David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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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 Best of the Blog 2010

April 15, 2011

Perhaps you are new to this blog (and I say welcome), or you may have been reading since 2008 when the blog started (in which case I say thanks for reading). However, today is a chance for you to read some of the blogs that address our industry’s most pressing issues (net neutrality, USF, ICC, etc.), or our greatest opportunities (unified communications), or how to position a premise PBX solution versus a managed hosted PBX solution, or just some interesting facts about where IP communications is going, because the SIP and Serve Best of the Blog for 2010 by David Byrd is now available.

2010 was an interesting year with many expected and unexpected changes. Personally, I found the national media’s brief interest in net neutrality a bit of a surprise, although, their lack of reporting on the final rules changes was no surprise.

We Need a Little PR

April 13, 2011

This morning Broadvox and Cypress Communications are taking a major step in continuing to grow our company. We are meeting with our first Public Relations (PR) firm. Previously, we have used industry media, industry events and the Internet to gain visibility and to get our messages out. We will continue to do those things but we are preparing to step onto a larger stage.

Fill and Keep

April 11, 2011

Previously, I mentioned that I had a TEC grill for nearly thirteen years before replacing it two weeks ago. One thing my new grill did not have was an infrared burner capable of 1500oF for searing beef, lamb and other meats. So, I ordered the option and installed it Friday evening. That took away from my food prep time so we had leftovers for dinner.

More on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

April 8, 2011

In general, I have been too busy or disinterested to ever read a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). I can now say, “That was a mistake.” It is well worth the effort to read relevant parts of the NPRM just to understand the way of thinking by the current makeup of the FCC. Now, I am not referring to the five commissioners who I doubt have read the document or even understand the more technical nuanced sections of the document. I am instead thinking of the guys that actually wrote the document.

Holy Massive Bureaucratic Report IP Man!

April 6, 2011

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted February 8, 2011 and released February 9, 2011 is one gigantic tome. Even the rules regarding commenting require a moment or two of thought, check out the following:

Comment Date on Section XV: [30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

Reply Comment Date on Section XV: [45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

Comment Date on the Remaining Sections: [45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]; Comment Date of State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service: [59 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]; Reply Comment Date on Remaining Sections: [80 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

FCC Floundering May Be Over

April 4, 2011

My new grill arrived on Friday. Previously I was cooking on a TEC grill that could reach temperatures of greater than 1500oF. Impressive but after 13 years of pretty heavy usage, it was time to replace it. I bought the new grill on eBay to save big bucks but was a little concerned about putting the grill together.

Business is Gulping SIP

April 1, 2011

According to Infonetics Research, the SIP Trunking market in terms of revenue grew 143% in 2010. Certainly, Broadvox and its partners experienced significant growth last year and we anticipate strong revenues again this year. I am often asked about our sales strategy given that our SIP Trunking business is driven largely by our channel partners and our managed PBX business (with the acquisition of Cypress Communications) uses a direct sales model. Simply put, I do not see a conflict.

Business VoIP Faces Armageddon

March 30, 2011

Perhaps the hardest thing to do in this blog was keep the word “puppy” out of the title. An ambient video showing some cute puppies has caused quite a stir as its popularity is greater than that of ESPN Online. The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam site has had more than 26 million views representing untold hours of Internet usage. The Internet itself is threatened by these puppies as this type of video will increase traffic at a faster rate than any other IP application.

Soaring with Turkeys and Eagles

March 28, 2011

Friday is nearly always a casual dining day and last Friday was no different. I made classic Reuben sandwiches for dinner using my homemade pastrami and corned beef. Loved it! Saturday we tried out a new Indian restaurant that opened a couple of miles away.

More than Flowers

March 25, 2011

I was reviewing a slide show of CTIA noting an array of people, activities and panels, and came upon a photo of the NTT booth, a pedestal and a vase containing flowers. NTT was not at CTIA. Due to the earthquake in Japan, NTT canceled their participation at CTIA.

It is difficult to appreciate the enormous difficulties that Japan is facing when we have seen the country as a competitor to the US for global economic supremacy.

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