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

Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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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.

Can You Access Me Now?

April 6, 2012

In the debate over the availability of broadband and the underserved portions of our country, wireless does not seem to be an important variable. Yet, as CTIA reported, there are more wireless subscriptions than people in the U.S. (322,800,000 vs. 312,781,000) and more than half of those subscribers have smartphones.

If Only Dorothy had a Smartphone

April 4, 2012

Yesterday was certainly interesting for the Dallas Broadvox office. We had our first visit by our new CEO, Bruce Chatterley, and the first evacuation of the office. In case you missed the news, the north Texas was hit by powerful thunderstorms yesterday which spawned several tornadoes. A few of these were on target to strike central Dallas and, ultimately, we were told to leave our offices and seek shelter in the subterranean parking garage.

Cheeky and Cool

April 2, 2012

The menu for the weekend was greatly influenced by my decision to make an updated version of pasta carbonara. Therefore, I could be less creative in cooking or so I thought. Friday’s dinner was coconut shrimp and panko crusted shrimp (yes, both). Saturday began with a shrimp omelette garnished with toasted coconut.

Paradiddle, RIM Shot, Cymbal Crash, Done

March 30, 2012

It wasn’t going to be easy to get millions of CrackBerry users to eat their fruits and vegetables, but Apple has succeeded. Not only has the Apple iPhone successfully dominated RIM’s BlackBerry in the U.S., they are now winning on RIM’s home turf, Canada. According to IDC and Bloomberg, after beginning with a lead of five to one when the iPhone debuted, the iPhone out shipped the BlackBerry last year 2.85 million to 2.08 million. RIM’s revenues in Canada and the U.S.

Conversation is Important

March 28, 2012

Channel Partners began this week in Las Vegas and Broadvox and many of our partner Program members are present. We find the conference educational and a chance for us to gather and discuss opportunities to improve and expand our businesses. While we cannot visit with our over two thousand partner members, we do meet with many of the well-known Master Agents who represent many of our members.

Channel Partners is more than just a search for new agents.

Classics Remain While One Disappears

March 26, 2012

It was a lovely weekend for cooking and doing things outside. However, I decided earlier in the week to make coq au vin. Provincial French cooking is always a pleasure and the results are just plain good. So, with a plan of cooking coq au vin on Saturday and pasta carbonara on Sunday I knew one or the other would be the recipe of the week.

Invest in Yourself, Enjoy the Returns

March 21, 2012

In an industry where acronyms and obscure terms are prevalent and created every day, Unified Communications is just the latest in a long line of telecommunication solutions that VARs, agents and integrators need to adopt. Consequently, the requirement to recreate themselves again is rapidly approaching, if not past. Recently, while on an IP related panel during IT EXPO, an audience member stated that his customer base was not transitioning to IP communications and he saw no need to promote it nor any of the related technologies. “Wow!” was my reaction.

A Game of Chicken

March 19, 2012

Some weekends it is tough to cook a dish that I can turn into a recipe. For example, my favorite dish I made on Sunday, rigatoni pasta with beef shanks. This required braising the beef shanks for three hours with aromatic vegetables and beef stock. Then straining and reducing the resulting sauce; adding a little tomato paste, seasonings, cooking the pasta, shredding the meat and mixing it all together.
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