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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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But Wait! There's More!

August 19, 2011

Earlier this week both at home and at the office we did a series of “But Wait! There’s More!” jokes. And today as I considered a subject for my blog I ran across a blog by Dan Jacobson using the phrase. His blog was of interest to me not because he used that famous infomercial phrase but because he was discussing a white paper issued by Ovum earlier this year about the second wave of SIP Trunking.

Brick and Mortar is Dead! Long Live Brick and Mortar!

August 17, 2011

In the late 90’s it was popular to refer to physical stores as “brick and mortar”. Furthermore, those companies that had physical presences were the future dinosaurs of our economy. The era of the Internet and IP communications was beginning and it would unstoppable as the choice for consumer purchases. Therefore, it is a little bit ironic when the greatest known virtual presence on the planet decides to purchase a “brick and mortar” asset.

Game Changer

August 15, 2011

I went into the weekend with a serious desire to fix a cheese soufflé but alas it will have to wait until Wednesday. Saturday morning I made a breakfast pizza using tortillas. Starting with a simple base of a tomato sauce, sausage, three cheeses and an egg on top, I cooked it until the egg white was set leaving the yolk still soft and creamy. It was tasty.

Unleash the Hounds

August 12, 2011

Odd that in the same week we have very differing aspects of the value of social media and both relate to emergency situations. During the current crisis in Britain, social media is actively used to promote, invite and expand the areas of rioting around London. Texting via SMS and Twitter are used so effectively that the initial reaction of the authorities was to request a shutdown of the RIM’s BlackBerry texting services. With more than 45 million users globally, RIM faced the task of how to shut down the service limiting the geography to Great Britain or all of London.

The Diminishing SIP Trunk, Not!

August 10, 2011

Recently, I have read multiple blogs and articles devaluing the role and savings associated with SIP Trunks. In each case I found the logic used compelling but the conclusion somewhat missing the mark. SIP Trunking, as exclaimed by ShoreTel for years, is not required for a Unified Communications (UC) implementation. However, there is a difference between a requirement and a desired component.

Napoleonic Dreams

August 8, 2011

Finding a title for today’s blog was more difficult than usual. That stems mostly from my choice of recipe of the week. I hope you don’t think it unbecoming of a foodie due to its simplicity. Naturally, the weekend was full of great food, French toast with strawberries, deep fried soft-shelled crab, trout stuffed with salmon mousse and hollandaise sauce and a breakfast Napoleon.

Today, I am Being Social

August 5, 2011

Social media continues to generate headlines exclaiming its growth and business relevance. While I cannot, have not, and will never argue it is not growing at a fast clip, its business relevance has always been in question. However, recent events have finally, established for me the business relevance of social media.

First, I must expose my lack of use of social media broadly.

Measuring Broadband America

August 3, 2011

The report “Measuring Broadband America” by the FCC is an exercise in navel gazing. Previously, I have pointed out that it is important to analyze availability, speed and price or ASP. This report looks only at speed which in the US is abysmal compared to other industrialized and developing nations. Recently, I had lunch with a businessman from the Ukraine.

Smoky Backyards and Back Rooms

August 1, 2011

I had a series of grilling moments this weekend beginning with a London broil. Although, the original London broil was made with flank steak, most sold today consists of top sirloin or round steak. It needs to be marinated in olive oil, garlic and lemon juice or vinegar overnight. Next grilled over high heat to medium rare and sliced as thinly as possible against the grain.

Differentiating Yourself When Considered a Commodity

July 29, 2011

Over the past two weeks, we have engaged the real estate representatives that can influence our ability to sell in buildings where we have a PBX or can provide broadband access and hosted services. Although, the majority of the presentation was about the benefits of working with Cypress Communications and Broadvox since the acquisition and the growth of cloud computing, the questions we received were more about existing services. What was surprising was the question that assumed we are selling a commodity product.

Often, when asked “what does Broadvox sell?” I find it simpler to respond with a “phone service” or a “phone line”.

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