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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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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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Broadband Expansion Economic Impact

March 3, 2010

The initial focus of this series explained that most of the allocated telecom stimulus money has not been awarded and only a small fraction of it spent. The next consideration is what will the impact be on our IP community? This is a major concern as we work to address job losses by some our major OEMs, network providers and carriers. Additionally, both the expansion of broadband and improvements in speed will result in general economic activity for the businesses that benefit from the infrastructure growth.

Braised, Baked and By the Numbers

March 1, 2010

Some weekends are tougher to come up with something new to eat. This was one of those weekends. Initially, I considered cooking duck or rabbit but switched to roast beef and turkey wings. I cooked the roast beef because in general I deal with steaks or braised beef.

Influencing the Reality...

February 26, 2010

While Broadvox and other ITSPs have continued to see very good growth in the adoption of SIP Trunking and VoIP, hardware providers are finding similar growth elusive. Additionally, the hosted community is experiencing both growth and an expansion of their market. While a hosted solution has always been of interest to small businesses, medium size businesses and enterprises are beginning to investigate including it into an overall IP communication strategy. So then, what is holding up the growth on the hardware side of things?

Stimulating the Stimulus

February 24, 2010

Discussing the effects of the Stimulus Bill or more accurately known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed by congress to assist an ailing economy is fraught with pitfalls, but I think worthwhile for our industry to consider more deeply. There are many things in the Stimulus Bill that we can each take issue with, such as various pork barrel projects, extending unemployment benefits, assisting with COBRA payments to extend healthcare, and identifying the right infrastructure projects. What I find as ideologically driven, is the overwhelming conclusion that the effort to influence the economy or infrastructure has failed. When the bill passed critics pointed out that most of the money in the bill would not be spent until 2010.

Pearing Up can be Good

February 22, 2010

It was a bit chilly, this weekend and I thought a chicken potpie would hit the spot. I also noted that I have not given you my chicken potpie recipe. It seemed like a good idea. I took a bag of what looked like chicken potpie filling out of the freezer to thaw over night in the refrigerator.

SIP Trunking Cost Savings Updated Part II

February 19, 2010

On Wednesday, we addressed the first three bullets...

·         Per line cost (save 60-70%)

·         Usage cost for local inbound/outbound calling (typically no charge)

·         Domestic long distance calling (save 42-68%)

SIP Trunking Cost Savings Updated

February 17, 2010

In December of 2008 I blogged about the cost savings associated with SIP Trunking. The primary reason was that I had just read a column that questioned whether transitioning to VoIP/SIP Trunking could save a business 70%.  It was important to me that I defend the position because it is a claim that Broadvox, bandwidth.com and other ITSPs make. The opposing article focused on the difference between long distance plans offered by TDM carriers and SIP Trunking providers. While this is usually considered the primary source of savings, that would be wrong.

Heart to Heart, Food and Money

February 15, 2010

You know I have to cook on Valentine's Day, especially when it comes on a weekend. Most of you are fortunate in that going out to dinner is a favor to your spouse. My wife considers going out to dinner an inconvenience bordering on a major bother. That's fine with me, as I rather eat my own cooking most of the time.

Record Snowfall in Dallas

February 12, 2010

While we are all aware that the east coast has been hammered this year with snow, Dallas and other areas in the south have been spared until yesterday. Having lived here for nearly twenty-five years, snowfall is not unusual. However, getting more than couple of inches is. DFW airport reported 12 inches of snow.

Honesty in Messaging Wins

February 10, 2010

As we work to motivate companies to purchase IP based products, I find that a number of us are creating new untested and perhaps weaker messages. The value proposition for IP communications is fairly straightforward. By transitioning to IP communications, a business will enjoy the following benefits:

·         Reduced cost, thereby conserving capital and budget for other expenses

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