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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Birch Buys Globalinx

It seems that Birch is acquiring more customers. In a surprise move (to me because where are they getting the money...

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Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep...

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NFV INSIGHTS: Preparing for the future of NFV

By: Andreas Lemke, Ph.D. - Alcatel-Lucent

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Have you ever gotten your hands dirty and really implemented an NFV or SDN application? Six teams from academia and industry in Israel and Europe can answer with a resounding yes! These teams gathered in Haifa at the 4-day 2015 Winter School and Hackathon event, organized by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team and Israel’s leading Institute of Technology, Technion. The event offered a full program to get acquainted with the fundamental concepts behind cloud computing, software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

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What's Left to MegaPath

In 2010, Speakeasy and Covad got married to MegaPath to make a $500 million MSLEC (as they announced it). In 2012,...

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ITEXPO Miami 2015 Videos Being Posted

If you missed ITEXPO a few weeks back in Miami, FL – I am sorry to hear that… It was one of...

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VoWiFi extends and enriches LTE services

By: David E. Nowoswiat, Senior Product and Solutions Marketing Manager, IP Routing & Transport, and  Ed Elkin, Head of Marketing for IP Communication, Alcatel-Lucent

The growing importance and usage of Wi-Fi™ is spurring rapid development in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) to complement robust VoLTE services. Mobile device manufacturers are taking advantage of Wi-Fi to solidify their relationship with consumers and enterprises, so mobile network operators (MNOs) need to act quickly to secure a share in the hot Wi-Fi market. By developing a strategy that encompasses Wi-Fi, MNOs can leverage their most important asset - their LTE network - to deliver a seamless experience for subscribers while leveraging their virtualized IMS investment to create  new revenue opportunities for themselves.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 - What's the Next Big Thing?

By: Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

In doing preparations for what many have called “the circus” aka the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC)—which is arguably now the most important industry trade event as the world goes mobile and which takes place in Barcelona March 2-5—the excitement is already palpable.  From all of the new cool devices of all shapes and sizes to interesting advances on things like antenna technology, Network Functions Virtualization, carrier aggregation, etc., the eye candy alone is almost overwhelming in terms of imagining the possibilities.  However, MWC always is tantalizing because not only does it answer what we will see in terms of capabilities in the near-term, but also because of the questions it raises about the longer term.

In this regard I was struck by a recent blog by Michael Peeters, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent Wireless, entitled I think appropriately, The Circus is in Town. Peeters’ main point is summed up nicely where he says in characterizing his view on what’s the next big thing that will be the buzz of the show that, “...one thing is certain: its story will be about removing place and time constraints we took for granted.”

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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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