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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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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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