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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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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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