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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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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”.

Commercial Real Estate and Cloud Computing

July 27, 2011

Over the last two weeks Broadvox and Cypress have met with our major landlord and tenant representatives in Dallas and Atlanta. The meetings were held to engage the major commercial real estate players that have worked with Cypress over the last decade or so and to discuss the future of VoIP, Unified Communications and cloud computing. Obviously, this audience does not follow IP communications or IT trends closely, but they do need to be prepared to solve their current and future tenant requirements. Therefore, we articulated the growth and importance of VoIP and hosted VoIP to their clients.

OMG, Crab Cakes and Bing

July 25, 2011

It was an interesting weekend for food beginning with Friday’s grilled lemon chicken breasts. Using my usual brine of salt and lemon juice (1 teaspoon each per cup of water) the breasts were incredibly juicy and flavorful. Saturday we decided to try a new restaurant in the neighborhood. It is a breakfast and lunch place and we tried it in either day one or two of its opening.

Internet Marketing State of the Union (con't)

July 22, 2011

Before I begin, I need to note that Matthew Sharp has been nominated for Channel Manager of the year. Many of you know Sharpie and how well deserves the nomination and the win. Today is the last day to vote. Please fill out the Channel Partners voting form and help Matt to victory!

Internet Marketing State of the Union

July 20, 2011

The primary topics normally discussed on this blog involve IP telephony, the VAR community, Unified Communications, and of course my passion for food.  Occasionally, I like to spice it up and discuss marketing and more specifically, internet marketing.   The shifts this year to internet marketing efforts have been substantial, so I will split my opinions into two posts.    

A lot has been happening this year regarding the major search engines and internet marketing. 

Simple Soup and the Simple Mind

July 18, 2011

Not the best weekend for food as I made Buffalo wings on Friday at my wife’s request, had take out Indian on Saturday (my request) and grilled turkey wings on Sunday (a failed exercise). Does that mean no recipe this week? No, of course not. I did make one dish that is worthy of sharing, tomato basil soup.

Tomato Basil Soup

July 18, 2011

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds, medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 shallots, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil leaves

 

Directions

 

Place all ingredients into a blender and purée.

The E-SBC is On the Rise

July 15, 2011

Broadvox is closely aligned with several E-SBC suppliers; AudioCodes, Ingate, Cisco and others. However, only recently did I note the growth in the market segment. According to Infonetics, Enterprise Session Border Controller sales grew by 70% in 2010. The growth was fueled in part by the continued adoption of SIP Trunking.

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