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

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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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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The Benefits of Retiring the Grand Dame

September 23, 2011

Terminating the PSTN will be a very good thing for consumers and businesses. The first real benefit is that the cost of the service will be less. Whether the replacement is IP based or a mobile solution, supporting the underlying infrastructure is cheaper than laying copper or fiber. Therefore, the price will be less.

The End of Ubiquity

September 21, 2011

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) services nearly 97% of Americans. This means that almost every home, business and dwelling in the US has the opportunity to purchase a landline connection. If the PSTN is to be replaced by IP communications and mobile networks, then the level of penetration and broadband access must increase dramatically. Whereas, there is concern in Congress about the cost of VoIP and mobile services, it is interesting to note that minorities and low income families lead the way in abandoning landline access and using wireless exclusively.

Reach Out and Ping Someone

September 19, 2011

I didn’t cook Friday or Saturday. We ate leftover fried chicken on Friday and went out to eat on Saturday. Sunday, I made soft shelled crab and a light salad with Giardiniera and Feta cheese. I shared my giardiniera recipe with you in January and since then I have made three quarts of this pickled relish and cannot get enough of it.

Just Hurry Up and Die

September 16, 2011

During IT Expo this week in Austin, I participated in several panels and gave a couple of presentations. The subject areas were the usual suspects, hosted communications, SIP Trunking, Unified Communications, Communications as a Service, etc. But what really got me thinking were two other subjects; the end of planned obsolescence and the end of the PSTN. Let’s focus on the first subject today and next week discuss the end of the PSTN.

Branding, Brand Management and Winning

September 14, 2011

Yesterday during IT Expo, the first annual CMO Summit was held for about 100 marketing executives attending the show. The first speaker, (whose name was not on the invitation), spoke well but missed the mark for many of us. First, Broadvox, like many attendees is a B2B business. Branding for us is very different from that of a B2C or consumer focused company.

Interesting Pizza

September 12, 2011

It has been two weekends since I posted a food blog and the list of consumed item would make this blog a bit too long. So, let’s focus on the really good stuff. To be different today, I am going to go backwards. Yesterday was my birthday and usually I fix something expensive and rarely served.

Come One and All

September 9, 2011

Next week IT Expo opens in Austin. Along with many others Broadvox and Cypress Communications will be exhibiting and speaking. We are fairly active during this conference supporting the show and several of the collocated events such as Ingate's SIP Trunking Workshop, The ChannelVision Expo and Reseller Week. Broadvox management personnel will be speaking throughout the week.

Steve Davis, Director, Product Management and Product Marketing is addressing our vision on Unified Communications Tuesday and Wednesday during the Ingate sponsored work shop and presenting the Business Case for VoIP and UC as part of the main conference program.

Virtualization Technology Adoption

September 7, 2011

It has long been accepted that SMBs have adopted virtualization technologies or cloud computing at a faster rate than enterprises. It is for that reason that most hosted communications companies focus on SMBs as their target customer base. A recent study released by CompaniesandMarkets.com forecasts the hosted Unified Communications (UC) market will grow near 33% CAGR by 2017. However, this growth pales in the face of the forecast for small business spending on IP Telephony.

The Invention of Steve Jobs

August 31, 2011

Steve Jobs changed the way we view computers and technology. Since his resignation I have heard him compared to Michelangelo, Edison and Ford. The accolades seem to increase in volume and intensity with each passing day. At first, I readily accepted the label of genius being applied to a man such as Steve Jobs. However, as I have allowed the days to pass perhaps he is more accurately described as a very special human being, an inventor and an incredible entrepreneur.

Jobs has approached the running of Apple, Pixar and even NeXT with passion and vision.

Slow, Steady and Fast

August 29, 2011

Crazy weekend for food, it was, even for me. I was on the road all of last week in Nashville for ILTA 2011 and Chicago for Channel Partners. In Nashville, I ordered hot fried chicken which is quite popular in the region. It was interesting but seems to focus more on heat than flavor.
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