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

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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Notes from Connections 2014

Broadsoft Connections kicked off with the usual festivities yesterday including a pool party and a summer fashion show. This morning it...

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Speaking at COMPTEL, and Speaking In General

June 27, 2014

Earlier this week, I learned that I was accepted as a moderator and speaker for the upcoming COMPTEL conference in October. The session is called, “Enabling the Mobile Worker Using Hosted Communications,” a subject with which I have great familiarity and interest. Clearly, it is an opportunity for me to represent ANPI, but it is also an opportunity to inform about the measurable benefits of developing and supporting an effective mobile workforce.

It is estimated that work-at-home, telecommuting workers or those working outside of the office (sales, travelers, etc.) make up nearly 30% of the US workforce, according to The American Community Survey.

End of Life Plans for TDM

June 24, 2014

The transition from TDM to IP communications has been underway by enterprises and SMBs for a long time. A few years ago, it was estimated that 85% of enterprises leverage VoIP – and, more recently, 12% of SMBs – have discovered it, as well. Service providers have, for the most part, been less aggressive to state the value of the transition. That is, until now.

The 2014 SIP Survey is Here

June 17, 2014

SIP is no longer an unknown form of communications protocol. Hundreds of thousands of companies have embraced SIP Trunking, if not millions. The SIP Survey, conducted by the SIP School, does not attempt to determine the level of penetration; rather, it is unique in attempting to understand the problems or concerns of those implementing SIP Trunks.

Graham Francis, CEO of The SIP School, has created a business that offers the IP Community the ability to learn about SIP and become certified to market, sell, install or trouble shoot SIP-based products.

Starbucks to Provide Even More Energy

June 12, 2014

I’m not sure if the following will increase Internet or Wi-Fi traffic, but it will certainly increase competition for seating at your favorite coffee shop. In conjunction with Duracell, Starbucks will rollout special charging stations built into tables to wirelessly charge your cell phone. The clear pun here is that you can now get a cup of coffee and a table, and really charge your batteries.

Over the next three years, Starbucks intends to install more than 100,000 Powermat charge pads into tables in all of its Starbucks and Teavana locations.

The Trend Towards Unified Communications Continues

June 6, 2014

This week, Infonetics released their latest growth tracking numbers for Unified Communications. According to their press release, the growth in the enterprise segment was up 27% for 1Q14 over 1Q13. For a business or service provider such as ANPI, this is very good news. But several other findings are also worth noting.

Sell Unified Communications with Clarity

June 3, 2014

Telecommunications has always been an industry filled with mystery and the unknown. For those of us on the inside, everything seems perfectly logical and, for the most part, well thought out. However, consider the following story I heard this week.

Sometime in the last century, a telephone company decided to upgrade its switching technology to deliver new services to its customer base.

Top 5 Hosted Unified Communications Best Practices

May 29, 2014

Hosted Unified Communications is a mission critical application for most businesses. Few can continue to operate effectively if all communications are down. Therefore, it is extremely important that the selected service provider follow certain best practices that ensure the availability of the service. There are many best practices that a hosted service provider should follow, but these are my Top 5:

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Will Dinosaurs Roam the US again?

May 20, 2014

AT&T’s response to Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner was to acquire DIRECTV. With Sprint positioning itself to acquire T-Mobile, millions of Americans will see significant changes in their providers with little expectation of more competitive pricing or new features. When Divestiture occurred in 1984, the intent was to divide AT&T into different operating entities, where each would have a regional responsibility to service their customer base, while allowing AT&T to pursue the more lucrative long distance business, sales of computers and continue to own and leverage Bell Labs. The result has been that 30 years later, that version of AT&T was gobbled up by one of its spin-offs and, instead of having eight healthy, thriving companies (7 RBOCs and AT&T), we are down to three: AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell, Ameritech, Pacific Telesis, BellSouth and AT&T), Verizon (Bell Atlantic and GTE) and Century Link (Qwest and too many others to mention). The expectation that the smaller entities would prevail over time was wrong.

"Commercially Reasonable" is Too Subjective to Protect Internet Commerce

May 16, 2014

When Net Neutrality first came into our lexicon, I was on the side of the open Internet where there were no rules. I continued to promote the wild, wild Internet as the only way to preserve open access and innovation. However, once I became an executive with a service provider such as ANPI, I began to recognize the financial burden/risk that could be imposed upon us if we could not recoup the cost of providing Internet service and make a profit. After all, we are in the business of making profits.

Leadership in Wireless with a Changing Landscape is Challenging

May 13, 2014

Without a doubt, wireless communications continues to grow unabated. The fact that there are more cell phone/wireless subscriptions than people in the US (326.4 million versus 318 million) proves just how pervasive mobile communications is today. And as more and more Americans dump their landline phones (39.4%), the race to expand subscriber bases is more important than ever. Therefore, it is both surprising and interesting news that in the first quarter of 2014, T-Mobile US added 1.256 million new phone subscribers, with the two largest providers trailing badly.

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