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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 »

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.

Adopting a Changing Cloud

November 5, 2012

Over the last few years I have heard many definitions of cloud computing. Some increase an understanding of the technologies employed and others come across as naysayers, identifying cloud computing as an anachronism unfit for today’s needs. I find the latter difficult to support although, I have wanted to compare cloud computing with client server. Perhaps, it is best to review that now.

Personal Computing versus Personal Computers

November 1, 2012

Personal Computers or PCs remain the primary workhorse for the business employee. However, the landscape is rapidly changing. While Apple MacBooks are making inroads as an alternative to Microsoft Windows, it is relatively speaking insignificant. Windows continues to dominate the business PC market with 95% unit penetration.

Any Device, Really?

October 30, 2012

While it is clear that businesses are comfortable conceptually with Anywhere, Anytime and Anyway, Any Device or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) presents a myriad of ongoing integration issues. First, Windows is still the primary operating system for businesses worldwide on the desktop and portable computing platforms (laptops). This requires IT departments to begin any development effort with Windows as the first listed OS. However, the future is not just portable computing, it is wireless computing.

Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway, Now

October 25, 2012

I, along with several of my ANPI colleagues, spent the beginning of this week at the BroadSoft Connections 2012 in Phoenix. The subtitle/theme of the event was “Unleash the Possibilities”. Like so many things technological, it is highly unlikely that we will look back on this event as establishing a new era for Unified Communications (UC), however, I did find it worth noting how far the industry has come in the five years that I have followed UC. The buzz terms of presence, collaboration and unified messaging are now a reality for any number of companies and the price and technology can be practically embraced by SMBs.

SIP Trunking for Carriers and Enterprises

October 22, 2012

As often stated in my blogs, cost savings drives the growth of SIP Trunking for SMBs. However, carriers gain through cost savings in terms of equipment, facilities, maintenance and peering by transitioning from TDM to IP. The other key benefit is that carriers are able to over certain IP applications and services when customers are supported by an IP infrastructure. For example, HD Voice or G.722 cannot be offered across non-IP based networks. Therefore, it is a service that a carrier can offer to its multi-location customer base.

Why Carriers Should Transition to SIP Trunking?

October 15, 2012

Carriers benefit from SIP Trunking several ways. First there is the revenue perspective. By offering SIP Trunking services Carriers can provide improved quality of service (both voice quality and service robustness) to their carrier partners and their end users/business customers. It is through the adoption and deployment of SIP Trunking that carriers are able to offer a VoIP service that has availability characteristics of 99.995 and mean opinion score equal to toll service 4.4 out of 5.0.

Inspirational Leadership

October 8, 2012

Friday marked one year since Steve Jobs death and, not surprisingly, it provoke commentary and thought about the man, his leadership style and the future of Apple. Initially, I was not going to blog about Steve because I considered that there were plenty of others to do so. However, an article/blog did catch my eye and generate a bit of thought. Kathryn Cave, Editor, IDG Connect authored an article “Steve Jobs: The Model of Inspirational Leadership”.

It's in the Cloud

October 4, 2012

As I walked the floor of IT EXPO yesterday, it was almost overwhelming to see the number of cloud-based solutions. The applications, tools, partners and value propositions have become stronger. Alliances between competitors are forming to promote cloud-based solutions, APIs and standards. It is nearly inevitable that a company will implement a major business solution in the cloud over the next few years.

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