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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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SMBs Unified Communications Interest is Changing

April 29, 2014

Several years ago I developed a list of the features and benefits that identified the priority SMBs and Enterprises use to assess Unified Communications (UC). For the most part, I believe that the priorities have held up well but two items have certainly been added to the priority list for SMBs. Here is the original list:


SMBs

  • Business Operations Improvement

v   Conferencing

v   Instant messaging

v   Integrated communications for mobile employees


It's Kairos Time

April 22, 2014

Most of us understand time in terms such as past, present and future. We measure time in increments, with the most common forms ranging from seconds to years. This definition of time is described using the Greek word “Cronus.” However, a lesser-known term for time is more appropriate when endorsing the drive towards developing new IP-based applications, VoIP and Hosted Unified Communications –   “Kairos” time.

Kairos is the Greek word that means the right time or opportune moment.

Offering UC Federation to Businesses is Important - But Limited

April 17, 2014

 

Today, I am addressing an audience at the NTCA IP Possibilities Conference in Kansas City, and the subject is Unified Communications Federation and the business case for offering it as a service by the rural/small ILECs. I am very interested in seeing how many ILECs have an interest in the subject as many do not support large enterprises in their service areas. In this case, an enterprise is defined as having at least 1,000 employees.

UC Federation, simply defined, is communication between different organizations and UC platforms, as if they were all on the same platform.

An Open and Competitive IP Future is Best

April 14, 2014

Interestingly, just as the NTCA was holding its Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington, DC, AT&T announced that it was initiating an IP trial in Carbon Hill, Alabama. AT&T has informed the residents of the town of approximately 2,000 that they will be moved to the phone systems of the future. VoIP and wireless will be the only options for phone service. While ANPI sees no issue with AT&T’s shift towards an IP infrastructure, there are regulatory concerns that must be addressed.

Lobbying is Both a Right and an Obligation

April 10, 2014

Last week, I attended one of my favorite conferences – the NTCA Legislature and Policy Conference. I do not go to speak or attempt to sell ANPI products or services. I attend with the objective of learning more about the issues facing rural America that require the support of either the FCC or Congress. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet with senior members of our customer base to discuss the latest regulations, rules or laws affecting their ability to maintain their commitment to serving rural America.

Prepare for a Smooth Landing

April 7, 2014

Very few businesses exist without a website to support their sales and customer service activity. Additionally, most businesses now use some sort of application to send out emails to prospects, customers or partners and all conduct some form of advertising. However, few have a good understanding of how these elements, the website, email distribution and advertising, should work in concert with each other. Of those people in the US using the Internet, 85% now use search engines to find products and information.

Sources to Gain Knowledge and Insight

March 31, 2014

Too often, we use the excuse of not having enough time to learn new technologies and understand our industry. Given how quickly our industry is influenced by change and innovation, it is critical that we reserve sufficient time each week to maintain proper awareness of what’s happening in the IP community. Additionally, since ANPI works with several distribution channels, it is also important to track ILEC and agent happenings. In order to both learn and gain subject matter for this blog, I explore a number of sources.

Behaviors All Leaders Should Demonstrate

March 25, 2014

For the last few weeks, I have been very focused on providing sales tools and other information related Hosted Unified Communications. However, as those who have read this blog over years have learned, it is more than a technology blog. It is a blog that covers any subject deemed relevant to the overall IP community and ecosystem. So, today’s subject will not come as a surprise to most of you, and I feel it is quite relevant.

IP Communications, Mobility and March Madness

March 21, 2014

After two weeks of very weighty blogs addressing the six primary benefits of hosted Unified Communications and the value they deliver to businesses, I thought something lighter was in order. Other than the Super Bowl, March Madness is my favorite time of the year for sports. I am a graduate of Michigan State (Go Spartans), a Virginian (Go Cavaliers and the ACC) and a longtime fan of UNC (Go Tar Heels). Yet, with all of these possible teams to follow, doing so has always been difficult due to work and the way television favors showing games to regional markets.

Monetizing UC Benefits: CAPEX and Business Continuity

March 14, 2014

Monetizing CAPEX is easy. Simply identify the competing IP PBX with Unified Communications apps and we have a price. While the phone type may vary, an average price per phone can be established based upon historical selection or buying practices. Keep in mind that many hosted UC providers, including ANPI, offer phone leasing arrangements and, right now, free phones with multi-year agreements.

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