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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

UCaaS Leaders?

One more research company put out its market leader report on UCaaS (unified communications as a service or as I call...

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A Grateful Holiday Break

Heading home to visit friends and parents. It is a good time to stop to write what I am grateful for....

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SS7 Signaling Still Alive and Well

As operators migrate to IMS and LTE, and thus IP architectures, SS7 signaling has seemingly been left behind.  After all, Diameter...

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AirHopper: Even Air-Gap Networks are Not Secure

It’s a good time to be in the Cybersecurity business. Quite often, highly secure computers are disconnected from the outside world so...

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The era of the hardware-based media server is over -scaling software-based media servers

As the telecom world moves closer and closer to software- based infrastructure, many questions are being asked about scalability of these...

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10 Reasons Why Microsoft is Winning

With new CEO Satya Nadella at the helm, Microsoft is changing and into something it needs to be. A company embracing a...

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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.

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.

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