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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

An IP Packet exchange (IPX) is a private managed network, defined by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), over which service...

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12 Reasons Carly Fiorina Would be a Great President

A secretary who worked to become CEO of a huge tech company is not only an inspiration, its a person who understands...

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Trends in America

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking...

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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Video Conferencing: an Arrow for the UC Quiver

December 16, 2011

Time after time analysts have incorrectly forecasted the seminal event for creating major pull for video conferencing. Earlier, this year, I indicated that the sales and growth trend for the market seems to be on the right path. Video conferencing solutions for the desktop are very inexpensive to acquire, simple to install and fairly effective as a communications tool. Moreover, solutions for the office can be had for thousands of dollars versus tens of thousands of dollars.

A Not So Weighty Issue

December 14, 2011

First, I want to remind you that we have understood energy to have mass or weight for years. E=mc2 is the currently accepted truth of that. Professor John Kubiatowicz, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, noted that storing new data involves holding electrons in a fixed place in the device's memory. And that keeping those electrons still takes energy, approximately one billionth of a microjoule per bit of data.

Pancakes and Panned

December 12, 2011

Last week was interesting for foods fixed during the week. I made pan roasted chicken with a creamy Boursin cheese sauce and chicken and dumplings. The first is a dish that has been in my repertoire for over two decades, thoroughly enjoyable. The second is one that continues to evade perfection.

Do You Want SIP Trunks with That?

December 9, 2011

Apparently, since the merger of Broadvox and Cypress Communications, I have written more blogs on Unified Communications than SIP Trunking. I was a bit surprised but shouldn’t have been. Unified Communications (UC) does not require SIP Trunking. In addition to Cypress, other companies like ShoreTel have touted UC without including SIP Trunks.

Business Ready VoIP: Cable vs. Wireline

December 7, 2011

I have been down on cable for months as a “business ready” connection. The fluctuating quality of cable services and the lack of predictability of the upload and downloads speeds made using a cable service for business very risky. That’s right, I used the word “made”. Cable service for business VoIP and cloud-based applications is improving.

Truly Converged Access...

December 5, 2011

Sometimes I think I should create a food diary to remember everything I cook. Not just the recipes but each idea for a new dish. Friday I made croque monsieurs with wavy/ridged French fries using a mandolin. I made them the way I first had them in Sweden, open faced with lots of cheese.

Youth, Money and Mobility

December 2, 2011

Yesterday, during lunch the subject of checks was raised and we discovered that one among us had never written a check. Not too surprising, he was also the youngest of the seven of us. In order to transact financially, he uses cash, debit and credit cards, and electronic banking. As he was peppered with questions about how he paid for various items, I thought back to when I stopped carrying a check book and the last time I voluntarily wrote a check.

$100 Billion and Counting

November 30, 2011

Facebook is intending to go public in 2012 and the target valuation is a staggering $100 billion. Whether or not the figure is accurate will be determined over time but there are several things both positive and negative to note. First, Facebook has over 700 million members. That is a very large audience for advertising and information distribution.

Sweet News

November 28, 2011

Obviously, given that it was Thanksgiving weekend, I did a fair amount of cooking, however, not on Thanksgiving Day. Since Gay and I were dining alone we agreed that fixing an enormous meal was just not worth it. Instead I fried some chicken and made a light salad. Okay, it wasn’t that simple. I fried chicken, Cornish game hen and smoked chicken.

Cranberries, Ahead of the Day

November 21, 2011

After a quiet weekend of with little cooking last week, this one was cooking at a torrid pace. Friday, we enjoyed London broil marinated with olive oil and garlic. Saturday was the day of the smoker. I cured and lightly smoked three salmon filets, 21 pounds of bacon, two turkeys, one chicken, one whole ham, cheese, sausages and one whole salmon.
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