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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Broadband Selection Criteria

November 18, 2011

Since I did a series covering the selection criteria for determining your broadband needs and provider, I know some of you missed a blog or two and don’t have the entire list. The seven questions follow. To get the answers, you will need to read the blogs from this week and last week.
  1. How many endpoints will need to be supported?
  2. What type of traffic will the broadband connection support?
  3. How many IP Addresses are required?
  4. What is the budget for broadband?

Broadband is Around the Corner

November 16, 2011

The final two elements to consider in making your decision are usually the least well thought-out or investigated.
  1. What is the Service Level Agreement or SLA?

    Most broadband providers merely submit an agreement to the purchaser expecting no changes and for the fine print to go unread. Most buyers do not disappoint.

Clams, Clams and More Clams

November 14, 2011

Cooking this weekend took a back seat to celebrating. I did not cook Friday or Saturday. However, do not despair as I developed two exciting new recipes on Sunday. The first was clam chowder using razor clams given to me by one my co-workers.

We interrupt this Count

November 11, 2011

Yesterday, the US Senate defeated an attempt to block the pending Net Neutrality rules. The bill was defeated by a 52-46 vote. This was an important vote since a similar bill to block the implementation of the rules was passed in the House with 241-178 vote. It is difficult to understand if the votes are for principle or to support certain lobbying telecom concerns as the net neutrality proposal would prevent carriers from interrupting or modifying the flow of Internet traffic.

Broadband Selection Criteria 2 and 3

November 9, 2011

As Broadvox has grown as an ITSP and hosted service provider, exclaiming the value of improved QoS is becoming more and more important. Furthermore, with the continued ambiguity surrounding real net neutrality rules, IP communications continue to be at risk when using a third party for connectivity, in particular certain cable companies. To that end, it is incumbent upon me to provide you with additional justification to convince your prospects to purchase broadband from the carrier providing VoIP/SIP Trunking and hosted Unified Communications services. Numbers 2 and 3 follow:

2)  What type of traffic will the broadband connection support?

It is too easy to merely ask the question of whether the business broadband is supporting data and/or voice.

Aioli and Broadband, Hundreds of Options

November 7, 2011

What a weekend! Friday, I deep fried a seasoned turkey breast and made a salad for Gay and a sandwich for me. Deep fried turkey is very different from fried chicken. It doesn’t use flour or batter and the end result is very juicy and flavorful.

The Risk of BYOB

November 4, 2011

The Risk of BYOB

Bring Your Own Broadband (BYOB) is not nearly as bad as most carriers claim. Broadvox is one of the few carriers that will support a SIP Trunk providing VoIP service utilizing BYOB. We do this primarily because businesses can become trapped in long term agreements with a carrier and would face high termination fees if they attempted to cancel prior to the end of the contract term.

Mobility and Unified Communications

November 2, 2011

There has been a growing pool of people discussing the end of the desk phone. Well I am not one of them. The desk phone continues to have its benefits. It is inexpensive, easy to install and manage, has a long life cycle and is simple to use.

USF Reform Takes a Big Step Forward

October 28, 2011

Yesterday the FCC vote unanimously to approve its proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). While not making the national news this is a big deal. The proposal changes the way we will fund broadband expansion into rural or underserved areas, addresses the issues of traffic pumping, arbitrage and carrier disputes. The proposal includes the creation of a new fund, the Connect America Fund, that will be have an annual budget capped at $4.5 billion to support “wired” broadband expansion.

The Perfect Choice

October 26, 2011

In reading the announcement of Virginia Rometty’s selection as CEO of IBM effective January 1, I was a little annoyed by the persistent mentioning of her sex. Yes, it is true that she will be in a minority among Fortune 500 CEOs (I believe the current number of women leading Fortune 500 CEOs is 17). If we need to count based upon race, gender or ethnicity then perhaps I should mention that only 11 backs have ever been named CEO of a Fortune 500 company, with only one being a woman or what I use to call the perfect choice, hiring a female of color (You get to check more diversity boxes that way). Finally, is it really necessary to remind us that HP just hired a female CEO as well (Meg Whitman)?
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