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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

PBX Sales Are Growing Again

July 13, 2011

According to a study released in June by Eastern Management Group, sales of PBXs in 2010 grew 16% over 2009. Moreover, SIP Trunks are installed on 45% of newly installed IP PBXs. This remains consistent with what many of the Broadvox VARs are experiencing. The growth in PBX sales is crosses SMBs and enterprises with each looking to benefit from decreased cost and improved productivity through PBX upgrades, replacement and new installs.

The market leaders are the usual suspects with a couple of surprises.

Surprising Consumption

July 11, 2011

This weekend the Broadvox and Cypress management team met at our CEO’s home in Ohio for business discussions and dinner. Two of us were asked to cook for the 21 attendees. Frank Grillo, EVP Applications, Implementation and Support, and I accepted the challenge without pause. Please consider, we would have no time for advance preparation, work in an unfamiliar kitchen with unfamiliar tools and try to blend our styles of cooking.

Red, White and ooVoo

July 1, 2011

As the Fourth of July is approaching with many on vacation, I’ll make this brief. I was wondering what I could find that would tie our country’s independence to IP Communications. Clearly, it wasn’t around during the Revolutionary war and no amount of spin can change that. Perhaps, a few of us will forego traveling to an actual fireworks display and watch it over the web or replays on YouTube. But that is hardly worth noting.

No Patent Pending, Just Heat

June 27, 2011

Last week we were dining at a new restaurant when my wife said she wanted to order the pull pork sliders. I reminded her we had pulled pork at home and promised to make a more interesting version within days. Instead she ordered a crab cake and took me at my word. My pulled pork sliders took her on a culinary journey.

RIP RIM

June 24, 2011

Once a darling of Wall Street, RIM has fallen from a market value of $83 billion to $15 billion in just a few years. Moreover, there is no end in sight to their market share loss. Even their hold on corporate America is giving way. For the first time since I have been at Broadvox, an Apple iPhone is now considered acceptable by IT as a company phone.

Follow Me on Tweeter

June 22, 2011

Yesterday Texas Governor Rick Perry implored attendees at Right Online, a conference for conservative bloggers and social networkers, to follow him on “Tweeter”. Aside from the incorrect naming of the site, it is indeed interesting that nearly every candidate running for the office of President of the United States is utilizing the Internet to get out their message. Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and others have first announced their intentions by launching a YouTube video or tweeting to their followers. Of course, we also have the less than stellar usage by Congressman Anthony Weiner posting an undesirable photo to one of his followers.

It's Not That Time of Year

June 20, 2011

I tend to look back on my weekends and think I didn’t cook very much. As usual though, once I take stock of each day, I begin to realize that I was in the kitchen more than I thought. Saturday, I made breakfast sandwiches (egg, cheese, bacon on whole wheat). It is a simple recipe and I will share it with you in a future blog.

Because

June 17, 2011

The QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow typing down. Early typewriters jammed when typists hit the keys too hard and fast. By moving the most used keys under the weakest fingers and forcing the use of the left hand (slightly impairing right handed users) the mechanical devices performed better even though the design reduced speed and productivity. Interestingly, this keyboard with all of its known flaws continues to be the world standard because it is the world standard.

Think

June 15, 2011

IBM is celebrating its 100th year as a business and for that I congratulate them. Consequently, IBM is getting a bit more press and we can gain insight into how they accomplished such a feat. Last Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning one of the feature stories covered IBM and its history. Most of us are aware of IBM’s start as a developer of mechanical machines for tabulating things and money.

Pork and Beans, Frost and Sullivan

June 13, 2011

Cooking seemed a little light this weekend until I thought through everything I made. Friday was Buffalo wings with a habanero Roquefort cheese sauce and curly fries seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Saturday, I made a sausage mixture of breakfast sausage, sweet Italian sausage and various spices. The mixture was then encased in a woven mat of bacon.
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