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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 »

Gobble, Gobble, Gobbled

July 2, 2012

It was a busy and very varied weekend for food. Since I enjoy Philadelphia cheese steaks we had those for Friday dinner. Saturday was what I call a mariner’s pie versus a shepherd’s pie. Instead of lamb and few vegetables as the filling, it was crab, shrimp and lobster held together with a béchamel sauce.

Nora Ephron and IP Communications

June 27, 2012

Yesterday, director and writer Nora Ephron died after battling leukemia. You may not be familiar with her name but you probably know at least one of of her well known movies. Of interest to me, two starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and the third Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

In the first, Sleepless in Seattle, we are introduced to a man that has lost his wife in a very public way, the radio.

The World is Making Lemonade

June 25, 2012

This past weekend I hosted a dinner party so Friday was a simple affair of brined pork chops and roasted potatoes. However, Saturday was my first grilled or smoked dinner. It was not a BBQ or casual affair. We started with smoked salmon serve with an avocado purée, smoked fontina cheese and spicy salami, smoked cheddar cheese and roasted pork shank, and grilled vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder that were then tossed with fresh basil, tarragon, oregano and lemon juice.

Over Promise and Under Deliver

June 22, 2012

Microsoft with the announcement of Surface continues to over promise and under deliver. The Surface tablet looks very promising but in reality it is another example of marketing FUD. Microsoft should be embarrassed at announcing a product without a delivery date or price. Although, today there is activity on the web that indicates it will be priced at $599 for the RT model and $999 for the Windows 8 Pro model.

June 20, 2012

ITU says Broadband Is the Answer

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is an agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technologies. They allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure interconnection of networks and technologies and work to improve IT and communications for communities worldwide. Yesterday the ITU released a letter addressed to the participants of the G20 postulating that expanding the reach of broadband and increasing its available speeds would enable the G20 economies to improve at a faster rate.

Trending, Trendy and Works

June 15, 2012

Too often we use the phrases “everyone” and “everywhere” when we mean something entirely different. We usually use such terms to denote a rapidly growing trend. For example, everyone does not have a smartphone, tablet or Facebook account. Consequently, there is still room to sell other competitive items or gain additional converts to social media.

And the Answer is...

June 13, 2012

Best-of-Breed, End-to-end, single vendor architecture and everything scape; these are the terms of the past and future which are dangled in front of businesses and carriers as the nirvana for a myriad of situations. Yesterday, during Cisco Live, CEO John Chambers spoke of an increasing trend for carriers to consider single vendor networks and architectures as the best solution. Interestingly, I thought that point had been made years ago by the original single vendor provider to carriers in North America, AT&T.

AT&T of the last century controlled most of telecommunications in North America with significant influence on the rest of the world.

Mac and Cheese, Mitt and Telecom

June 11, 2012

It was surprising to learn that I have not shared my macaroni and cheese recipe with you guys. That’s amazing because it is a dish that gets made quite often when the grandkids are over for dinner or when Gay and I desire a comfort food. I made four notable dishes last week, a quick cured salmon that was pan roasted, smoked brisket, grilled beef heart and macaroni (actually cavatappi) and cheese with bacon and sundried tomatoes. The salmon was amazing in that I cured it for only an hour using two parts sugar to one part salt and a mixture of dill and ground pickling spices.

Mac and Cheese, Mitt and Telecom

June 11, 2012

It was surprising to learn that I have not shared my macaroni and cheese recipe with you guys. That’s amazing because it is a dish that gets made quite often when the grandkids are over for dinner or when Gay and I desire a comfort food. I made four notable dishes last week, a quick cured salmon that was pan roasted, smoked brisket, grilled beef heart and macaroni (actually cavatappi) and cheese with bacon and sundried tomatoes. The salmon was amazing in that I cured it for only an hour using two parts sugar to one part salt and a mixture of dill and ground pickling spices.

It Isn't What It Seems

June 8, 2012

A couple of years ago as I flew from Atlanta to Dallas, thunderstorms prevented us from landing and we were diverted to Austin to refuel and try again. On board was a large group of teenagers traveling together and I noted their immediate use of smartphones, laptops and such to understand what was going on and communicate with their anxiously awaiting parents. Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being delayed again by thunderstorms and what should have taken less than two hours turned into eight and a half hours. But this time it was different.
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