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