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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Taking It to the Cloud

May 13, 2011

It’s clear that cloud computing is on the fast track. It has attracted the attention of companies like Amazon and Google, who with their server farms saw this as a natural extension of the business. It has also attracted telecommunications service providers such as Verizon, BT, AT&T and others, principally because of their existing relationships with enterprise customers and experience with reliability and security.

Therefore, it is not surprising that during Interop, it is a major topic of discussion.

Mashups Seem to be Working

May 9, 2011

Mashups Seem to be Working

Okay so I didn’t cook a lot this weekend. Friday was a leftover fried chicken for my wife and leftover prime rib for me. They were accompanied by a Caesar salad.

Whew! It's Finally over!

May 6, 2011

Whew! It’s Finally over!

The Broadvox 2011 Partner Summit ended yesterday and it was an event enjoyed by all. We were very happy to have over 130 attendees and 19 sponsors:

  • Aastra
  • ABP Technology
  • AudioCodes
  • BroadSoft
  • Cisco
  • Covad
  • Digium
  • Epygi
  • ICON Voice Networks
  • Ingate
  • Inventive Labs
  • Jazinga
  • Patton Electronics
  • ScanSource
  • snom
  • The SIP School
  • TMCnet
  • Verio
  • X4 Solutions
During the event Broadvox and Cypress communications made three important announcements.

Asparagus Aspirations

May 2, 2011

I really enjoy Thai food and I make a decent chicken with green curry, but Friday, we had Spicy Thai Noodles and Beef. For more of a well rounded dish I added haricot verts and peas, delicious. Saturday was beer brats, with onions sautéed and serve in a beer reduction and homemade fries tossed with sea salt. Sunday dinner featured grilled scallops wrapped in apple smoked bacon with a chipotle mayonnaise. One quick bit of advice.

Please Take a Moment

April 29, 2011

The country has taken a devastating blow this week with the death and destruction caused by a historical weather system. It is estimated that more than a hundred tornados were confirmed this week. As many of you know the death toll for this unusual weather has exceeded 300 people with thousands left homeless. It is easy to go about our day to day activities and ignore what has transpired but we should not.

How much do You Pay?

April 27, 2011

IP Communications utilizes the skills of traditional telecom and information technology (IT). However, most of us with the telecom backgrounds have conceded that the bulk of the work and authority lies with the IT department. As such, it is important to understand what you should be paying the members of your IT organization.

InformationWeek has released its annual salary survey with some interesting results.

You say Tomato and I say Get the Heck Out of My Phone

April 25, 2011

I am often asked about my taste for fast food. Well Friday I did have fried chicken from Pollo Campero. Southern fried chicken will always be my favorite, but this Latin version is very good. I made an heirloom tomato salad as a side dish.

A Revealing Bite of the Apple

April 22, 2011

Apple faces new scrutiny over the hidden application that stores information about where its phones go every day. Perhaps, I am the only one that gets it but Apple was not trying to track the user, rather some genius in the company wanted to know the whereabouts of the phone, the user was just incidental. The real question is why develop an application that keeps an eye on the iPhone but then doesn’t transfer the information back to, well, that genius. Moreover, while Apple users, politicians, and Apple are paying attention to all of the hoopla now, where was the indignation when this was first reported?

SIP 2.0

April 20, 2011

Understanding SIP is paramount to VARs or IT shops delivering VoIP in any fashion. The point was made very clear to meet a few weeks ago that SIP is the protocol of choice in nearly every implementation or delivery of VoIP. SIP is in the IADs, routers, modems, cable set boxes, SBCs, etc. A business or consumer may not know they are using SIP but it is there.

Welcome to Potatoes, Onions and Oz

April 18, 2011

It was another great weekend for the foodie in me. The new grill and I played well together each day. Friday was grilled Cornish game hen that was marinated in Chinese five-spice, soy and sesame seed oil. Saturday, we enjoyed a rather messy burger called a Jucy Lucy. This burger is popular in Minneapolis at two bars, Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club. They have been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.
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