David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Chicago, Chicago That Toddling Town

May 16, 2012

I am in Chicago most of this week for a myriad of different meetings. The primary one is to attend International Telecoms Week (ITW). Most of you know Broadvox as a SIP Trunking service provider but our legacy is as a carrier’s carrier or wholesale SIP Termination and Origination business. In fact, nearly a third of our wholesale business is generated by terminating traffic in the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada.

A Sea of Change

May 14, 2012

Not one to order surf n’ turf, I surprised myself when I recommended that for Friday dinner. Gay agreed and I grilled a lobster tail and porterhouse steak, both season with Greek inspired herbs and spices. A block party was planned for Saturday and we decided to make potato salad, deviled eggs, cookies, smoked salmon, smoke cheddar cheese and grilled Italian seasoned chicken. Rain cancelled the party but the grandkids came over and helped us consume the food.

The Internet, Broadband, 4G and Jobs

May 11, 2012

As I earlier communicated this week, I listened to an economist indicate that while the Internet is creating jobs it is doing so at a pace that is far lower than those created by the manufacturing industry. While intuitively this seems true, given our role in expanding the use of the Internet and IP communications, I believe we should know what effect our daily efforts to deliver VoIP / SIP trunks is having on job creation. Interestingly, I finally, found research that quantifies the number of jobs created as a result of the interplay between the Internet, broadband and the transition from 3G to 4G on job creation. The research study, “The Employment Effects of Advances in Internet and Wireless Technology: Evaluating the Transitions from 2G to 3G and from 3G to 4G” by Robert J. Shapiro and Kevin A. Hassett offers some concrete facts, figures and analysis to quantify such job creation.

Internet Job Creation

May 9, 2012

Generating a blog three times a week that delivers information to you that is useful in conducting your business and of interest to me can be difficult. However, sometimes, like today, I come up with a very useful topic only to discover I can’t do sufficient research in the 1 hour I allow for this task and fully understand and discuss the chosen topic. We all can agree that the Internet and IP Communications has changed the way we work, communicate, entertain, travel and on and on. It is also easy to see where Internet related business is contributing to the GDP of most nations in a positive fashion.

Smoking, Frying, Grilling and Spying

May 7, 2012

On Friday I mentioned that I was smoking 28 pounds of bacon, 17 pounds of cheese and 17 pounds of salmon. That’s a lot of smoking and since it was also Cinco de Mayo weekend and that meant indulging in a lot of Tex-Mex food. While I cooked some basic breakfasts, I mostly smelled of hickory smoke the entire weekend. That is until Sunday.

Random but Pertinent Thoughts

May 4, 2012

Ericsson leads in the world of wireless.

Amazon Kindle Fire is the most sold Android tablet but sales have fallen from 4.8 million in 4Q2011 to 750,000 in 1Q2012.

SBCs and ESBCs are important to the success of VoIP and SIP with Sonus and Acme Packet leading the market.

Apple has more than a winner in the iPad. It has market dominance.

It's a Monday, Wednesday

May 2, 2012

A few of you may have noticed there was no blog on Monday and therefore no recipe. Let’s just say my Monday started off with a few unexpected turns and writing the blog was briefly interrupted. It was a great weekend for food I cooked Cocoa Infused French toast with sautéed pears, prime rib with iceberg wedge salad and poached salmon in a creamy wine sauce with wild mushrooms and peas. Last night I made four Indian dishes, a traditional Rogan josh, butter chicken, beer braised beef with vegetables and coconut milk, chicken green masala curry with yogurt.

How do You Wireless?

April 27, 2012

Earlier this week the astounding numbers regarding Apple’s iPhone and iPad sales created a surge in their market cap moving the stock from $560 per share to $610 in twenty four hours. Also, benefiting from the sales of these products were Verizon and AT&T although actual activations were down quarter over quarter. It seems the only carrier to actually see their subscriber base grow as a result of iPhones sales was Sprint. However, the increase did not improve their revenue side of the ledger.

You're Fired

April 25, 2012

That’s right! “We regret to inform you that your position with the company has been eliminated. Please pack your belongings and leave the building immediately.” Okay, I exaggerate, the actual message was “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and wish you all the best for the future.” Except it wasn’t true. Someone in the Aviva Human Resources department sent the goodbye email to the entire company rather than the one person for whom it was destined.

Have a COW, Man!

April 23, 2012

This is my favorite time of year in Dallas with the fall second. The reason is simple. Sunny weather and we can be outside to enjoy it. Summer in Texas can be brutal with 100 degree days quite common.
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