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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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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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April 20, 2012

A few months ago I read a comment regarding worker productivity improvement when given a second monitor. I must admit that I didn’t give it any real thought since I have utilized dual monitors for some time. However, in my quest to provide you with the best information available I looked into the claims. On the high side there are proponents of dual monitors that claim a 50% improvement in productivity.

A Couple of Cheesy Thoughts

April 16, 2012

What started as a slow weekend for cooking (pizza delivery on Friday) picked up on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast Saturday was potato pancakes with Havarti cheese and eggs sunny-side up. The pancakes were made from leftover mashed potatoes, flour, baking powder, cheese and an egg. I got the idea for the pancake as soon as I saw the mashed potatoes made by my wife.

Triple Digit Growth

April 13, 2012

SIP Trunking service revenue jumped 128% globally in 2011 according to Infonetics. Businesses want to embrace VoIP but they want the business ready features and applications associated with SIP. In the survey conducted by Infonetics businesses cited flexibility, centralization of resources and cost effective voice connectivity along with the surging popularity of hosted VoIP and UC services. So, as I often ask, why are you still thinking about joining this transformation in how businesses communicate?

If that isn’t enough for you to pursue new prospects and engage your existing customers to migrate to VoIP and SIP Trunking then note, the demand for VoIP is growing at nearly 16.6% CAGR according to TechNavio.

A Taxing Decision

April 11, 2012

Years ago, a mentor told me to do my own taxes as long as possible. In doing so, he explained I would have an understanding of tax policy that exceeded most people. This would allow for better tax and investment planning and, perhaps, better political decisions. So, rather than use H&R Block, I read the IRS forms and booklets.

Sweeeet!

April 9, 2012

Although spring officially began March 20th, I always view Easter weekend as symbolizing the true start of spring. In addition to the religious symbols for rebirth, it is also the weekend when the egg or birth in general is celebrated. I made only one egg dish, cheesy scrambled eggs nestled on a woven mat of bacon on sourdough toast. But I did think of spring and rebirth as I made it.
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