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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 »

Good Days and Bad Days

November 10, 2010

Last night I spent time with a very interesting group of business owners who have come together to create the Cloud Communications Alliance. They embody the spirit of the telecom entrepreneur by creating regional businesses that support SMBs with great products, support and competitive pricing. By forming the alliance they have created “the first nationwide high-definition enterprise voice network in the cloud - with no PBX to buy and no long distance costs between cloud customers.”

My original interest in the group was to see if our Carrier Sales group might have an opportunity to provide Broadvox SIP Termination and Origination to either the individual companies or the group.

Pancakes and a Hopping Good Time

November 8, 2010

I go into every weekend wondering what I will make that is original and be of interest to you guys. However, I, too, like to eat some things more than once and from time to time it is not convenient to cook. This weekend was almost like that. Friday I made Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches.

Net Neutrality Rebuked During Tuesday's Election

November 5, 2010

It doesn’t take long for the spin machines to get up to speed. In perhaps one of the weirdest statements of fact, it was noted that all of the Democrats that supported a net neutrality pledge sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) loss during Tuesday’s vote. According to Scott Cleland, a net neutrality opponent, “Net neutrality was completely repudiated in the election.” If only that were actually true.

I say that because, if it were true, then most Americans would know that a significant debate called “net neutrality” existed.

SMBs and Unified Communications

November 3, 2010

With the pending merger of Cypress Communications and Broadvox, I am expanding by research efforts into understanding and implementing Unified Communications (UC) solutions. While Cypress has the stronger UC solution for enterprises, both Cypress and Broadvox with C3 IP and GO!VBX have what would be considered virtual IP PBX solutions that serve SMBs well. It is important to note that the needs and decision processes of SMBs varies greatly from that of enterprises. And since most of the members of our VAR Partner Program sell to SMBs, it is useful to state the key drivers of a UC solution for SMBs.

Telecommunications, More than Just a Hill of Beans

November 1, 2010

Telecommunications, More than Just a Hill of Beans

Saturday, I stopped by H Mart, an Asian grocery store. I went in with no real need but as always purchased quite a few things. Let's begin with the odd, pig's feet.

To STUN or Not to STUN

October 29, 2010

I am often asked how many people read this blog. The fact is I have no idea. The blog is posted with PhonePlus,  VON/xchange, TMCnet's IP Communications and SIP Trunking communities, Telecom Reseller, and Broadvox. The target audiences for the blogs are our current VAR partners, potential partners and from time to time the end-user community.

STUNned Unnecessarily

October 27, 2010

It is not often that I hesitate to cover a topic in this blog. I have also not been afraid to name names when necessary. However, a most unusual thing happened yesterday and for the first time, I am reluctant to disclose the full effect. It may have happened only to Broadvox, which would be surprising, but our customers on Avaya platforms had unnecessary service disruptions.

Ham, Fettuccine and FiOS

October 25, 2010

After being on the road for 11 of the last 12 days, I was looking forward to cooking again. However, I would be remiss if I did not describe our last meal in New York City. I was anxious to rest our last night and was planning on having an "acceptable" dinner. As I explained that to my wife a woman overheard me and commented that an "acceptable" meal seemed boring. I quietly agreed and sought out assistance over the web for a final Italian meal that was within walking distance of Times Square, not in Hell's Kitchen and not a tourist stop.

Porchetta and Interop 2010

October 20, 2010

After a train trip to conduct business with TMC in Connecticut, I thought I may as well have pre-dinner appetizers at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. After 16 oysters from all over North America and sea urchin, my appetizer kind of wiped out my desire for an entrée. Tuesday was better with two new locations found. Lunch was at a small takeout eatery called Porchetta.

Veal Valdostana and Traffic Pumping Update

October 19, 2010

I didn't cook this weekend as we spent the time in New York City. It's an eating vacation. Walking and window shopping are interrupted by dining adventures both planned and serendipitous. Day one was at the Stage Deli across from Madison Square Garden. The Stage deli delivered a good and simple deli meal with a very good version of Manhattan clam chowder.

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