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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

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

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Improving Office Productivity is all about IP and Mobility

March 16, 2012

Today’s blog was to be about the Broadvox Partner Program top selling 2011 Master Agent Telecom Brokerage (TBI) and Independent Agent Cross/Talk Communications. And I do wish to congratulate them on an outstanding achievement. I further want to acknowledge that Cross/Talk has won the award three years straight, TBI the last two years. Great Job!

A Wide Opening

March 14, 2012

Some of you know that in addition to fulfilling my role as EVP Sales and Marketing for Broadvox, I also play the trumpet. Perhaps, the most life changing day for me was when I heard a song played by trumpeter Bill Chase called “Open Up Wide”. The song begins with a soulful wail representing the need for change. It then flows into a frenetic cacophony of blaring trumpets and booming bass lines declaring the arrival of a new rock sound.

It's 2:00 A.M. in the Morning

March 12, 2012

With 311 million people in America, I wondered how many of them set their alarms to wake up at 2:00 a.m. to set their clocks forward an hour. I’d tell you the number but I could not find a study on the subject. Also, please note that no babies are born on this day between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.

Hosting Services

March 9, 2012

Hosting services primary difference from cloud computing is that the hosted service provider is expected to provide servers for applications requested by the client or user. Therefore, a hosted environment can involve both the service provider and the client needing to learn about how the applications will interact with those offered by the service provider and those proposed by the client. Furthermore, most hosted environments are shared and although virtual machines are built running separate applications, one virtual server failure can affect another.

Interestingly, Broadvox delivers hosted communications with some customization but we do not allow for client provided applications to be loaded onto those servers.  

Cloud Computing, Hosted and Managed

March 7, 2012

Interestingly, I considered describing the differences between cloud computing, hosted and managed services as a somewhat unique for today’s and Friday’s blogs. However, there are several years worth of articles and blogs attempting to clarify these three offerings. Yet, my opinion of how the market and customers should view them remained unchanged even after a bit of research. While each has unique qualities, companies such as Broadvox offer all three.

Hot, Hot, Hot

March 5, 2012

I was definitely inspired to cook this weekend. Friday, Gay, my wife asked for chicken fried steak which I made along with chicken fried chicken. Saturday, began with shrimp omelettes for breakfast with meatloaf for dinner. Given that my first recipe turned many of you off because I did not use catsup as a topping.

Up, Up and Away

March 2, 2012

The Dow Jones Industrial average finally crossed 13,000 and held it earlier this week. That was significant because it has been four years since the Dow closed above 13,000. The last time the Dow reached 13,000 was in May of 2008. Some will lament that the number means little since it is still below the highest closing of 14,164 in October of 2007.

Scotch Eggs and FRAND for Breakfast

February 27, 2012

Scotch Eggs and FRAND for Breakfast

I have been waiting for a neighborhood Irish bar to open for months. The place was suppose to open in September but was delayed until last week. I had perused the menu prior to going and decided I wanted Scotch Eggs along with something else (fish and chips was high on the list).

BYOD is not for Everyone

February 24, 2012

The first thing people think of when BYOD is an option is security. In fact, Practicing Safe SIP was the most read blog I ever authored. However, the security concerns with BYOD are very different from those of properly protecting the enterprise from external threats. With BYOD you are inviting the threats as guests into the enterprise and you have no idea where those devices have been.

Mobile UC More than FMC

February 22, 2012

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) once synonymous with mobile UC is now defined as merely a capability that most UC platforms deliver. The ability to transfer a call from a desk top device to a mobile device is not mobile UC. Furthermore, expanding IP communications from the VLAN to Wi-Fi is not UC. The use of Wi-Fi as a transport medium is more closely related convenience, cost reduction and technology leverage than UC.
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