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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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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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The Third Way Moves Forward

June 18, 2010

Yesterday the FCC voted to issue a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding the application of some elements of Title II of the Communications Act to ISPs. With the courts having determined that the FCC cannot apply net neutrality under currently defined regulatory boundaries, it has decided to ask for a restructuring that may save or destroy the progress and innovation of IP communications in the US.  It may save it by assuring ISPs cannot arbitrarily affect various applications or competitive products traversing their networks. It may destroy it by causing the same ISPs to determine they cannot afford to expand their networks if they cannot manage negative traffic impacts.

AT&T is threatening to halt or slow the rollout of U-verse IPTV and Verizon has joined them in complaining that the Third Way is unfair and unnecessary. A few weeks ago, I noted that AT&T has asked to decommission their TDM network within ten years.

BP and IP

June 16, 2010

As I sat this morning watching the live feed of the oil unleashed by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, I wondered about the role of IP communications in the event. Certainly, the reason that I can see the oil gushing out of the earth is because of the Internet. Most of what I read about the tragedy comes via Internet news sites and other IP sources. But, what role on a daily basis does the technology play?

Interviewing for a Double Chocolate Ice Cream

June 14, 2010

I can't believe I missed two entries of blogs, especially when I had subjects to discussed. But first the weekend's food. My godson, Taylor, and goddaughter, Mackenzie, came to spend the week on Friday. The twins have been a part of life since their birth and to celebrate their arrival I had a BBQ on Sunday.

All You Can Eat Fettuccine

June 7, 2010

I didn't cook a lot this weekend as we decided to eat light on Friday and tried out a new restaurant on Saturday. Therefore, I knew that Sunday's dish had to be spot on as it, by default, would be the recipe of the week. I thawed some chicken over night with an idea to do something with it, pasta and gorgonzola cheese. However, Sunday morning, I got an inspiration to make the dish using mustard, lemon juice and cream.

Test My ISP

June 4, 2010

Earlier this week the FCC announced that four out of five Americans do not know the speed of their broadband at home. Additionally, 91 percent considered the speed of their broadband to be sufficient for their needs. This is considered by some to be very revealing information. I for one look at it as "so what".

IP Connects the World Again

June 1, 2010

What a weekend for food! It began with a Tostada (fried corn tortilla covered with refried beans, spicy beef, cheese, chipotle cream and guacamole), French toast (with an apple sauce, honey and maple syrup), sweetbreads three ways (braised with mushrooms in a white wine sauce, deep fried with Panko crumbs and a remoulade sauce and grilled with a smoky BBQ sauce), and grilled tuna (with spicy soy sauce, a peach salsa and wasabi mash potatoes). Wow! I had little choice but to wonder what would be the most the most interesting of dish of the week.

The Telecommunications Bible

May 28, 2010

Earlier this week I was sent an article discussing activity in congress to revise the Communications Act or more formerly the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The writer referred to the act as the "telecommunications bible". I thought about that for a bit and realized that a law would never be the telecom bible. For many of us, the telecom bible was called "Notes on the Network" published initially by AT&T.

A Change is a Coming

May 26, 2010

The workhorse for digital communications beyond a private network has been the T1. The T1, which stands for Trunk Level 1, is a digital transmission link operating at 1.544 Mbps. For several decades, businesses have looked to T1s to provide their voice communications connectivity. However, as VoIP has evolved and grown in the marketplace. A channelized product, such as a T1 (24 voice channels), becomes an anachronism.

A Spicy Issue

May 24, 2010

I was planning on a making a very special dish this weekend but was blindsided by a mother-daughter thing. My wife and her daughter decided to spend the day together at the Dallas Museum and, well, it's not really a lot of fun to cook just for yourself. So, Sunday, ended up being a very unoriginal day of cooking. However, I do have an original recipe for you.

Defeat the Power FUD

May 21, 2010

Selling SIP Trunking to SMBs and Enterprises involves three basic value propositions:

·         Transitioning to SIP will save you a lot of money. How much varies but for most businesses regardless of size, the savings will range from 30-70%.

·         The new IP PBXs offer improved features, reduced operational costs, greater security and broader array of OEM choices

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