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

SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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Deconstructing Curry and Broadband Statistics

April 26, 2010

It was great to be home for the weekend and cooking my favorite foods. For starters, on Friday we had my fried chicken. Sometimes I'll purchase chicken but after having been in New Orleans for a long a weekend and traveling to Denver for a couple of days, I longed to cook. The chicken was delicious.

Another View of the US Position on Broadband

April 23, 2010

While there is much wringing of hands with regard to broadband in the US versus the rest of the world, I wondered if we were analyzing the numbers properly. Currently, broadband usage is measured using three factors price, speed and penetration. However, most of the time, I see price used as a measurement, it is not normalized to average income, disposable income or any other relevant measure of income across countries. Given that, I looked at several reports including a global study of broadband usage and penetration and average world salaries.

Must It Always be Premise PBX Versus Hosted Service?

April 21, 2010

With the recent Broadvox announcement of a virtual PBX offering, GO!Hosted, I have been contacted by a number of VARs and OEMs asking for clarification of our product strategy. I find this interesting because, Broadvox has always supported both premise based and hosted solutions. Previously, I shared the stage with Eric Thomas, CEO FreedomVoice, and discussed the decision process and benefits to both alternatives. You can read Hosted VoIP vs.

Mama, Put Your Red Dress On and Put Down the Cell Phone

April 19, 2010

I spent the weekend in one of my favorite food cites in the world, New Orleans. This was my first trip back since Katrina and it did not disappoint. I went to one of the classic places for a jazz buffet brunch, The Court of Two Sisters. The food was Creole, French and American.

Saving Net Neutrality with Finesse or Brute Force

April 16, 2010

An important lesson learned in my youth was if I use the right tool to repair something then brute force would seldom be necessary. In fact, most of the time using brute force resulted in additional damage. This begat a more deliberate process of studying the problem, developing various alternative solutions examining my tools, and ultimately making the right choice. Immediately, after the FCC lost its net neutrality case with Comcast, one of the alternative fixes under discussion was to alter the manner in which ISPs and ITSPs are regulated.

Over Reach and Just Right

April 14, 2010

It has been a few days since the Federal court ruled against the FCC in the matter of Comcast Cable. It is important to note that few players in the carrier world wanted to see Comcast lose. However, there are those of us that want to see a different result than a complete victory for Comcast. For example, If Broadvox or another ITSP sells a VoIP service to a Comcast customer; both the customer and we rely upon Comcast to deliver those voice packets in a timely and proper fashion.

What's a Typewriter?

April 12, 2010

I entered the weekend tired and anxious to cook. While I had been busy with the Broadvox Partner Summit and the new product announcements, relaxation comes from cooking. I had Sunday dinner planned; grilled lamb chops with Greek seasoning, a tomato, basil and sweet onion salad, and potato gruyere and bacon gratin. However, as we conducted our usual Saturday chores and shopping, my barbeque store finally had an ample supply of applewood.

We Interrupt this Blogging

April 5, 2010

There will be no blogs this week as Broadvox will be making new product announcements. You may follow the announcements beginning Wednesday on our twitter account http://twitter.com/broadvox or at the Broadvox site on the home page under News.

I have not forgotten that I owe you some wireless applications to expand your sales offerings. They will come next Monday.

BTW, I did have eggs and bagels on Sunday to celebrate Easter, Passover and spring.

Integrating Wireless with IP Communications to Increase Revenues

March 31, 2010

Often times I am asked to provide advice to our partners on how they can increase their sales. In addition to the basic blocking and tackling that must be done to develop a sales force and educate our prospects, we need to evolve our solution offering as well. So, if a VAR has trained his personnel, developed collateral, has a successful lead generation program and is protecting the integrity of his pricing, then he is blocking and tackling well. Given that, I have asked them about their web efforts.

An Incredible Can of Tomatoes and a Bunch of Writing

March 28, 2010

The only time we have breakfast is on weekends. I do my best to mix it up so that we aren't just eating pancakes and eggs. I've added hash browns and latkes to my repertoire but this Sunday, I decided to make my version of a potato pancake. I wanted something a little lighter and savory.

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