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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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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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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Time to Accept Mobility as the Way

September 24, 2012

Focusing on the iPhone success misses a larger point. It is not simply the success of Apple or even Samsung, who actually has the larger global market share for smartphones (33% vs. 17%), that is the major business story. The more important story continues to be the migration from desktop devices and PCs to mobile devices and smartphones.

That's Crazy!!

September 20, 2012

As I travel for business, I find myself offered the opportunity to access ANPI’s data network or the Internet via Wi-Fi on several airlines. Like most dedicated employees, I do work on airplanes but I have only once paid for the privilege of using an airline’s Wi-Fi service and I am not alone.  According to GoGo, one of the providers of such a service, less than 10% of passengers use Wi-Fi on airplanes. Furthermore, as in my case, being able to expense the service does not improve the adoption or penetration rate.

The ILECs and NTCA 2012

September 17, 2012

In joining ANPI, I have been reintroduced to the concerns of the smaller independent telephone companies. Although, these companies are labeled as “incumbents”, they are relatively unknown outside of their local areas. Two things are worth noting: these ILECs or RLECs have been affected by the latest FCC reforms on funding and transit rules more than most of us are aware and these same companies must develop business plans that address the technological changes that IP communication affords them. I have addressed the funding reforms put in place by the FCC multiple times and will continue to review the impact of the new rules on our industry.

A Taxing Issue for Broadband and Channel Partners 2012

September 13, 2012

A Taxing Issue for Broadband and Channel Partners 2012

Earlier this week the FCC reversed itself and decided not to pursue taxing broadband to supplement the funding of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF is funded through taxes on wireline services. Since the use of wireline services is dropping due to increased use of wireless services and applications, the USF has seen its funding strained.

When Rural Becomes Competitive

September 10, 2012

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) has renamed itself the Competitive Carrier Association to create greater synergies to fight AT&T ad Verizon, the two largest wireless carriers in the US. Whereas the RCA saw its initial charter as promoting the interest of small regional wireless carriers, the market has been defined by consolidation. This changed the landscape from wireless carriers categorized as regional and geographically limited in size and scope to nationwide.

When I was with Ericsson in the early 1980s is was very important for carriers to cooperate with roaming agreements and device interoperability.

ASP (Access, Speed and Price) Defines Broadband Penetration

September 6, 2012

According the FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, 98% of Americans now have access to broadband that meets 4 Mbps down (into the home) and 1 Mbps up (into the Internet). This infers that 2% do not have such coverage, which represents over 5,000,000 people. Not surprisingly, the remaining 2% are scattered over a third of the country’s landmass. While the new rules covering the Universal Service Fund (USF) and InterCarrier Compensation (ICC) have need adopted by the FCC and those monies are intended to support the expansion of broadband to uncovered or underserved areas, the amount required to address the remaining 2% is prohibitive.

Gravy and the Blue Light Dilemma

July 16, 2012

It should have been a great weekend for cooking but I wasn’t as motivated as normal. I made breakfast for my wife each day but only cooked on Saturday. I grilled wagyu beef New York strip steaks and served them with a spring salad and fettuccini. Wagyu beef is from the same breed of cattle that produces Kobe in Japan.

Red, White and SIP

July 9, 2012

I took a few days off last week which led to me cooking more than usual. I won’t go into everything I fixed but I have to extol the virtue of slow cooked Italian gravy. There are an abundance of recipes out there and I recommend keeping it simple. I also recommend using San Marzano tomatoes and white wine to sweeten instead of red.

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.

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