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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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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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