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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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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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Jambalaya and a Movie

December 6, 2010

Friday evening I made pan seared steaks. They were very good seasoned with my white seasoning mixture which developed a great browned crust quickly. Saturday, was cheese fries for my wife and leftover chili for me. However, I was looking forward to having jambalaya on Sunday.

Erlangs...Really?

December 3, 2010

Most IT managers find it easy to determine how much bandwidth they need for data and it is not difficult to determine the bandwidth requirement for a SIP Trunk. With the Broadvox service a SIP Trunk should have an allocation of 88KB per Concurrent Call Sessions (CCS). The standard does allow for some variability in this rate depending upon options and even Broadvox engineers will sometimes use 100KB in order to have a bit of leeway. This is referred to in some calculations as the “fudge factor”.

Testing Has Begun, Please Disconnect Your Laptop

December 1, 2010

It has been an interesting week for bandwidth utilization discussions. First, there is the announcement by Level 3 that they have been forced by Comcast to pay higher fees to terminate traffic over the Comcast network. It is suspected that the traffic demands of Netflix users has reached a point that it is upsetting the previous traffic sharing or, possibly, peering arrangement between Level 3 and Comcast. Although the discussion rapidly evolved into a debate about net neutrality, a larger question looms.

Gobble but don't be Gobbled

November 29, 2010

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday. Obviously, it was an opportunity for me to cook. Thanksgiving Day was shared with my stepdaughter and grandkids so the meal was very traditional. As such, I was only responsible for the turkeys, gravy, mashed potatoes and bread.

Thanksgiving Day History

November 24, 2010


As we extend Happy Thanksgiving wishes to colleagues, friends, family and strangers, it is worth taking a few moments to remember how this celebration became a national holiday.

 The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 to celebrate the survival of an early colony of settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts and it included some 91 Indians that aided the Pilgrims. The celebration lasted three days.

The next celebration of thanksgiving was in 1623 when the Pilgrims survived a severe drought. The day after the drought broke, the Pilgrims, who had been praying for rain, celebrated with a feast and the local Indians.


Sauerbraten and HIPPA Compliance

November 22, 2010

There are times when I first taste a thing and wonder where it has been all my life. I still remember my first taste of mayonnaise, brown mustard, a croissant, nachos and fish head curry. This weekend I added sauerbraten to that list. I had the expectation of a sour dish but the result was a broader range of flavors than a traditional piece of roast beef.

My Favorite IP PBX Features

November 19, 2010

Okay we now know the most popular end-user features:

  • Call forwarding
  • Call waiting
  • Conference calling
  • Call hold
  • Unified Communications features:
    • Presence
    • Unified messaging
    • Instant messaging
    • Find me/follow me/one number reach
    • Click to dial

And we know which features IT managers prize:

  • Intrude
  • Call blocking
  • Call drop
  • Night service
  • Auto attendant
  • Corporate phone books with global extension dialing
  • ACD management and reporting
  • Business continuity/disaster recovery

 

I thought it interesting that several of my favorites did not make the list. While Click to dial made the list and perhaps Caller ID and CNAM are merely expected, my other two faves are Simultaneous ringing and Distinctive ringing.

 

IT Managers Value Different PBX Features

November 17, 2010

While the list of favorite features for end users contains the most commonly used features those selected by IT managers might raise an eyebrow or two. To recap, the end user list is as follows:

  • Call forwarding
  • Call waiting
  • Conference calling
  • Call hold
  • Unified Communications Features:

o   Presence

o   Unified messaging

o   Instant messaging

Ratatouille, Shrimp and the Best PBX Features

November 15, 2010

I began developing a new recipe Saturday morning. It was so different for me that I decided I’d better do a back up dish in case it came out badly. The backup dish was curd free scrambled eggs. These eggs are fantastic and while they use the same method as regular scramble eggs the cooking technique is quite different.

Confidential...Good Luck with That

November 12, 2010

As I drove into the office this morning I heard that Google had fired the employee that leaked an internal memo regarding the global Google 10% raise. My first thought was the firing took place because the information was not correct or set in stone. I figured an overzealous employee had released the information prematurely. However, that was not the case.

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