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David Byrd
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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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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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The FCC Capitulates on Network Neutrality

January 5, 2011

As expected the FCC issued new rules to secure an open internet. They are summarized as follows:

1.       Internet service providers (ISPs) must provide services in a transparent manner by disclosing their network management practices and performance characteristics.

Where's the Beef?

January 3, 2011

Much to my wife’s disappointment, I decided to check out a few local restaurants to see if any could peak my interests during the holidays. We ate out four consecutive days. We did find one restaurant that we will return to again. Flavors, an Indian restaurant, was surprisingly good with an interesting buffet.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2010

This will be my last posting of the year. And what a years it has been. The most exciting thing for Broadvox is the pending merger with Cypress Communications. We look forward to its completion in the new year.

Net Neutrality Makes the Evening News

December 22, 2010

Net Neutrality Makes the Evening News

Sure, we in the IP community think net neutrality is a big deal. However, yesterday net neutrality hit the big time, the evening news. Although telecommunications is a very large industry employing millions of Americans, it seldom gets front page attention, a term like “net neutrality” gets even less.

Up in Smoke, the Telephone Book

December 20, 2010

What a weekend! I think I cooked the entire time. Loved it! With apple wood, I smoked two chickens, a turkey, brats (bratwursts) and bacon on Saturday. I also make chicken liver paté, and macaroni and asiago cheese.

Romania and High Speed Internet

December 17, 2010

I woke up this morning wondering what would be interesting to blog about today. As I generally try to avoid regurgitating anything, I was pleased to see the new report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on the state of high speed Internet access in America. The Speed Matters survey of Internet is an interesting read but relatively useless in understanding the actual state of affairs of the Internet in the U.S. As I mentioned earlier this week, understanding our position with regard to broadband means analyzing our success or failure based upon Access, Speed and Pricing (ASP).

What is the best IP PBX?

December 15, 2010

Now that’s a loaded question for a carrier. The most typical answer is it depends upon factors specific to your business and infrastructure. I prefer to give an answer that moves away from the specific IP PBX comparisons to the benefits of making transition from a traditional TDM PBX. While, I could list the benefits of VoIP/SIP Trunking, I’d rather focus on those of the IP PBX itself.

Povitica, Latkes and IBM

December 13, 2010

Going into the weekend I had no idea as to what the recipe of the week would be. I didn’t have a hankering for anything and I hadn’t purchase anything that needed to be cooked. Friday, my wife made a shrimp casserole that was pretty good. It consisted of shrimp, cream, cheese and very few vegetables.

Broadband is not Scarce

December 10, 2010

The latest FCC report on the state of broadband in the US labels broadband as “scarce”. That is hardly the case. Several good things have come from the FCC this year regarding broadband. First, it was useful to announce a globally competitive target to deliver 100-Mbps services to 100 million households by 2020.  

What does this have to do with Broadvox?

December 8, 2010

It has been more than two years since I began writing this blog so I was a little surprised that the discussion regarding Level 3 and Comcast merited a “what does this have to do with Broadvox?" response. Just as Butterball reaches out to bad or adventurous cooks every Thanksgiving with advice on cooking turkey because someone either just became of age, got married or decided it was worth the effort. I understand I need to restate the purpose of this blog from time to time. This blog is not about Broadvox.

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