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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Saepta Wants to Be the Go to Survey Service

“From the moment you get up in the morning, you start to make decisions and I believe people love to engage through...

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Standards are In

October 24, 2011

I admit a blog about original food recipes is less interesting when one is on vacation. While I enjoyed making pokē salads each day, I don’t think eight different pokē recipes using seasoned raw ahi tuna, salmon, beef and cooked shrimp would have been enjoyed by you guys. And while lunch was always pokē, dinner was at a restaurant ranging from Ruth’s Chris to a local Irish pub. No, it wasn’t until Sunday when we arrived home that I could truly cook again.

Accelerating Video Adoption

October 21, 2011

Many years have passed with analysts and proponents of video conferencing and calling claiming the moment is now. Certainly, as prognosticators they have not been very good. Neither travel cost reduction nor have pronouncements of improved collaboration set the market off. However, during CTIA, a new consortium was launched with the intent of accelerating the adoption rate of video conferencing and calling.

Poke Me but is that a Book

October 17, 2011

I am on vacation this week and for that reason the blog is a little late today. Cooking is a little difficult from a hotel room but if you have this for while you know I am going to make some interesting things. My wife and I have two styles of vacations, one where we are true tourists and the other where we exercise and relax. This is the latter.

Got a Beef with That?!

October 10, 2011

Friday I enjoyed my favorite pizza for dinner. It had been so long since I order it the owner of the business asked me if everything was okay. It was, of course, but with travel and other activities, I just hadn’t thought of having pizza. Anyway, Saturday was also a special treat.

October 7, 2011

Good Mourning in America

Yesterday, when asked if my blog was going to be about Steve Jobs, I said “No”. Not because of any negative thoughts but I did not see how I could add to the accolades or remembrances written by so many. However, I decided to consider what we could learn from his life.

No Surprises Here

October 5, 2011

Although, I did not expect to speak during COMPTEL, it proved to be an interesting discussion regarding how current telecom trends are impacting merger and acquisition activity. Clearly, M&A activity in telecom cannot be boiled down to a single issue or technology but it is interesting to see the amount of new money poised to support the purchases. While I support Broadvox’s efforts with marketing information or opinions on targeted companies, I am not a part of the financial discussions. So learning that equity firms and investment banks were actively pursuing efforts to fund M&A activity was interesting.

Smoked

October 3, 2011

Friday and Saturday were a bust for cooking. Since we are having some painting done the fumes in the house were too much and we went out to eat both days. However, after sleeping with the windows open and the fans going all night Sunday was a good day for cooking. I began with an omelette stuffed with sweet and spicy shrimp.

You are Running Out of Cans and String

September 30, 2011

Last week I read an email subject line regarding the top 10 reasons you should get a new phone system. I am certain the authors or sponsors of gave out some good information. However, I am also certain that they did not consider any of the following reasons. Therefore, please accept my view and some other members of the Broadvox family on why a business should consider replacing their legacy phone system.

Who is Servicing Your Customers?

September 28, 2011

Segmenting the businesses by small, medium and large has often been a source of disagreement. However, one thing we know to be true. Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy. As such it is worth noting that there are at least 4 million small businesses claiming more than one employee.

Dried and True

September 26, 2011

Although it seems as if I didn’t do much cooking this weekend, when I include all meals, it was pretty busy. The real problem is that I didn’t make anything new. There are times when I am interested in eating one or more of my favorite dishes. That happened to be the case this weekend.
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